Invitation to Tender – Specialist Quality Mark Services

Invitation to Tender – Specialist Quality Mark Services

Invitation to Tender to Administer the Legal Aid Agency’s Specialist Quality Mark from April 2017.

United Kingdom-London: Accounting, auditing and fiscal services

2016/S 161-290972

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Legal Aid Agency
102 Petty France
London
SW1H 9AJ
United Kingdom
E-mail: civiltenders@legalaid.gsi.gov.uk
NUTS code: UK
I.2)Joint procurement

I.3)Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://www.gov.uk/topic/legal-aid-for-providers/tenders
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://legalaid.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.shtml

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions

I.5)Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

Invitation to Tender to Administer the Legal Aid Agency’s Specialist Quality Mark (SQM) from April 2017.

II.1.2)Main CPV code

79200000

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

The Legal Aid Agency (‘LAA’) is inviting Applicants to tender for a contract to administer the LAA’s Specialist Quality Mark (‘SQM’), from 1.4.2017. The SQM is the LAA’s organisational quality standard designed to ensure that Legal Services Providers are well run and provide good client care. The SQM gives assurance regarding the quality of advice in several ways which, whilst not direct measures of quality are fundamental to reliable delivery of a quality service and therefore are fundamentally important to the delivery of legal aid services. Compliance with a recognised quality standard (currently either the SQM Specialist Quality Mark or Lexcel, The Law Society’s practice management standard) is a requirement for providers of legal services that have, or are seeking to obtain, an LAA contract to deliver publically funded legal advice services. The LAA is launching a procurement process with the purpose of awarding a contract for the delivery of the SQM service from April 2017.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK
Main site or place of performance:

England and Wales.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The Legal Aid Agency (‘LAA’) is inviting Applicants to tender for a contract to administer the LAA’s Specialist Quality Mark (‘SQM’), from 1 April 2017. The SQM is the LAA’s organisational quality standard designed to ensure that Legal Services Providers are well run and provide good client care. The SQM gives assurance regarding the quality of advice in several ways which, whilst not direct measures of quality are fundamental to reliable delivery of a quality service and therefore are fundamentally important to the delivery of legal aid services. Compliance with a recognised quality standard (currently either the SQM Specialist Quality Mark or Lexcel, The Law Society’s practice management standard) is a requirement for providers of legal services that have, or are seeking to obtain, an LAA contract to deliver publically funded legal advice services. The LAA is launching a procurement process with the purpose of awarding a contract for the delivery of the SQM service from April 2017.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Criteria below
Quality criterion – Name: Applying your skills and experience / Weighting: 5
Quality criterion – Name: Staffing the Service / Weighting: 14
Quality criterion – Name: Mobilisation of the Service / Weighting: 7
Quality criterion – Name: Delivering a Quality Service / Weighting: 34
Quality criterion – Name: Interview / Weighting: 10
Price – Weighting: 30

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 1 800 000.00 EUR

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Start: 01/04/2017
End: 01/04/2020
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

The LAA will have a contractual right to extend the Contract for a maximum of 2 additional years in a minimum of 3-month increments.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information

IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

Notice number in the OJ S: 2016/S 094-168454

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 30/09/2016
Local time: 12:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:

Welsh, English
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 30/09/2016
Local time: 12:01

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Legal Aid Agency
102 Petty France
London
United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

18/08/2016

 

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