Laura Mullen

Partner

Laura Mullen

Partner

Memberships
  • Law Society of Ireland
  • Construction Bar Association of Ireland
Education
  • Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland, 2013
  • LLB, University of Wales, 2007

Laura is a partner in the firm’s projects and construction team and has significant experience working in a broad range of practice areas including PPP projects, construction, public procurement law and procurement litigation.

She has advised public and private sector clients on all aspects of public procurement law including on:

  • the applicability of public procurement rules – whether EU or national guidelines;
  • the appropriate tender procedure, drafting and reviewing tender and contract documents including selection and award criteria;
  • issues that may arise during the tender process such as, raising or responding to clarifications;
  • evaluation procedures and debriefing obligations – whether EU or national guidelines; and
  • risk mitigation measures when dealing with pre-litigation correspondence.

Laura advises private sector clients who have been unsuccessful in tender competitions. She advises both private and public sector clients on procurement challenges and on issues that may arise post-tender such as, the variation of public contracts.

In the area of PPP projects, Laura was part of the Philip Lee team who advised on a number of Irish public private partnerships (on the Authority, the successful bidder and contractor side) in the education, housing and health sectors. Project highlights include the Primary Care Centres PPP, Schools Bundle 5 PPP, Schools Bundle 3 PPP, Social Housing Bundle 2 and most recently the Community Nursing Units PPP which reached financial close in December 2022.

Laura advises on all aspects of construction law to include, amongst other things, the standard forms of construction contracts and drafting and negotiating bespoke construction contracts.

Laura provides procurement and construction training/workshops and seminars to private and public sector clients and CMG and regularly publishes articles on topical procurement and construction matters.

Recent Work

  • Advising the HSE on an ongoing basis on all aspects of its obligations under public procurement law. She most recently advised on a high value tender process for establishing a national framework for the provision of agency workers, on multiple tender processes related to Covid-19, on a number of tender processes for the HSE/National Screening Service and on a number of processes to establish a panel of providers to provide home care to the elderly, assisted human reproduction medical service and GP’s direct access to community diagnostics.
  • Laura advises on public private partnerships and has been involved in a number of PPP projects in the education, housing and health sectors. Most recently advising the HSE in relation to the Community Nursing Units PPP where she assisted with advising on the procurement strategy, drafting tender documents, advising on ad hoc queries regarding the tender process, updating the contract and schedules, attending rounds of dialogue sessions and providing legal commentary following same, advising on notification letters and all work required in the preferred bidder phase to reach financial close in December 2022.
  • Advising the NDFA on an ongoing basis in respect of the tender process for a multi supplier framework agreement for design and build contractors for the Devolved Schools Building Programme 2 using the standard GCCC tender documents and contract.
  • Advising several Universities on procurement and construction aspects of campus developments.
  • Advising the SEAI on an ongoing basis on all aspects of its obligations under public procurement law. She most recently advised on establishing a framework for the delivery of works pursuant to the SEAI Energy Poverty Retrofit Programmes and provided advice on contract modifications and the application of the ‘safe harbours’ under Regulation 72.
  • Advising a developer in respect of a number of major city centre developments, to include drafting and negotiating the construction agreement, providing strategic advices when required and providing advices on the contractual provisions in an existing construction contract relating to, amongst other things, extensions of time, additional costs and the force majeure provisions.
  • Advising the Housing Agency on the drafting of Development Agreements for various schemes as part of the Housing for All initiatives.

Laura is a partner in the firm’s projects and construction team and has significant experience working in a broad range of practice areas including PPP projects, construction, public procurement law and procurement litigation.

She has advised public and private sector clients on all aspects of public procurement law including on:

  • the applicability of public procurement rules – whether EU or national guidelines;
  • the appropriate tender procedure, drafting and reviewing tender and contract documents including selection and award criteria;
  • issues that may arise during the tender process such as, raising or responding to clarifications;
  • evaluation procedures and debriefing obligations – whether EU or national guidelines; and
  • risk mitigation measures when dealing with pre-litigation correspondence.

Laura advises private sector clients who have been unsuccessful in tender competitions. She advises both private and public sector clients on procurement challenges and on issues that may arise post-tender such as, the variation of public contracts.

In the area of PPP projects, Laura was part of the Philip Lee team who advised on a number of Irish public private partnerships (on the Authority, the successful bidder and contractor side) in the education, housing and health sectors. Project highlights include the Primary Care Centres PPP, Schools Bundle 5 PPP, Schools Bundle 3 PPP, Social Housing Bundle 2 and most recently the Community Nursing Units PPP which reached financial close in December 2022.

Laura advises on all aspects of construction law to include, amongst other things, the standard forms of construction contracts and drafting and negotiating bespoke construction contracts.

Laura provides procurement and construction training/workshops and seminars to private and public sector clients and CMG and regularly publishes articles on topical procurement and construction matters.

Recent Work

      • Advising the HSE on an ongoing basis on all aspects of its obligations under public procurement law. She most recently advised on a high value tender process for establishing a national framework for the provision of agency workers, on multiple tender processes related to Covid-19, on a number of tender processes for the HSE/National Screening Service and on a number of processes to establish a panel of providers to provide home care to the elderly, assisted human reproduction medical service and GP’s direct access to community diagnostics;
      • Laura advises on public private partnerships and has been involved in a number of PPP projects in the education, housing and health sectors. Most recently advising the HSE in relation to the Community Nursing Units PPP where she assisted with advising on the procurement strategy, drafting tender documents, advising on ad hoc queries regarding the tender process, updating the contract and schedules, attending rounds of dialogue sessions and providing legal commentary following same, advising on notification letters and all work required in the preferred bidder phase to reach financial close in December 2022;
      • Advising the NDFA on an ongoing basis in respect of the tender process for a multi supplier framework agreement for design and build contractors for the Devolved Schools Building Programme 2 using the standard GCCC tender documents and contract;
      • Advising several Universities on procurement and construction aspects of campus developments;
      • Advising the SEAI on an ongoing basis on all aspects of its obligations under public procurement law. She most recently advised on establishing a framework for the delivery of works pursuant to the SEAI Energy Poverty Retrofit Programmes and provided advice on contract modifications and the application of the ‘safe harbours’ under Regulation 72;
      • Advising a developer in respect of a number of major city centre developments, to include drafting and negotiating the construction agreement, providing strategic advices when required and providing advices on the contractual provisions in an existing construction contract relating to, amongst other things, extensions of time, additional costs and the force majeure provisions; and
      • Advising the Housing Agency on the drafting of Development Agreements for various schemes as part of the Housing for All initiatives.
Memberships
  • Law Society of Ireland
  • Construction Bar Association of Ireland
Education
  • Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland, 2013
  • LLB, University of Wales, 2007

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