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United Kingdom-Liverpool: Legal services
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Finance and Complex — Legal Services Panel Agreement.
Crown Commercial Service as the Authority is putting in place a Panel Agreement for Finance and Complex Legal Services (‘the Panel’) for Crown Bodies and other permitted users identified at VI.3 (and any future successors to these organisations) (‘Panel Customers’). Panel Customers will then be able to enter into Legal Service Contracts with successful Suppliers for any required services. This procurement relates to the legal services which are listed in Schedule 3 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR) 2015 as a specific service. This procurement is being conducted under the Light Tough Regime (‘LTR’) is therefore subject to limited regulation a and will be conducted in
accordance with regulations 74 to 76 PCR 2015.
This Panel Agreement will be for an initial Panel Period of two (2) years, with the option to extend for up to two (2) further periods of twelve (12) consecutive months.
Suppliers on the Panel will be full service providers of finance and highly complex legal services, authorised and regulated by the SRA and/or appropriate regulatory bodies in other EU jurisdictions.
This Panel Agreement covers external legal advice and full project support required by Central Government and its associated bodies, for finance and highly complex transactions including complex finance, capital markets, regulatory complex work and the most, innovative and/or strategically important projects for Central Government. Suppliers shall be able to offer market leading legal expertise and a market leading level of service in order to meet Panel Customer needs to deliver their most complex and challenging projects and matters.
Suppliers will be will be able to provide all the Mandatory Specialisms required as set out VI.3). The Panel will cover Optional Specialisms also set out in VI.3)
The procurement will be conducted in three (3) Stages.
as set out in VI.3.
The Authority does not consider that the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 to be an issue in respect of this Procurement at Panel Agreement Stage as services are not provided at this level. At Legal Services Contract stage, the Authority takes the view that TUPE is unlikely to apply. It is the responsibility of Potential Providers to take their own advice.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
This procurement will be managed electronically via the Crown Commercial Service's e-Sourcing Suite. To participate in this procurement, participants must first be registered on the e-Sourcing Suite.
If you have not yet registered on the eSourcing Suite, this can be done online at https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk by following the link ‘Register for CCS eSourcing’. Please note that, to register, you must have a valid DUNS number (as provided by Dun and Bradstreet) for the organisation which you are registering, who will be entering into a contract if invited to do so. Full instructions for registration and use of the system can be found at
Once you have registered on the eSourcing Suite, a registered user can express an interest for a specific procurement. This is done by emailing ExpressionOfInterest@crowncommercial.gov.uk
Your email must clearly state: the name and reference for the procurement you wish to register for; the name of the registered supplier; and the name and contact details for the registered individual sending the email. Crown Commercial Service will process the email and then enable the supplier to access the procurement online via the e-Sourcing Suite. The registered user will receive a notification email to alert them once this has been done.
As a user of the e-Sourcing Suite you will have access to the Emptoris messaging service which facilitates all messages sent to you and from you in relation to any specific RFX event. Please note it is your responsibility to access these messages on a regular basis to ensure you have sight of all relevant information.
For technical assistance on use of the e-Sourcing Suite please contact Crown Commercial Service Support Desk email: eEnablement@crowncommercial.gov.uk
Stage 1 and Stage 2 tender submissions must be submitted by the date in IV.2.2 of this Contract Notice. Refer to pargarph 6 of Attachment 1 ~The Invitation for further information regarding timescales.
Cyber Essentials is mandatory for Central Government Contracts which involve handling personal information and providing certain ICT products and services. The Government is taking steps to further reduce the levels of cyber security risk in its supply chain through the Cyber Essentials Plus scheme. The scheme defines a set of controls which, when properly implemented, will provide organisations with basic protection from the most prevalent forms of threat coming from the internet. There are two (2) levels of certification: Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus. To participate in this Procurement, Potential Providers must be able to demonstrate that they comply with the technical requirements prescribed by Cyber Essentials Plus for services under and in connection with this Procurement. Potential Providers
may be awarded a place on the Panel Agreement but shall not enter into any Call Off Procedure and/or any Legal Services Contract with Panel Customers until they are able to demonstrate to the Authority that they meet the technical requirements prescribed by Cyber Essentials Plus for services under and in connection with this Procurement.
Potential Providers will be assessed on the basis of information provided in the Invitation. The Invitation can be accessed at: https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk using the instructions detailed in III.2.1 The Authority shall use a credit reference agency as the first step in determining financial risk in relation to Potential Providers' Tender Submission. The Authority will request a financial risk score based on the information provided by Potential Providers in their response to the Stage 1 Eligibility Questionnaire.
In assessing the financial risk represented by Potential Providers, the Authority may take into account a copy of its audited accounts for the most recent two financial years and/or one or more of the following in respect of its organisation: a) a statement of the turnover, profit & loss account, current liabilities and assets, and cash flow for the most recent year of trading for this organisation; or b) a statement of the cash flow forecast for the current year and a bank letter outlining the current cash and credit position; and/or c) an alternative means of demonstrating financial status if any of the above are not available (e.g. forecast of turnover for the current year and a statement of funding provided by the owners and/or the bank or an alternative means of demonstrating financial status). Potential Providers must possess the required level of Insurance cover detailed in the Invitation. The Invitation can be accessed at: https:// gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk using the instructions detailed in III.2.1.
Potential Providers are required at Stage 1 to submit four (4) certificates of past performance from customers to whom services (Mandatory Specialisms) were provided.
Potential Providers will be assessed on the basis of information provided in response to the Invitation. The Invitation can be accessed at: https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk using the instructions detailed in III.1.1.
Section IV: Procedure
Electronically, via web-based portal.
Section VI: Complementary information
The value provided in Section II 1.5) is only an estimate. We cannot guarantee to the Suppliers any business through this Panel Agreement. The Authority expressly reserves the right (i) not to award any Contract as a result of the procurement process commenced by publication of this notice (ii) to make whatever changes it may see fit to the content and structure of the tendering competition; and in no circumstances will the Authority be liable for any costs incurred by the Potential
Providers. As part of this Contract Notice the following documents can be accessed at https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Notice/cfff50c6-f1ac-4636-847c-3a885b4f8f23
1) Procurement Stages — Attachment 1
2) Contract Notice — Authorised Panel Customer List
3) Contract Notice Transparency Information for the CCS Framework Agreement.
4) Contract Notice — Mandatory and Optional Specialisms.