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Prof.
Dermot
Cahill
Prof.
Dermot
Cahill
Professor of EU Internal Market Law and Strategy with over 25 years experience in UK, Ireland, Belgium, Professor Cahill brings academic rigour to our evidence-based research for clients, working with clients to help them make the right decisions for their organisations, which are rigorous and evidence-based. Professor Cahill’s recent work has specialised on projects funded by multilateral banks focusing on Governance, Institution-Strengthening, Capacity-Building and workforce optimisation and professionalisation.

Professor Cahill previously worked as a National Legal Expert with the College of Europe advising the European Commission on Single Market harmonisation issues; as a Senior Lecturer at the National University of Ireland and subsequently as Professor at the University of Wales, Bangor where he successfully established the Institute for Competition & Procurement Studies. In 2014 the impact of his work with Clifford in the UK and Canada was adjudged by the UK Government to be of “international quality in terms of originality, significance and rigour”, which demonstrated our work’s potency to alter public policy in public administration and management of public contracts.

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Dermot’s ‘Barriers to Procurement Opportunity Report’ transformed public procurement transparency in Wales. The Report was lauded by Sir John McClelland in his Report Maximising the Impact of Procurement Policy in Wales where he described the work undertaken by Dermot and his team as “outstanding evidence-based research”, and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) observed it was the “best piece of research” into procurement dysfunctionality seen for many years.

Professor of EU Internal Market Law and Strategy with over 25 years experience in UK, Ireland, Belgium, Professor Cahill brings academic rigour to our evidence-based research for clients, working with clients to help them make the right decisions for their organisations, which are rigorous and evidence-based. Professor Cahill’s recent work has specialised on projects funded by multilateral banks focusing on Governance, Institution-Strengthening, Capacity-Building and workforce optimisation and professionalisation.

Professor Cahill previously worked as a National Legal Expert with the College of Europe advising the European Commission on Single Market harmonisation issues; as a Senior Lecturer at the National University of Ireland and subsequently as Professor at the University of Wales, Bangor where he successfully established the Institute for Competition & Procurement Studies. In 2014 the impact of his work with Clifford in the UK and Canada was adjudged by the UK Government to be of “international quality in terms of originality, significance and rigour”, which demonstrated our work’s potency to alter public policy in public administration and management of public contracts. 

An experienced project leader, and internationalist, Professor Cahill has led or contributed his expertise to many major projects funded by major global organisations such as the European Union and the World Bank. Professor Cahill’s books on cross-border trade and competition law are published by leading international publishers Cambridge and Oxford University Presses, and recent major articles by him have been published in major international journals such as Public Contracts Law Journal (USA, 2019) and European Procurement & Public Partnerships Law Review (2020).  

As HelpUsTrade’s Director of Client Strategies, Professor Cahill specialises in helping clients with:

  1. Strategy Development
  2. Adapting to Global Procurement Legal Regimes
  3. Developing National or Transnational Professional Education Programmes 
  4. Aligning Organisational Change and Processes, with Organisation Values
  5. Understanding the opportunities presented by EU Internal Market Policies
  6. Developing bespoke M&E Mechanisms and Competency Frameworks

Professor Cahill is seen as a non-hierarchical leader who can assemble formidable multi-disciplinary teams to tackle client problems. His teams’ work has been awarded several prestigious awards under his leadership during the course of his career, including the Robertson-Horsington Prize, awarded in Paris in 2017 by the Franco-UK Lawyers Association, which was jointly awarded for Dermot’s work over the years with the University of Toulouse Capitole I France for excellence in developing transnational legal education degree programmes. In 2016, his ICPS team were Finalists in the Bangor University Knowledge Transfer Awards and in 2013 at the CIPS Annual Awards in London for Best International Project. His independence and expertise were recognised also with invitations to serve as Expert Member for House of Commons Parliamentary Inquiries into specialist subject such as E-Invoicing; as Member of an Advisory Committee to the Law Commission of England & Wales; and being invited to advise leading figures in the major UK political parties on procurement “forward-thinking” and dilemmas in the years preceding BREXIT.  

Dermot’s knowledge and skills are evident in the projects he has led, which over the last 25 years have included:

  • Founder Director, Institute of Competition & Procurement Studies: which he established and led between 2010 to 2019. During his time as Chair in EU Internal Market Law and Procurement Strategy, Professor Cahill won over €5,000,000 in project funding from reputable global institutions such as the World Bank, European Union, to investigate barriers to cross border procurement trading, develop new procurement professionalisation programmes and global distance learning programmes, as well as develop new strategies and interventions for both national and international clients seeing to modernise procurement professionalisation and align organisation’s procurement practices with wider societal objectives. 
  • Strategic Plan Author: Professor Cahill (2018) advised the National Procurement Authority of Afghanistan on development of its Strategic Plan 2020-2025, funded by the World Bank
  • BREXIT and Procurement Expertise: awarded several prestigious ESRC awards between 2017-2019 to accelerate the impact of interventions developed by Dermot’s team to help SMEs win more public sector contracts 
  • Certification Mechanism Expert: Professor Cahill (2020) advised on upgrading the Certification Mechanism for Afghanistan’s National Procurement Institute (2020), funded by the World Bank
  • Cross-Border Bidding Consortia Expert: Professor Cahill coordinated a five-country research team (PPACT project, 2016-18) focusing on challenges facing cross-border bidding consortia in the European Union, working with ACCIO the Catalan Governtment’s inward investment agency and partners in Paris, Venice and Dublin;
  • Procurement Transparency Expertise: Professor Cahill was PI of a Major Procurement Transparency Impact Case Study (2014) which was rated by the UK Government Research Excellence Framework as “international quality in terms of originality, significance and rigour”, demonstrating the impact of his team’s work in the EU and Canada and also his impact on changing Government Policy in Wales via the 2009 Barriers Report.
  • Project Leader: Winning in Tendering (2010-14), a four year European Union funded UK/Ireland project, investigating why SMEs had poor success rates in public procurement and developing interventions to remedy this situation.  
  • Co-Investigator/Author of the Barriers to Procurement Opportunity Report funded by the Welsh Government, whose Recommendations transformed public procurement transparency in Wales (2009). Lauded by Sir John McClelland in his Report Maximising the Impact of Procurement Policy in Wales (2012) where he described the work undertaken by Dermot and his team as “outstanding evidence-based research”, and the Confederation of British Industry observed it was the “best piece of research” into procurement dysfunctionality seen for many years.
  • Project Leader: of the European Union-funded TenderWise Project (2004-2007), coordinating an Ireland/UK team focusing on how to identify barriers to SME procurement success and conducting spend-analysis to identify spending voids in local authority purchasing patterns.
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Dermot’s knowledge and skills are evident in the projects he has led, which over the last 25 years have included:

  • Founder Director, Institute of Competition & Procurement Studies: which he established and led between 2010 to 2019. During his time as Chair in EU Internal Market Law and Procurement Strategy, Professor Cahill won over €5,000,000 in project funding from reputable global institutions such as the World Bank, European Union, to investigate barriers to cross border procurement trading, develop new procurement professionalisation programmes and global distance learning programmes, as well as develop new strategies and interventions for both national and international clients seeing to modernise procurement professionalisation and align organisation’s procurement practices with wider societal objectives. 
  • Strategic Plan Author: Professor Cahill (2018) advised the National Procurement Authority of Afghanistan on development of its Strategic Plan 2020-2025, funded by the World Bank
  • BREXIT and Procurement Expertise: awarded several prestigious ESRC awards between 2017-2019 to accelerate the impact of interventions developed by Dermot’s team to help SMEs win more public sector contracts 
  • Certification Mechanism Expert: Professor Cahill (2020) advised on upgrading the Certification Mechanism for Afghanistan’s National Procurement Institute (2020), funded by the World Bank
  • Cross-Border Bidding Consortia Expert: Professor Cahill coordinated a five-country research team (PPACT project, 2016-18) focusing on challenges facing cross-border bidding consortia in the European Union, working with ACCIO (the Catalan Governtment’s inward investment agency) and partners in Paris, Venice and Dublin;
  • Procurement Transparency Expertise: Professor Cahill was PI of a Major Procurement Transparency Impact CaseStudy (2014) which was rated by the UK Government Research Excellence Framework as “international quality in terms of originality, significance and rigour”, demonstrating the impact of his team’s work in the EU and Canada and also his impact on changing Government Policy in Wales via the 2009 Barriers Report.
  • Project Leader: Winning in Tendering (2010-14), a four year European Union funded UK/Ireland project, investigating why SMEs had poor success rates in public procurement and developing interventions to remedy this situation.  
  • Co-Investigator/Author of the Barriers to Procurement Opportunity Report funded by the Welsh Government, whose Recommendations transformed public procurement transparency in Wales (2009). Lauded by Sir John McClelland in his Report Maximising the Impact of Procurement Policy in Wales (2012) where he described the work undertaken by Dermot and his team as “outstanding evidence-based research”, and the Confederation of British Industry observed it was the “best piece of research” into procurement dysfunctionality seen for many years.
  • Project Leader: of the European Union-funded Tenderwise Project (2004-2007), coordinating an Ireland/UK team focusing on how to identify barriers to SME procurement success and conducting spend-analysis to identify spending voids in local authority purchasing patterns.

Dermot has earned the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Civil Law (National University of Ireland)
  • Masters of Laws (National University of Ireland)  
  • Solicitor (Lawyer) (Law Society of Ireland)
  • Accredited Mediator (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, London)

Dermot and/or his teams have been nominated for several prestigious awards during the course of his career, here are some of the most recent awards:

  • 2020: Chairman, College of Europe Irish National Selection Committee
  • 2019: Member of Advisory Committee to the Law Commission of England & Wales 
  • 2018: External Examiner, Bar of Ireland 
  • 2017: Robertson-Horsington Prize, awarded in Paris in 2017 by the Franco-UK Lawyers Association, joint recipient awarded for Dermot’s work over the years with the University of Toulouse Capitole I France for excellence in developing transnational legal education degree programmes. 
  • 2016: Professor Cahill’s ICPS team were Finalists in the Bangor University Knowledge Transfer Awards
  • 2015: Invited by UK Labour Party to draft Parliamentary Questions to query Government procurement practices
  • 2014: Invited by the UK Conservative Party to serve as Expert Member, House of Commons Parliamentary E-Invoicing Inquiry
  • 2013: CIPS Annual Awards in London, Finalists for Best International Project

A list of Dermot’s Publications, Books, and Editorships:

Publications

  • Cahill D & Clear S., ‘An Empirical Study of the Frequency and Distribution of Judicial Review In resolving Public Procurement Disputes within the UK: Proposals for Legal & Policy Reform’ (forthcoming 2020, 32 pages) European Public Law Journal (2020)
  • Clear, S., Cahill, D. & Clifford, G., ‘Mapping the Effects of Brexit on Legal Education in Wales: Proposals for Addressing Students’ Concerns’ (2019) 53 The Law Teacher p.338
  • Evans, C. & Cahill, D., ‘Feedback and Supplier Debriefing: the Unloved Child of SME-friendly Procurement Practice’ (2019) 4 Public Contract Law Journal (USA) pp. 2-63
  • Owen, G. & Cahill, D., ‘The Act of Union 1536-43: Not quite the end of the road for Welsh Law’ (2017) 37 Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium 217-250
  • Cahill, D. & Owen, G., ‘A Blend of English and Welsh law in late Medieval and Tudor Wales: Innovation and Mimicry of Native Settlement Patterns in Wales’ (2017) 11 Irish Jurist 153-183
  • Cahill, D., “The Ebb and Flow of European Law: The interaction between Art 86 services of general economic interest, State Aid and Public Procurement Law” C Cahill, European Business Law Review (2010)
  • Cahill, D., “Competition Law & the Regulation of the Legal Profession in Ireland – Where’s the Trouble” (European Business Law Review, 2008,vol.19,no.6, pp.1061-1078)
  • Cahill D & Fahey E, “Article 234 & Competition Law An Analysis of all Competition Law Related Preliminary Rulings” (International Academic Survey, Rodger B., (ed.),Kluwer Law International, co-author with Fahey,E. & Oths., 2008, chap. 10)

Books

  • Cahill D., Corporate Finance Law (Cahill, Round Hall Sweet & Maxwell, 2000, 550pp. 
  • (Debt Subordination; Debt Factoring; Insider Dealing; Prospectus Regulation; Offers to the Public; Mergers; State Financing)
  • Cahill & Cooke, The Modernisation of European Union Competition Law (Cahill (ed.), Cambridge University Press, 2004, 750pp.). Invited by the International Federation of European Law to be Editor of the FIDE 2004 Congress 30 country survey on Article 81 modernisation (Judge John Cooke, General Court of the European Union, Chief Rapporteur).
  • Kennedy, Cahill, Connery & Power, European Law, Oxford University Press (5th ed., 2011), 327pp.; sole author 4 chapters.

Editorship:

Irish Journal of European Law (2004-2009)

In the last 5 years Dermot has pioneered/led several high-profile commercial, academic, skills-based events globally. These events included:

Event Management

  • International Procurement (2019): An event, held in Barcelona with ACCIÓ | Generalitat de Catalunya, that helped 45 high-growth SMEs win International contracts in a wide-range of sectors (i.e. manufacturing to professional services);
  • Procurement Week (2011 – 2017): An annual event (held in Bangor, Cardiff, London and Malaysia) that explored and promoted global trade, cross-border procurement, public procurement, and legislation linked to trading internationally. Over seven years the event attracted approximately 2000+ beneficiaries from 40+ countries world-wide, and brought together 150+ high-profile international speakers specialising in the intricacies of public procurement, economic development, smart cities, professional development, law, strategy, etc…
  • Welsh National Procurement Awards (2013 – 2016): An annual public procurement awards event that recognised and rewarded best practice in Public Procurement nationally.Over 4 years the event was operational, approximately 750 people attended the event and over 35 initiatives / organisations / individuals have received a National Award Public Procurement Award.
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