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Legal Services Framework

Contract ID: RM919

Start Date: 01/02/2013

End Date: 31/01/2017

Description

CUSTOMER UPDATES - Two lots have been extended until 31st January 2018

Please be advised that CCS framework RM919 Legal Services has now expired with the exception of 2 lots; Lot 5 Finance and Regulation, and Lot 8 Major or Complex Projects.  These have been extended to 31st January 2018 on a limited basis.

• Lot 5 is extended for use by Central Government departments and their Arms Length Bodies.
• Lot 8 is extended for use by Department for Transport (rail services only) and all wider public sector customers.

This Framework and Lots are being replaced by four new panel agreements, the first of which General Legal Advice Services will be available early 2017, and the second - Rail Related Legal Services available in May 2017.

Please be advised that you must continue to submit all required management information for continuing call-off contracts by the 7th of each month; this must include contracts under the expired Framework Lots.

Should customers have queries regarding the use of this extension please contact the CCS Helpdesk on 0345 410 2222.

 

LEGAL SERVICES FRAMEWORK RM919 

Welcome to the Crown Commercial Service Legal Services framework.

This framework forms a key part of a “joined up” and coherent supply strategy for legal services designed to supplement your “in-house” legal resource.

It represents the “latest thinking” and “best practice” as a strategy for the supply of external legal services and, in appropriate cases, advice from counsel. It provides support to government and the wider public sector in the areas of legal work covered by the various lots illustrated below.

For central government customers, the supply strategy has been designed to provide access to legal services support in two ways:

1.    For central government contracts with a perceived value up to £500,000, the preferred procurement route for external legal services on matters (or groups of matters) is this framework. 

2.    Requirements for legal work which is expected to cost more than £500,000 in legal fees may be procured via further competitions under the framework where suitable, or by stand alone procurements outside of the framework.

Contracting bodies from the wider public sector have free and full access to the framework for all your legal services needs of any value.

Detailed customer guidance notes are available for reference or download, and can be accessed from the “Documents” tab at the bottom of this page.

The scope of supply is lot based according to the category and subject matter. Litigation and other forms of dispute resolution services in relation to matters arising out of, or related to, the subject matter of each lot are included within the relevant lot.

“Call-Off” (contracts) can be procured by a number of routes:

  • By direct award
  • By rota
  • By further competition – single supplier
  • By further competition – shortlist of suppliers

A full set of information including a fully detailed Rate Card, Discount Structures, Ordering Procedure, Contract Award Letter of Appointment and Terms and Conditions can be accessed either in the “Documents” tab below or by entering our eSourcing portal and following the instructions located in the “Access” tab below.

 

Lot 5: Finance and Regulation

Typical subject matter which may arise under this category includes:

  • Finance and Clearing-bank products
  • Banking and insurance
  • Investment management
  • Equity capital markets (including privatisations by way of initial public offerings (IPOs) and equity derivative products
  • Asset finance and structured finance (including securitisation)
  • Debt capital markets (including listed bond issues and commercial paper programmes, listed debt re-scheduling, monocline credit wraps and credit derivative products)
  • Financial services regulation (including Financial Services & Markets Act, rules of the UK Listing Authority and the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers)
  • International development/aid funding
  • International Financial organisations

 

Lot 8:  Major or Complex projects:

The Major or Complex projects lot will provide access to the provision of strategic, high level, broad based advice across a wide range of disciplines, including major, high value and/ or complex matters requiring expertise falling under any other Lots and legal matters arising out of or related to the matter in question including litigation and other forms of dispute resolution.

Typical subject matter which may arise under this category is set out below:

  • Project finance (including PFI)
  • Partnering/ alliance arrangements
  • Other projects of unusual complexity or national importance (including corporate joint ventures, public service concessions or franchises, major infrastructure and strategic outsourcing projects)

Benefits

  • Enhanced and expanded scope of supply including Litigation Services. Also, contentious services can be purchased where non-contentious services are being purchased in relation to the same matter or area of work.
  • The framework enables various attractive commercial terms including alternative pricing models. These range from traditional day rates or fixed pricing, to payments that are performance based.
  • Common terms and conditions: customers and suppliers only need to familiarise themselves with one set of contractual terms and conditions. There is no need to re-draft and/or re-negotiate terms for each procurement undertaken.
     

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Access

You can access (call-off) the framework in two ways - by direct order or by carrying out a further competition (mini-tender).

Central government departments are encouraged to use the services of our Service Operations Team who will carry out your further competition on your behalf. To access this service, please email legalservicesnewport[at]ccs.gsi.gov[dot]uk with details of your requirements.

Each “call-off” route will require you to log in to the eSourcing tool at some stage in the process, either to gain access to documents to download, or to use the site to carry out your further competition. If you do not have a user name and password, you must register first, either by submitting your details via the online form Register for eSourcing tool or by emailing eEnablement[at]ccs.gsi.gov[dot]uk with your name, organisation and contact details. A user name and password will be sent to you directly in either case.

Once logged in you will need to gain access to the framework pages. To do this, point your mouse over “RFx(s)”, in the drop-down box, click “manage RFx(s), when the “Manage and View RFxs” page appears, click “Templates”. This presents you with the main menu of Framework templates to choose from.  To access the Legal Services pages, click the “binoculars” icon on the right hand side of the page, this is the search function and is a shortcut to the relevant set of pages. Once open, type in RM919 into the “Framework Reference” box and click “search now”. You will now see the list of individual Lot templates (e.g. RM919/L1). Selecting any of them will reveal a small “paperclip” “RFx Attachments” icon at the top of the page. Clicking this will reveal the suite of documents, - Direct Order “rate card” matrix, the Ordering Procedure (Schedule 3 to each framework agreement), the Letter of Appointment and Call-Off Terms (Schedule 4 to each framework agreement). You can either download these to carry out your own call-off or use the template in the eSourcing system for carrying out a further competition.

The procedures for placing a contract with a supplier selected by direct award or rota system are contained in the Ordering Procedure (Schedule 3 of the framework agreements).

If you choose to carry out a further competition to select a supplier within a lot, you may do so using the prepared further competition template relevant to the selected lot as explained above. Before embarking on a further competition you should familiarise yourself with the Ordering Procedure (Schedule 3 of the framework agreements).

Any order for services should be set out using the Letter of Appointment and Call-Off terms (Schedule 4 of the framework agreements), and can be sent in hard copy format or emailed to the selected provider.

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Savings

Validated savings for the framework agreement, as measured by present (maximum) chargeable rates against 2009/10 (+RPI) rates, average 25%.

Throughout the life of the framework, we will carry out benchmark reviews of supplier charges after the first year, to ensure ongoing value for money. If a charge or set of charges for a specified service or services available under the framework are found to not represent “value for money”, then a provider or providers will be required to make changes to their chargeable rates to reflect value for money.

Providers who fail to reduce chargeable rates in line with the results of any benchmark review will be in “material default” of the framework agreement.

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Background

The new framework was developed in close collaboration with the Treasury Solicitors Department (TSol), consolidating Departments’ requirements into a single pan government framework to drive further savings and improve efficiency in the provision of legal services. It has been developed to meet the needs of the whole of the public sector.

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Lot details

Lot Number Lot Name Lot Category Number of Suppliers Contract Expiry
All suppliers 47 - click here to view suppliers
1 IT Telecoms Media and E-commerce Professional Services 7 - click here to view suppliers 31/01/2017
2 Property & Estates Professional Services 7 - click here to view suppliers 31/01/2017
3 Employment and Pensions Professional Services 7 - click here to view suppliers 31/01/2017
4 General Corporate including Tax Insolvency Professional Services 9 - click here to view suppliers 31/01/2017
5 Finance & Regulation Professional Services 9 - click here to view suppliers 31/01/2018
6 General Commercial Professional Services 20 - click here to view suppliers 31/01/2017
7 General Litigation and Legal Services Professional Services 15 - click here to view suppliers 31/01/2017
8 Major or Complex Projects Professional Services 24 - click here to view suppliers 31/01/2018

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Framework Manager Contact Details

Stephen Simpson

Legal.services@crowncommercial.gov.uk

0345 410 2222

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