Centro Legal Services Framework

Centro Legal Services Framework

The Service Provider will be required to provide legal services in all areas of property and law relevant to Centro.

United Kingdom-Birmingham: Legal advisory and representation services

2016/S 078-138971

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive (Centro)
Centro House, 16 Summer Lane
For the attention of: Rachael Jenkins
B19 3SD Birmingham
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 3453036760
E-mail: procurementteam@centro.org.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://centro.org.uk/

Address of the buyer profile: https://centro.bravosolution.co.uk

Electronic access to information: https://centro.bravosolution.co.uk

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: https://centro.bravosolution.co.uk

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

Body governed by public law

I.3)Main activity

Other: integrated transport authority

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

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

See details set out in II.1.5)

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description

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

Legal Services Framework.

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

Services
Service category No 21: Legal services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Centro supported area of the West Midlands, United Kingdom for any Centro procurements and the rest of the UK for other organisations having access to the framework.

NUTS code UK

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
maximum number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged: 12

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 0 and 5 000 000 GBP

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

Centro is seeking to establish a framework of legal service suppliers (‘Suppliers’) across 3 Lots covering the full range of legal services required to assist Centro in meeting its objectives. Suppliers will be required to demonstrate expertise in all areas in respect of which they are successfully appointed and to keep Centro and its in-house legal, procurement and governance professionals up to date regarding all developments within relevant areas of law. In addition, Centro seeks ‘value added’ propositions from Suppliers covering areas such as training, staff development, secondments and access to research resources.
The award of this framework seeks to replace Centro’s existing Legal Panel Framework that is due to expire in July 2016.
This framework opportunity consists of 3 lots:
Lot 1 — Full service provision;
Lot 2 — Regulatory advice;
Lot 3 — Parliamentary agents.
Please note that requirements within this Framework do not cover Metro Legal Support, as this is provided under a separately awarded ‘Metro Legal Support Framework’ — Reference Number A2014145.
Bidders can submit tenders for any or all of the Lot(s) above.
Tenders are due back by the closing date of 17:00 on Friday, 6.5.2016 and the deadline for clarification questions, via BravoSolution, is 17:00 on Tuesday, 3.5.2016.
It is Centro’s intention to make the framework available to other local authorities in the UK. This will consist of the following: — all county councils, borough and district councils and unitary authorities throughout England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Access to these contracts will be available to the following:
— West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority;
— West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive;
— Merseyside Integrated Transport Authority;
— West Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority;
— West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive;
— South Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority;
— South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive;
— Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority;
— Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive;
— Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority;
— Transport for Greater Manchester;
— Transport for London;
— Strathclyde Partnership for Transport;
— All those bodies listed in Statutory Instrument 2014/2234;
— The Whole of Government Accounts (Designation of Bodies) Order 2014: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2014/2234/schedule/made including future bodies as well as bodies being established as a result of re-organisations, and any subsequent order(s) should the 2014 Orders be collectively or individually repealed. For the avoidance of doubt, this shall include, but not be limited to, all local authorities and all Integrated Transport Authorities including those not listed in the 2014 Orders but who are members of the Urban Transport Group (as currently listed underhttp://www.urbantransportgroup.org/about-us/our-members and any updated lists);— Public transport providers in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and other parts of the UK registered with Vehicle and Operator Service Agency.
Each of these organisations will contract directly with the successful supplier.
There is, however, no obligation on any other Contracting Authorities to utilise this framework agreement. As this is a Framework Agreement it is not known at this stage what the aggregate value of spend will be across the various Lots over the duration of the framework in terms of Centro spend or spend incurred by the various organisations that can access and call-off from it. The figure given above is an estimate of Centro spend over 4 years for tendering purposes only, please note that Centro cannot be held to this figure.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79110000

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 all lots
II.1.9)Information about variants
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
II.2.2)Information about options
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Information about lots

Lot No: 1 Lot title: Full Service Provision

1)Short description

The Service Provider will be required to provide legal services in all areas of property and law relevant to Centro. This is likely to include but not be limited to:
A — Property and land;
B — Public procurement, contracts and general commercial;
C — Public law;
D — Employment;
E — Dispute resolution;
F — Construction;
G — Major projects.
With the introduction of the West Midland Combined Authority (WMCA), the scope of this Lot may increase but the full extent of the WMCA’s proposed devolved powers (and how those will alter following the introduction of a Mayoral Authority) is not yet finalised. As a result, proposed Service Providers will be assessed in relation to points A-G above only.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79111000

3)Quantity or scope

It is Centro’s intention to qualify to each lot up to 4 legal Service Providers (although Centro reserves the right to qualify a higher or lower number dependent upon the quality of responses).
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

5)Additional information about lots

Suppliers Instructions on Expressing Interest in this tender provision:

1. Register your company details on https://centro.bravosolution.co.uk. Click the link marked “to register” — Accept the terms and conditions and click ‘continue’. Enter your correct business and user details. We highly recommend completing both the basic and extended profiles (the extended profile can be completed when you have logged into the portal). Please ensure you note the username and click ‘Save’ when complete. You will shortly receive an email with your unique password (please keep this secure).

2. Login to the portal with your unique username/password. Click the ‘PQQs / ITTs Open To All Suppliers’ link. (These are Pre-Qualification Questionnaires or Invitations to Tender open to any registered supplier).
3. Expressing Interest: Click on the relevant PQQ/ ITT to access the content and click ‘Express Interest’ button at the top of the page. As a result, you will now move the PQQ /ITT into your ‘My PQQs/ My ITTs’ page. (This is a secure area reserved for your projects only. You can now access the information related to the tender provision; click on ‘Buyer Attachments’ in the ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’ box to access any/all attachments.
4. Responding to a Tender: Click ‘My Response’ under ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’, you can choose to ‘Create Response’ or to ‘Decline to Respond’ (please ensure you provide a reason if declining). You can now use the ‘Messages’ function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification. Note the deadline for completion, then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the PQQ/ ITT. You must then submit your reply using the ‘Submit Response’ button at the top of the page. If you require any further assistance please consult the online help or contact the eTendering help desk.

Lot No: 2 Lot title: Regulatory Advice

1)Short description

The Service Provider will be required to provide at a minimum the services listed below.
The Service Provider will be required to assist and advise Centro on all regulatory matters relevant to Transport and Centro’s role as a local government body. This is likely to include:
— Heavy rail related regulatory matters and advice (including Station Change, Network Rail and other related regulatory processes).
— Bus franchising powers, health and safety regulatory advice and representation.
With the introduction of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), the scope of this Lot may increase however the full extent of the WMCA’s proposed devolved powers (and how those will alter following the introduction of a Mayoral Authority) is not yet finalised. As a result, proposed Service Providers will be assessed in relation to the above only but will be expected to develop any relevant legal expertise as require to assist Centro.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79111000

3)Quantity or scope

It is Centro’s intention to qualify to each lot up to 4 legal Service Providers (although Centro reserves the right to qualify a higher or lower number dependent upon the quality of responses).
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

5)Additional information about lots

Suppliers Instructions on Expressing Interest in this tender provision:

1.Register your company details on https://centro.bravosolution.co.uk Click the link marked “to register” — Accept the terms and conditions and click ‘continue’. Enter your correct business and user details. We highly recommend completing both the basic and extended profiles (the extended profile can be completed when you have logged into the portal). Please ensure you note the username and click ‘Save’ when complete. You will shortly receive an email with your unique password (please keep this secure).

2. Login to the portal with your unique username/password. Click the ‘PQQs / ITTs Open To All Suppliers’ link. (These are Pre-Qualification Questionnaires or Invitations to Tender open to any registered supplier).
3. Expressing Interest: Click on the relevant PQQ/ ITT to access the content and click ‘Express Interest’ button at the top of the page. As a result, you will now move the PQQ /ITT into your ‘My PQQs/ My ITTs’ page. (This is a secure area reserved for your projects only. You can now access the information related to the tender provision; click on ‘Buyer Attachments’ in the ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’ box to access any/all attachments.
4. Responding to a Tender: Click ‘My Response’ under ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’, you can choose to ‘Create Response’ or to ‘Decline to Respond’ (please ensure you provide a reason if declining). You can now use the ‘Messages’ function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification. Note the deadline for completion, then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the PQQ/ ITT. You must then submit your reply using the ‘Submit Response’ button at the top of the page. If you require any further assistance please consult the online help or contact the eTendering help desk.

Lot No: 3 Lot title: Parliamentary Agents

1)Short description

At a minimum, the Service Provider will be required to provide the services listed below.
The Service Provider will be required to assist and advise Centro in relation to the following:
— Drafting, promotion and opposition of private bills in the UK Parliament, including but not limited to Transport and Works Act Orders, and any legislation that may be required for the promotion of public transport and Centro’s statutory purpose;
— Representing Centro at relevant inquiries where appropriate.
With the introduction of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), the scope of this Lot may increase however the full extent of the WMCA’s proposed devolved powers (and how those will alter following the introduction of a Mayoral Authority) is not yet finalised. As a result, proposed Service Providers will be assessed in relation to the above only but will be expected to develop any relevant legal expertise as require to assist Centro.

2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79112000, 79111000

3)Quantity or scope

It is Centro’s intention to qualify to each lot up to 4 legal Service Providers (although Centro reserves the right to qualify a higher or lower number dependent upon the quality of responses).
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion

5)Additional information about lots

Suppliers Instructions on Expressing Interest in this tender provision:

1.Register your company details on https://centro.bravosolution.co.uk Click the link marked “to register” — Accept the terms and conditions and click ‘continue’. Enter your correct business and user details. We highly recommend completing both the basic and extended profiles (the extended profile can be completed when you have logged into the portal). Please ensure you note the username and click ‘Save’ when complete. You will shortly receive an email with your unique password (please keep this secure).

2. Login to the portal with your unique username/password. Click the ‘PQQs / ITTs Open To All Suppliers’ link. (These are Pre-Qualification Questionnaires or Invitations to Tender open to any registered supplier).
3. Expressing Interest: Click on the relevant PQQ/ ITT to access the content and click ‘Express Interest’ button at the top of the page. As a result, you will now move the PQQ /ITT into your ‘My PQQs/ My ITTs’ page. (This is a secure area reserved for your projects only. You can now access the information related to the tender provision; click on ‘Buyer Attachments’ in the ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’ box to access any/all attachments.
4. Responding to a Tender: Click ‘My Response’ under ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’, you can choose to ‘Create Response’ or to ‘Decline to Respond’ (please ensure you provide a reason if declining). You can now use the ‘Messages’ function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification. Note the deadline for completion, then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the PQQ/ ITT. You must then submit your reply using the ‘Submit Response’ button at the top of the page. If you require any further assistance please consult the online help or contact the eTendering help desk.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract

III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

The Passenger Transport Executive (PTE) may be calling off from this contract if in the form of a Framework in its capacity as Executive to the Integrated Transport Authority (ITA). Instruction and payment will be via the PTE. However, the ultimate beneficiary of the advice will be the ITA and its Strategy and Policy Unit. Consequently bidders will be expected to enter into an appropriate Collateral Warranty direct with the ITA in this instance.

III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

Please refer to invitation to tender and suite of documents.
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: no
III.2)Conditions for participation

III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Suppliers Instructions on Expressing Interest in this tender provision:

1.Register your company details on https://centro.bravosolution.co.uk Click the link marked “to register” — Accept the terms and conditions and click ‘continue’. Enter your correct business and user details. We highly recommend completing both the basic and extended profiles (the extended profile can be completed when you have logged into the portal). Please ensure you note the username and click ‘Save’ when complete. You will shortly receive an email with your unique password (please keep this secure).

2. Login to the portal with your unique username/password. Click the ‘PQQs / ITTs Open To All Suppliers’ link. (These are Pre-Qualification Questionnaires or Invitations to Tender open to any registered supplier).
3. Expressing Interest: Click on the relevant PQQ/ ITT to access the content and click ‘Express Interest’ button at the top of the page. As a result, you will now move the PQQ /ITT into your ‘My PQQs/ My ITTs’ page. (This is a secure area reserved for your projects only). You can now access the information related to the tender provision; click on ‘Buyer Attachments’ in the ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’ box to access any/all attachments.
4. Responding to a Tender: Click ‘My Response’ under ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’, you can choose to ‘Create Response’ or to ‘Decline to Respond’ (please ensure you provide a reason if declining). You can now use the ‘Messages’ function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification. Note the deadline for completion, then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the PQQ/ ITT. You must then submit your reply using the ‘Submit Response’ button at the top of the page. If you require any further assistance please consult the online help or contact the eTendering help desk.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Please refer to invitation to tender and suite of documents.

III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Please refer to invitation to tender and suite of documents.
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

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

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

A2016365

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

no

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

Payable documents: no

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

6.5.2016 – 17:00
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

in days: 180 (from the date stated for receipt of 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: yes
Reference to project(s) and/or programme(s): Some call-offs undertaken from this Framework Agreement, by Centro or other public bodies in the UK accessing it, may be subject to EU Involve / ERDF or other associated or relevant funding.

VI.3)Additional information

Suppliers Instructions on Expressing Interest in this tender provision:

1.Register your company details on https://centro.bravosolution.co.uk. Click the link marked “to register” — Accept the terms and conditions and click ‘continue’. Enter your correct business and user details. We highly recommend completing both the basic and extended profiles (the extended profile can be completed when you have logged into the portal). Please ensure you note the username and click ‘Save’ when complete. You will shortly receive an email with your unique password (please keep this secure).

2. Login to the portal with your unique username/password. Click the ‘PQQs / ITTs Open To All Suppliers’ link. (These are Pre-Qualification Questionnaires or Invitations to Tender open to any registered supplier).
3. Expressing Interest: Click on the relevant PQQ/ ITT to access the content and click ‘Express Interest’ button at the top of the page. As a result, you will now move the PQQ /ITT into your ‘My PQQs/ My ITTs’ page. (This is a secure area reserved for your projects only. You can now access the information related to the tender provision, click on ‘Buyer Attachments’ in the ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’ box to access any/all attachments.
4. Responding to a Tender: Click ‘My Response’ under ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’, you can choose to ‘Create Response’ or to ‘Decline to Respond’ (please ensure you provide a reason if declining). You can now use the ‘Messages’ function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification. Note the deadline for completion, then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the PQQ/ ITT. You must then submit your reply using the ‘Submit Response’ button at the top of the page. If you require any further assistance please consult the online help or contact the eTendering help desk.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
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:

15.4.2016

 

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