Start Time
9.15 AM
End Time
3.30 PM
There will be CPD hours awarded to attendees. Please check directly with your association or awarding body to see how many points they will award.

About this Conference

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. 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.


Conference Chairperson & Opening Remarks

Ross McCarthy, CEO,

Guidance and review of recent case law regarding – use of reg. 72 and reg. 32 of directive 2014/24/EU

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

Querying and Challenging Procurement Decisions – A non-legal perspective

  • 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

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

BREXIT information and what to pay attention to when issuing contracts to UK Suppliers.

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

Aaron Boyle, Partner, Arthur Cox

Socially Responsible Green Procurement Policy

  • 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?

Orlaith Sheehy, Partner, Public Procurement, McCann FitzGerald

Framework Agreements

  • 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

Bruno Herbots, Herbots Solicitors

Preparing specifications for your tender process

  • 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

Patrick Kane, Senior Associate, Phillip Lee Solicitors

Dynamic Purchasing system

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

Anna Marie Curran, Partner, A&L Goodbody

Overview of the Procurement Challenge Regime

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

Emma Hinds, Senior Associate McCann Fitzgerald

Who Should Attend?

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.


Dorit McCann
Partner & Head of the EU, Competition & Procurement team at Beauchamps
Eoin Lonergan
B.B.S.(Hons), MA, M.Sc, DipM, DipHE, FCIPS
Aaron Boyle
Head of Infrastructure, Construction & Utilities Group in Arthur Cox
Orlaith Sheehy
Partner, Public Procurement, McCann FitzGerald
Bruno Herbots
Head of Construction and Procurement at Herbots
Anna Marie Curran
Partner at A&L Goodbody
Emma Hinds
Senior Associate, McCann Fitzgerald
Ross McCarthy
Patrick Kane
Senior Associate


Early Bird Rate: €435 + VAT (LIMITED OFFER)

Full rate €535 + VAT

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 to avoid disappointment

Discounts available for bookings of 3 or more.