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Awarding Public Contracts Skilfully and Lawfully within the Procurement Rules

  • Tuesday, 20th September 2022
  • The Hilton Hotel 4 Lanyon Place Belfast BT1 3LP
  • 5 hrs CPD

£249 + VAT

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Answers to 11 Thorny Questions: Directly from 10 Lawyers, Doers and Policy Makers of Outstanding Merit

  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 and sought-after 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
    • Jason Johnston, Senior Commercial Adviser, Northern Ireland Water

    Tricia and Jason will be taking questions and sharing real-life and practical examples of how to apply the legal solutions.

  4. Thresholds

    How do you rescue the situation if the value of the contract reaches and exceeds the thresholds and you need to vary?

    Answered by: Ciara Kennedy-Loest of Hogan Lovells

    Ciara is "pre-eminent"- a "Global Procurement Lawyer of the Year" - and a superb public speaker. She acted over Eurostar's award of a £600m contract for Channel Tunnel rolling stock.

  5. Climate Metrics

    How do you incorporate carbon and climate metrics into tender documents, that ensure fairness and equity across bidders?

    Answered by: Kerry Teahan of Carson McDowall

    Kerry is "action-orientated and a straight-talker." "Her work on Northern Ireland procurement is exceptional - advising on some of the most complex and challenging projects."

  6. Morning coffee

  7. Transparency

    Where are the limits to transparency and full disclosure from the outset, including possible breaches of confidence and prejudicing retenders?

    Answered by: Sarah Hannaford QC of Keating Chambers

    Sarah's skill in public procurement is "brilliant and unparalleled." "Her advice is “cutting-edge." She defended the MoD over a £1bn procurement of military fire and rescue services.

  8. Price stability

    What mechanisms can mitigate the risk of rising costs and fluctuating prices, including energy and stakeholder concerns about going to market?

    Answered by: William Curry of Arthur Cox

    William advised the DETI on the procurement of new submarine and terrestrial ICT. "He gives clear and thorough explanations needed to make critical business decisions."

  9. Lunch

  10. Competitive Flexible Procedure

    What are the differences, risks and advantages of the Competitive Flexible Procedure?

    How will it work in practice?

    Answered by: David Hansom of Clyde & Co

    David is "razor-sharp, incredibly clued up and achieves sensational results." He advised UK universities on the consequences of withdrawal from the EU's procurement regime.

  11. Evaluation

    How far can evaluators push their "margin of discretion"?

    Is consensus scoring essential? What happens if there is an impasse?

    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 the €20m Royal Irish Academy of Music refurbishment procurement.

  12. Abnormally Low

    How do you decide if a tender is abnormally low, and what do you do if it is, supported by practical examples of borderline cases?

    Answered by: Emily Heard of Bevan Brittan

    Emily acted in the Fair Crime Contract Alliance case, described as the most complex procurement dispute ever brought. "She is clear, concise and second-to-none as a communicator."

  13. Over-run

  14. Close of conference

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

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