A one-day conference

Live Virtual Event 

Date: 10th March 2021

The Public Procurement Process is full of complications and changing requirements which can be quite difficult to navigate through. This year’s conference will offer insights into the procurement process in the areas of e-tenders, sustainable and green procurement, tender specifications, evaluations and the impact of Brexit and Covid-19.

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.

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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 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 

Opening Remarks & Conference Chair

Brendan Barrett, Communications Consultant

Procurement Case Law

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

  • Supreme Court judgment in Word Perfect.
How to detect and deal with bid-rigging?

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

  • Relevant case law and guidance on bid-rigging
  • How to detect bid-rigging
  • How to prevent bid-rigging
  • What should a public body do if its suspects bid rigging?
  • What should a bidder do if it suspects bid-rigging by others?
IP rights in Public Procurement

Speaker: Orlaith Sheehy, Senior Associate, McCann FitzGerald

  • Introduction of Intellectual Property Rights to public procurement officers, an important aspect when procuring innovation.
  • Why consider Intellectual Property rights?
  • Step by step guide for procurement officers
    • Could new intellectual property be developed as part of the tender?
    • Is there a risk of vendor-lock-in?
    • Is there market opportunity to commercialise intellectual property?
    • Are there other risks for keeping the intellectual property rights with the public authority
    • Are there any other risks for the public authority not retaining intellectual property rights?
  • Legal Framework and Case Law
Writing a Tender Specification

Speaker: Peter Brennan Managing Director, Bid Services

  • Key aspects to creating a good tender specification
  • What issues are to be considered? What impact could they have?
  • Issuing the technical requirements
  • Criteria and weightings
  • Service Levels
  • Sustainability
Socially Responsible and Green Public Procurement

Speaker: Peter Curran, Partner, Head of Procurement, Eversheds Sutherland

  • Buying social and going green – a new agenda?
  • European, UK and Irish perspectives
  • Implementing social, sustainable and green public procurement practices
  • Selected public contracts presented as examples of good practice
Public Procurement in Europe after Brexit

Speaker: Fergal Ruane, Partner & Head of Projects and Infrastructure, ByrneWallace

  • On 31 January 2020, the UK left the EU. This was followed by a transition period which will end on 31 December 2020.
  • What will be the impact on Irish Contracting Authorities and tenderers following the end of the transition period?  
  • What about UK procurement competitions commenced before exit day?
  • The presentation will also review the new UK platform for advertisements.
COVID-19, contracts and unmet milestones

Speaker: Paul Davis, Lecturer in the Faculty of Business, DCU

  • Reviewing Your Supplier Base
  • Doing things more quickly    
  • Adapting Procedures
  • Understanding and Engaging the Market Better
  • Embedding Social and Environmental Considerations
  • Looking for Innovation and Cooperation
The National approach to e-Invoicing

Speaker: Bruno Herbots, Head of Construction Team, Herbots Solicitors

  • The European Directive 2014/55/EU on eInvoicing and the obligations for the Irish public service and deadlines
  • The European Standard and what it means
  • The national implementation approach and the Peppol network
  • The eInvoicing benefits for Government and businesses
  • The information tools and support materials eInvoicing Ireland is providing to help public bodies in becoming eInvoicing enabled and to reach compliance with the Directive


Capital Works Management Framework time for modernisation?

Speaker: Éamonn Conlon, SC

  • Using the contracts to get predictable work flow
  • Design completion and changes
  • Multi-project alliances and frameworks and early(ier) contractor involvement
  • Collaborative elements: shared governance, shared risk and reward
  • Nudging collaborative (non-wasteful) behaviour


Dorit McCannDorit McCann

Partner & Head of the EU, Competition & Procurement team 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.

Orlaith SheehyOrlaith Sheehy

Senior associate in 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.

Fergal Ruane Fergal Ruane

Director of the Alliance for Insurance Reform

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.”

Dr.Paul DavisDr. 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.

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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