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Awarding Public Contracts Skilfully and Lawfully within the Procurement Rules

  • Wednesday, 28th September 2022
  • The Gibson Hotel Point Square Dublin
  • 5 hrs CPD


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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: Philip Lee of Philip Lee Solicitors

    Philip is Ireland's leading authority on public procurement. He "stands out for his talent in public procurement" - "more than legal advice, he gives sound business advice."

  3. Panellists

    • Greg Power, Head of Capital Projects, Trinity College Dublin
    • Jenny Mellerick, Central Bank of Ireland

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

  4. Climate Metrics

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

    Answered by: Mary Dunne of Maples Group

    Mary is an expert adviser on procurement to the European Commission. She drafts procedures for governments seeking to do business in the EU. She is "tough, convincing and precise."

  5. 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: Dorit McCann of Beauchamps

    Dorit advised South Dublin County Council on procuring a mixed-tenure development for 900 houses. "She is very pragmatic and solution-focused with an excellent technical knowledge."

  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: 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.

  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: Eoin Lonergan of ELA Consulting Ltd

    Eoin is Chairman of CIPS Ireland and formerly Sourcing Director at the Office of Government Procurement. "He is immensely experienced and at the forefront of developments."

  9. Lunch

  10. 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.

  11. 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: Orlaith Sheehy of McCann Fitzgerald

    Orlaith is a standing procurement advisor to Transport Infrastructure Ireland and the National Transport Authority. "She is acclaimed for her skill in deeply complex procurement cases.”

  12. Early Involvement

    How do you control - and overcome - the problems with early contractor involvement, e.g. pre-market testing or specification writing, so you reap the benefits without conferring an advantage?

    Answered by: Kerri Crossen of Philip Lee

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

  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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