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Date: 6th July 2017

This MasterClass will offer an insight into the rules of public procurement that a contracting authority must adhere to when awarding a public contract.

The course goes through the procurement process from tender evaluation and award requirements, to the standstill period and seeking clarifications in relation to the decision-making process.

Particular emphasis will be placed on explaining how the award of public contracts are challenged, offering practical guidance on the use of the Review Regulations, and how public procurement challenges are taken through the Courts.

Attendees will leave the course with a clear insight on the protocols set out in both the Award of Public Authorities’ Contracts Regulations and the Review Procedures Regulations. Attendees will also leave the course with an understanding of best practice techniques in relation to both the award, and the challenge to the award, of a public contract.

  • The Tender Evaluation Requirements
  • The Standstill Period
  • The Tender Competition Decision – Seeking Clarifications
  • Time Limits for Applications to Court
  • New Public Procurement Directive 2014
  • Circular 10/14
  • The Utilities Directive
  • eTenders Assisting SME’s
  • New Changes & Challenges In Tendering & Public Works Contracts
  • Recent public procurement decisions and their relevance to present tendering procedures and practice
  • Declaring the Contract Ineffective – Time Limits – Consequences – Alternatives
  • Suspension of the Public Procurement Procedure
  • Challenging the Public Procurement Procedure – the Court Process
  • Abnormally Low Tenders
  • Corrections to Tenders & Post Tender Negotiation
  • Changes to Contract after its Conclusion
  • The Award of Public Authorities’ Contracts Regulations
  • The Award of Contracts by Utility Undertakings Regulations
  • The Review Procedures Regulations
  • Recent Guidance from the Courts
  • Workshop

“Fiona was excellent in terms of her knowledge, application & ability to make such a heavy topic very interesting”

“Excellent, great material” 

“Fiona was fantastic, very well informed”

“Very relevant & enjoyable” “Very good facilitation. Clear, very easy to understand, very engaging”

“Well done & many thanks” 

“Excellent presentation by Fiona Forde BL” 

On completion you will receive your CMG MasterClass Certificate as well as your CPD Certificate containing 5 Structured CPD Points.

fiona_forde_100x100Fiona Forde

Barrister at Law

B.A. B.A.I. Mechanical Engineering; Postgrad Dip. (Trinity) Construction Law & Contract Administration; MCIArb; MSc (Kings College London) Construction Law & Dispute Resolution 

Called to the Bar in 2002, Fiona is dual qualified as both a barrister and a mechanical engineer. Fiona trained in London with the legal team of a global firm of consulting engineers before acting as legal adviser to their Irish offices and has experience in both contentious and non-contentious construction work. She holds a Masters Degree in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution from Kings College, London, a Postgraduate Diploma in Irish Construction Law and Contract Administration from Trinity College, Dublin and is presently completing her Executive LLM in Public Procurement Law and Policy. As a barrister, Fiona has been instructed across the full spectrum of engineering and construction disputes from professional indemnity insurance, loss, expense and prolongation claims, defects claims, public procurement and adjudication. Fiona is familiar with all the major forms of construction contracts from the traditional Irish RIAI and IEI forms to NEC, FIDIC and the Irish Public Works forms.

Training Environment:

CMG Professional Training courses take place at our state-of-the-art training facility in the Apex Building situated in the Beacon Quarter of Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18. The CMG Training Centre is accessible by the Luas, (Sandyford line, Stillorgan stop – 6 mins walk) several bus options (the number 11 travels from O Connell street Dublin and stops directly outside the training centre) and we are situated very close to the M50 at the Beacon Hospital corner. There are several car parks within a three minute walk from the training centre with very competitive ‘all day’ parking rates and we have a range of coffee shops (including Starbucks) as well as shops and restaurants nearby.

Date, Time & Venue:

Date:  6th July, 2017

Times: 9.30 am to 3.30pm

Venue: Apex Building, Blackthorn Road, Sandyford Dublin 18

Course Cost:

This course costs €375.00 per person (Early-bird rate) and includes course documentation and light refreshments. While the course fee does not include lunch, we do provide freshly made sandwiches, nespresso coffee and a range of teas and fresh juice for those who require a light lunch. Alternatively you can avail of the local food stores and coffee shops opposite the training centre for hot food or alternative lunch options.

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