Legal Services Framework for National Audit Office

Legal Services Framework for National Audit Office

We are seeking to appoint experienced advisors who possess a sound track record of providing legal services of the type set out in the Lots specified in this procurement.

United Kingdom-Victoria: Legal services

2016/S 225-410106

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

National Audit Office
157-197 Buckingham Palace Road
Victoria
SW1W 9SP
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 2077987372
E-mail: Z3-Procurement@nao.gsi.gov.uk
NUTS code: UKI
Internet address(es):Main address: www.nao.org.uk

Address of the buyer profile: www.nao.g2b.info

I.2)Joint procurement

I.3)Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: http://www.delta-esourcing.com/tenders/UK-UK-Victoria:-Legal-services./677Z367F7H
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.5)Main activity

Other activity: Audit

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

Legal Services.

Reference number: GEN/16/25

II.1.2)Main CPV code

79100000

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

The NAO does not have an in-house legal team. We are seeking to appoint experienced advisors who possess a sound track record of providing legal services of the type set out in the Lots specified in this procurement. Bidders will be expected to possess, and be able to demonstrate, authoritative knowledge of the UK public sector; the legal issues it faces and, where appropriate, how these affect the NAO in its capacity as the United Kingdom’s principal public sector audit body.

The successful bidder for each Lot will be expected to provide legal services to support the NAO’s business. This will include the provision of advice to audit teams and central support functions as required. We are seeking to appoint advisors who will work closely and collaboratively with the NAO as if they were an extension of our own organisational structure.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 750 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for all lots
The contracting authority reserves the right to award contracts combining the following lots or groups of lots:

The NAOs requirement is divided into the following 5 (five) Lots and the NAO is intending to set up 5 single supplier Framework Agreements, 1 per Lot.

II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

British constitutional law

Lot No: One (1)

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

79110000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKI
Main site or place of performance:

LONDON.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Advice relating to the C&AG/NAO’s constitutional position and statutory powers — including but not limited to:

—interpretation of C&AG/NAO’s existing powers and responsibilities; proposed/draft legislation impacting on C&AG/NAO’s powers and responsibilities, including implications of BREXIT; relationship between the C&AG and the NAO; C&AG’s discretion and independence; C&AG as an Officer of the House of Commons; parliamentary privilege.

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: 36
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

12 month extension.

II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

Envisaged minimum number: 3
Maximum number: 5

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
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Public law

Lot No: Two (2)

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

79110000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKI
Main site or place of performance:

LONDON.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Advice relating to existing and draft legislation of relevance to the C&AG/NAO’s audit activities — including but not limited to:

—application and compliance with statutory regimes (for example, Freedom of Information; Environment Information Regulations; subject access requests; data protection; money laundering; judicial review);

—interpretation and guidance regarding the implications of legal matters for the C&AG/NAO’s work (for example, commercial sensitivity; confidentiality; tax law; defamation and discovery; legal privilege and sub-judice questions; EU law; BREXIT related matters).

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: 36
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

12 month extension option.

II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

Envisaged minimum number: 3
Maximum number: 5

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
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

General commercial law

Lot No: Three (3)

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

79110000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKI
Main site or place of performance:

London.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Advice relating to commercial activities — including but not limited to:

—contract preparation, interpretation and management; finance and banking; economic crime; non-disclosure agreements; intellectual property law; procurement; competition and state aid; digital, telecommunications and e-commerce matters; estates/property matters e.g. leases, rent reviews, licensing and insurance matters; implication of BREXIT on these matters.

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: 36
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

12 month extension option.

II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

Envisaged minimum number: 3
Maximum number: 5

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
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Human Resources law

Lot No: Four (4)

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

79110000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKI
Main site or place of performance:

LONDON.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Advice relating to the full spectrum of HR policies, processes, and responsibilities (including handling cases) — and any implication of BREXIT on these matters. There may also be a requirement from time to time for advice on specific issues such as: handling employment tribunals; HR policy development; health and safety law; personal injury claims; and providing training/ input to our line managers (who are not HR qualified).

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: 36
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

12 month extension option.

II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

Envisaged minimum number: 3
Maximum number: 5

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
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Local public audit law

Lot No: Five (5)

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

79110000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKI
Main site or place of performance:

London.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Including but not limited to guidance and advice in respect of the local public audit regime in England and support to provide guidance and/or training in response to queries raised by appointed auditors. Responding to queries on interpretation of public law, audit law and the legal framework applicable to local public bodies. Responding to queries about expected/actual changes in relevant primary and secondary legislation and regulations, including any implications of BREXIT.

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: 36
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

12 month extension option.

II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

Envisaged minimum number: 3
Maximum number: 5

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

Restricted 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
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

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

Date: 19/12/2016
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:

English
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

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:

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.

For more information about this opportunity, please visit the Delta eSourcing portal at:

https://www.delta-esourcing.com/tenders/UK-UK-Victoria:-Legal-services./677Z367F7H

To respond to this opportunity, please click here:

https://www.delta-esourcing.com/respond/677Z367F7H

GO Reference: GO-20161118-PRO-9139772.

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

National Audit Office
157-197 Buckngham Palace Road, Victoria
London
SW1W 9SP
United Kingdom

VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

National Audit Office
Victoria
United Kingdom
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:

18/11/2016

 

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