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Awarding Public Contracts Skilfully and Lawfully within the Procurement Rules

  • On-demand until Fri 12th February 2021
  • On-demand, Northern Ireland
  • 5 hrs CPD

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  1. 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.”

  2. Panellists

    • Neil Thody, Director, Cameron Consulting
    • Edward Vera-Cruz, Senior Commercial Adviser, Southern Water

    Neil and Edward will be sharing real life examples of how to apply the legal solutions practically.

  3. 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: Michael Mousdale of Browne Jacobson

    Michael has advised on some of the most complex and innovative procurements, including the first ever PFI scheme and Europe's largest local government PFI. “He is a class operator.”

  4. 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.

  5. 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."

  6. Urgency

    How do you procure for urgency under Reg 32/72, as justified by Covid? How sustainable is the Covid justification as we get further into the pandemic?

    Answered by: Kate Gough of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

    Kate acted in the UK’s biggest ever public procurement challenge, Energy Solutions v Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. “She matches the very best for talent and expertise.”

  7. 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: Margaret Gray SC QC, Law Library, Dublin, and Brick Court Chambers, London

    Margaret “is a standout rising star for public procurement.” “Superb - and a joy to work with.” She handles cases for private challengers and for the UK and Irish governments.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.”

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

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