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Higher education procurement and contracting during COVID-19

20 May 2020

This webinar took place on 20 May and is now available on-demand.

Universities, along with other education providers, are planning for a very different new academic year from September 2020, an academic year which will challenge existing delivery models and demand greater flexibility of people and resources. What can and should universities be doing to set up contracts for September in a climate where it is not possible to follow the usual process for running tender exercises, when there is so much uncertainty about how education will need to be delivered from September, or when staff on both sides of the tendering process have been furloughed or are otherwise engaged?

Join us for 45 minutes of legal commentary followed by Q&A, looking at the following:

  • How feasible is it just now to run a tender process and engage with suppliers?
  • What are the options for either extending current contracts or awarding new ones without a full tender process?
  • Does the guidance issued by government about using provisions in the Public Contracts Regulations to vary or award contracts cover forward planning for contracts required after “normal life” resumes?
  • How risky would variations or direct awards be and what can be done to mitigate that risk?
  • What terms could you include in any extended or new contracts to provide additional flexibility and protection should your needs change in the new academic year?
  • When awarding new contracts, what has Coronavirus taught us about what else a contract should provide for?

Your speakers are Anja Beriro, a Partner experienced in advising higher education and wider public sector clients in relation to procurement and commercial issues and, Paula Dumbill, a Partner in our Commercial team and specialist in complex public sector outsourcing contracts.

We look forward to speaking with you and are happy to take questions in advance to respond to on the day.

The webinar is now available on-demand, with links shared on our website and LinkedIn page.

on demand webinar

Our speakers

Anja Beriro

Anja Beriro

Partner

Anja Beriro specialises in local authority law, public sector procurements, commercial agreements, projects and shared services; clients: local authority and private sector bodies.

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The opinions expressed on this video are provided for the purposes of general interest and information and should not be relied upon. They contain only summaries of aspects of the subject matter at the time of publishing and do not provide comprehensive statements of the law. They do not constitute legal advice and do not provide a substitute for it. So why not talk to us and seek advice that's tailored to you? You can look up one of our experts on this website or call on 0370 270 6000.

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