Public Procurement Law Conference

This is an advanced level conference, with a great balance of directly relevant talks and a second-to-none speaker line-up. Its suitable for those directly involved in awarding contracts subject to The Public Contracts Regulations 2015.

Why you should attend

The programme gives solution-focused answers to 9 thorny questions pertaining to how to award public contracts skilfully and lawfully with in the procurement rules.

The event is chaired by Edward Quigg of Quigg Golden who is one of the UK’s most-experienced public procurement experts and a veteran of scores of challenges. Panellists include, Janet Chinnery, Head of Corporate Procurement, Thames Tideway Tunnel and Claire Smart, Procurement Director, National Trust. Janet and Claire will be taking questions and sharing real life examples of how to apply practically the legal solutions.

Dates

The event due to be held in June 2020 in London and October 2020 in Manchester will not be going ahead as planned. Instead an award-winning filmmaker will pre-record the talks by the speakers and panel, when they can safely travel to the studio, in mid-July/early August.

The footage will be edited and produced as a top-of-the-line production; the quality you would expect from a TV broadcast service. The video will then be released on 22nd September only to those who’ve pre-registered for the event.

Agenda

0930: Registration and coffee

1000: Chair’s Introduction

1010:

  • Weighing up all the practical scenarios, how much of the winning bid should you divulge, especially around ‘added value’ which could be a competitive advantage?
    Answered by: Michael Mousdale of Browne Jacobson

1050:

  • When evaluating and scoring a tender, what can you do to eliminate ‘bunching’ and marginal score differentiation and so decrease the likelihood of a challenge?
    Answered by: David Hansom of Clyde & Co

1130: Morning Coffee

1150:

  • Supported by legally robust examples that work, how do you attribute cost to social value objectives such as climate change, population health and wellbeing?
    Answered by: Anna-Marie Curran of A&L Goodbody

1230:

  • Drawing on real-world examples, what sort of situation allows you to “justify objectively” differential treatment, e.g. SME market engagement or demos, presentations, interviews?
    Answered by: Fiona Scolding QC

1300: Lunch

1400:

  • When can you be confident in applying the mandatory and discretionary exclusion grounds, particularly “prior contract breaches” and corruption convictions?
    Answered by: Kate Rees of Hogan Lovells

1440:

  • If you know a tender is low because of previous experience and have written to the tenderer but to no avail, how do you disqualify because of price?
    Answered by: Emily Heard of Bevan Brittan

1520:

  • After contract placement, how do you rescue the situation if a modification is substantial but you can’t change contractor for economic and technical reasons?
    Answered by: Kate Gough of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

1600: Close of conference

How to book your place

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The up front cost of course is £77 (security deposit).

This is fully refundable on successful completion of the course. You can find out more about course funding here

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