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Trading | Evaluation | Procurement | Disputes | TUPE Seminar

Acuity Legal Limited are appointed advisers under the legal framework for the Sussex Consortium. Since 2011 we have delivered a series of one-day seminars on legal and other topics for members of the Consortium and, more recently, for members of ORBIS Public Law.  We are holding a one-day seminar at County Hall, Chichester on Friday 19th January 2018 in conjunction with West Sussex County Council, for members of both of these organisations.

The seminar will cover a range of legal, commercial and financial topics: Trading Powers & Trading Vehicles, Evaluation of Bids (including financial evaluation), Managing the Early Stages of Disputes, Procurement Disputes & Litigation, Property Disputes & Litigation and Employment (TUPE issues and recent developments).  Mike Read, partner at Grant Thornton, will present a session on financial evaluation of bids.   


09.00: Registration, Tea & Coffee, Introductions

09.30: Trading Powers - Trading Vehicles
Craig Griffiths & Pam Milford (Acuity Legal)

  • Trading versus charging
  • Trading vehicles/structures
  • Issues to consider:
    • preparing to trade
    • procurement and state aid
    • regulatory

10.45: Tea, Coffee & Biscuits

11.00: Evaluation

Mike Read (Grant Thornton) & Deryn Rees (Acuity Legal)

  • Financial evaluation methodologies
  • Scoring and weighting
  • Disclosure and debrief

12.00: Lunch

13.00: Managing the Early Stages of a Dispute

David Hudson (Acuity Legal)

  • Recognise when action is required
  • Manage the early stages of a dispute
  • Protect the organisation and reduce risk
  • Contractual, procedural and practical options to achieve the above

13.30: Procurement/PCR 2015 Disputes & Case Law Update

Craig Griffiths & Jon Stroud (Acuity Legal)

  • Energy Solutions v NDA (2015): Discussion on Application of Francovich conditions
  • Bombardier v Merseytravel 2017: the changing face of procurement challenges
  • Wylde v Waverley BC: Consideration of Standing

14.30: Tea, Coffee & Biscuits

15.00: To TUPE or not to TUPE?

Claire Knowles (Acuity Legal)

  • How to assess if TUPE should apply:
    • Fragmentation issues and "principal purpose"
    • Employee v worker status and continuous service
  • Employee liability information
  • Managing proposed redundancies and dismissals
  • Sham secondment

16.30: Close

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