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Rail Legal Services

Contract ID: RM3756

Start Date: 31/05/2017

End Date: 31/05/2020


This is a panel agreement built to service the needs of the Department for Transport’s rail division. The agreement forms part of the replacement of expired framework RM919. It is intended that this agreement will provide specific advice in relation to rail related legal services, and in particular rail franchising. Whilst the agreement is predominately aimed at the Department for Transport other Central Government departments and ALBs may be able to access this Panel. Please note that this agreement is not available for use by the wider public sector.

The agreement is made up of 1 lot, which in turn is divided into 2 tiers. Tier 1 will house 4 suppliers and Tier 2 will also house 4 suppliers.


  • Providing more focused market capability and capacity
  • Customers will have ready access to market specialists
  • The new panel will engender competition and therefore drive value for money
  • Reduced volume of suppliers reduces agreement complexity
  • Work will be shared more evenly
  • Whilst the agreement has been intended for DfT – access is provided to other organisations that require access to rail advice
  • The new agreement will support cross government collaboration

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Department for Transport Customers should initially contact the DfT Strategic Relationship Manager Giles Price. Giles will assist DfT customers in the preparation and presentation of potential requirements.

For other customer departments, the agreement is self-service– although permission to access the panel should first be sought from Giles Price at DfT, please email Giles.Price[at][dot]uk

It is suggested that Customers initially read both the Customer Guidance Document, alongside the Panel Agreement. Customers may also wish to consider the Panel Services Document – this provided details on both the core and non-core specialisms available under the Panel.

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  • Panel has been awarded on a 3 year basis with the option to extend for a further 12 months
  • Savings are anticipated at 0.75% across the 3 years of the panel
  • There is the facility to benchmark rates after 2 years
  • Rates have been assessed as part of the tender process. Hourly rates include an up-front discount
  • Daily and monthly rates are also available at reduced costs

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The agreement was developed to address specific rail requirements for the Department for Transport. It is one of 4 panels that will replace the expired RM919 agreement.

The agreement was developed with significant stakeholder involvement – both the Department for Transport and Government Legal Department have been a part of the strategy development. 


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Lot details

Lot Number Lot Name Lot Category Number of Suppliers Contract Expiry
All suppliers 8 - click here to view suppliers
1.1 Tier 1 Professional Services 4 - click here to view suppliers 31/05/2020
1.2 Tier 2 Professional Services 4 - click here to view suppliers 31/05/2020

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Framework Manager Contact Details

Nicola Murray

0345 410 2222

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