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United Kingdom-Liverpool: Legal services
Prior information notice
This notice is for prior information only
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Trade Law Panel
Crown Commercial Service (CCS) as the authority intends to put in place an agreement for the provision of legal services relating to international trade, to be utilised by UK Central Government Departments and their associated bodies. Key specialisms may include:
(i) compliance with the law of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and trade agreements;
(ii) advice and services relating to the negotiation and implementation of trade agreements; and
(iii) the conduct of disputes under WTO and trade agreement dispute mechanisms.
This procurement relates to legal services within the meaning of Schedule 3 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. Given that this procurement process relates to ‘social and other specific services’ only, it is subject to limited regulation and accordingly will be conducted in accordance with regulations 74 to 76 of the PCR 2015. Any references to fully regulated processes or requirements are for ease of reference only.
International Trade and Disputes
Advice and services in relation to the mitigation and conduct of disputes under the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and trade agreement dispute settlement mechanisms, compliance with and enforcement of international law relating to trade, including the law of WTO and trade agreements.
International Trade and Negotiations
Advice and services in relation to the negotiation and implementation of trade agreements and trading relationships and compliance with and enforcement of international law relating to trade, including the law of WTO and trade agreements.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
This prior information notice replaces the previous PIN issued on the 15 June 2020
Crown Commercial Service intends to hold an engagement session on 23 June 2020 with suppliers interested in potentially bidding for the resulting contract. If you are interested in attending a market engagement session please express your interest by registering at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/trade-law-panel-market-briefing-tickets-108718622326 Further details will be provided to you.
Your email must clearly state: the name of your organisation and contact details for the individual(s) who will be participating in the market engagement.
Crown Commercial Service (CCS) will use an eSourcing system for this competition and reserves the right to use an electronic auction. The eSourcing system we will use is [https://crowncommercialservice.bravosolution.co.uk].
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.
The value in II.1.5) is an indicative value over 6 years (assuming a 4-year term with call-off contracts for a further 2 years).
The date in II.3) is the estimated date of publication, please refer to the CCS website page https://www.crowncommercial.gov.uk/agreements/upcoming Crown for updates and monitor tenders electronic daily for the publication of the OJEU contract notice.
The Cyber Essentials scheme 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 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.
To participate in this procurement, bidders will be required to demonstrate that they are Cyber Essentials certified or equivalent for the services under and in connection with the procurement.
The bidder may be awarded a contract but shall not enter into any call-off contracts with buyers until they are able to demonstrate to CCS that they meet the technical requirements prescribed by the Cyber Essentials scheme or equivalent for services under and in connection with this procurement.
The service that arise from this framework will involve the supplier holding material that has been assigned a protective marking under the Government Security Classifications Scheme (April 2014) of Official/Sensitive.
We also intend to require the following ISO standards as part of this procurement, detailed here for information:
ISO 9001 Quality management systems or equivalent;
ISO/IEC 27001 Information security management systems or equivalent;
ISO/IEC 27002:2013 Information technology — security techniques — code of practice for information security controls or equivalent;
ISO/IEC 27031:2011 Information technology — security techniques — guidelines for information and communication technology readiness for business continuity or equivalent;
ISO 22301:2019 Security and resilience — business continuity management systems — requirements or equivalent; and
ISO 22313:2020 Security and resilience — business continuity management systems — guidance on the use of ISO 22301 or equivalent.