Over the last ten years, the world of public procurement has become much more litigious. Increasingly, unsuccessful bidders are prepared to challenge award decisions, and sometimes through the courts.
Where legal challenges happen, aggrieved suppliers often point to errors in the bid evaluation process as the cause of their lack of success. With the volume of procurement litigation having expanded so significantly, it can sometimes feel as though there is so much scope for an authority to get something wrong that the whole process is turned into an exercise in risk management - all aimed at avoiding what can be severely adverse consequences for the public purse, for crucial project timescales, and for authorities’ reputations.
This course will look at the rules on evaluation and at instances where authorities have failed to heed them. It will also unearth some strange anomalies that can arise even where award criteria and evaluation methodologies might at first sight seem perfectly sound.
If you want to gain a valuable insight into how to spot the issues and help avoid legal challenge, then you should not miss this course.
What You Will Learn
This course will cover the following:
- The importance of clear evaluation methodologies at selection stage and award stage
- The Crown Commercial Service standard selection questionnaire
- A look at the basic legal principles around evaluation at award stage
- The important distinction between selection criteria and award criteria
- Choosing and articulating compliant criteria
- Curveballs and unintended consequences
- Some issues arising from evaluating multi-lot tenders
- The extent to which bidders can be allowed to clarify or add to information in their tender after the submission deadline
2:00pm - 5:15pm
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