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Litigation and Commercial Seminar Oct 30th 2018

(24 Sep 2018)






Procurement Law: Practice & Disputes


30 October 2018

The Radisson Hotel

Golden Lane

Dublin 8


Topic information:

Kate McKenna will address the interaction between procurement law and competition law and the importance of a holistic perspective by reference to interesting recent cases at Irish and EU level;

Jenny Mellerick will walk through the steps in a typical procurement process, the potential pitfalls associated with each step, and the measures that can be applied to keep the procedures as robust as possible;

Nathy Dunleavy BL will discuss public procurement litigation, covering issues such as pleadings, discovery and applications to lift the automatic suspension.

Chairperson:  The Hon. Mr Justice David Barniville. 

Judge Barniville was appointed to the High Court in November 2017 and in February 2018, he was assigned by the President of the High Court to exclusively deal with all applications for permission to challenge decisions concerning strategic infrastructure developments.  He was educated at University College Dublin and the Honourable Society of King's Inns.  He was called to the bar in July 1990 and to the Inner Bar in October 2006, practising primarily in commercial law as well as Constitutional and administrative law, including Judicial Review.  He was previously a member of the Courts Service Board, the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board and the Legal Aid Board and held the position of chairman of the Bar Council from 2014 to 2016.




Kate McKenna is a partner in Matheson’s EU, Competition and Regulatory Law Group.  Prior to joining Matheson, Kate worked at Slaughter and May London and graduated from Trinity College Dublin.  Kate’s practice spans all areas of EU law including competition and public procurement law.


Jenny Mellerick is a partner in the construction team at McCann FitzGerald solicitors, specialising in public procurement. She advises a wide range of public, utility and private sector entities on procurement and contract law issues, including pre-procurement planning, compliance with national and EU procurement rules, and dealing with complaints/challenges. She lectures widely on procurement law, including for the Law Society of Ireland and the King’s Inns.


Nathy Dunleavy BL's practice areas include Commercial, Regulatory and EU Law. He acts for both Applicants and Respondents in public procurement cases and regularly advises clients on procurement, State Aid and other EU law issues.  Nathy also lectures on the public procurement law courses at the King’s Inns and at King’s College London.


Conference Information

Date:                30 OCTOBER 2018

Time:                2.00 – 5.00pm

Location:          The Radisson Hotel

                                Golden Lane

                                Dublin 8

Fees:                € 150.00 Member

                         € 245.00.00 Non Member

Registration:    1.30pm

                        2.00pm Presentations followed by questions and answers

                        5.00pm Conclusion


CPD:                3 Hours Group Study




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