'Bidder evaluation and contract award - What does transparency look like?' seminar

30 May 2012

Bird & Bird is delighted to invite you to the second in its series of Public Procurement breakfast seminars on Wednesday 30 May 2012

Evaluation and award is one of the fastest changing and perhaps the most complicated aspect of public procurement law. It is also an area which both procuring bodies and bidders find difficult to navigate. Contracting authorities often find it difficult in terms of how to manage the process and what to disclose to bidders when. It is important to achieve a balance between being able to demonstrate a logical and defensible model, keeping flexibility and avoiding effectively writing bidders' responses or letting bidders "game" the process. For bidders, it is the part of the process which they most want to understand before bidding and in terms of understanding how their tender has fared, and the aspect they are most likely to feel aggrieved about. Understanding the rules, the problem areas and the implications is essential for both procuring entities and bidders in making the most of the process and protecting their interests.

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 will also look at the question of just what transparency looks like in evaluation.

We are pleased to confirm the speakers for this seminar, all of whom are experienced practitioners in this field, will be:

For further information, or to register to attend this seminar please contact the Events Team at events@twobirds.com or call +44 (0)20 7415 6000.

We hope you can join us.

The Programme

08.00 - 08.30
Registration and breakfast

08.30 - 09.15
Overview of the key principles and update on recent developments, looking at the rules on evaluation models and the disclosure of evaluation mechanisms and results

09.15 - 10.00
Interactive session on practical issues and considerations, including how bidders can best understand the process and deal with aspects they are unhappy with, followed by question and answer session