Heinz-Peter Dicks followed the typical career path of a judge, working at regional, local and higher regional courts. After initially holding the position of interim presiding judge from 2004 onwards, he was a presiding judge at the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf (Germany) from 2005 to 2018, in the Second Antitrust Senate – which is responsible for the energy industry – and in the Public Procurement Senate, amongst others. He has worked as a lawyer from 2019 until 2021.
Heinz-Peter Dicks has for 20 years been a member of the advisory board of the public procurement magazine VergabeR, of the advisory board of the software company Cosinex GmbH, and of forum vergabe e.V., where, together with two colleagues, he has head the regional group North Rhine-Westphalia.
He gaves lectures on public procurement and antitrust law, teached lawyers who train to become certified specialists in public procurement law (with Bucerius Education in Hamburg (Germany), amongst others), and has co-authored various well-known antitrust and public procurement law commentaries.
As a result of having for many years been a member of a Construction Senate, of Antitrust Senates and of the Public Procurement Senate of the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf, which is the single busiest public procurement senate in Germany in terms of procurement complaints handled, and also as a result of having for many years presided an Antitrust Senate and the Public Procurement Senate of the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf, Heinz-Peter Dicks has acquired great expertise on a large variety of issues in these areas of law and is respected for this expertise throughout Germany. He was also appointed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) to the forum of experts advising on the 2016 public procurement law reform.
As a lawyer, he focused on advising on complex IT contract award procedures, the award of security-specific contracts, in-house issues faced by contracting authorities, the award of complex contracts during the so-called post-mining stage, and the EU-wide and national award of construction, service and supply contracts.