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Procurement and contract management post Covid

  • Type HQN Event (Virtual)
  • Venue Virtual workshop
  • Start 09 Jun 2020 10:30
  • End 09 Jun 2020 12:30


Procurement and contract management post covid

Virtual workshop

Equipped to deal with the storm – reviving and thriving during and post lock down

Whilst there is no firm date nor plan from the government (as yet) for easing lockdown measures businesses are thinking about how to resume operations and what the new “normal” will be like.

Repairs and maintenance have undoubtedly been severely affected by Covid-19 and by lockdown. There will be a backlog to catch up with as well as decisions to be taken about this year’s planned programmes all of which will have financial, contractual, legal and operational implications.

There is a great deal to consider. HQN has teamed up with Anthony Collins solicitors to bring you this live virtual workshop covering the key points:

Legal obligations:

  • Guidance on the current legal position around gas servicing, compliance issues and other legal obligations
  • Health and safety issues – protection of workforce and changes to working arrangements, social distancing, working in customers’ homes etc.

Contractual obligations:

  • Complying with and enforcing contractual obligations
  • Different types of payment mechanisms (including PPP) and their implications
  • What is force majeure and when will it apply? What needs to be done to claim it? What are the practical implications?

Responding to government guidance:

  • Overall government approach to construction work
  • Guidance on PPN 01/20 and 02/20:
    • Payment of prelims
    • Advance payment and “catch up” works
    • Performance monitoring and KPIs
  • Clients obligations under charity and local government law (including State aid)
  • Varying contracts.


  • New procurements – timing and the practicalities
  • Running procurements during lockdown
  • Procurement “flexibilities”.

Planning for post Covid-19:

  • Current programmes and investment works – what can be achieved in 2020? How to prioritise
  • Budgetary and financial/spend implications
  • Works and service delivery implications
  • Workforce and contract mobilisation planning
  • At risk customers – their identification and their protection as the lockdown gets relaxed.

Managing contractor relationships:

  • The contractors’ perspective including:
    • practical delivery issues during lockdown
    • issues with catch up works
  • Financial support for contractors
  • Practical implications of various pricing mechanisms eg price per property/ target cost/cost reimbursable etc
  • “At risk” contractors.

Managing the DLO arrangement


Andrew Millross

Andrew is a leading procurement and construction lawyer at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP, which he joined in 1997 (following 7 years in house in local government). 

Andrew and his team work with registered providers, local authorities and ALMOs to set up major contracts, framework agreements and DLO and shared services arrangements for maintenance, servicing, planned improvements, new build, materials supply, IT, professional services and related activities. He has also advised on a number of large joint venture projects.

As well as this “regular” work, Andrew has been advising several clients recently on the impact of Covid-19 and Procurement Policy Note 02/20 on both existing contracts and ongoing procurement processes.

Kevin Bentley

Kevin Bentley is an expert on procurement and contract management. Kevin will share his wealth of practical experience of the process as well as ways of improving performance and productivity, driving down costs and raising satisfaction. He will approach the subject from a practical operational perspective, and will also cover procurement, value for money and the role of residents.

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Delegate fees:
Full price: £175.00 *
Members of any HQN network: £150.00 *

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A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited. There is no refund for non-attendance, but delegates may be substituted at any time.



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