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Awarding Public Contracts Skilfully and Lawfully within the Procurement Rules

  • Tue 22nd September 2020 until Thu 22nd October 2020
  • On-demand, Scotland
  • 5 hrs CPD

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  1. Chair's Introduction

    Awarding public contracts skilfully and lawfully within the procurement rules

    Chaired by: Karen Thody of Cameron Consulting

    Karen is one of the UK’s leading experts on the application of procurement rules. “She sees the bigger picture and is a crucial sounding board when it comes to strategy.”

  2. Panellists

    • Billy Hislop, of NHS Scotland
    • David McGowan, of Dentons

    Billy and David 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: Graeme Palmer of Burness Paull

    Graeme is "immensely experienced, a great communicator and at the forefront of developments." "His advice is highly practical and solution-focused." Clients include Glasgow City Council.

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

  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: Iain Steel of TLT

    Iain is an award-winning technical procurement specialist and author of "Buying Innovation in the Public Sector." He held senior posts at the Student Loans Company and Standard Life.

  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: Roger Cotton of Brodies

    Roger is advising a series of local authorities on innovative social and economic infrastructure projects. He is "a problem solver – practical, positive and with deep expertise."

  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 the 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: Gordon Downie of Shepherd and Wedderburn

    Gordon "continues to impress with his stellar public procurement practice." "He's down-to-earth, easy to work with and commands respect through the exceptional quality of his work."

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

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