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Peter Curran is a Partner in the Projects Group.

According to Chambers UK 2014, "Peter is the go-to lawyer for telecoms companies and public authorities in commercial, regulatory and technical matters in the TMT sector".

"Head of [Public Procurement] department Peter Curran is ‘extremely professional and thorough’ according to his clients, who also praise his ‘excellent knowledge of procurement procedures and law’". Chambers UK

"[Peter Curran] is highly regarded for his experience in advising clients on major projects and PPP/PFI. Peers note his strength in complex procurement for local authorities." - Chambers UK

Sources say: "He is always available and his knowledge of procurement law and practice is second to none. His advice is pragmatic and informed." - Chambers Europe 2014

Peter has extensive experience of advising public and private sector organisations in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland on the procurement of projects and contracts across various sectors, including waste, education, technology, communications, social housing, health and energy. He has advised awarding authorities, funders and bidders on some of the most significant procurement exercises on the island of Ireland in recent years. He also advises on procurement litigation and has been involved in a number of the leading cases, both challenging and defending award decisions. Peter is recognised for his procurement expertise by leading independent directories such as Chambers UK, Chambers Europe and Legal 500 and he is the only Northern Ireland lawyer listed for Procurement in Who’s Who Legal 2014.

Peter has a background in technology and communications law, having been legal counsel to Vodafone Ireland for five years. He has extensive experience of advising on regulatory, commercial and contractual matters in the areas of electronic/mobile commerce, data protection and privacy, outsourcing, gaming, broadcasting and telecoms. Peter counts among his clients various Government Departments, leading industry players and a range of other operators active in the ICT sector in Ireland and further afield.

Peter’s recent experience includes acting as lead legal advisor to:

  • University of Ulster on the successful procurement of key construction and consultancy contracts relating to the development of its new campus in central Belfast (total value c.£250m).
  • Northern Ireland education authorities on the successful procurement of next generation technology and communications infrastructure to 1200 schools (C2K Project) (value c.£170m).
  • Local authorities on the successful procurement of numerous residual waste, organic waste, recycling, street sweeping services and infrastructure contracts, and also arc21 and SWaMP2008 waste to energy PPP projects. 
  • Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on its procurement of a system to track the movement of food animals in Northern Ireland (value c £65m).
  • Department for Social Development on its successful procurement by competitive dialogue of medical services to support the social security system in Northern Ireland (value c £90m).
  • Personal Injuries Assessment Board on the successful outsourcing of business process support services in the Republic of Ireland.
  • Dublin Airport Authority on the successful procurement of mobile communications services at Terminal 2, Shannon and Cork airports.
  • A major US pharmaceutical company on judicial review and procurement challenges to the Health Services Board and Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in Northern Ireland.  
  • Various social housing associations and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive on the successful procurement of numerous services/works contracts and frameworks.
  • Telecoms operators (including Vodafone, eircom, Mobitel Slovenia) and Government Departments in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland on significant commercial projects (including various broadband infrastructure roll-outs) and advising on regulatory/competition law issues.





Lawyer Rankings

Ireland > Projects and PPP

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Eversheds Sutherland is praised for its ‘very strong understanding of the relevant law and its practical application in this area’, as well as its ‘excellent level of service’. Peter Curran has particular expertise in public procurement matters; his recent highlights include acting as lead procurement law adviser to EirGrid after a successful tender, advising on all the procurement aspects of the proposed joint procurement with RTE pertaining to the Celtic Interconnector, an electrical link between Ireland and France. On the PPP front, Angelyn Rowan is advising the National Development Finance Agency on the procurement of its higher education PPP valued at €200m.

Ireland > Public sector

Eversheds Sutherland‘s practice is noted for its advice in the healthcare, infrastructure projects, education and financial services sectors; the ‘partners’ procurement knowledge and expertise in this area‘ is also a key strength. Peter Curran and Angelyn Rowan are advising the Grangegorman Development Agency on the procurement of major contracts for the development of student accommodation on the Dublin Institute of Technology campus, and Pamela O’Neill is assisting the Residential Tenancies Board with a new procedure for issuing its determination orders. Norman Fitzgerald heads the team.

Ireland > Telecoms

Peter Curran and Sean Ryan lead the practice at Eversheds Sutherland, which counts ComReg and Persona among its clients. Highlights included advising enet, the lead member of a consortium, on its bid for the National Broadband Plan and assisting electronic payments company Payzone with the reseller terms and end-user licence terms for a new system. IP and data protection specialist Marie McGinley is also noted.