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The Procurement Crystal Ball – Where Next After Brexit?

The Procurement Crystal Ball – Where Next After Brexit?

3 Apr 2019 - London. UK

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Understanding public procurement in 2019, particularly with Brexit looming, can seem like looking into a crystal ball whatever field you are in.  One certainty is that buyers will still have an absolute duty to comply with legislation when procuring their works, goods and services.

We are delighted that  David Hansom Partner and Head of Procurement Law at Clyde & Co will be speaking.  In addition, Professor Sue Arrowsmith Achilles Professor of Public Procurement Law and Policy, University of Nottingham will also be speaking together with Debbie Metcalfe, Achilles Consultant and Trainer.  There will be a speaker panel session for audience questions, prior to a networking lunch and we anticipate the event will conclude at around 2pm.

Why attend?

We have developed this event to support those in senior positions in Universities, Local Authority organisations and in Government procurement roles to provide some direction in this time of uncertainty. Here you will be able to learn about the impact of Brexit with up to the minute information around rules governing contract award procedures.


The day, held at the Clyde and Co offices in central London, will begin with a presentation from David Hansom, Partner at Clyde and Co, and specialist in procurement law. David will consider the issues surrounding Brexit in the context of existing case law and will provide real life examples to support understanding. He will give an indication (based on up to the minute information) on the future direction of travel for those responsible for procurement in their organisation and provide some practical strategies for mitigating risk whilst maintaining commercial best practice. The session will also explore how to lawfully award contracts urgently.

Following some time for you to network with peers and make new connections, Professor Sue Arrowsmith, Achilles Professor of Law and Policy at the University of Nottingham will look at what Brexit means for the rules governing contract award procedures. She will look at the position both in the short term (the next of couple years) and in the longer term. What are the different possible scenarios for future regulation and which are most likely? What effect will these have on award procedures and on legal remedies for suppliers? And will any changes means wider powers for contracting authorities to pursue sustainable procurement policies, including supporting the local economy and SMEs?

To end the event an open Q&A session with Professor Arrowsmith, David Hansom and Achilles consultant and trainer Debbie Metcalfe will provide you with the opportunity to ask questions specific to your organisation or particular to a scenario you are facing.


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