– Tackling regulatory & administrative barriers
– Debriefing
– Article 84
– Awarding contracts lawfully, skillfully and within the procurement rules

A one-day conference

Royal Marine Hotel,
Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Date: 21st February 2018

This is one of our most popular annual events and this year’s conference will offer important insights into the rules of public procurement that a contracting authority must adhere to when awarding public contracts and some other important topics for those working in the public procurement space.

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Some of the key topics to be addressed include;

  • Regulation 84
  • Debriefing
  • Framework competition mini-competitions – case histories and current experience
  • Conflict of Interest in Procurement & Technology advances
  • Continuous Improvement, Lean Procurement and SRM
  • Procurement Driving Savings / KPI’s / Case Study – Innovation Partnership Procurement
  • Contract Management – Setting award criteria for contract management 
  • Procurements s.i’s published in 2016
  • Recent procurement case law setting a precident
  • Pre-qualification under the Procurement Directives
  • Dynamic purchasing systems
  • Sustainable procurement & how to best apply it.
  • Third Party Capacities & In-House Exemptions
  • Impact of Brexit, worst & best case scenarios in terms of possible import/export tariffs

This is a must attend event for any professionals directly or indirectly involved in public procurement or the legal system surrounding it.

This event will be of real interest to anyone involved in public procurement including, government departments, local authorities, semi state agencies, consultants, contractors, legal experts and service providers tendering for projects who need to know exactly how the system works for future bids




Registration with tea, coffee and pastries


Opening remarks from Conference Chairperson:
Mary Dunne, Partner, Maples & Calder

Impact of Brexit, worst & best case scenarios in terms of possible import/export tariffs

  • What Impact is Brexit going to have on procurement in ROI and the UK
  • Likely delays & additional costs associated with this added administrative burden.


Regulation 84 / Debriefing
Speaker: Jenny Mellerick, Partner, McCann FitzGerald

Regulation 84

  • What needs to be set out in the Regulation 84 report
  • Access to the information in the report
  • Case law on record-keeping


  • What bidders need to be told in light of current case law and guidance


Framework competition mini-competitions – case histories and current experience
Speaker: Edward Quigg, Quigg Golden

  • The good, the bad and the ugly.
  • When they work and deliver efficiency, value and improved performance
  • When they fail to deliver.


Conflict of Interest in Procurement & Technology advances
Speaker: Bruno Herbots, Managing Partner and head of Construction and Procurement Department, Herbots Solicitors

  • What is a conflict of interest?
  • Types of conflicts;
  • Integrity in the public sector;
  • Duty to prevent distortion stemming from conflicts of interests;
  • Principal focus today on Contracting Authority’s conflict;
  • How can technology help? 


Coffee break and chance to network


Continuous Improvement, Lean Procurement and SRM
Speaker: Thomas Conlon, Vendor Interface & Integration Lead, Customer First Programme Team, Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail

  • Is Lean applicable to Procurement
  • Why introduce lean principles into Procurement
  • Does it create Added Value to the supply chain supply base and value sharing
  • Can Continuous Improvement work in isolation
  • Can it improve Supplier Relationship Management
  • What do procurement departments need to do to adapt to leaner ways of working


Procurement Driving Savings / KPI’s / Case Study – Innovation Partnership Procurment
Speaker: Paul Davis, DCU

  • How procurement is driving savings and efficiency gains
  • Procurement KPIs – Most appropriate measures and use of same for strategic functional management
  • Case Study – How to run a successful Innovation Partnership procurement – impact assessment with the North of Ireland Health Services


Contract Management
Speaker: Dr Peter Brennan, Chairman, Bid Services/Public Procurement Services

  • Setting award criteria for contract management 
  • Legal obligations, including contract changes
  • Best practice
  • Project Implementation Plans
  • Service Level Agreements


Lunch and chance to network


Procurements s.i’s published in 2016 & Recent procurement case law
Speaker: Aaron Boyle, Partner, Arthur Cox

  • The actions needed to avoid litigation
  • Procurements s.i’s published in 2016 – Hear how they are being used and  interpreted eg low usage of new competitive procedure with negotiation.


Pre-qualification under the Procurement Directives / Dynamic purchasing systems
Speaker: Anna-Marie Curran, Partner, A&L Goodbody

  • Pre-tender market engagement
  • Developing robust selection criteria
  • Pre-qualification of groups and consortia
  • Reliance on parent companies and third parties
  • Dealing with conflicts of interest
  • Providing information to unsuccessful candidates
  • Dynamic purchasing systems


Sustainable procurement & how best to apply it.
Speaker: Philip Lee, Managing Partner, Philip Lee Solicitors

  • How to run a successful Innovation Partnership procurement
  • Recent judgement – WordPerfect – and the monumental changes it will have for applications to lift automatic suspensions and as to whether damages are a remedy in procurement cases


Third Party Capacities & In-House Exemptions
Speaker: David Browne, Barrister-at-Law

  • Subcontracting – is there a quantitative restriction?
  • Relying on technical and economic capacities of third parties
  • Ensuring that third parties have adequate resources
  • Is there a need to verify technical and economic capacity of third parties?
  • Apportioning share of works between main contractor and subcontractors – ensuring flexibility and application of general principles
  • Automatic exclusion of tenders where third parties where third parties no longer have required qualifications and accreditation
  • Nature of functional relationship between contracting authority and in-house entity – boundaries of the Teckal exemption


Q&A Session & Conference Close

There will be 6 structured CPD points awarded to all attendees at this conference from the CPD certification service

Bruno Herbots

Bruno Herbots

Managing Partner and head of Construction and Procurement Department, Herbots Solicitors

Bruno Herbots is Managing Partner and head of Herbots’ Construction and Procurement Department.

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Since qualifying in 1990, Bruno has practiced in the areas of construction law and public procurement law.  Initially, with the practice of Flamme Coppens Horsmans Malherbe (Brussels), Masons (London), Matheson and McCann FitzGerald.  Bruno has been recommended by Who Is Who, Legal 500 and Chambers as “top notch on construction and procurement matters”, “a real legal strategist” and is considered “a star with the ‘X’ factor in construction and procurement law”. Bruno is a lecturer at TCD (post graduate Diploma in Construction Law and Contract Administration), UCD (post graduate Diploma in Arbitration) and NUIM (post graduate Diploma in Procurement Law).

Aaron Boyle

Aaron Boyle

Partner Infrastructure, Construction & Utilities, Arthur Cox

Aaron is a Partner and Head of the Procurement Group in Arthur Cox.

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Aaron advises both public authorities in devising innovative procurement strategies  and tender processes and withstanding procurement challenges. Aaron has been involved in most of the major procurement cases to take place in Ireland in recent years including BAM PPP v NTMA, Applegreen plc v NRA, OCS v daa, Homecare v HSE, Baxter v HSE and Fresenius v HSE.  He also advises bidders on their legal rights in public procurement and on tendering strategies for bidders to maximise scores in tender processes.

Edward Quigg

Edward Quigg

Director, Quigg Golden

Edward is a Director of Quigg Golden, a leading procurement and construction law consultancy.

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He is a recognised expert on procurement and construction law. He regularly advises public sector clients on procurement procedures including the compliant drafting of tender documentation and the appropriate evaluation of tenders in accordance with stated criteria.  Edward also assists clients in dealing with complaints and legal challenges.  He regularly acts for suppliers seeking to challenge public procurements and has acted as expert witness to procurement disputes. Edward is regularly invited to speak at procurement conferences throughout the UK and Ireland.

Jenny Mellerick

Jenny Mellerick

Partner, McCann FitzGerald

Jenny is a partner in the construction team at McCann FitzGerald solicitors, specialising in public procurement.

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She advises a wide range of public, utility and private sector entities on procurement and contract law issues, including pre-procurement planning, compliance with national and EU procurement rules, and dealing with complaints/challenges. She lectures widely on procurement law, including for the Law Society of Ireland and the King’s Inns.

David Browne

David Browne


David Browne BL is a practising barrister in the areas of administrative, commercial and chancery law and specialises in EU, local government, procurement and planning law.

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He is the author of The Law of Local Government (published in December 2014 by Thomson Reuters, Roundhall) and is the co-author (with Patrick McGovern, Retired Partner with Arthur Cox) of ‘Procurement Law in Ireland’ which is due to be published in May 2018. He lectures in Administrative Law and is the Course Director of the Advanced Diploma in Planning and Environmental Law in the Honorable Society of King’s Inns.

He was previously an advisor in the Department of Transport, Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Trinity College, Dublin, Fulbright Scholar in the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley and an Associate in the Environment and Planning Group in Arthur Cox.

Anna Marie Curran

Anna Marie Curran

Partner in the EU, Competition & Procurement Group, A&L Goodbody

Anna-Marie Curran is a Partner and Head of the procurement law team at A&L Goodbody Solicitors.

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She advises a wide range of clients in the public, utilities and private sectors on contentious and non-contentious public procurement matters. She has represented clients in the Irish and Northern Ireland courts and before the European Court of Justice and the European Commission. She is Visiting Professor of Procurement Law at Bangor University Wales, lecturer on procurement law diploma courses at the Law Society of Ireland and the Kings Inns and is former Chairperson of the Irish Society for European Law. Anna-Marie has been ranked as one of the 10 “most highly regarded” individuals worldwide in procurement law by the International Who’s Who of Procurement Lawyers.

Mary Dunne

Mary Dunne

Partner, Maples & Calder

Mary Dunne is a partner in the Dublin office of Maples and Calder, and has specialised in public procurement law, competition law and infrastructure projects for 20 years in both the public and private sector.

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She spent 4 years as Head of Legal at the NDFA in Dublin and the SIB in Northern Ireland and a year as Group Head of Legal at Ervia.

She acts as an expert to the OECD and World Bank on public procurement and PPPs.

Dr. Peter Brennan

Dr. Peter Brennan

Chairman, Bid Services/Public Procurement Services

Dr Peter Brennan, Chairman of Bid Management Services, has a wealth of procurement experience both in Ireland and in Europe.

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He has won over 150 tender competitions in the past ten years. With his public sector background is advising both suppliers and buyers on live bids and provides training to both buyers and suppliers. He has presented to over 3,500 companies in the past four years at national procurement events. He consistently achieves the highest possible evaluation marks for his training and course presentations. Unlike many other procurement and tender advisors he brings the practical experience of working with buyers to bear when advising suppliers and vice versa. By virtue of his accreditation to the Association of Proposal Management Professionals – the global leader for bid and tender professionals – he has unique insights into best practice in bid and tender management. He also has a substantial grasp of the EU Procurement Directives not unrelated to the 22 years he worked in Brussels for the Irish Government and IBEC. He is principal author of the much acclaimed book Public Procurement: Rules of the Road.

Tommy Conlon

Thomas Conlon

Vendor Interface & Integration Lead, Customer First Programme Team, Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail

Thomas Conlon has over 20 years procurement experience and holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Procurement.

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His experience in both Public & Semi State Sectors extends across the Procurement Cycle for Works, Services & Supplies including Contract Negotiations. Thomas currently works for Iarnród Éireann as a Senior Procurement Executive and having successfully procured and negotiated the company’s biggest Business Transformation Contract in 2014, Thomas was seconded onto the Project team a role which he enjoys to date.

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