A one-day conference

Live Virtual Event 

Date: 8th September 2021

This year’s conference will offer insights into the public procurement process in the areas of Sustainable and Green Procurement, Framework Agreements, Querying and Challenging Procurement decisions, Case Studies and much more.


If you are involved in the Public Procurement process, this event will be an invaluable resource, you will have access to the country’s leading experts in the area of procurement, which gives you the opportunity to get your burning questions answered in relation to your specific requirements.

The Public Sector Tendering and Procurement Conference is a unique live virtual event from our own custom-built CMG Studios. Initial feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with attendees praising the additional interactive elements, as well as increased Q&A opportunities throughout the day, giving you more opportunity to gain real practical insights on the key issues that are important to you.

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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.

Full Day Programme 

Opening Remarks & Conference Chair
Guidance and review of recent case law regarding – use of reg. 72 and reg. 32 of directive 2014/24/EU

Speaker: Dorit McCann, partner and head of our EU, competition & procurement team, Beauchamps

Querying and Challenging Procurement Decisions – A non-legal perspective

Speaker: Eoin Lonergan, FCIPS, Director at ELA Consulting Ltd, Procurement & Tendering Advisory

  • What’s happening and why it is so difficult to find out? Hard Data v Opinions
  • 10 questions dissatisfied bidders should ask themselves and the Contracting Authority, before consulting a Lawyer.
  • What does leading procurement practice feedback (debrief) look like?
  • Sound, and not so sound reasons for querying or challenging decisions.
  • Keeping everyone satisfied – strategies to reduce the burden and risk of queries and challenges post contract award 
BREXIT information and what to pay attention to when issuing contracts to UK Suppliers.

Speaker: Aaron Boyle, Partner, Arthur Cox

  • What additional items should be included in pricing schedule when publishing tenders to cover all additional costs generated by BREXIT
Socially Responsible Green Procurement Policy

Speaker: Orlaith Sheehy, Partner, Public Procurement, McCann FitzGerald

  • Embedding social and environmental considerations
  • Good practice examples
  • Ethical requirements being part of the tender specifications
  • The most suitable way of using these criteria as scored selection criteria
  • are there any achievable quick wins that could be introduce into the preparation of goods/services RFT’s?
Framework Agreements

Speaker: David Browne BL, The Law Library  

  • Designing award criteria for mini-competitions
  • Balancing framework agreements and competition law
  • Obligation to give reasons for mini-competitions
  • Duty to notify parties to a framework when awarding call-off contracts and running mini-competitions
Preparing specifications for your tender process

Speaker: Patrick Kane, Senior Associate, Phillip Lee Solicitors

  • Top tips on drafting specifications and SMART obligations
  • Using preliminary market consultations
  • Managing conflicts in specifications + recent case law
  • Obligations and options under the procurement Directives
Dynamic Purchasing system

Speaker: Anna Marie Curran, Partner, A&L Goodbody

  • How they operate
  • Pitfalls
  • What type of contract is it suitable for?
  • How to manage on a quarterly and annual basis
Overview of the Procurement Challenge Regime

Speaker: Emma Hinds, Senior Associate McCann Fitzgerald

  • Procedural Framework for a procurement challenge
  • Lifting the automatic suspension and other interim applications
  • Discovery in procurement challenges
  • How to prepare for a challenge

Dorit McCannDorit McCann

Partner at Beauchamps

Dorit is a Partner & Head of the EU, Competition & Procurement team at Beauchamps

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She has over 20 years’ experience advising public, utility and private sector clients on all aspects of procurement and competition law. Dorit has extensive experience advising clients on a wide range of procurement issues, including large scale and complex projects and developments. Dorit advises on procurement strategy and execution, selection and award criteria, evaluation methodology and scoring matrix, debrief requirements as well as procurement complaints and challenges.

Eoin Lonergan Eoin Lonergan

B.B.S.(Hons), MA, M.Sc, DipM, DipHE, FCIPS

Eoin is a recognised and accomplished procurement expert, author, trainer and board level advisor.

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Eoin was the 1st Sourcing Director at the Office of Government Procurement (2014-2016) where he was responsible for establishing national frameworks worth hundreds of € millions and where he supported the DoH in its negotiations with IPHA that resulted in the Framework Agreement of the Supply of Medicines (2016-2020) that led to reported savings of €600m savings for the State.

Prior to that, he specialised in Health and Social Care transformation and he headed up PwCs (UK) Social Care Procurement Advisory team where he delivered over 20 projects aimed at reducing the costs of care for public funders. His interest in health care procurement stems back to 1999 when he was Programme Director at the University of North London and he established, in conjunction with the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists (UK) the 1st recognised Diploma in Pharmacy Procurement. He is currently the Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (Ireland) and is one of only two CIPS Fellows in Ireland.

Orlaith Sheehy Orlaith Sheehy

Partner, Public Procurement, 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.

David Browne BL David Browne BL

BL, The Law Library

David Browne BL is a practising barrister in the areas of administrative, commercial and chancery law and specialises in EU, local government, procurement and planning law.

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He is the author of The Law of Local Government (published in December 2014 by Thomson Reuters, Roundhall) and is the co-author (with Patrick McGovern, Retired Partner with Arthur Cox) of ‘Procurement Law in Ireland’ which is due to be published in May 2018. He lectures in Administrative Law and is the Course Director of the Advanced Diploma in Planning and Environmental Law in the Honorable Society of King’s Inns.

He was previously an advisor in the Department of Transport, Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Trinity College, Dublin, Fulbright Scholar in the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley and an Associate in the Environment and Planning Group in Arthur Cox.

Anna-Marie Curran Anna-Marie Curran

Partner at A&L Goodbody

Anna-Marie Curran is a Partner at A&L Goodbody and Head of the procurement law team. She advises a wide range of clients in the public, utilities and private sectors on contentious and non-contentious public procurement matters.

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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.”

Aaron Boyle Aaron Boyle

Partner, Arthur Cox

Aaron’s practice is focused on the areas of infrastructure, procurement, PPP and project finance. Aaron heads the Public Law, Procurement, Transport and PPP and PFI Groups in Arthur Cox.

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He has been centrally involved in key infrastructure projects in Ireland for a number of years particularly in the areas of telecoms, health, education, transport and energy. Aaron has extensive commercial experience advising on a range of contracts and sectors including PPP, concessions, managed service, framework, logistics and ICT.

As part of Aaron’s procurement practice, he advises on the defence to procurement challenges and also promotes the rights of bidders.

Emma HindsEmma Hinds

Senior Associate, McCann FitzGerald

Emma is an experienced litigator qualified to practice in Ireland and the UK. She is a senior associate with McCann FitzGerald and advises on a wide range of contentious matters.

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She has acted in a number of high profile judicial review, plenary High Court and Commercial Court proceedings. She has experience in managing all stages of the litigious process, from the provision of preliminary advises, advancing pleadings, leading the discovery process, conducting of settlement negotiations, through to full trial. Emma also has experience in other forms of dispute resolution, including arbitration and conciliation. She has been involved in a number of large discoveries, providing advice on all stages of the process. She has also conducted large scale investigations for clients.

Patrick KanePatrick Kane

Senior Associate, Phillip Lee Solicitors

Patrick is a dual qualified (Republic of Ireland/England and Wales) senior associate in the Construction and Procurement department at Philip Lee, specialising in public procurement, commercial contracts and construction law.

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Patrick works with clients in the private and public sector and advises on all aspects of public procurement (including the preparation of tender documentation, the conduct of competitive dialogues, the creation of selection and award criteria, evaluation issues and the preparation of standstill letters). In particular, he has substantial expertise in advising public bodies on the variation of public contracts during their respective terms and IT procurement by public bodies. Patrick also regularly advises clients on their respective obligations and rights under the Remedies Directive and has been involved in several procurement challenges as part of the wider Philip Lee team.

Patrick advises contracting authorities, contractors and equity providers in relation to a number of Irish public private partnerships, including advising the preferred bidder on Social Housing PPP Bundle 2. Patrick regularly advises and negotiates building contracts and appointments on behalf of developers and contractors, including some recent major city centre developments in Dublin.

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



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