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Public Procurement Litigation, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin

Public Procurement Litigation: Practice and Procedure

Date: Thursday, 1 March 2012

Venue: The Robert Emmet Theatre, ArtsBuilding, Trinity CollegeDublin

There has recently been an upsurge in public procurement litigation, with disappointed tenderers increasingly willing to challenge awards made by contracting authorities. This conference will focus on the practice and procedure of public procurement litigation, examining both the application of the 2010 Remedies Regulations and cases taken outside the Regulations. It will provide practitioners, contracting authorities and those with an interest in public procurement with an overview of recent developments and a thorough understanding of how the rules on the review of tender processes operate in practice. A panel of expert speakers, all of whom have acted in recent High Court procurement cases, will address relevant subjects including the commencement of proceedings, time limits, automatic suspensions, interlocutory relief, final remedies and strategic aspects of public procurement litigation.


Programme and Speakers

5:00            Registration


5:30            Commencing Proceedings and Time Limits

Nathy Dunleavy is a practising barrister and Director of the Irish Centre for European Law at Trinity College, Dublin. He has published widely in EU law, including in the area of public procurement and is author of Competition Law: A Practitioner's Guide (Bloomsbury Professional, 2010). He has experience representing both aggrieved bidders and contracting authorities in public procurement cases.


6:00            Automatic Suspension and Interlocutory Relief

Dr Catherine Donnelly LL.B. (Dubl), B.C.L. (Oxon), LL.M. (Harv), D.Phil. (Oxon), B.L. is a Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin and a practising barrister. She is also a member of Blackstone Chambers in London. She publishes and practises in the areas of Public Procurement Law, Administrative Law, European Union Law and Human Rights Law. She is editor of De Smith’s Judicial Review (Sweet and Maxwell, 2007 and 2009); author of Delegation of Governmental Power to Private Parties: A Comparative Perspective (Oxford University Press, 2007); and a contributor to A Lester, D Pannick and J Herberg, Human Rights: Law and Practice (Butterworths LexisNexis, 2010).


6:30            Tea/Coffee Break


6:50            Final Orders (including Damages and Ineffectiveness)

Niamh Hyland worked as the Jean Monnet Professor in European Law in Trinity College before moving to Luxembourg to be a référendaire to Judge Barrington at the Court of First Instance. She subsequently commenced practice at the Irish Bar in 1996 and specialises in EU law, (in particular public procurement, competition, environmental, and free movement), administrative law and commercial law.


7:20            Litigation Strategies in Public Procurement

Brian Murray is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and has an LL.M. from the University of Cambridge. He lectured in Trinity College Dublin from 1986-1987 and 1988-1989 in Jurisprudence and from 1989-2003 in Company Law. He was called to the Bar and began practice in 1989 and he was called to the Inner Bar in 2002.


7:50 – 8:20            Questions and Discussion



The right to substitute and rearrange lecture(rs)s is reserved.


The right to substitute and rearrange lecture(rs)s is reserved.


Reservations and Fees

150 euro per person

Group Rates (Euro): 270 for 2; 380 for 3; 480 for 4 and 560 for 5

Reduced Rates (Euro)*: 120


Members Rates (Euro)**:

Individuals - 110
Associates - 75
Corporate Group Rates: 200 for 2; 285 for 3; 360 for 4 and 560 for 5.


Fees include tea/coffee and lecture materials

* for barristers of five years standing or less and trainee solicitors.

** for members of the TCD CPD Conference Programme.


Payment Details:

All cheques must be made payable to TCD No. 1 Account.



Please complete the form on the back page and return it to the address below.


Reservations: Please complete the booking form and return to:

CPD Conferences, School of Law, House 39, Trinity College, Dublin 2

Telephone Catherine or Kelley at (01) 896 2367 / 896 2772;
Fax Number: (01) 677 0449; Email:


CPD Hours/Points

2.5 hours/points Certificates of attendance will be forwarded after the conference.