Services - 410179-2018

20/09/2018    S181

United Kingdom-Norwich: Legal services

2018/S 181-410179

Contract notice

Services

Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: Norfolk County Council
Postal address: County Hall, Martineau Lane
Town: Norwich
NUTS code: UKH15 Norwich and East Norfolk
Postal code: NR1 2DH
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Julie Ward
E-mail: sourcingteam@norfolk.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

Main address: www.norfolk.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/norfolkcc/aspx/Home

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: Norfolk County Council
Postal address: County Hall, Martineau Lane
Town: Norwich
NUTS code: UKH15 Norwich and East Norfolk
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: sourcingteam@norfolk.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

Main address: www.norfolk.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/norfolkcc/aspx/Home

I.2)Information about joint procurement
The contract involves joint procurement
I.3)Communication
The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/norfolkcc/aspx/Home
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/norfolkcc/aspx/Home
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Regional or local authority
I.5)Main activity
General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement
II.1.1)Title:

A Multi-Provider, Multi Lot Framework Agreement for the Provision of Legal Services primarily in Support of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)

Reference number: NCCT41620
II.1.2)Main CPV code
79100000 Legal services
II.1.3)Type of contract
Services
II.1.4)Short description:

Norfolk County Council, on its own behalf and on behalf of the City of Wolverhampton and City of Edinburgh Councils, Brunel Pensions Partnership, the Environment Agency and Local Pensions Partnership wish to let a multi-provider, multi-Lot Framework Agreement for the provision of Legal Services. This Framework Agreement is for the provision of legal services to Administering Authorities of Local Government Pension Schemes (LGPS) and Employer Bodies within the respective funds on all aspects of the law and regulations applicable to them including specialist advisers in pensions and investment law. This procurement has been split into 7 Lots.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 11 750 000.00 GBP
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for all lots
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:

Full Service (England and Wales)

Lot No: 1
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
79100000 Legal services
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKG WEST MIDLANDS (ENGLAND)
NUTS code: UKI LONDON
NUTS code: UKH EAST OF ENGLAND
NUTS code: UKJ SOUTH EAST (ENGLAND)
NUTS code: UKD NORTH WEST (ENGLAND)
NUTS code: UKE YORKSHIRE AND THE HUMBER
NUTS code: UKK SOUTH WEST (ENGLAND)
NUTS code: UKC NORTH EAST (ENGLAND)
NUTS code: UKF EAST MIDLANDS (ENGLAND)
NUTS code: UKL WALES
Main site or place of performance:

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The scope of Lot 1 covers legal advice on all aspects of the laws and regulations of England and Wales relevant to LGPS asset pools funds, LGPS Administering Authorities and their participating scheme employers across the UK (in respect of their participation in the LGPS) and the operators of LGPS investment pools.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: yes
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

The maximum number of providers to be appointed to the Framework for Lot 1, is 10.

II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:

Full Service (Scotland)

Lot No: 2
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
79100000 Legal services
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKM SCOTLAND
Main site or place of performance:

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The scope of Lot 2 covers legal advice on all aspects of the laws and regulations of Scotland relevant to LGPS funds, Administering Authorities, scheme employers (in respect of and their participationg in the LGPS) and LGPS investment pools/collaborative arrangements.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

The maximum number of providers to be appointed to the framework for this Lot 2, is 6.

II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:

Full Service (Northern Ireland)

Lot No: 3
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
79100000 Legal services
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKN NORTHERN IRELAND
Main site or place of performance:

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The scope of Lot 3 covers legal advice on all aspects of the laws and regulations of Northern Ireland relevant to LGPS funds, administering authorities (in respect of their participating participation and LGPS investment pools/collaborative arrangements).

II.2.5)Award criteria
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

The maximum number of providers to be appointed to the framework for Lot 3, is 6.

II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:

Investment (UK Wide)

Lot No: 4
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
79100000 Legal services
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UK UNITED KINGDOM
Main site or place of performance:

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The scope of Lot 4 is focused on legal advice relating to different aspects of pension fund investment and investment management or /administration (including as part of a pooled fund structure).

II.2.5)Award criteria
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

The maximum number of providers to be appointed to the framework for Lot 4, is 10.

II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:

Benefit Administration, Employer Bodies and Governance (England and Wales)

Lot No: 5
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
79100000 Legal services
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKG WEST MIDLANDS (ENGLAND)
NUTS code: UKI LONDON
NUTS code: UKH EAST OF ENGLAND
NUTS code: UKJ SOUTH EAST (ENGLAND)
NUTS code: UKE YORKSHIRE AND THE HUMBER
NUTS code: UKK SOUTH WEST (ENGLAND)
NUTS code: UKC NORTH EAST (ENGLAND)
NUTS code: UKD NORTH WEST (ENGLAND)
NUTS code: UKF EAST MIDLANDS (ENGLAND)
NUTS code: UKL WALES
Main site or place of performance:

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The scope of Lot 5 covers legal advice on all aspects of the laws and regulations of England and Wales relating to pensions administration, management, governance and employer management and the admission, participation and exit of scheme employers.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

The maximum number of providers to be appointed to the framework for Lot 5, is 8.

II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:

Benefit Administration, Employer Bodies and Governance (Scotland)

Lot No: 6
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
79100000 Legal services
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKM SCOTLAND
Main site or place of performance:

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The scope of Lot 6 covers legal advice on all aspects of the laws and regulations of Scotland relating to pension administration, management, governance and the admission, participation and exit of scheme employers.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

The maximum number of providers to be appointed to the framework for Lot 6, is 6.

II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:

Benefit Administration, Employer Bodies and Governance (Northern Ireland)

Lot No: 7
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
79100000 Legal services
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKN NORTHERN IRELAND
Main site or place of performance:

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The scope of Lot 7 covers legal advice on all aspects of the laws and regulations of Northern Ireland in relation relating to pension administration, management, governance and the admission, participation and exit of scheme employers.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

The maximum number of providers to be appointed to the framework for Lot 7, is 6.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
List and brief description of conditions:

As described in the Invitation to Tender and associated documents.

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
Framework agreement with several operators
Envisaged maximum number of participants to the framework agreement: 52
In the case of framework agreements, provide justification for any duration exceeding 4 years:

N/A

IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure
Notice number in the OJ S: 2018/S 123-279459
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 17/10/2018
Local time: 14:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:
English
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
Duration in months: 3 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders
Date: 17/10/2018
Local time: 14:00
Place:

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
VI.3)Additional information:

This procurement will be managed electronically via the Council's e-procurement system. To participate in this procurement, applicants must first be registered on the system at https://in-tendhost.co.uk/norfolkcc Full instructions for registration and use of the system can be found at https://in-tendhost.co.uk/norfolkcc/aspx/BuyerProfiles Once registered you will be able to see the procurement project under the ‘tenders’ section and ‘express an interest’ to view the documentation. If you encounter any difficulties whilst using the system you can contact the In-tend support team by phoning +44 8442728810 or e-mailing support@in-tend.co.uk

The parties to the joint procurement are:

— City of Wolverhampton and City of Edinburgh Councils,

— Brunel Pensions Partnership,

— the Environment Agency,

— Local Pensions Partnership and Norfolk County Council.

The Framework may be used by:

— any administering authority and any scheme employers as defined in the Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations SI 2013/2356 (as amended) and or the Local Government Pension Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2018 as amended by SSI 2018/141; as defined in the Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014 / SRNI 2014/188(as amended);

— the Board of the Pension Protection Fund www.pensionprotectionfund.org.uk

— any other administering authority or organisation of a public-sector pension scheme or any public-sector body that requires pensions related services; and

— any Common Asset Pool or Collective Investment Vehicle established by or on behalf of an administering authority or group of administering authorities;

— any LGPS or groups of LGPS funds; or

— any bodies, organisations or companies established by them for the purpose of operating on a collective or collaborative basis.

For the avoidance of doubt, any framework user may award a contract to a successful Applicant for any Lot, in respect of any services within the given Lot. No framework user shall be prevented or restricted from calling-off work under any particular Lot(s). No guarantee of business is given. The value of the framework is expected to be between 2 550 000 GBP and 11 750 000 GBP.

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: Norfolk County Council
Town: Norwich
Country: United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures: The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (as amended) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern EN Standard form 02 — Contract notice 12 / 19 Ireland). Proceedings must be brought within 30 days from the date of knowledge (the date on which the economic operator first knew or ought to have known that grounds for starting the proceedings had arisen) unless the Court considers that there is good reason for extending the period within which proceedings may be brought, in which case the Court may extend that period up to a maximum of 3 months from the date of knowledge.

VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
17/09/2018