Procurement Update


Repeated from East Midlands

20 October 2016, 9.30am registration (9.45am start) – 1.00pm (followed by lunch) Sheffield City Council

Presented by Weightmans and Browne Jacobson


Course overview

Suitable audience:



The course will assume some knowledge of public procurement. The course will be designed to provide a general update to those with some knowledge of procurement and will also look to share knowledge and experience across the workshop.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Procurement litigation update
  • Development agreements
  • What’s happened to the concessions directive
  • Cross public sector arrangements
  • New flexibilities on contract amendment
  • Utilising social criteria in procurement

The course will also include a litigation case study with interaction aimed at putting participants into a life like challenge situation.

Interactive elements 

This will be an interactive session which will require participants to make their own decisions in relation to specific scenarios.

Duration: Half a day (3 Training hours) including lunch


A Ethics professionalism and judgement

B Technical legal practice

B4 Draft documents

C Working with other people

C1 Communicate clearly and effectively

Presenter profiles

Vincent King, a Partner at Weightmans, is a projects and commercial lawyer who advises local authorities on outsourcing,  joint ventures, new corporate and contractual structures and funding models. Recently he has advised on the setting up of new corporate structures and new service delivery models. He has a good understanding of procurement law and has advised clients on the corporate, commercial and procurement aspects of regeneration schemes as well as property-based joint ventures.  He regularly speaks at seminars for local authority clients on matters such as commissioning, contract management and shared services.

Josh Conroy is an associate in the commercial dispute resolution team at Weightmans. He specialises in procurement disputes acting on behalf of commercial entities in challenging decisions made by contracting authorities, as well as defending such challenges on behalf of local authorities, NHS trusts, universities and other public sector bodies.  Josh is a member of the procurement lawyers association and regularly advises on all aspects of public procurement disputes.

Peter Ware, Partner and Head of the Government and Infrastructure Team at Browne Jacobson takes a lead on the commercial aspects of the local authority practice specialising in complex procurement, shared services, state aid, outsourcing and public sector joint ventures. Prior to joining Browne Jacobson Peter worked as a special projects adviser for Nottinghamshire County Council. His extensive knowledge of local authority law and his time leading major projects for various clients has given him a wealth of experience in advising all types of public bodies on commercial matters, in particular their public procurement, PPP and commercial work. He is also an active member of the national executive committee of the Procurement Lawyers Association.


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