Hear from the country’s leading experts on how to navigate the key problem areas of the public procurement process

CPD Certified – 5 CIRI Structured CPD points

A one-day conference

Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

Date: 13th November 2019

The public procurement process is often a minefield to navigate, and this year’s procurement conference will offer strategic insights and valuable advice from the country’s leading experts, on how to navigate the key areas of the public procurement process.

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We will show what is required in the process of evaluating tenders, what records need to be kept, and what sufficient reasons need to be provided for rejecting or awarding a tender. Throughout the day you will also gain practical guidance on how best to conduct competitive dialogue, or competitive procedure with negotiation.

If you are involved in the public procurement process, you should gain great value from this event, as you will hear from some of the country’s leading experts in this area, while earning valuable CPD hours. You will also have the chance to meet, network and potentially gain new connections and new business. All attendees will be welcomed with teas coffees and pastries on arrival, and throughout the morning, with a full 2 course sit-down meal for lunch. All attendees will have full access to all presentations the following day.

This event would be very relevant to those involved in the process of procuring public work, or awarding public contracts. This includes government departments, local authorities, semi state agencies, consultants, contractors dealing with public construction projects, procurement / purchasing managers in hospitals & healthcare, housing, universities, as well legal experts and service providers tendering for projects who want to improve their understanding on how the system works, and how they can improve their success when tendering.




Registration with tea, coffee and pastries


Chairperson & Opening Remarks:

Peter Brennan, Managing Director, Bid Services


Best Practice Procedures in Tender Evaluation

  • Picking the Evaluation Team and training
  • Conduct of evaluation and recording decisions
  • Relevant case law

Using the Competitive Dialogue/Competitive Procedure with Negotiation

  • Practical guidance and views on how best to conduct CD/CPN

Speaker: Fergal Ruane, Partner, Byrne Wallace


What records do courts expect to be kept? What are considered sufficient reasons for rejecting or awarding a tender?

Speaker: James Golden, Director, Quigg Golden


Communications with bidders before, during and after the tender process – the Do’s and the Don’ts

Speaker: Anna-Marie Curran, A&L Goodbody


Q&A Session


Coffee Break


Top 10 tips to avoid litigation under the remedies directive

Speaker: Bruno Herbots, Herbots Solicitors


Creating an Effective Tender

  • Understanding, addressing and communicating the client’s requirements
  • Making your tender better than your competitors?
  • How to generate savings, benefits, efficiency gains, value add?
  • Write to score an A+ mark

Speaker: Peter Brennan, Managing Director, Bid Services


Automatic stays on contracts in procurement litigation

  • The practical significance and effect of the automatic stay/suspension
  • The test to lift the automatic stay
  • Key considerations
  • Procedure to lift the automatic stay
  • Recent case law and implications

Speaker: Clare Cashin, Partner, Philip Lee Solicitors


Q&A session


Lunch and chance to network


Brexit and public sector tendering and procurement

  • What the medium to long term implications for Brexit
  • What do we do about our Supply Chains and how we plan for the medium to short term
  • Risk Management                                              

What do we really mean by quality and most economically advantageous tender?

  • How do we set out or award criteria?
  • How do we relate these to the outcomes required?

Speaker: Paul Davis, Head of the Management Group (School) in Faculty of Business in DCU


Information Entitlements in a Procurement Context – Including FOI

  • Procurement Directives and Regulations,
  • Freedom of Information Act, 
  • Access to Information on the Environment Directives and Regulations,
  • EU Procurement right to Confidentiality of bids,
  • Some leading case law”.

Speaker: Patrick McGovern, Retired Partner, Arthur Cox


Tricky decisions – exercising discretion in a procurement process

  • Applying the exclusionary grounds;
  • Dealing with abnormally low tenders”

Speaker: Orlaith Sheehy, Senior Associate, McCann FitzGerald


Q&A session


Conference close

There will be 5 CPD points awarded to attendees at this conference. Please check directly with your association or awarding body to see how many points they will award

Dr. Peter Brennan

Dr. Peter Brennan

Managing Director, Bid Services

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

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He has assisted supplier clients win over 150 tender competitions in the past ten years. With his public sector background he advises buyers on procurement. He has presented to over 3,500 companies in the past 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. Bid Services is on the OGP panels for procurement advisors and procurement trainers.

Dr. Paul Davis

Dr. Paul Davis

Head of the Management Group (School) in Faculty of Business in DCU

Dr. Davis is Head of the Management Group (School) in Faculty of Business in DCU.

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He is Program Director for the MSc in E-Commerce having previously completed 8 years as Program Director of the MSc in Strategic Procurement and the MSc in International Management. He has completed lecturing assignments at UCSC, Italy, ESB, Germany, QMUL/BUPT, Beijing, China. He is currently Chair and director of the Global Standard for Purchasing and Supply Chain Education. He is a past council member and past president for the Irish Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management. He has previously been seconded to the Health Service Executive ICT Strategy Unit, advising on procurement strategy and market engagement. He has been on the Procurement for Innovation working group and was responsible for the delivery of the research that led to the publication of the 10 Step Guide to Smarter Procurement. He served on the Advisory Board to the National Procurement Service at the OPW. Dr. Davis was lead PI in DCU for the Winning in Tendering Project The project has a budget of €3.7 million euro. The project was a strategic project aimed at transforming the public tendering experience of Small Indigenous Suppliers in the Ireland / Wales region.

James Golden

James Golden

Director, Quigg Golden

James has over 30 years’ experience working with major consultants and contractors throughout the UK, Ireland, Hong Kong and the Middle East.

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He has extremely strong practical and theoretical knowledge on all the standard forms of building contracts used in the UK and Ireland and has provided advice to central governments, local governments and contracting organisations on contractual and disputed issues. He regularly represents parties in ADR forums, including adjudication, conciliation, mediation and arbitration.

Clare Cashin

Clare Cashin

Partner, Philip Lee Solicitors

Clare is a partner in the projects group of the commercial law firm Philip Lee.

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She specialises in disputes. Her work involves high value complex construction disputes, procurement litigation and alternative dispute resolution, with a depth experience in mediation, conciliation, adjudication and arbitration. She routinely manages High Court judicial review challenges to procurement decisions. In that regard Clare has managed the wave of recent high profile procurement decisions relating to lifting the suspension in procurement, which made law in the Irish Courts. Clare sits on the committee of the Health & Safety Lawyers Association of Ireland, she is a member of NAWIC and is ranked for construction expertise by global ratings agency The Legal 500. She lectures in Trinity College Dublin (Construction Law), University College Dublin (Health and Safety), the Law Society of Ireland and is a contributor to periodicals in this area.

Fergal Ruane

Fergal Ruane

Partner, ByrneWallace

Fergal Ruane is partner and Head of the ByrneWallace Projects and Infrastructure team.

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Fergal has over 20 years’ experience advising both public and private bodies in the areas of construction and public procurement law and has advised on a vast array of large, medium and small scale projects in the transport, data centre, ICT, health, energy, residential, commercial and concession sectors.

In particular, he has extensive experience advising on a variety of public procurement, construction, PPP, infrastructure and commercial matters including consultancy and construction contracts, development/project agreements, framework agreements, tender documents, operation, maintenance and commercial contracts and related security documents.

Prior to joining ByrneWallace, Fergal previously worked in the Railway Procurement Agency (now known as Transport Infrastructure Ireland) where he was Head of the Legal Team and Secretary for the Agency for over 7 years. He has also trained and held senior positions in a number of top 10 Irish corporate law firms in Dublin.

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).

Anna Marie Curran

Anna-Marie Curran

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

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

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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 a regular conference speaker and lectures on procurement law at the Law Society of Ireland and the Kings Inns. She is a former Chairperson of the Irish Society for European Law. She is described by Whos Whos Legal 2018 as “An expert in the field who possesses an encyclopaedic knowledge of procurement law. She has an excellent practice, with broad expertise across the government contracts space, particularly as it relates to competition matters.”

Orlaith Sheehy

Orlaith Sheehy

Senior Associate, McCann FitzGerald

Orlaith Sheehy is a senior associate in McCann FitzGerald, advising primarily on public procurement law.

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Orlaith has experience in both contentious and non-contentious aspects of tender processes, together with invaluable insight into the political environment in which public sector bodies operate. Orlaith advises clients on competitions run under the Public Sector Regulations, the Utilities Regulations and the Concessions Regulations, as well as processes governed by domestic law and the general principles of EU law. She has experience of major infrastructure and operations procurement processes, together with complex ICT and outsourcing projects, and has also been involved in defending a number of legal challenges to procurement processes.  Orlaith has lectured on public procurement, including as part of the Public Affairs Ireland Project Management Course and the Kings Inns Diploma in Public Procurement.

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, Independent Procurement Consultant, 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.

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