Barristers Services in Respect of Childcare Work to Halton Borough Council

Barristers Services in Respect of Childcare Work to Halton Borough Council

Halton Borough Council invites tender submissions from Barristers Chambers to undertake advocacy in care proceedings and private law children cases.

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Barristers Services in Respect of Childcare Work to Halton Borough Council
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Halton Borough Council invites tender submissions from Barristers Chambers to undertake advocacy in care proceedings and private law children cases.

 

In 2013 HBC issued 48 sets of care proceedings. At the end of that year HBC had 31 ongoing cases in comparison to 20 ongoing cases at the end of 2012 and 21 ongoing cases at the end of 2011.

 

In 2014 HBC has issued 22 care cases to date. An increase in caseloads has clearly been experienced.

 

The approximate split of work has generally been two thirds dealt with by District and Circuit Judges and one third dealt with by Magistrates. In general Counsel is instructed by HBC in matters before Circuit Judges and when contested and final hearings have been listed before District Judges and Magistrates.

 

 

Instructions for tenderers

 

 

1.    The Council looks forward to receiving your tender for the work described in the attached documents. To ensure fairness all tenderers are required to submit their tenders in accordance with these instructions. Failure to comply could invalidate your tender.

 

 

 

1a Tenders are invited on the basis that:

 

 

 

The contract shall commence on 1st August 2014

 

 

 

The contract shall be for a period of one year with an option available to The Council to offer an extension of the contract for two further periods of up to 12 months each from 1st August 2015 – 31st July 2016 and 1stAugust 2016 – 31st July 2017

 

 

 

2.  Information, which must form part of the Tender, is detailed on the enclosed checklist for tender submission. See part 2 of this Tender Document.  Suppliers/Contractors should use this “Checklist” to help them ensure all requirements are met.

 

 

 

3. If you decide not to submit an offer please DO NOT return the tender documentation. You should inform the Council of this via the “opt-out” facility on The Chest website

 

 

 

 

4.  Freedom of Information

 

 

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Council may be required to
disclose either information about your tender or the tender itself, including your price or range of prices once a contract is awarded and information that you may regard as commercially sensitive.  Requests for non-disclosure must accompany your tender and include clear and substantive justification together with a time limit when any confidential information could be disclosed.

 

5.  Transparency of Spend

 

If you are awarded this contract, any individual payments made to you over £500 will be published in our transparency data on the Councils web page.

 

 

 

Submission of Tenders

 

 

6.

 

It is your responsibility to ensure that the completed tender submission is uploaded successfully on The Chest by the deadline specified below: –

 

 

 

Deadline for submission of the tender is 14:00pm on 2nd July 2014

 

 

 

You must ensure that you submit all your tender documentation on time.  You need to bear in mind that fluctuations in connectivity or the uploading of larger documents can mean that the process takes longer than you may have anticipated.  Any tenders submitted or submitted incomplete by the stated deadline time and date will be discarded.  It is the responsibility of the tenderer to meet the tender deadline.

 

 

 

7.  Amendments must not to be made to the contract documents by the tenderer.  Tenders containing unauthorised amendments or qualifications may be rejected.

 

 

 

8. Halton Borough Council will not be liable for any costs incurred by your
organisation in connection with this tender process.

 

 

 

9. Tenders to be completed legibly, typed in English, with all prices in Sterling (exclusive of VAT) and be duly signed and dated where required.

 

 

 

10. All Tenders must be fully inclusive of all costs to be incurred by the contractor in the performance of the contract.  It is the contractor’s responsibility to ensure that he is fully familiar with the requirements of the contract and the associated works before pricing the tender.

 

 

 

13. The Council reserves the right to issue supplementary documentation at any time during the tendering process to clarify any issue or amend any aspect of the ITT.  All such further documentation that may be issued shall be deemed to form part of the ITT and shall supplement and or supersede any part of the ITT.

 

Contact:
Mr Matthew Moxon
Email Address:
Matt.Moxon@halton.gov.uk
Telephone:
Address:
Kingsway House
Kingsway
Widnes
Cheshire
WA8 7EA
United Kingdom
Key Dates
01/08/2014
31/07/2015
25/06/2014 16:00
03/07/2014 14:00
Other Information
12 (months)
12 (months)
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