Procurement masterclass

Thursday 28 March 2019, Anthony Collins Solicitors' Offices, Birmingham

Led by Andrew Millross (Partner, Anthony Collins Solicitors)

This training day focuses on some of the pitfalls of the procurement process, including a look at the top 10 procurement mistakes that even experienced procurement professionals can make, and how to avoid them. The structure of the session focuses on scenario planning for difficult situations.

Topics covered will include:

  •   Group structures, DLOs and where you do and don’t need to tender;
  •   Soft market testing, prior involvement and how to ensure equal treatment;
  •   The tricky valuation and aggregation rules – including the differences between works contracts and those for services or supplies;
  •   Leaseholder consultation and frameworks – what are the options;
  •   “Package deals” for development sites – and what to do about procurement;
  •   Whether using the open procedure all the time is a bad idea;
  •   Selection, references and what to do if the contractor you have just terminated wants to tender;
  •   Options for dealing with TUPE;
  •   “Award criteria without tears” - including whether you can still use site visits and interviews;
  •   Whether dynamic purchasing systems are the “best thing since sliced bread”;
  •   Minimising the risk of variations being challenged.


The content of the day is suitable for those involved in procurement processes on the client side, including both experienced practitioners and those looking for a refresher course. The session will allow those who are experienced in procurement to consider issues that arise in the procurement process in more depth with a peer group.


Booking is closed.

Employment issues in procurement

Friday 07 June 2019, London

Led by Doug Mullen (Senior Associate, Anthony Collins Solicitors)

Workforce costs are often the most significant costs in a contract and so getting a good grip on these is critical to running a profitable contract. TUPE and pension risks make assessing and managing these costs a difficult business.  Join us to find out the key ways of putting yourself in the best position to do this, with topics including:

  • Assessing how TUPE will impact on your costs at bid stage;
  • Ensuring that you’re protected against liabilities transferring under TUPE;
  • Knowing what terms you can change and how to do it when TUPE applies;
  • Informing and consulting on TUPE – what you need to know;
  • Pensions – ensuring you know what you’re taking on and what the hidden costs might be;
  • DLOs and WOS – the dangers of equal pay.”

Booking is closed.

Fuel saving improvement training


The National Housing Maintenance Forum (NHMF) has published new online guidance for social landlords about fuel-saving improvements and why addressing fuel poverty should be a key driver of asset-management strategies and investment plans. The NHMF is now also offering bespoke briefings for governing bodies and senior management teams, on why fuel-saving improvements should be a strategic priority, and training for asset managers to help them plan and deliver those improvements.

Briefing for governing bodies

A half-day in-house, bespoke briefing session for governing bodies, senior management teams and residents' representatives. The briefing aims to:

  • provide a comprehensive briefing on the issues of fuel poverty, climate change and energy efficiency, and their implications for social housing
  • explain why these issues should be key drivers of asset-management strategies and investment planning
  • provide guidance and examples of how this can be done 

The session builds on the NHMF's Fuel-Saving Improvements guidance.

The trainers will review each organisation's published strategy documents prior to the briefing, in order to ensure that a bespoke session is provided consistent with the organisation's circumstances and strategic objectives. Among other deliverables, this bespoke session will provide each organisation with:

  • a summary of the key legislative and business drivers for fuel-saving improvements as a strategic priority for their organisation
  • key investment and asset management questions related to the delivery of affordable warmth
  • a brief commentary on their published strategy documents, following discussion at the workshop

Trainers: Peter Rickaby and Andrew Burke (Rickaby Thompson Associates)

Cost: £1250 plus VAT

Training for asset managers

Comprehensive energy efficiency training for asset managers and technical staff, offered in partnership with The Retrofit Academy and providing credits towards the Academy's Diploma in Retrofit. This training takes the form of four one-day units dealing with the following topics:

  • introduction to improving energy efficiency in housing
  • assessing your housing stock and evaluating improvement options
  • strategies for delivering fuel-saving improvements
  • assuring quality: retrofit coordination and risk management

This training will be provided on an open-access or in-house basis by The Retrofit Academy's expert training team working in partnership with the NHMF. These units provide four credits towards the eight credits and examination pass required to earn the Academy's Diploma in Retrofit.

Cost: For open-access training £225 plus VAT per person per unit or £850 plus VAT for four units booked as a block. Discounts are available for multiple bookings and in-house presentations - please contact The Retrofit Academy for a quotation.

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