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Public Procurement: Shaping New Law into Solution-Focused Advice for Clients

  • Fri 13th November 2020 until Mon 14th December 2020
  • On-demand, England & Wales
  • 5 hrs CPD

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Answers to 11 Thorny Questions: Directly from 8 QCs and Solicitors of Outstanding Ability

  1. Chair's opening

    Public procurement: Shaping new law into solution-focused advice for clients

    Chaired by: Ciara Kennedy-Loest of Hogan Lovells

    Ciara is "pre-eminent"- "absolutely first class" - a superb public speaker and a "Global Procurement Lawyer of the Year." She acted in the Channel Tunnel rolling stock litigation.

  2. Exclusion

    How do you control - and overcome - the complexities of excluding a bidder from a procurement process on discretionary grounds or for non-compliance, following the rail franchising litigation?

    Answered by: Fionnuala McCredie QC

    Fionnuala is “held in high esteem for her stellar procurement practice”. She acted in the rail franchising litigation. “Those who know her will not even consider using anyone else."

  3. Variations

    With contracting authorities forced to push the envelope, is Covid-19 going to help with "leniency" over acceptable contract variations and extensions?

    Answered by: Totis Kotsonis of Pinsent Masons

    Totis is a Specialist Adviser to the EC and the highest ranked “thought leader” for government contracts in Europe. He is "the encyclopedia of public procurement law."

  4. Frameworks

    How open to challenge - and on what grounds - is the typical framework, e.g. Cabinet Office or NHS Supply Chain, at the stage that it is established/procured?

    Answered by: Sarah Hannaford QC

    Sarah’s skill in procurement law is “brilliant and unparalleled." “Her advice is razor sharp..” She defended the £730 million challenge over logistics services for the NHS and social care.

  5. Brexit

    What is the plan for procurement and state aid going forward, post-Brexit, including the impact of UK accession to WTO GPA?

    Answered by: Jonathan Davey of Addleshaw Goddard

    Jonathan is co-editor of "Govt. Procurement Review", a Founder of the PLA and a Govt. Contracts Lawyer of the Year. He advised on the rail tunnel between Denmark and Germany.

  6. Transparency

    In complex, multi-lot tenders, how do you square the use of technology as an evaluation tool with transparency requirements, (1) pre-tender and (2) post-tender?

    Answered by: Michael Bowsher QC

    Michael is "the UK's most prominent procurement silk" – “unmatched in his knowledge." He acted in the challenge over the MOD’s contract for Approved Enforcement Agency services.

  7. Social value

    Supported by case-law and practical examples, when is it - actually - lawful to introduce social value criteria into a procurement such as climate change, population health and wellbeing?

    Answered by: Nigel Giffin QC

    Nigel is "a leading light, incredibly astute: completely at the top of his game." He acted in the challenge over the creation of the Haringey Development Special Purchase Vehicle

  8. Differential treatment

    Is there a shift in the wind over the "objective justification" of differential treatment, e.g. use and evaluation of variants, incumbents, presentations, interviews?

    Answered by: Margaret Gray QC

    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.

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