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Title: NPS Legal Services by Solicitors Framework
Published by: National Procurement Service (Welsh Government)
Publication Date: 01/04/2015
Deadline Date: 05/05/2015
Deadline Time: 14:00
Notice Type: Contract Notice
Has Documents: No
Has ESPD: No
Abstract: This procurement exercise is being conducted by the National Procurement Service for Wales (NPS), which is hosted by the Welsh Government. NPS acts on behalf of the Welsh public sector to deliver value for money from the procurement of common and repetitive goods and services 'once for Wales'.
The NPS on behalf of the Welsh public sector wishes to establish a Framework Agreement for the provision of Solicitors' legal services.
Tenderers are invited to bid to become a member of a panel of legal advisers, each appointed under a Framework Agreement. Arrangements will comprise the following subject area packages:
1. Civil Litigation
2. Criminal Litigation
3. Corporate Governance and Ethical Standards
4. Employment Law
5. Major IT and Commercial Contracts
6. Planning and Environmental Law
7. Property
8. Adult Social Services Law
9. Child Social Services Law
10. Education Law
11. Specialist Welsh & UK Higher Education Advice for the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW)
The list of organisations that are eligible to utilise the Framework Agreement can be located under section 3 of the Specification.
CPV: 79100000, 79110000, 79111000, 79112000, 79130000, 79140000.

CONTRACT NOTICE – OFFICIAL JOURNAL

Section I: Contracting Authority

I.1)

Name, Address and Contact Point(s)


The Welsh Ministers (National Procurement Service)

T’yr Afon, Bedwas Road

Caerphilly

CF83 8WT

UK

Professional Services Category

+44 01443663871

NPSProfessionalServices@Wales.GSI.Gov.UK


http://npswales.gov.uk

http://www.sell2wales.gov.uk/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA27760

http://www.etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk/

http://www.etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk/
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I.2)

Type of contracting Authority and Main Activity or Activities

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Yes

The framework will be available to use by NPS member organisationshttp://npswales.gov.uk/about-us/customer-member-organisations?lang=en . In addition the framework can also be used by Welsh Public sector organisations identified within the Invitation to Tender (ITT) documents.

Section II: Object of the Contract

II.1)

Description

II.1.1)

Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority

NPS Legal Services by Solicitors Framework

II.1.2(a))

Type of works contract

II.1.2(b))

Type of supplies contract

II.1.2(c))

Type of service contract

21

II.1.2)

Main site or location of works, place of delivery or performance

Across Wales



UKL

II.1.3)

This notice involves

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II.1.4)

Information on framework agreement (if applicable)

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Number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged

141

Duration of the framework agreement

48

Justification for a framework agreement the duration of which exceeds four years

Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement

60000000100000000GBP

Frequency and value of the contracts to be awarded

II.1.5)

Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

This procurement exercise is being conducted by the National Procurement Service for Wales (NPS), which is hosted by the Welsh Government. NPS acts on behalf of the Welsh public sector to deliver value for money from the procurement of common and repetitive goods and services 'once for Wales'.

The NPS on behalf of the Welsh public sector wishes to establish a Framework Agreement for the provision of Solicitors' legal services.

Tenderers are invited to bid to become a member of a panel of legal advisers, each appointed under a Framework Agreement. Arrangements will comprise the following subject area packages:

1. Civil Litigation

2. Criminal Litigation

3. Corporate Governance and Ethical Standards

4. Employment Law

5. Major IT and Commercial Contracts

6. Planning and Environmental Law

7. Property

8. Adult Social Services Law

9. Child Social Services Law

10. Education Law

11. Specialist Welsh & UK Higher Education Advice for the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW)

The list of organisations that are eligible to utilise the Framework Agreement can be located under section 3 of the Specification.

NOTE: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Sell2Wales Web Site at http://www.sell2wales.gov.uk/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=24815.

II.1.6)

Common Procurement Vocabulary (CPV)

79100000
79110000
79111000
79112000
79130000
79140000

II.1.7)

Contract covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

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II.1.8)

Division into lots

Yes

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II.1.9)

Will variants be accepted

No

II.2)

Quantity or Scope of the Contract

II.2.1)

Total quantity or scope

The range of services covered by the framework are described within Annex B - Information About Lots.

The framework will be let for a period of 48 months with the option to implement a break clause after 24 months and 36 months as described within the ITT documentation.

60000000100000000
GBP

II.2.2)

Options

Provisional timetable for recourse to these options

Number of possible renewals

In the case of renewable supplies or service contracts, estimated time frame for subsequent contracts

Section III: Legal, Economic, Financial and Technical Information

III.1)

Conditions Relating to the Contract

III.1.1)

Deposits and guarantees required

As set out in the Invitation to Tender (ITT).

The awarding authority reserves the right to request parent company and/or other guarantees of performance and financial liability.

III.1.2)

Main Terms of financing and payment and/or reference to the relevant provisions

As set out in the Invitation to Tender (ITT).

Payment terms will be indicated in the contract documents. Tenders to be priced in Sterling. Payment to be made in Sterling only.

III.1.3)

Legal form to be taken by the grouping of suppliers, contractors or service providers to whom the contract is to be awarded

None specified. Save that in the case of a partnership or consortium or other group of more thatn one legal entity bidding together, the contract will be with either (1) all bidders on the basis of joint and several liability, or (2) with one or more of the parties acting as 'prime contractor' (and where more than one, on a joint and several liability basis). Where the contract is with a special purpose company with separate legal personality established for the project, the contracting authority will require sufficient guarantees to be given by participants in that company or their parents.

III.1.4)

Other particular conditions to which the performance of the contract is subject

III.2)

Conditions for Participation

III.2.1)

Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers


(1) Any candidate found to be guilty of serious misrepresentation in providing any information required, may be declared ineligible and not selected to continue with this procurement process.

III.2.2)

Economic and financial capacity


Please see information contained within the ITT.




III.2.3)

Technical capacity


Please see information contained within the ITT.




III.2.4)

Reserved contracts

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Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)

Type of Procedure


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Justification for the choice of accelerated procedure

IV.1.1)

Have candidates already been selected?

No

IV.1.2)

Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates

IV.1.3)

Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue

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IV.2)

Award Criteria

No


Yes

No

IV.2.2)

An electronic auction will be used

No

IV.3 Administrative Information

IV.3.1)

Reference number attributed to the notice by the contracting authority

NPS-PS0001-14

IV.3.2)

Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

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2014/S 091-159654 13-05-2014

Other previous publications

IV.3.3)

Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents



 


IV.3.4)

Time-limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

 05-05-2015  14:00

IV.3.5)

Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates


IV.3.6)

Language or languages in which tenders or requests to participate can be drawn up

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IV.3.7)

Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender 

IV.3.8)

Conditions for opening tenders





Section VI: Other Information

VI.1)

Indicate whether this procurement is a recurrent one and the Estimated timing for further notices to be published


Between 24 - 48 months

VI.2)

Does the contract relate to a Project/Programme financed by Community Funds?

No



VI.3)

Additional Information

The Invitation to Tender (ITT) documentation can be accessed via https://etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk.

- The first person from your Organisation to use the Platform will be required to register on behalf of the Organisation.

- Registration involves accepting a User Agreement, and providing basic information about your Organisation and about the User performing the Registration.

- The User who performs the Registration becomes the Super User for the Organisation.

- On registering on the Platform the Super User will select a username and will receive a password.

- The Password will be sent by e-mail to the e-mail address that was specified in the User Details section of the Registration page.

- In order to log-in to the Platform please enter your Username and Password.

- Note: If you forget your Password then visit the homepage and click "Forgot your password?"

- Registration should only be performed once for each Organisation.

- If you think that someone in your Organisation may have already registered on this Platform then you must not register again.

- Please contact the person who Registered (i.e. the Super User) in order to arrange access to the Platform.

- Contact the Helpdesk immediately if you are unable to contact the Super User (for example if they have left your Organisation).

HOW TO FIND THE ITT:

- Once logged in you must click on 'ITTs Open to all Suppliers'.

- The etender references for this framework are:

Project:28650

MANDATORY ITTs

The following ITTs must be completed by ALL Tenderers:

itt_45061 - Qualification questionnaire

itt_45284 - Generic Technical questionnaire

ITT's SPECIFIC TO EACH SUBJECT AREA

The following ITTs must be completed by Tenderers wishing to bid for each subject area:

itt_45484 - Civil Litigation Technical questionnaire

itt_45489 - Criminal Litigation Technical questionnaire

itt_45490 - Corporate Governance & Ethical Standards

itt_45492 - Education Law

itt_45493 - Employment Law

itt_45494 - Major IT & Commercial Contracts

itt_45495 - Planning & Environmental Law

itt_45497 - Property

itt_45498 - Social Services (Adult)

itt_45617 - Social Services (Child)

itt_45618 - Specialist Welsh and UK Higher Education advice for the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW)

- Click on the title to access summary details of the ITT. If you are still interested in submitting a tender, click the 'Express an Interest button'. This will move the ITT from the 'Open to all Suppliers' area to the 'My ITT's' on the home page.

- You will then see the full details of the ITT in the qualification and technical envelopes along with any relevant documents in the 'Attachments' area.

If you have any queries regarding the requirements please message using the e-tenderwales message portal. If you are seeking help on using the etenderwales system please email the bravo solutions helpdesk at help@bravosolution.co.uk or 0800 3684852

If you require the documentation in an alternative format, please use the 'Messages' area to contact the buyer directly, who will be able to provide a more suitable format. For example, Braille, Large Print, Word Document or Audio format.

(WA Ref:21030)

The Welsh Ministers (NPS) will not be liable for any bidder costs arising from the non award of this framework.

(WA Ref:24815)

Under the terms of this contract the successful supplier(s) will be required to deliver Community Benefits in support of the authority’s economic and social objectives. Accordingly, contract performance conditions may relate in particular to social and environmental considerations. The Community Benefits included in this contract are:

Details about Community Benefits can be found in the ITT documentation

VI.4)

Procedures for appeal

VI.4.1)

Body responsible for appeal procedures










Body responsible for mediation procedures










VI.4.2)

Lodging of appeals

VI.4.3)

Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained










VI.5)

Dispatch date of this Notice

 01-04-2015

ANNEX B

Information About Lots

1     Civil Litigation

1)

Short Description

The provision of legal advice and associated services.

2)

Common Procurement Vocabulary (CPV)

79100000
79110000
79111000
79112000
79130000
79140000

3)

Quantity or scope

Within this subject area legal advice and services may be required in relation to, but not restricted to:

- County Court Proceedings (Claimant and Defendant)

- High Court Proceedings (Claimant and Defendant)

- Judicial Review Proceedings

- Magistrate Court Civil Actions

- Licensing Proceedings / Appeals

- Possession Proceedings

- Anti Social Behaviour Orders

- Enforcement Proceedings

- Bankruptcy and Insolvency Proceedings

- Housing Disrepair Claims

- Injunctions

- Planning Public Enquiries / Appeals

- Personal Injury

- Housing Law

- Licensing Law

- Travellers


4)

Indication about different contract dates

5)

Additional Information about lots

This subject area will be split into North and South Wales Zones.

A maximum of 7 suppliers will be awarded a place within each zone

ANNEX B

Information About Lots

10     Education Law

1)

Short Description

The provision of legal advice and associated services

2)

Common Procurement Vocabulary (CPV)

79100000
79110000
79111000
79112000
79130000
79140000

3)

Quantity or scope

Within this subject area legal advice and services may be required in relation to, but not restricted to:

- Advice to LEA’s and Schools

- Special Needs Tribunals

- School Appeals Panels

- Legal Advice on School Governance

- School Attendance Prosecutions

- School re-organisations

- Public Interest Immunity issues including attendance at Court

- Advice and Conduct of proceedings relating to Judicial Review

- Advice on Legislation to Universities and Further Education Colleges

- Advice on University and Further Education College Governance

- Advice on Further Education student complaints

- Policy Advice


4)

Indication about different contract dates

5)

Additional Information about lots

This subject area will be split into North and South Wales zones.

A maximum of 7 suppliers will be awarded a place within each zone.

ANNEX B

Information About Lots

11     Specialist Welsh & UK Higher Education Advice for the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW)

1)

Short Description

The provision of legal advice and associated services

2)

Common Procurement Vocabulary (CPV)

79100000
79110000
79111000
79112000
79130000
79140000

3)

Quantity or scope

Within this subject area legal advice and services may be required in relation to, but not restricted to:

- Interpretation of Higher Education legislation as it affects HEFCW, HE Providers and the Higher Education Sector in Wales

- Welsh Government Higher Education (Wales) Act 2015 – to include advice relating to Financial Memorandum requirements, Fee Plans and Quality Assurance

- 1992 Further Education/Higher Education Act, Education Act 2005, and other related HE legislation

- Institutional Risk Assessment

- Charity Commission role for higher education in Wales

- Governance at higher education institutions


4)

Indication about different contract dates

5)

Additional Information about lots

This subject area package will be let on the basis of one zone to cover all Wales.

There will be one supplier appointed.

ANNEX B

Information About Lots

2     Criminal Litigation

1)

Short Description

The provision of legal advice and associated services

2)

Common Procurement Vocabulary (CPV)

79100000
79110000
79111000
79112000
79130000
79140000

3)

Quantity or scope

Within this subject area legal advice and services may be required in relation to, but not restricted to:

- Magistrates Proceedings (Claimant and Defendant)

- Crown Court Proceedings (Claimant and Defendant)

- Judicial Review Proceedings

- Magistrate Court Civil Actions

- Magistrates Prosecutions

- Enforcement Proceedings

- Injunctions

- Health and Safety Prosecutions

- Food Prosecutions

- Trading Standard Prosecutions

- Planning Prosecutions

- Planning Public Enquiries / Appeals

- Fraud Prosecutions


4)

Indication about different contract dates

5)

Additional Information about lots

This subject area will be split into North and South Wales zones.

A maximum of 7 suppliers will be awarded a place within each zone.

ANNEX B

Information About Lots

3     Corporate Governance and Ethical Standards

1)

Short Description

The provision of legal advice and associated services

2)

Common Procurement Vocabulary (CPV)

79100000
79110000
79111000
79112000
79130000
79140000

3)

Quantity or scope

Within this subject area legal advice and services may be required in relation to, but not restricted to:

- Monitoring Officers Support

- Advice to Standards Committee

- Investigations

- Advice on Council Constitutions and Governance Issues

- Ombudsman Complaints

- Freedom of Information and Data Protection

- Local Authority Powers and Vires

- General Local Authority Law


4)

Indication about different contract dates

5)

Additional Information about lots

This subject area will be split into North and South Wales zones.

A maximum of 7 suppliers will be awarded a place within each zone.

ANNEX B

Information About Lots

4     Employment Law

1)

Short Description

The provision of legal advice and associated services

2)

Common Procurement Vocabulary (CPV)

79100000
79111000
79112000
79130000
79140000

3)

Quantity or scope

Within this subject area legal advice and services may be required in relation to, but not restricted to:

- General Advice

- Contract Formation

- Secondment Agreements

- Discrimination Law

- Equal Pay

- Pensions

- Advice on Legislative Changes TUPE

- Grievance Handling

- Dismissal Procedures

- Dispute Resolution

- Compromise Agreements

- Tribunal Work

- School Employment Law

- Other Payroll / HR Matters

- Police Authority Work

- Senior Officer Complaints Police Staff Appeals


4)

Indication about different contract dates

5)

Additional Information about lots

This subject area will be split into North and South Wales zones.

A maximum of 7 suppliers will be awarded a place within each zone.

ANNEX B

Information About Lots

5     Major IT and Commercial Contracts

1)

Short Description

The provision of legal advice and associated guidance

2)

Common Procurement Vocabulary (CPV)

79100000
79110000
79111000
79112000
79130000
79140000

3)

Quantity or scope

Within this subject area legal advice and services may be required in relation to, but not restricted to:

- EU Procurement Advice

- IT Contracts and Advice on Procurement

- Building Contracts

- Engineering Contracts Services

- Contracts

- Performance Bonds

- Guarantees

- Service Level Agreements

- Commercial Agreements

- Entertainment Agreements

- Contract and IP Disputes

- Waste Management

- State Aid

- Charities

- Company Law including Formation of Companies

- Partnership / Multi Agency Agreements

- PFI Agreements

- Funding Agreements

- Trust Agreements

- Charities

- School Construction Agreements

- Joint Venture Agreements


4)

Indication about different contract dates

5)

Additional Information about lots

This subject area will be split into North and South Wales zones.

A maximum of 7 suppliers will be awarded a place within each zone.

ANNEX B

Information About Lots

6     Planning and Environmental Law

1)

Short Description

The provision of legal advice and associated services

2)

Common Procurement Vocabulary (CPV)

79100000
79110000
79111000
79112000
79130000
79140000

3)

Quantity or scope

Within this subject area legal advice and services may be required in relation to, but not restricted to:

- Planning and Environmental Law Advice

- Advice on Determination of Planning Applications

- Consents and Conditions

- Section 106 Agreements

- Planning Public Enquiries / Appeals

- Planning Prosecutions

- Planning Enforcement

- Contaminated Land

- Building Regulations

- Judicial Review Proceedings

- Rights of Way

- Drainage

- Commons & Village Greens

- Highway Advice

- Flooding Advice

- Parliamentary Agents Services (including legislative drafting and advice on vires)


4)

Indication about different contract dates

5)

Additional Information about lots

This subject area will be split into North and South Wales zones.

A maximum of 7 suppliers will be awarded a place within each zone.

ANNEX B

Information About Lots

7     Property

1)

Short Description

The provision of legal advice and associated services

2)

Common Procurement Vocabulary (CPV)

79100000
79110000
79111000
79112000
79130000
79140000

3)

Quantity or scope

Within this subject area legal advice and services may be required in relation to, but not restricted to:

- Sales of Commercial Land and Property

- Purchase of Commercial Land and Property

- Lease of Commercial Land and Property

- Compulsory Purchase Orders and Inquiries

- Development Agreements

- Section 106 Agreements

- Commercial Leases

- Redevelopment Project Agreements

- Licences and Concession Agreements

- Agriculture Agreements

- Highway Agreements

- Rent Review and Associated Proceedings

- Road Adoption Agreements

- Conveyancing Ancillary Documents / Agreements

- Sale of Land and Property

- Purchase of Land and Property

- Lease of Land and Property

- Legal Charges

- Shared Ownership

- Land Tribunal

- Compulsory Purchase Orders and Public Inquiries

- Allotment Agreements

- Right to Buy Disposals

- Commons and Village Greens

- Land Charges

- Housing Law


4)

Indication about different contract dates

5)

Additional Information about lots

This subject area will be split into North and South Wales zones.

A maximum of 7 suppliers will be awarded a place within each zone.

ANNEX B

Information About Lots

8     Adult Social Services Law

1)

Short Description

The provision of legal advice and associated guidance

2)

Common Procurement Vocabulary (CPV)

79100000
79110000
79111000
79112000
79130000
79140000

3)

Quantity or scope

Within this subject area legal advice and services may be required in relation to, but not restricted to:

- Legal Advice to Social Work Teams

- Advice relating to Health and Social Care including Mental Health, Community Care, Residential Care, Older People, People with Disability, Elderly Mentally Inform and all other aspects of Social Care

- Proceedings relating to Health and Social Care matters

- Public Interest Immunity issues including attendance at Court

- Advice and Conduct of Proceedings relating to Judicial Review

- Court of Protection


4)

Indication about different contract dates

5)

Additional Information about lots

This subject area will be split into North and South Wales zones.

A maximum of 7 suppliers will be awarded a place within each zone.

ANNEX B

Information About Lots

9     Child Social Services Law

1)

Short Description

The provision of legal advice and associated services

2)

Common Procurement Vocabulary (CPV)

79100000
79110000
79111000
79112000
79130000
79140000

3)

Quantity or scope

Within this subject area legal advice and services may be required in relation to, but not restricted to:

- Public Interest Immunity issues including attendance at Court

- Advice and Conduct of Proceedings relating to Judicial Review

- Legal Advice to Social Work Teams

- Children Act Proceedings in all Courts

- Adoption and Children Act proceedings in all Courts

- Fostering and Adoption Advice


4)

Indication about different contract dates

5)

Additional Information about lots

This subject area will be split into North and South Wales zones.

A maximum of 7 suppliers will be awarded a place within each zone.



Information added to the notice since publication.

Additional information added to the notice since it's publication.
No further information has been uploaded.
Main Contact: NPSProfessionalServices@Wales.GSI.Gov.UK
Admin Contact: N/a
Technical Contact: N/a
Other Contact: N/a

Commodity Categories

Commodity Categories
IDTitleParent Category
79140000Legal advisory and information servicesLegal services
79110000Legal advisory and representation servicesLegal services
79111000Legal advisory servicesLegal advisory and representation services
79130000Legal documentation and certification servicesLegal services
79112000Legal representation servicesLegal advisory and representation services
79100000Legal servicesBusiness services: law, marketing, consulting, recruitment, printing and security

Delivery Locations

Delivery Locations
IDDescription
1017Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot
1022Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan
1015Central Valleys (Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf)
1013Conwy and Denbighshire
1020East Wales
1023Flintshire and Wrexham
1016Gwent Valleys (Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly)
1012Gwynedd
1011Isle of Anglesey
1021Monmouthshire and Newport
1024Powys
1014South West Wales (Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion)
1018Swansea
1000WALES
1010West Wales and The Valleys

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