National law firm Shoosmiths yesterday hosted an all-day event for London-based procurement professionals and in-house lawyers, advising them of fundamental changes in procurement law.
Well over 60 guests from public bodies across sectors such as broadcast media and local government attended the seminar hosted by David Jackson, Head of Shoosmiths' UK-wide technology, media & commercial practice, at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Portland Place.
Much of the focus was on how changes will impact on the outsourcing sector in particular.
Shoosmiths and guest speaker, Barrister David Gollancz, gave a run-down of the headline changes most likely to be relevant in the context of sourcing transactions focussing particularly on issues such as mandatory and discretionary exclusions, selection and award criteria, choice of procedure, abnormally low tenders, material change and the new concessions directive.
David Jackson said: 'Getting ready for the new rules and understanding the key changes is clearly important for public bodies responsible for buying goods, works and services. But an understanding of the rules is equally important if you are a supplier bidding for contract opportunities in the public sector.
'The attendance at this event reflected how relevant the upcoming changes to procurement law are to professionals in this market. From the moment we sent out the invite, we were told by guests that this had come at just the right time.'
Shoosmiths' technology partner, Craig Armstrong and senior associate, Joe Stephenson led a segment entitled 'Top Ten Trends' in the sourcing market, which focused on providing guidance on issues such as liability, privacy and data protection, off-shoring are re-shoring, exit management and TUPE.
David Jackson concluded the workshop by sharing some useful tips on how to effectively project manage deals to a successful outcome, using tools developed by Shoosmiths as part of its 'Convergence' methodology for managing outsourcing transactions.