Awarding Public Contracts Lawfully, Skilfully and Within the Procurement Rules

Tackling regulatory & Administrative barriers

A one-day conference

Royal Marine Hotel,
Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Date: 18th October 2017

CMG Events are pleased to announce that due to popular demand we are running a third date for the Public Procurement Litigation Conference following numerous requests to run another date for those who missed previous events CMG ran on this topic in the past.

Litigation in the procurement field has become a growing issue and the way tenders are handled and chosen is causing a big stir in the Irish Public Procurement space. Non-compliance with the New Public Procurement Directive seems to be becoming a major concern and partly the reason for the increase in litigation cases in Public Procurement.

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This conference will dig deep into the various, administrative and legal challenges you must be up to speed on, how to avoid future litigation cases and legal disputes, plus hear about important legal challenges that have gone through the courts which are shaping the world of Public procurement for the future. Some of the key topics to be addressed include;

Some of the key topics to be addressed include;

  • Practical Application of new opportunities provided by New Directives
  • Competitive Procedure with Negotiation
  • Changes to Pre-Qualification under the new Directives & FOI disclosure of Pre-Qualification Documents
  • Challenges associated with making changes mid-contract
  • Dealing with tenderers during the procurement & debriefing process
  • The Practical Challenges – Damages, Interim Measures and Standstill Periods – Importance of Them in Practice –How to Follow Them Legally
  • Procurement Document Management, how to deal with non-compliance issues & implications of the EU Public Contracts Directive for Construction Works Management Framework
  • Disclosure and participation, EU thresholds, dealing with losing bids, national review procedures & the new Concessions Directive
  • An Overview of Recent Irish Public Procurement Challenges

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

This event will be of real interest to anyone involved in Public sector procurement including, government departments, local authorities, semi state agencies, consultants, 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:
Dr. Peter Brennan, Chairman, Bid Services


Practical Application of new opportunities provided by New Directives
Speaker: Edward Quigg, Director, Quigg Golden

Competitive Procedure with Negotiation

  • What benefits will the new process bring
  • Real life example of using the new process in the UK
  • What type or amount of negotiation is permitted?
  • How is transparency and equal treatment maintained?
  • What skills are needed?

Assessing quality of staff

  • Qualifications and experience of staff as award criteria?
  • Potential use of interviews, pitches, tests or presentations
  • What legal issues might arise?
  • What if the B team turn up?


Pre-Qualification under the Procurement Directives
Speaker: Anna-Marie Curran, Partner in the EU, Competition & Procurement Group, 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


Challenges associated with making changes mid-contract
Speaker: Jenny Mellerick, Partner, McCann FitzGerald

  • Why are changes in public contracts a problem?
  • What are the rules in the new Directives on making changes?
  • How can contracting authorities – and contractors – protect themselves from the risks of changes?
  • Future-proofing contracts and staying within the rules


Coffee break and chance to network


Dealing with tenderers during the procurement & debriefing process
Speaker: Mary Dunne, Partner, Maples & Calder

  • Preparing and rolling out the Invitation to Tender – getting the legalities right from the start
  • Dealing with tenderers during the procurement process and in particular tenderers queries – knowing where you stand legally
  • Informing the tenders of the outcome of the tender process – what information can you give and what must be kept confidential
  • The debriefing – do’s and don’ts from a litigation perspective


The Practical Challenges
Speaker: Patrick McGovern, Retired Partner, Arthur Cox

  • Dealing with a Procurement Challenge – How can you Prevent this from Going Legal?
  • Damages, Interim Measures and Standstill Periods – Importance of Them in Practice –How to Follow Them Legally
  • FOI and Procurement – What can you Disclose? – What information is Strictly Exempt from Publication?


Procurement Document Management & how to deal with non-compliance issues
Speaker: Bruno Herbots, Managing Partner and head of Construction and Procurement Department, Herbots Solicitors

  • How effective document management can transform your organisation and how you manage legal challenges
  • Dealing with non-compliance issues such as late tenders, non-acceptance of terms and conditions, tender qualification, omitted documents etc


Lunch and chance to network


Disclosure and participation, dealing with losing bids & national review procedures
Speaker: Aaron Boyle, Partner Infrastructure, Construction & Utilities, Arthur Cox

  • Disclosure and participation in Public contracting
  • Solutions including templates to the process of dealing with losing bids
  • Developing public sector category management
  • National review procedures


An Overview of Recent Irish Public Procurement Challenges Recent decisions of the Irish Courts
Speaker: Nathy Dunleavy, Barrister-at-Law, The Law Library

  • The nature and type of reasons that must be given to an unsuccessful tenderer
  • When the automatic suspension of an award of contract pending the determination of a procurement challenge will be lifted
  • Extending the time for bringing a procurement challenge
  • Amending the grounds of challenge
  • Recent case law on the automatic suspension to conclude contracts – hear of recent high profile cases and their outcomes which are shaping the future of public procurement law in Ireland


Conference close

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

Nathy Dunleavy

Nathy Dunleavy

Barrister-at-Law, The Law Library

Nathy Dunleavy is a barrister in the Law Library, Dublin whose main areas of practice are commercial law, European law and public law/judicial review.

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He acts for both applicants and respondent contracting authorities in procurement litigation and has recently acted in cases such as Powerteam v ESB, Somague v TII and Word Perfect v Garda Commissioner. He regularly advises public bodies and utilities on procurement and State aid issues and matters of EU law generally. Nathy is a former Director of the Irish Centre for European Law and currently lectures on the public procurement courses at King’s College London and the King’s Inns, Dublin.

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.

Patrick McGovern

Patrick McGovern

Retired Partner, Arthur Cox

Patrick McGovern is a retired Partner at Arthur Cox, one of Ireland’s largest and leading commercial law firms.

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Patrick McGovern, retired Partner, Arthur Cox, BA(Mod), LLB (First Class) and Foundation Scholar, TCD, admitted Solicitor Ireland and Northern Ireland. Involved in many leading projects in Ireland and NI for over 20 years. Has conducted litigation in national Courts (including Somague v TFI (LUAS Cross City, Baker J) and Powerteam v ESB (Lifting Automatic Suspension, Costello J), both 2016). Has represented clients successfully before European Commission and European Court of Justice.  

Author, Procurement chapter in “Construction Projects”, Round Hall, Dublin (new ed, 2016). Ireland and NI Correspondent and Editorial Board, “Public Procurement Law Review”,  ed Prof Sue Arrowsmith. Executive Committee Procurement Lawyers Association, London to 2016. Visiting Professor, Procurement, Bangor University, Wales. Top/leading rankings from directories. Has been ranked as one of 10 “most highly regarded” individuals worldwide by “International Who’s Who of Procurement Lawyers”. Lecturer, Law Society. Vice President and former Chairman and Secretary, Irish Society for European Law.

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

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.

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).

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