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.
Full Day Programme 8.50am to 4.30pm
Opening Remarks by Conference Chairperson:
Peter Brennan, Managing Director, Bid Services
Best Practice Procedures in Tender Evaluation
Using the Competitive Dialogue/Competitive Procedure with Negotiation
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: Edward Quigg, Solicitor & 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
Top 10 tips to avoid litigation under the remedies directive
Speaker: Bruno Herbots, Herbots Solicitors
Creating an Effective Tender
Speaker: Peter Brennan, Managing Director, Bid Services
Automatic stays on contracts in procurement litigation
Speaker: Clare Cashin, Partner, Philip Lee Solicitors
Brexit and public sector tendering and procurement
What do we really mean by quality and most economically advantageous tender?
Speaker: Paul Davis, Lecturer in the Faculty of Business, DCU
Information Entitlements in a Procurement Context – Including FOI
Speaker: Patrick McGovern, Retired Partner, Arthur Cox
Tricky decisions – exercising discretion in a procurement process
Speaker: Orlaith Sheehy, Senior Associate, McCann FitzGerald
There will be 5 structured CPD points awarded to all attendees at this conference from the CPD certification service. This conference is also CPD Certified by CIRI for 5 structured points
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.Read more
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
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.Read more
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.
Solicitor & Director, Quigg Golden
Edward is a partner in Quigg Golden Solicitors.Read more
With over 20 years’ experience in procurement, he regularly advises public sector procurement heads, recommends strategies, drafts procurement policies and tender documentation.
Edward has successfully represented public bodies, in Ireland and the UK, guiding them through the process to avoid challenges.
When challenges have occurred, he has successfully defended the procuring body, using all domestic and EU legalisation to support the position and backing this up with the relevant case law.
Partner, Philip Lee Solicitors
Clare is a partner in the projects group of the commercial law firm Philip Lee.Read more
She specializes 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 are making law in the Irish Courts in the past year. 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 is partner and Head of the ByrneWallace Projects and Infrastructure team.Read more
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.
Managing Partner and head of Construction and Procurement Department, Herbots Solicitors
Bruno Herbots is Managing Partner and head of Herbots’ Construction and Procurement Department.Read more
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
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.Read more
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.
Talbot Hotel (Formerly Stillorgan Park Hotel)
SAVE €100.00 BY BOOKING THE EARLY BIRD RATE OF €395 + VAT per Person – Normal Rate @ €495 + VAT.
CMG Events Conference Discount
- 10% discount for the third delegate booked or subsequent bookings thereafter from the same company.
The rate to attend includes morning tea/coffee and refreshments on arrival at registration, mid-morning tea/coffee and pastries and full buffet lunch. You will receive the speakers PowerPoint presentations within 24 hours after the event.