Exclusion - Mary Dunne, Maples and Calder (Public Procurement, Belfast, 10.05.16) What is a tangible methodology for excluding a bidder for significant or persistent deficiencies? What evidence, beyond criminal convictions, can you rely upon?
Contract Changes - Nigel Giffin QC, 11KBW (Public Procurement, Belfast, 10.05.16) What are the "magic words" and review mechanisms which generalise and extend your options when it comes to making changes mid-contract? How do you achieve your aims without falling foul of PCR 2015?
Variations - Steven Green, Irwin Mitchell LLP (Costs, Jackson, LASPO, London, 26.04.16) What can you do when you have overrun a CMO but not sought to review prospectively? How can you persuade the court to agree an amendment?
Proportionality - PJ Kirby QC, Hardwicke Chambers (Costs, Jackson, LASPO, London, 26.04.16) How can you argue proportionality at assessment so as to avert a problem (with examples of successes and failures, cases such as QPR, difficulties experienced and overcome and unexpected issues or arguments deployed)?
New Form Bill - Andrew Post QC, Hailsham Chambers (Costs, Jackson, LASPO, London, 26.04.16) Is the new form bill of costs going to be simplified or made more flexible so it is not so unpopular? How is the pilot scheme working out particularly for assessments?
J Codes - Deborah Burke, Attain Legal Costs Management (Costs, Jackson, LASPO, London, 26.04.16) How are practitioners going to implement the J Codes and so analyse Bills of Costs, Statements of Costs and Precedent H Budgets? Can the cost of implementation be made acceptable to small firms?
Incurred Costs - David Marshall, Anthony Gold (Costs, Jackson, LASPO, London, 26.04.16) How are the courts approaching incurred costs, i.e. commenting on them, assessing them or setting a global budget figure for any phase? How are incurred costs interacting with future costs at CCMC hearings?
Costs Budget - Roger Mallalieu, 4 New Square (Costs, Jackson, LASPO, London, 26.04.16) How can you use costs budgets tactically in litigation when 95% of matters do not get to trial so the full effect of the budget is never felt? What if there is an admission of liability/breach of duty?
Student Engagement - Derfel Owen, UCL (Student Complaints and Appeals, London, 28.04.16) Which mechanisms of dynamic feedback and student engagement will enable you to (1) significantly assist service improvement, (2) create confidence and (3) support the complaints process?
Social Media Minefield - Ben Hegedus, BrookStreet des Roches Solicitors (Student Complaints and Appeals, London, 28.04.16) Social media is a complete minefield and incredibly difficult to moderate and mediate - so how do you handle it in the context of complaints? How do you remain alert yet not big-brother like?