Certificate in Public Procurement

Start Date 31 March 2020 at 6:00 PM
Assessment 2,500-word written assignment. Final assessment date: 17 July 2020.
Delivery Method Blended learning: lectures onsite Tuesdays and online, and onsite Saturday workshops.
CPD Hours The number of hours of CPD that you may claim in relation to this course will depend on the way in which you access each of the individual sessions.  For further information and the CPD booklet, see CPD scheme.
Course Leader Suzanne Crilly, Solicitor, Course Leader: S.Crilly@LawSociety.ie



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Application information

This course has been postponed and will run again at a later date. If you are interested in applying for a future offering of the course, please register here for our Interested List. We would be happy to contact you when applications open for the next offering. We look forward to welcoming you to study with the Diploma Centre.

Solicitors and Trainees

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Other Professionals

We welcome applications for this course from suitably qualified professionals. Your application must be approved before you can formally register on the course. To apply please email the following documents to diplomateam@lawsociety.ie :

  1. A completed application form (see below)
  2. Your Curriculum Vitae
  3. A short cover letter setting out your relevant experience

Please note, for non-members this course is subject to a supplemental fee of €100 bringing the total course fee to €1,650. No fees are required prior to approval.


Further information on this course including course structure, module scheme, faculty and workshop dates are set out below. Clicking on the links will bring you directly to that section or simply scroll through to read all the content. 

Programme objectives

On completion of this 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 modular 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. 


    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.  


    2,500-word written assignment. Final submission date: 17 July 2020.

    Who should attend?

    The 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 from others who are suitably qualified. 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. 


    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,
    • Dr. 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.


    We have designed our courses to enable you to satisfy as much of your CPD requirement as possible. Time spent attending lectures and workshops in person or completing these via e-learning as part of your course can be claimed towards your annual CPD requirement. The number of hours of CPD that you may claim in relation to your diploma/certificate course will depend on the way in which you access each of the individual sessions. For further information, visit the CPD scheme and download the CPD booklet.


    Suzanne Crilly, Solicitor, Course Leader: S.Crilly@LawSociety.ie

    *Every effort has been made to ensure the information contained in these pages is accurate and up to date. However timetables and course content are subject to change and date and time changes may occur due to factors beyond our control.

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