United Kingdom-Liverpool: Legal services
Prior information notice
This notice is for prior information only
Section I: Contracting authority
Main address: http://www.gov.uk/ccs
Section II: Object
Legal Services Marketplace.
Crown Commercial Service is to looking to set up a commercial vehicle or vehicles for the provision of a comprehensive range of commercial legal services to all UK public sector contracting bodies, to include central Government departments and their associated bodies including Devolved Administrations — Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the Wider Public Sector including Health and Education bodies, Local and Regional Government organisations, Emergency Services and Third Sector organisations.
Presently, there are 2 commercial vehicle types being considered, a dynamic purchasing system, and / or a framework. The choice of commercial vehicle(s) will be decided after the results of in-depth market and customer engagement sessions currently being planned.
The Scope of services provided by the vehicle(s) is envisaged to cover more than 35 ‘Legal Practice Sectors’ with subsets of more than 75 smaller ‘Practice Areas’. These are listed in Section II.2.4.
This procedure relates to Legal Services within the meaning of Schedule 3 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR 2015). Given that this procedure relates to ‘social and other specific services’ only, it is subject to limited regulation and will be conducted in accordance with regulations 74 to 76 of PCR 2015. Any references to fully regulated processes or procedures are for ease of reference only and should not be taken as recognition nor acceptance that the same apply in this instance.
Entry criteria, for potential providers which is not exhaustive, shall include:
1. Be an legally established law firm / provider of commercial legal services.
2. Be registered and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, and / or appropriate regulatory bodies in other EU jurisdictions, for example the Scottish Law Society.
3. Be in possession of valid and current Public Liability (PL), Employers Liability (EL) and Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) cover.
4. Be able to demonstrate the capacity and capability within the bid entity to fully provide at least one of the ‘Practice Areas’ as set out below.
Expressions of Interest from Consortium / Group (of) Economic Operators (GEOs) and Small / Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are welcome.
The ‘Practice Sectors’ and their subsets ‘Practice Areas’ (referred to in Section II.1.4) which will form the Scope of Supply of the proposed commercial vehicle(s) are as follows:
Administrative and Public Law:
Inquiries, Local Government Law, Professional Disciplinary Procedures, Public Regulatory Law.
Banking and Finance:
Acquisition Finance, Islamic finance, Project Finance, Restructuring / Insolvency, Loans / Lending.
Commercial Contract Law:
Data Protection and Information Law:
FOIA Law, DPA Law, EU Regulation.
Institutions — schools, and H&FE.
Discrimination / Equal opportunities, Policy, TUPE.
Regulatory Compliance, Regulatory Enforcement, Climate Change.
Financial Law Services:
Asset Tracing / Freezing.
Health and Safety Law:
Regulatory Procedures, Compliance, Training, HASAW, Waste.
PFI / PPP, Infrastructure Finance.
Intellectual Property Law:
Litigation and Dispute Resolution:
Personal Injury Claims, Commercial Property.
Media and Entertainment:
Corporate JVs, Public Service Concessions, Franchising.
Regulations / Regulatory Frameworks, Scheme mergers / de-mergers, Restructuring, Pensions Litigation.
CPOs, JRs, Divestment / Sale.
Project Finance, Project Partnering, Strategic Outsourcing.
EU Regulatory Law, Outsourcing / Insourcing, Contract Drafting Services.
Landlord and Tenant Matters, Leases, Licenses and Conveyancing, Site Development.
Real Estate Finance:
Real Estate Litigation:
Regulatory / Compliance, Spectrum Sales / Auctions, Procurement.
Road Regulatory, EIAs, Operator Licensing.
Law Costs Draftsman Services:
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
This market engagement will be managed electronically via the Crown Commercial Service's eSourcing Suite. To participate in this market engagement, you must firstly be registered on the eSourcing Suite. If you have not yet registered, this can be done at https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk by following the link ‘Register for CCS eSourcing’. Please note that to register you must provide a valid DUNS number (as provided by Dun and Bradstreet) for the organisation you are registering, and 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:
Please note that by registering in this way, you will then be in a position to express an interest in any future procurements conducted by Crown Commercial Service.
Once you have registered on the eSourcing Suite, the user can request access to the Market Engagement. This is done by e-mailing: ExpressionOfInterest@crowncommercial.gov.uk
Your e-mail must clearly state the name and reference for the market engagement — Legal Services Marketplace (Market Engagement), RM3788, and the following information:
1. Name of potential provider (company / firm);
2. Official address of potential provider (company / firm);
3. Nominated ‘Point of Contact’ within potential provider (company / firm);
4. Telephone number(s) of point of contact;
5. e-mail address(es);
6. URL of potential providers website.
Crown Commercial Service will then process the e-mail, and enable the potential provider to access the Market Engagement on-line via the eSourcing Suite. The registered user will receive a notification e-mail to alert them once this has been done.
As a user of the eSourcing Suite you will have access to the suite messaging service which facilitates all messages sent to and from you in relation to any specific procurement event. Please note that it is your responsibility to access these messages on a regular basis to ensure you have sight of all relevant information. For technical assistance regarding the use of the eSourcing Suite, please contact the Crown Commercial Service support desk by e-mail: eEnablement@crowncommercial.gov.uk.
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