Registration and coffee
Awarding Public Contracts Skilfully and Lawfully within the Procurement Rules
Thu 25 May 2017
The Bridgewater Hall Lower Mosley Street Manchester M2 3WS
Answers to 17 Thorny Questions: Directly from 7 of the UK's Most Sought After Lawyers and 3 Industry Experts
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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-sought-after public procurement experts and a veteran of scores of challenges. He is a guest lecturer at Queens University, Belfast and the Treasurer of the Adjudication Society.
Nigel Rudyard, Procurement Manager, Greater Manchester Police
Anne Hardy, Head of Procurement, UK Border Force
Nigel and Anne will be commenting, taking questions and inspiring practical solutions throughout the day.
Perceptions of bias
How do you eliminate any inference or perception of bias at the tender stage towards certain suppliers, e.g. those who (1) participated in soft-market testing or consultation or (2) are incumbents or project advisers who informed the specification or (3) have staff cross over?
Answered by: Kate Rees of Hogan Lovells
Kate is one the "World's Top 10 Procurement Lawyers". She advised BAA on the competition for a prime supplier of IT services and the Met Police on the outsourcing of all non-core support functions.
Drawing on grey area examples, how do you move your post tender negotiations into compliant post award variations?
On a sliding scale of risk what are the do's and dont's of tender negotiations?
Answered by: Michael Mousdale of DWF
Michael has been involved in some of the most complex and innovative procurements, including the first ever PFI scheme and Europe's largest local government PFI (Greater Manchester Waste Project).
When budget settlements are so tight, what is the best practice model for Price/Quality evaluation and scoring methodologies?
Is there a creative way of going beyond conventional Price/Quality formulae?
Should we use price:quality ratios?
Answered by: Emily Heard of Bevan Brittan
Emily is author of "NHS Procurement Knife Fight". She acted in the Fair Crime Contract Alliance litigation, which was described by the High Court as the most complex public procurement dispute ever brought.
Abnormally low bids
What is a tangible methodology for avoiding widely differing bids and determining abnormally low bids?
Should you determine and record in advance a price level which you consider to be abnormally low?
Answered by: Michael Rainey of Addleshaw Goddard
Michael advises the UK Government on some of its most high profile procurements. He also works on the bidder side of procurement challenges and writes the EU chapter for the annual global "Government Procurement Review".
Innovative social value
How do you create a golden opportunity to procure social value through your contracts?
What creative ways are there to evaluate and measure it, e.g. the Apprenticeship levy?
How do you enforce if the supplier doesn't carry through?
Answered by: David Hansom of Veale Wasbrough Vizards
David is involved in the regeneration of both the HMS Daedalus site in Hampshire and New Covent Garden Market. He is a "go-to lawyer because he always provides clear and practical advice".
What is the key to an objective and legally robust assessment of a bidder's past performance?
How much weight do you give it, especially if the bidder is a start-up, a phoenix company or new to the market?
Answered by: Fionnuala McCredie QC of Keating Chambers
Fionnuala is "incredibly impressive" and "held in the highest esteem for her procurement practice". Recent work includes early and specific disclosure and procurement related Judicial Review.
How do you describe what you are looking for with more subjective criteria without giving the answer to suppliers, e.g. (1) "functionality" or "ease of use", (2) innovative method statements and programmes of work or (3) demonstrations and interviews?
Answered by: James Falle of Foot Anstey
James advised three local authorities on a highway maintenance procurement process. He is incredibly clued-up and achieves sensational results. He Co-edited the "Government Procurement Review".
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** All speaker quotes are taken from Chambers Directory, Who's Who Legal and Legal 500