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Awarding Public Contracts Skilfully and Lawfully within the Procurement Rules

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


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  1. Chair's Introduction

    Awarding public contracts skilfully and lawfully within the procurement rules

    Chaired by: Jenny Mellerick of Central Bank of Ireland

    Jenny is a public procurement expert and former partner of McCann FitzGerald. She is highly skilled at advising on effective compliance, and legal and project delivery risks.

  2. Panellists

    • Ross McCarthy, Chairman, Irish SME Association
    • Greg Power, Head of Capital Projects, Trinity College Dublin

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

  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: Mary Dunne of Maples Group

    Mary acted for the operator of Dublin's light rail network on its bid to secure a contract extension. "She is a problem solver – practical, positive and with ground-breaking knowledge."

  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 Clyde & Co

    David is "razor sharp, incredibly clued up and achieves sensational results." He is a popular commentator on procurement issues, appearing frequently in the Press and on TV/Radio.

  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: Anna-Marie Curran of A&L Goodbody

    Anna-Marie is one of the 10 "most highly regarded" individuals globally, for public procurement. She is advising on the N-M20 Cork to Limerick road improvement scheme.

  6. Urgency

    How do you procure for urgency as justified by Covid?

    How sustainable is the Covid justification as we get further into the pandemic?

    Answered by: Kerri Crossen of Philip Lee

    Kerri "has a razor-sharp intellect combined with the ability to present her point in a user-friendly format." She has extensive experience of handling all types of procurement cases.

  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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