- 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.
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, Chairman and Finance Director, Bid Services
Best Practice Procedures in Tender Evaluation
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
Speaker: Bruno Herbots, Herbots Solicitors
Development of case law in the area of lifting the suspension
Speaker: Claire Cashin, Philip Lee
Using the Competitive Dialogue/Competitive Procedure with Negotiation
Speaker: Sean Bresnan, Director of Sourcing and Head of Portfolio & Category Management, HBS Procurement, Health Service Executive
Creating an Effective Tender
Speaker: Peter Brennan, Bid Services
Automatic stays on contracts in procurement litigation
Speaker: Andrew Beck, Barrister-at-Law, The Law Library
Brexit and public sector tendering and procurement
Speaker: Paul Davis, DCU
There will be 5 structured CPD points awarded to all attendees at this conference from the CPD certification service.
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).
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.Read more
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.
Solicitor & Director, Quigg Golden
Edward is a solicitor and Director of Quigg Golden, a leading procurement and construction law solicitors firm.Read more
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.
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.Read more
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.
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.
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).Read more
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.
Talbot Hotel (Formerly Stillorgan Park Hotel)
Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain number of seats fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised
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.