From public bodies to large private organisations, procurement practice has become increasingly important. Buying smart, paying less and securing the best value is always the goal – in the face of evermore complex procurement law rules, regulations, national guidelines and codes of practice. Failure to comply with the rules of procurement can have very serious consequences. More and more, it is impossible for buyers to go it alone. A deeper understanding of the role procurement can have in delivering quality services while also achieving cost-effectiveness, is essential – requiring the advice and services of an informed legal specialist. MHP plays a key role within the procurement sector, ensuring our clients enjoy innovative and flexible procurement policies that comply with best practice at all times.
We are experienced in advising public bodies of the public procurement process and have a wealth of experience in advising public bodies on challenges to contracts awarded. We have also assisted with Alternative Dispute Resolution when possible deficiencies have been identified.
In order to ensure effective, professional and well-managed procurements, we advise on all aspects of developing corporate procurement plans under the Procurement Policy Framework (as established by the National Public Procurement Policy Union). Our scope of work includes compliance with the various procurement directives and legislation as set out in National and EU Procurement Criteria.
We work with public bodies to ensure they are fully informed of their obligations when advertising available public works contracts – including buildings, civil engineering, investigation works and all construction work.
Working with People
We assist procurement officers and provide guidance and information on the rules that govern their responsibilities. We also have experience in providing in-house training of key staff to ensure that correct procedures are used for both national and EU value procurements.
Our role within the procurement sector also includes:
- Advice on tender procedures, documents, evaluation and scoring of tenders as well as the notification process. We have worked across all types of tenders, including work, supplies and services.
- Advice in contentious and non-contentious matters.