Introduction to Public Procurement


1-day course

CPD Credit: 6.5 hours, C1

Course Aim

This course addresses construction procurement in the Irish public sector. It is designed for those working in and for the public sector who are interested in understanding public procurement principles, policies and procedures, within the context of the Capital Works Management Framework (“CWMF”).

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course all participants will be able to:

  • Describe the principles governing procurement
  • Understand frameworks
  • Understand procurement procedures allowed under EU Regulations
  • Draft suitable pre-qualification and tender documents using CWMF templates
  • Evaluate pre-qualifications and tenders
  • Correctly debrief unsuccessful applicants
  • Understand risks relating to legal challenges

Who should attend?

  • Employers
  • Employer’s Consultants

Trainer Profiles

James Golden


James has over 30 years’ experience working with major consultants and contractors throughout the UK, Ireland, Hong Kong and the Middle East.  He has extremely strong practical and theoretical knowledge on all the standard forms of building contracts used in the UK and Ireland and has provided advice to central governments, local governments, and contracting organisations on contractual and disputed issues.  He regularly represents parties in ADR forums, including adjudication, conciliation, mediation, and arbitration.

James is experienced in all aspects of dispute resolution and large-scale project management.  He is a practising adjudicator: a member of a number of appointing body panels including the Institution of Civil Engineers, TeCSA and the ministerial panel in Ireland.

James’ experience includes acting as an Expert Witness in arbitration and litigation.  He has acted as an expert on programming and commercial matters in litigation and arbitration.

James is an active member of a range of organisations including the ICE, the Society of Construction Law, the Adjudication Society, the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors, the NEC users group and also serves on the ICE DRP committee.

Claire Graydon

LLB (Hons), MSc

Claire regularly provides advice on both contentious and non-contentious procurement issues and works on behalf of contracting authorities to draft, implement, and manage entire procurement processes.  This experience has included every stage from advising on strategy, market engagement, publishing notices, drafting PQQ and ITT documents, managing clarifications, marking tender submissions, and drafting Regulation 6 notices.

Claire has experience in the management of PWC, FIDIC and NEC contracts.  Claire’s understanding of technical issues associated with the construction industry, coupled with her practical knowledge of the law and dispute resolution, ensures that she is ideally placed to evaluate and advise upon contractual issues faced by both client and contractor.  Claire regularly reviews contracts on behalf of clients to assist them in mitigating their risk and exposure.

Claire has also been involved in a number of contentious disputes.  Claire recently advised a large utility client on a final account dispute with a total contract value of €9m.  The dispute proceeded to adjudication and Claire played a key role in drafting the adjudication documents and managing the process.


  • "Found it very informative and a very good introduction to public procurement"
  • "Very good, knowledgeable!"
  • "Excellent overview, and course was delivered by a very knowledgeable trainer"
  • "Very well presented"
  • Daniel Duignan, RPS Group Ltd.: "Excellent"

Please contact the Team for further information on scheduled course dates and In-Company options. You can reach us by phone: 01 665 1305 or email