Course Description

Certificate in Public Procurement

Certificate in Public Procurement is course run by Law Society of Ireland - Diploma Centre, Dublin. It is a 'Blended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online' course . Certificate in Public Procurement gives a Course Qualification of Level 1 Certificate, awarded by Law Society of Ireland. For more information about Certificate in Public Procurement at Law Society of Ireland - Diploma Centre, please review the details below.

Programme objectives

On completion of this Certificate in Public Procurement training programme, participants will have:

  • Detailed knowledge of the sources and scope of procurement law, both domestically and in the EU;
  • The ability to advise, design, and conduct a lawful procurement process;
  • Developed legal skills in advising clients involved in tendering for business;
  • An understanding of the public procurement environment to assist in clients’ strategic procurement  planning;
  • The ability to explain the decision-making procedure and an understanding of the remedies available to unsuccessful applicants;
  • Up-to-date knowledge and analysis of jurisprudence in the area;
  • Practical knowledge of emerging innovation in public procurement; and
  • An understanding of the importance of risk management in the process.

Programme structure and approach to learning

Featuring a unique block release format, this course will be of interest to lawyers practicing in the area, public sector employees and procurement professionals.

The rules applicable to the practice of public procurement are increasingly relevant to all practitioners, whether in the context of personally tendering for legal services, acting for tendering parties or, alternatively, when advising public bodies and utilities in relation to procurement projects. Furthermore, practitioners and other decision makers working for public bodies and utilities who have responsibility for the tendering process will be acutely aware of the importance of being fully compliant with domestic and EU procurement regimes. This course is designed for such practitioners and employees and will provide a sound understanding of public procurement law and the jurisprudence of national and European courts. The impact of Brexit on public procurement will be looked at, such as on market access, legal issues, contractual issues, freedom of movement, and costs. In addition, it will offer detailed advice and insight into best practice so as to minimise risk.


The programme is based on the following module scheme and covers key themes as listed below:

Module 1: Sources & scope

  • Sources of procurement law and principles of EU law,
  • The scope of procurement law,
  • Irish public procurement rules.

Module 2: The Procurement Process I – Tendering Procedure & Remedies

  • The tendering procedure: structure, thresholds, requirement to advertise, contract notices etc.,
  • Case study: The life cycle of procurement from preliminary market consultations to contract notice to award challenge (using a real example),
  • Remedies available to unsuccessful candidates.

Module 3: Case Law + Procurement Process II

  • Recent public procurement case law 1: EU,
  • Tender evaluation,
  • Different procurement techniques.

Module 4: Utilities

  • A focus on the Utilities Directive (2014/25/EU) and implementing regulations,
  • A practical look at the differences in conducting an award process under the Utilities Directive.

Module 5: Procurement Perspectives

  • The Concessions Directive,
  • Risk management in public procurement.

Module 6: The Future of Procurement and Challenges

  • Social procurement,
  • Green procurement,
  • Panel discussion on the effectiveness of the EU and Irish procurement regimes including remedies.

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for the following:

  • Solicitors and barristers who work as advisors in respect of procurement for public bodies or utilities or as external advisors,
  • In-house counsel,
  • Trainees,
  • Decision makers within the public service responsible for managing the procurement service,
  • Procurement consultants,
  • Procurement officers in independent organisations.

We welcome applications for this course from suitably qualified non-members. Please explain your interest and set out any relevant experience in a cover letter and a brief CV. Such applications are subject to a supplemental fee of €100.


Workshops are interactive sessions that focus on group problem-solving and are designed to be interactive and involve working in groups on selected case-study problems and analysis, with an emphasis on the application of the law to common scenarios encountered in practice.

  • Workshop 1:Saturday 16 May 2020
  • Workshop 2: Saturday 6 June 2020


The teaching faculty for this certificate comprises experienced practitioners in the field of public procurement.

Previous lecturers have included:

  • Aaron Boyle, Arthur Cox,
  • Bonnie Costelloe, Chief State Solicitor’s Office,
  • Anna-Marie Curran, A&L Goodbody,
  • Peter Curran, Eversheds Sutherland,
  • Catherine Donnelly, Assistant Professor, Trinity College Dublin,
  • Nathy Dunleavy BL,
  • James Kinch, Chief State Solicitor’s Office,
  • Shane King, CIE Group,
  • Cormac Little, William Fry,
  • Kate McKenna, Matheson,
  • Jenny Mellerick, Central Bank,
  • Claire Waterson, William Fry.
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Training ProviderLaw Society of Ireland - Diploma Centre
Course LocationDublin
Location PostcodeDublin 7
Course TypeBlended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online
Course QualificationLevel 1 Certificate
Awarding BodyLaw Society of Ireland
Awarding Body DetailsCertificate in Public Procurement
Course Start Date31st March 2020
Course End Date6th June 2020
Course TimeBlended learning: lectures onsite Tuesdays and online, and onsite Saturday workshops
Course Fee1550
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