Bidder De-Briefs and Challenges to Contract Awards

26 September 2012

Public Procurement: a series of breakfast seminars
Bird & Bird will be hosting the third in its series of Public Procurement breakfast seminars on Wednesday 26 September 2012.

Following feedback from bidders and authorities at the first two sessions, we will use this next breakfast seminar to discuss how Authorities should conduct bidder de-briefs, what information bidders are entitled to and how to manage challenges in the short time frames available.

Bidder de-briefs are one of the most sensitive areas of procurement practice. Disappointed bidders are often angered or upset by decisions on bids they will have invested a lot of time, money and effort into, so the de-brief process needs to be fair and handled carefully.  Bidders will want as much information as possible about how their proposal was marked and the overall marking process, along with lessons for future competitions.  Contracting authorities often find it difficult in terms of how to manage the process and what to disclose to bidders when.  They should plan adequate time for this part of the process and think about the sorts of information they will be able to provide to bidders to help to alleviate or mitigate any risk of challenge and to protect confidentiality of the winner's bid. 

We will also explore some of the practical considerations for aggrieved bidders in terms of commencing proceedings or using the threat of proceedings to their advantage and what steps Contracting Authorities should take in response to challenges from bidders.

This seminar will provide a summary of where the law stands today and an interactive forum to explore the key problems and practical and tactical considerations for bidders and authorities.

We are pleased to confirm the speakers for this seminar, all of which are experienced practitioners in this field, will be:
Jeremy Sharman, Partner, Bird & Bird
Peter Elliott, Partner, Bird & Bird
Roger Bickerstaff, Partner, Bird & Bird
Barry Jennings, Associate, Bird & Bird

For further information, or to register to attend future seminars please contact the Events Team at or call +44 (0)20 7415 6000.

The programme

08.00 - 08.30
Registration and breakfast

08.30 - 10.00


Save the date: "Re-tender an exit - Is incumbency an advantage?", our next Public Procurement breakfast seminar, will be held on 28 November 2012.