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Awarding Public Contracts Skilfully and Lawfully within the Procurement Rules

  • Wednesday, 24th June 2020
  • The Caledonian Club 9 Halkin Street London SW1X 7DR
  • 5 hrs CPD

£249 + VAT

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Answers to 9 thorny questions: Directly from 10 of the UK’s most in-demand lawyers and doers

  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 public procurement experts and a veteran of scores of challenges. “He doesn’t sit on the fence; but gives you his opinion.”

  3. Panellists

    • Janet Chinnery, Head of Corporate Procurement, Thames Tideway Tunnel
    • Claire Smart, Procurement Director, National Trust

    Janet and Claire will be taking questions and sharing real life examples of how to apply practically the legal solutions.

  4. 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.”

  5. 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.

  6. Morning coffee

  7. 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 always takes on difficult points.” She is advising on major road schemes.

  8. 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: Fiona Scolding QC

    Fiona is “an absolute star" - "scarily good" - "her grasp of the law is phenomenal.” She is involved with a host of large scale procurement challenges for the Legal Aid Agency.

  9. Lunch

  10. Exclusion

    When can you be confident in applying the mandatory and discretionary exclusion grounds, particularly "prior contract breaches" and corruption convictions?

    Answered by: Kate Rees of Hogan Lovells

    Kate represented Alstom over its challenge to the award of a contract for rolling stock on the Central Line. “She is a complete guru; she knows everything about procurement."

  11. 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: Emily Heard of Bevan Brittan

    Emily acted in the Fair Crime Contract Alliance litigation, which is described as the most complex procurement dispute ever brought. “She is clear, concise and commercial.”

  12. 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: 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.”

  13. Close of conference

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

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