Lawful Negotiation - Anna-Marie Curran, A&L Goodbody (Public Procurement, Dublin, 12.05.16) Using real-life examples, how do you create a golden opportunity for lawful negotiation following a final tender in the case of the new competitive procedure with negotiation?
Contract Changes - Helen Kelly, Matheson (Public Procurement, Dublin, 12.05.16) 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 the rules?
Schedule 1 - Richard Anelay QC , 1 King's Bench Walk (Matrimonial Finance, London, 10.05.16) When your client is co-habiting and children are involved, what is the value of issuing a Schedule 1 application to run concurrently with a claim under TOLATA?
Pre-nups - Ros Bever, Irwin Mitchell LLP (Matrimonial Finance, London, 10.05.16) How do the needs of children affect the court's consideration of pre- nups where (1) the pre-nup doesn't foresee children or (2) the additional provision for children would produce an unfair result?
Non-disclosure, Dishonesty - Sally Harrison QC, St Johns Building (Matrimonial Finance, London, 10.05.16) How do you prove material non-disclosure and/or dishonesty - bearing in mind the restrictions placed on you when handling documents belonging to the other party? Is there a conflict between Sharland and Gohil and Immerman?
SMEs - Graeme Palmer, Burness Paull (Public Procurement, Belfast, 10.05.16) How can you reduce the burden on SMEs and encourage SME involvement without breaking the rules, for instance specifying exact financial criteria thresholds within a PQQ or Capability Assessment?
Performance - Michael Humphreys QC (Public Procurement, Belfast, 10.05.16) How do you expose the culture of the bidder's organisation and the capability of its senior management? How do you evaluate pitches, references, interviews and the team members who will perform the contract? Where are the limits of what you can ask?
FOI Requests - Sarah Hannaford QC, Keating Chambers (Public Procurement, Belfast, 10.05.16) What is and is not disclosable in FOI requests at all stages of a competition, from market engagement prior to tender to the outcome? Should you ever disclose the evaluator's comments?
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?