Legal Services for Support of the Local Government Pension Scheme

Legal Services for Support of the Local Government Pension Scheme

A Multi-Provider, Multi Lot Framework Agreement for the Provision of Legal Services primarily in Support of the Local Government Pension Scheme.

United Kingdom-Norwich: Legal services

2018/S 181-410179

Contract notice

Services

Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Norfolk County Council
County Hall, Martineau Lane
Norwich
NR1 2DH
United Kingdom
Contact person: Julie Ward
E-mail: sourcingteam@norfolk.gov.uk
NUTS code: UKH15Internet address(es):Main address: www.norfolk.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/norfolkcc/aspx/Home

I.1)Name and addresses

Norfolk County Council
County Hall, Martineau Lane
Norwich
United Kingdom
E-mail: sourcingteam@norfolk.gov.uk
NUTS code: UKH15Internet address(es):Main address: www.norfolk.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/norfolkcc/aspx/Home

I.2)Information about joint procurement

The contract involves joint procurement

I.3)Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/norfolkcc/aspx/Home
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/norfolkcc/aspx/Home
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority

I.5)Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

A Multi-Provider, Multi Lot Framework Agreement for the Provision of Legal Services primarily in Support of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)

Reference number: NCCT41620

II.1.2)Main CPV code

79100000

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

Norfolk County Council, on its own behalf and on behalf of the City of Wolverhampton and City of Edinburgh Councils, Brunel Pensions Partnership, the Environment Agency and Local Pensions Partnership wish to let a multi-provider, multi-Lot Framework Agreement for the provision of Legal Services. This Framework Agreement is for the provision of legal services to Administering Authorities of Local Government Pension Schemes (LGPS) and Employer Bodies within the respective funds on all aspects of the law and regulations applicable to them including specialist advisers in pensions and investment law. This procurement has been split into 7 Lots.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 11 750 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for all lots
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Full Service (England and Wales)

Lot No: 1

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

79100000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKG
NUTS code: UKI
NUTS code: UKH
NUTS code: UKJ
NUTS code: UKD
NUTS code: UKE
NUTS code: UKK
NUTS code: UKC
NUTS code: UKF
NUTS code: UKL
Main site or place of performance:

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The scope of Lot 1 covers legal advice on all aspects of the laws and regulations of England and Wales relevant to LGPS asset pools funds, LGPS Administering Authorities and their participating scheme employers across the UK (in respect of their participation in the LGPS) and the operators of LGPS investment pools.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value

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

Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: yes

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

The maximum number of providers to be appointed to the Framework for Lot 1, is 10.

II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Full Service (Scotland)

Lot No: 2

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

79100000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKM
Main site or place of performance:

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The scope of Lot 2 covers legal advice on all aspects of the laws and regulations of Scotland relevant to LGPS funds, Administering Authorities, scheme employers (in respect of and their participationg in the LGPS) and LGPS investment pools/collaborative arrangements.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value

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

Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no

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

The maximum number of providers to be appointed to the framework for this Lot 2, is 6.

II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Full Service (Northern Ireland)

Lot No: 3

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

79100000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKN
Main site or place of performance:

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The scope of Lot 3 covers legal advice on all aspects of the laws and regulations of Northern Ireland relevant to LGPS funds, administering authorities (in respect of their participating participation and LGPS investment pools/collaborative arrangements).

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value

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

Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no

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

The maximum number of providers to be appointed to the framework for Lot 3, is 6.

II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Investment (UK Wide)

Lot No: 4

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

79100000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK
Main site or place of performance:

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The scope of Lot 4 is focused on legal advice relating to different aspects of pension fund investment and investment management or /administration (including as part of a pooled fund structure).

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value

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

Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no

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

The maximum number of providers to be appointed to the framework for Lot 4, is 10.

II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Benefit Administration, Employer Bodies and Governance (England and Wales)

Lot No: 5

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

79100000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKG
NUTS code: UKI
NUTS code: UKH
NUTS code: UKJ
NUTS code: UKE
NUTS code: UKK
NUTS code: UKC
NUTS code: UKD
NUTS code: UKF
NUTS code: UKL
Main site or place of performance:

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The scope of Lot 5 covers legal advice on all aspects of the laws and regulations of England and Wales relating to pensions administration, management, governance and employer management and the admission, participation and exit of scheme employers.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value

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

Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no

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

The maximum number of providers to be appointed to the framework for Lot 5, is 8.

II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Benefit Administration, Employer Bodies and Governance (Scotland)

Lot No: 6

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

79100000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKM
Main site or place of performance:

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The scope of Lot 6 covers legal advice on all aspects of the laws and regulations of Scotland relating to pension administration, management, governance and the admission, participation and exit of scheme employers.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value

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

Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no

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

The maximum number of providers to be appointed to the framework for Lot 6, is 6.

II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Benefit Administration, Employer Bodies and Governance (Northern Ireland)

Lot No: 7

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

79100000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKN
Main site or place of performance:

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The scope of Lot 7 covers legal advice on all aspects of the laws and regulations of Northern Ireland in relation relating to pension administration, management, governance and the admission, participation and exit of scheme employers.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value

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

Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no

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

The maximum number of providers to be appointed to the framework for Lot 7, is 6.

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

List and brief description of conditions:

As described in the Invitation to Tender and associated documents.

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

The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
Framework agreement with several operators
Envisaged maximum number of participants to the framework agreement: 52
In the case of framework agreements, provide justification for any duration exceeding 4 years:

N/A

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: no
IV.2)Administrative information

IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

Notice number in the OJ S: 2018/S 123-279459

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

Date: 17/10/2018
Local time: 14:00
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:

English

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

Duration in months: 3 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 17/10/2018
Local time: 14:00
Place:

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:

This procurement will be managed electronically via the Council’s e-procurement system. To participate in this procurement, applicants must first be registered on the system at https://in-tendhost.co.uk/norfolkcc Full instructions for registration and use of the system can be found at https://in-tendhost.co.uk/norfolkcc/aspx/BuyerProfiles Once registered you will be able to see the procurement project under the ‘tenders’ section and ‘express an interest’ to view the documentation. If you encounter any difficulties whilst using the system you can contact the In-tend support team by phoning +44 8442728810 or e-mailing support@in-tend.co.uk

The parties to the joint procurement are:

— City of Wolverhampton and City of Edinburgh Councils,

— Brunel Pensions Partnership,

— the Environment Agency,

— Local Pensions Partnership and Norfolk County Council.

The Framework may be used by:

— any administering authority and any scheme employers as defined in the Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations SI 2013/2356 (as amended) and or the Local Government Pension Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2018 as amended by SSI 2018/141; as defined in the Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014 / SRNI 2014/188(as amended);

— the Board of the Pension Protection Fund www.pensionprotectionfund.org.uk

— any other administering authority or organisation of a public-sector pension scheme or any public-sector body that requires pensions related services; and

— any Common Asset Pool or Collective Investment Vehicle established by or on behalf of an administering authority or group of administering authorities;

— any LGPS or groups of LGPS funds; or

— any bodies, organisations or companies established by them for the purpose of operating on a collective or collaborative basis.

For the avoidance of doubt, any framework user may award a contract to a successful Applicant for any Lot, in respect of any services within the given Lot. No framework user shall be prevented or restricted from calling-off work under any particular Lot(s). No guarantee of business is given. The value of the framework is expected to be between 2 550 000 GBP and 11 750 000 GBP.

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Norfolk County Council
Norwich
United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

VI.4.3)Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures: The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (as amended) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern EN Standard form 02 — Contract notice 12 / 19 Ireland). Proceedings must be brought within 30 days from the date of knowledge (the date on which the economic operator first knew or ought to have known that grounds for starting the proceedings had arisen) unless the Court considers that there is good reason for extending the period within which proceedings may be brought, in which case the Court may extend that period up to a maximum of 3 months from the date of knowledge.

VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:

17/09/2018

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