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Periodic indicative notice – utilities
This notice is a periodic indicative notice only
Section I: Contracting entity
Section II: Object
Legal Services — Market Engagement
Network Rail is engaging the market for the supply of a full range of legal services to support the delivery of its objectives for Control Period 6 (CP6) which covers the period from 1.4.2019 — 31.3.2024. Network Rail's mandate is to deliver a safe, affordable, reliable and growing railway. We are currently transforming to ensure that we can continue to achieve these objectives which include devolving accountability from central functions to geographically based Route Business units. Prospective suppliers will be expected to partner with us to ensure we provide a first class service to both the central functions and Route Businesses to deliver this mandate.
Network Rail operates out of offices across the UK.
It is proposed that the new framework agreement will consist of a small number of suppliers who will be expected to work collaboratively and innovatively to provide legal service capability across the full range of legal disciplines. Our requirements will include a mix of commoditised and project work including but not limited to the following disciplines:
Property (Development/Retail/Acquisitions/Disposals/Railway Estate Management); Procurement; Construction; Rail Regulatory; Dispute Resolution; Commercial, Health Safety and Environment; Employment, Competition; EU Regulatory; Freedom of Information; Data Protection; Debt Collection, Public Law; Planning; Telecoms; Insurance; and Corporate Governance.
Network Rail will be using this procurement as an opportunity to explore innovative approaches to the delivery of legal services to ensure that we are driving value for money for the taxpayer. We would like to encourage prospective bidders who are forward thinking, committed to innovation and who are open to alternative ways of delivering our requirement for a full legal service.
The legal services team is committed to a strategy of 'Delivering for Our Customers' and as such, we would expect interested suppliers to have customer focus at the heart of its delivery model.
As part of the market engagement, we will be seeking feedback through a combination of some or all of the following: market engagement days, surveys and Q&As, where we will seek your input into the development of the delivery models we are considering.
If you would like to be involved in the procurement going forward, then please email by 2.3.2018 Fiona.Matthews@networkrail.co.uk. Your e-mail must clearly state the following information:
1) Name of potential provider (company/firm);
2) Official address of potential provider (company/firm);
3) Nominated "Point of Contact" within the potential provider (company/firm);
4) Telephone number(s) of point of contact;
5) e-mail address(es);
6) URL of potential providers website.
Network Rail is committed to ensuring fairness, openness and transparency, and to follow EU procurement regulations. The Prior Information Notice (PIN) is however, issued solely for the purpose of conducting a pre-procurement market engagement and does not constitute any commitment by Network Rail to undertake any procurement in the future.
Interested parties will not be prejudiced by any response or failure to respond to the PIN event and a response to this PIN does not guarantee any invitation to participate in this event or any future procurement.
This PIN does not constitute a call for competition to procure any services, supplies or works for Network Rail and they will not accept any proposals offered in response to this PIN.
Network Rail is not liable for any costs, fees, or expenses incurred by any party in replying to or attending the PIN event. Any procurement of any services, supplies or works by Network Rail in due course will be carried out strictly in accordance with the provisions of the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information