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Awarding Public Contracts Skilfully and Lawfully within the Procurement Rules

  • Tuesday, 29th September 2020
  • The Hilton Hotel 4 Lanyon Place Belfast BT1 3LP
  • 5 hrs CPD

£249 + VAT

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Answers to 9 thorny questions: Directly from 10 of the UK's most in-demand lawyers and doers

  1. Registration and coffee

  2. Chair's Introduction

    Awarding public contracts skilfully and lawfully within the procurement rules

    Chaired by: Edward Quigg of Quigg Golden

    Edward is one of the UK's most-experienced public procurement experts and a veteran of scores of challenges. “He doesn’t sit on the fence; but gives you his opinion.”

  3. Panellists

    • Tricia Massey, Head of Procurement, Translink
    • Karen Thody, Director, Cameron Consulting (specialising in public procurement)

    ​​Tricia and Karen will be taking questions and sharing real life examples of how to apply the legal solutions practically.

  4. Feedback

    Weighing up all the practical scenarios, how much of the winning bid should you divulge, especially around ‘added value’ which could be a competitive advantage?

    Answered by: Mary Dunne of Maples Group

    Mary is an expert adviser on public procurement for the OECD and World Bank and formerly to the Strategic Investment Board in Belfast. “She is tough, convincing and precise.”

  5. Bunching

    When evaluating and scoring a tender, what can you do to eliminate 'bunching' and marginal score differentiation and so decrease the likelihood of a challenge?

    Answered by: David Hansom of Clyde & Co

    David is "razor sharp, incredibly clued up and achieves sensational results." He is advising on the regeneration of the HMS Daedalus site in Hampshire and New Covent Garden Market.

  6. Morning coffee

  7. Social value

    Supported by legally robust examples that work, how do you attribute cost to social value objectives such as climate change, population health and wellbeing?

    Answered by: Micaela Diver of A&L Goodbody

    Micaela "has a forensic knowledge of procurement law and a great knack for analysing difficult legal issues and coming up with the right answer in a way that is clear to clients."

  8. Differential treatment

    Drawing on real-world examples, what sort of situation allows you to "justify objectively" differential treatment, e.g. SME market engagement or demos, presentations, interviews?

    Answered by: Sarah Hannaford QC of Keating Chambers

    Sarah’s skill and authority in procurement law is “brilliant and unparalleled." She acted NATS v Gatwick Airport over the hotly contested tender of air traffic control services.

  9. Lunch

  10. Exclusion

    When can you be confident in applying the mandatory and discretionary exclusion grounds, particularly "prior contract breaches" and corruption convictions?

    Answered by: Ciara Kennedy-Loest of Hogan Lovells

    Ciara is "pre-eminent"- "absolutely first class" - and a "Global Procurement Lawyer of the Year." She acted for ALSTOM in the £600 million Channel Tunnel rolling stock litigation.

  11. Low tenders

    If you know a tender is low because of previous experience and have written to the tenderer but to no avail, how do you disqualify because of price?

    Answered by: Bruno Herbots of Herbots Solicitors

    Bruno is renowned for "his inventive solutions" and for being a highly gifted public speaker. He led the way on €20m Royal Irish Academy of Music refurbishment procurement.

  12. Modifications

    After contract placement, how do you rescue the situation if a modification is substantial but you can't change contractor for economic and technical reasons?

    Answered by: Kerry Teahan of Carson McDowell

    Kerry advises on some of the most complex and challenging procurements in Northern Ireland. "Her knowledge, understanding and capacity to solve problems are second-to-none.”

  13. Close of conference

All speaker quotes are taken from Chambers Directory, Who’s Who Legal or Legal 500

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