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Starting off on the right foot: Developing effective specifications


Event summary

This webinar provides a complete, step-by-step overview of effective specification writing. Good quality specifications are essential for developing sound contracts that deliver value for money and help to achieve efficiency savings.


27 January 2022
Starts: 09:30
Ends: 15:05

Standard price

£195.00 excl VAT

Network Member Price

£99.00 excl VAT

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About this event

The specification is one of the most important parts on the procurement documents, but bidders often complain that they cannot fully understand what has been specified. This often leads to problems not just during the procurement process, but also once the contract has been awarded and is being delivered. 

The webinar will provide delegates with a greater level of clarity and ability to produce robust and commercially sound specifications, gained through new insights, techniques and practical advice. 

Who should attend?

The webinar is ideal for staff involved in the writing, preparation and approving of the specification for use in tenders. It will support, procurement, commissioners and budget holders who have to write or advice on the development of specifications, as well as contract & commercial managers, finance, project managers and auditors who have to use specifications to ensure contracts are delivered on time and within budget.

How will you benefit from attending?

Attendees will learn about:

  • the do's and don'ts of writing tender specifications
  • how to structure and format the specification
  • the key steps in writing an effective specification 
  • tools and techniques for scoping and structuring specifications
  • technical writing skills and importance of using correct terminology  
  • using the specification to ensure completion in your tenders

CPD hours

Two and a half.


  • Asset management
  • / Commissioning
  • / Housing
  • / Internal audit
  • / Risk management
  • / Value for money

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Speaker - Mohamed Hans, Procurement Advisor, CIPFA Procurement and Commissioning Network (CPCN)

Mohamed Hans

Mohamed Hans joined CIPFA in 2004 after working as a senior commercial solicitor for a number of West Yorkshire local authorities. He is an expert on the European Public Procurement Rules and has written extensively on this topic as well as developed widely used practitioner toolkits. He is also invited to speak at conferences (UK and abroad) and is often the first point of contact for practitioners understanding complex procurement issues. He manages the CIPFA Procurement and Commissioning Network which has nearly 100 member authorities. Email:, Tel: 07717 345188.

Speaker - Jamie Thomas

Jamie Thomas is a specialist procurement officer at Durham County Council, a unitary local authority with an annual procurement spend of around £500m. Jamie has been part of the procurement team since 2010. He is responsible for procurement law compliance, and also leads on social value and supplier engagement. Durham’s procurement team recently won the Social Value Leadership Award at the Cabinet Office-backed UK Social Value Awards.

Prior to joining Durham County Council, Jamie worked as a journalist, and as a parliamentary researcher. He has an academic interest in sustainable development, having studied International Relations at the University of St. Andrews, and is currently completing a Master’s degree in public procurement law and policy via Nottingham University’s law school.