• Pre-Commercial Procurement
  • Development of case law in the area of lifting the suspension
  • Best Practice Procedures in Tender Evaluation

A one-day conference

Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

Date: 22nd May 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, as well as improving your understanding on pre-commercial procurement, how can it be used and who will benefit from it.

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

Conference Chairperson & Opening Remarks

Peter Brennan, Managing Director, Bid Services

Developing the next generation of the Capital Works Management Framework

  • The key issues discussed
  • Principles underpinning the development
  • Structure of the consultation
  • Work programme explained

Speaker: David O’Brien, Chair, Government Contracts Committee for Construction, Office of Government Procurement (OGP)

Best Practice Procedures in Tender Evaluation

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

Speaker: Fergal Ruane, 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

Development of case law in the area of lifting the suspension

Speaker: tbc

Using the Competitive Dialogue/Competitive Procedure with Negotiation

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

Speaker: Sean Bresnan, Director of Sourcing and Head of Portfolio & Category Management, HBS Procurement, Health Service Executive

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: Andrew Beck, Barrister-at-Law, The Law Library

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, Lecturer in the Faculty of Business, DCU

There will be 5 structured CPD points awarded to all attendees at this conference from the CPD certification service.

Sean Bresnan

Sean Bresnan

Director of Sourcing and Head of Portfolio & Category Management, HBS Procurement, Health Service Executive

Sean Bresnan is the Director of Sourcing for the Health Service Executive (HSE).

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Sean has over 17 years’ experience as a public procurement practitioner across Defence, Utilities, Central Govt and Health sectors.
As Director of Sourcing with HSE he is responsible for an addressable spend of €2.2bn across all health related categories.

Dr. Peter Brennan

Dr. Peter Brennan

Managing Director, 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.

Edward Quigg

Edward Quigg

Solicitor & Director, Quigg Golden

Edward is a partner in Quigg Golden Solicitors.

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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.

Andrew BeckAndrew Beck

Barrister-at-Law, The Law Library

Andrew Beck B.L. was employed in the claims department of Hibernian Insurance plc (now Aviva) between 1999-2001 where he worked on hundreds of general insurance cases.

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Practising as a barrister since 2001, he has extensive litigation and advisory experience. Andrew Beck B.L. regularly acts for insurance companies across a range of professional negligence cases. He also regularly acts in policy avoidance and declinature cases. A prize-winning advocate (first in year at the Kings Inns), he is a member of the Bar Council Faculty of Advanced Advocacy Trainers. He holds law degrees from Oxford University, Trinity College Dublin and The King’s Inns.

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.

David O’Brien

David O’Brien

Chair, Government Contracts Committee for Construction, Office of Government Procurement (OGP)

Since 2011 David has been the Chair of the Government Contracts Committee for Construction and senior adviser on public works and construction services procurement.

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He is a member of the Construction Sector Group established under the National Development Plan to promote regular and open dialogue between the public sector and key segments of the construction industry.

Prior to his current role he worked with the National Building Agency where he was a lead architect on social housing and urban regeneration projects.

Talbot Hotel (Formerly Stillorgan Park Hotel)

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