Barristers Framework Agreement London

Barristers Framework Agreement London

The London Boroughs’ Legal Alliance (‘LBLA’) is made up of the London Boroughs of Brent, Camden, City of London, Ealing, Hackney.

United Kingdom-London: Legal services

2015/S 127-233358

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

London Borough of Waltham Forest
Waltham Forest Town Hal, Forest Road, Walthamstow
For the attention of: Helen Edwards (Kennedy Cater)
E17 4JF London
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2077026018
E-mail: helen.edwards@kennedycater.com

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: https://www.walthamforest.gov.uk

Electronic access to information: https://www.delta-esourcing.com/

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: https://www.delta-esourcing.com/

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority

I.3)Main activity

General public services

I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

London Borough of Brent
Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley
HA9 0FJ London
UNITED KINGDOM

London Borough of Camden
5 Pancras Square
N1C 4AG London
UNITED KINGDOM

The City of London Corporation
City of London, Guildhall
EC2P 2EJ London
UNITED KINGDOM

London Borough of Ealing
14/16 Uxbridge Road, Ealing
W5 2HL London
UNITED KINGDOM

London Borough of Hackney
Hackney Service Centre, 1 Hillman Street
E8 1DY London
UNITED KINGDOM

London Borough of Harrow
Civic Centre, Station Road, Harrow
HA1 2UH London
UNITED KINGDOM

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
Town Hall, King Street, Hammersmith
W6 9JU London
UNITED KINGDOM

London Borough of Hillingdon
Civic Centre -4S/06, High Street, Uxbridge
UB8 1UW London
UNITED KINGDOM

London Borough of Hounslow
Lampton Road, Hounslow
TW3 4DN London
UNITED KINGDOM

London Borough of Islington
222- Upper Street
N1 1XR London
UNITED KINGDOM

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
Town Hall, Hornton Street
W8 7NX London
UNITED KINGDOM

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description

II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Barristers Framework Agreement.

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 21: Legal services

NUTS code UKI

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement

II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

Framework agreement with several operators

Duration of the framework agreement

Duration in years: 4

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

Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 20 000 000 and 25 000 000 GBP

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

Legal services. Legal advisory and representation services. Legal advisory services. Legal representation services. Legal advisory and information services. The London Boroughs’ Legal Alliance (‘LBLA’) is made up of the London Boroughs of Brent, Camden, City of London, Ealing, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea and Waltham Forest. The members now wish to re-procure a panel of expert and experienced legal advisers as preferred suppliers of specialist advocacy and related legal services.
The Members are interested in receiving applications from barristers and from solicitors who have attained their higher rights of audience pursuant to the Solicitors’ Higher Rights of Audience Regulations 2010.

The option will be preserved in any legal agreement entered into, that additional local authorities within Greater London and South-East England (please refer to www.direct.gov.uk for a full list of local authorities in these regions) may access the framework agreement in due course — whether or not they are also a member of the LBLA.

The framework agreement will run for a period of 3 years commencing on 1.1.2016, with an option to extend the term for a further year.
It is intended that panel places will be awarded by reference to seven different Lots:
Lot 1: Adult Social Services
Lot 2: Children’s services
Lot 3: Governance & Public Law
Lot 4: Criminal Litigation & Prosecutions
Lot 5: Housing
Lot 6: Planning & Property
Lot 7: Civil Litigation
To participate in this competitive tendering exercise, the PQQ must be completed electronically through the Delta Website for each of the Lots that you wish to apply for.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79100000, 79110000, 79111000, 79112000, 79140000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no

II.1.8)Lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for one or more lots

II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract

II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

The London Boroughs’ Legal Alliance (‘LBLA’) is made up of the London Boroughs of Brent, Camden, City of London, Ealing, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea and Waltham Forest. The members now wish to re-procure a panel of expert and experienced legal advisers as preferred suppliers of specialist advocacy and related legal services.
The Members are interested in receiving applications from barristers and from solicitors who have attained their higher rights of audience pursuant to the Solicitors’ Higher Rights of Audience Regulations 2010.

The option will be preserved in any legal agreement entered into, that additional local authorities within Greater London and South-East England (please refer to www.direct.gov.uk for a full list of local authorities in these regions) may access the framework agreement in due course — whether or not they are also a member of the LBLA.

The framework agreement will run for a period of 3 years commencing on 1.1.2016, with an option to extend the term for a further year.
It is intended that panel places will be awarded by reference to seven different Lots:
Lot 1: Adult Social Services
Lot 2: Children’s services
Lot 3: Governance & Public Law
Lot 4: Criminal Litigation & Prosecutions
Lot 5: Housing
Lot 6: Planning & Property
Lot 7: Civil Litigation
To participate in this competitive tendering exercise, the PQQ must be completed electronically through the Delta Website for each of the Lots that you wish to apply for.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 20 000 000 and 25 000 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options
II.2.3)Information about renewals

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 48 (from the award of the contract)

Information about lots

Lot No: 1Lot title: Adult Social Services

1)Short description

Mental Health
Community care, including procurement issues relating to providers
Mental capacity & deprivation of liberty
Court of protection including mental health cases
Functions of the local authority under the Care Act 2014 and relevant
legislation relating to children (for example at transition, young carers, etc.)
Forced marriages, regardless of the age of the parties concerned (including children)
Judicial Review.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79100000, 79110000, 79111000, 79112000, 79140000

3)Quantity or scope

See PQQ.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 2Lot title: Children’s Services

1)Short description

Care proceedings
The Children Act 1989
The Child Abduction & Custody Act
Adoption proceedings, Special Guardianship and Placement Orders
Public Interest Immunity
Functions of the local authority under the Care Act 2014 and relevant legislation relating to children (for example at transition, young carers, etc.)
Forced marriage in connection with children
Advice on international placements and placement of children in other jurisdictions
Injunctions, particularly in the context of social media campaigns involving cases and general media advice in children related matters (including social media)
Judicial Review.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79100000, 79110000, 79111000, 79112000, 79140000

3)Quantity or scope

See PQQ.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 3Lot title: Governance & Public Law

1)Short description

Governance, Constitutional & Policies
Regulatory issues
Commercial & Contractual disputes, and procurement issues
Information Law including Data Protection and Freedom of Information, Environmental Information Regulations 2004
Local Government Finance
Education, including SENDIST, exclusion cases, advice on opening schools, academy conversions, etc.
Employment matters, especially complex issues or relating to senior staff
Judicial reviews on any subject matter
Any other high profile, high risk matter, deemed likely to have an impact on the authority as a whole.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79100000, 79110000, 79111000, 79112000, 79140000

3)Quantity or scope

See PQQ.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 4Lot title: Criminal Litigation & Prosecutions

1)Short description

Trading Standards & Health & Safety, including food hygiene
Fraud in relation to all areas of local authority activities, including Blue Badge, social care, tenancy fraud and corporate fraud
Full range of prosecution / enforcement work undertaken by local authorities including planning, licensing, education, and environmental crime (including fly tipping, noise prosecutions, nuisance, ASB, policing and Care Act)
POCA.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79100000, 79110000, 79111000, 79112000, 79140000

3)Quantity or scope

See PQQ.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 5Lot title: Housing

1)Short description

Full range of local authority landlord & tenant matters, including advice and representation
Homelessness (including s.204’s)
Allocations
s.80 EPA
Anti-social behaviour proceedings
Injunctions
Disrepair claims
Repossession and evictions
Gas servicing access claims
Service charge disputes and Leasehold Valuation Tribunals
Advice on internal Housing Management Policies and Procedures
Public Law Defences
Judicial review.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79100000, 79110000, 79111000, 79112000, 79140000

3)Quantity or scope

See PQQ.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 6Lot title: Planning & Property

1)Short description

Planning Appeals
Enforcement Notices including injunctions
Listed Buildings
Highways
Housing / Retail
Mixed Use Developments
S106 Agreements
Local Development Frameworks / Schemes
CPOs
TPOs
CIL
Town & Village greens
Other general planning advice
Commercial & residential matters
Lease renewals & forfeitures
Mediation & arbitration of commercial LL&T Disputes
Rights of Way (private & public)
Restrictive covenants & easements
Mortgages and Property Estoppels
Possession actions
Dilapidations
Injunctions
Licensing
Judicial review.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79100000, 79110000, 79111000, 79112000, 79140000

3)Quantity or scope

See PQQ.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Lot No: 7Lot title: Civil Litigation

1)Short description

Full range of claims brought against local authorities (and in the case of City of London against the police), including personal injury claims
Employment Law matters
Coroners work
Debt recovery
General civil litigation
Commercial litigation
Education
Social media, reputation issues generally, and issues arising from the Defamation Act.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79100000, 79110000, 79111000, 79112000, 79140000

3)Quantity or scope

See PQQ.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: Individuals who are delivering the services of the framework must be professionally qualified.
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
See PQQ.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
See PQQ.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts

III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no

III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: yes

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Restricted

IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Envisaged minimum number 5: and maximum number 10
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: The Members intend to develop a panel of Legal Advisers able to provide excellent quality and cost effective advocacy and related legal services covering the areas listed above. The existing panel is made up of 29 sets of Chambers, although 63 % of expenditure over the life of the Framework has been with six sets of Chambers. One of the aims of this tender exercise is, therefore, to reduce the number of suppliers, but to increase the spread of work, by ultimately appointing between 3 and 5 Legal Advisers to each Lot, with the possibility of appointing up to 7 Legal Advisers to Lot 2.
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria

IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document

IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

no

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 31.7.2015 – 12:00
Payable documents: no

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

5.8.2015 – 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.2)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no

VI.3)Additional information

The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement, and the contract will be awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender.
To express your interest and access the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire please follow the below instructions:
Lot 1: Adult Social Services

To respond to this opportunity, please click here: https://www.delta-esourcing.com/respond/UVQ3AUMU3Y

Lot 2: Children’s Services

To respond to this opportunity, please click here: https://www.delta-esourcing.com/respond/X47GXR8NVU

Lot 3: Governance & Public Law

To respond to this opportunity, please click here: https://www.delta-esourcing.com/respond/4DSPK5Z634

Lot 4: Criminal Litigation & Prosecutions

To respond to this opportunity, please click here: https://www.delta-esourcing.com/respond/4X9PKR9F39

Lot 5: Housing

To respond to this opportunity, please click here: https://www.delta-esourcing.com/respond/82PBG42HZ9

Lot 6: Planning & Property

To respond to this opportunity, please click here: https://www.delta-esourcing.com/respond/UH6X33Y92H

Lot 7: Civil Litigation

To respond to this opportunity, please click here: https://www.delta-esourcing.com/respond/B573QFD96E

To view this notice, please click here:

https://www.delta-esourcing.com/delta/viewNotice.html?noticeId=150074169

GO Reference: GO-201571-PRO-6742442.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal

VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

London Borough of Waltham Forest
c/o Kennedy Cater, 3rd Floor, 6 Braham Street
E1 8EE London
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: helen.edwards@kennedycater.com
Telephone: +44 2077026018

Body responsible for mediation procedures

London Borough of Waltham Forest
c/o Kennedy Cater, 3rd Floor, 6 Braham Street
E1 8EE London
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: helen.edwards@kennedycater.com
Telephone: +44 2077026018

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

1.7.2015

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