Law Research Contract for Ministry of Justice

Law Research Contract for Ministry of Justice

Action Research To Evaluate Interim Arrangements For Completion of Public Law Cases Within a 26 Week Time Limit.

Reference number: 3194 -2-Professional Services-N-RFP

Deadline date:14/05/2013

This deadline is for… The receipt of proposals within the Ministry of Justice eSourcing Portal (Emptoris)

Contract value:£80,000 – £100,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out: United Kingdom Ministry of Justice Analytical Services Directorate 102 Petty France London SW1H 9AJ

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? No

Name of the buying organisation: Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Procurement (Team based in Wakefield)


Description of the contract

The Children and Families Bill includes legislation to introduce a 26 week time limit to complete care cases in and is anticipated to be implemented in April 2014 (subject to Royal Assent). However in preparation for this, adjustments will be made to the Public Law Outline (PLO), the key practice direction which provides guidance on public law cases, which will be implemented from July 2013. These adjustments will be tested, on a permissive basis, until the legislation formally brings the changes into place, and will apply to all new care cases in family courts in England and Wales. This research will provide evidence to explore how the changes to the PLO are being understood and implemented in practice and identify additional amendments to further enhance the practice direction and the Family Procedure Rules (FPR). There is a very short timescale for the research and continual feedback is needed from the contractor to inform the final revisions to the Rules and the PLO required by early 2014. Therefore it is anticipated that an ‘action research’ approach is required, with the contractor providing ongoing and timely feedback on the results of the fieldwork to MoJ and other stakeholders throughout the course of the evaluation. There are three main aims of this research which explores how the changes to the PLO are being understood and implemented and to identify any additional amendments that could be made to further enhance the practice direction. Please see the attached specification, which provides further details as to what is required.


Classification of the contract

73110000 Research services


Additional information

Contract type: Services – Unspecified

Is it a framework agreement? No

Is this contract related to a programme of funding? No

Contract will be awarded based on: Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria stated in the contract documents

Estimated length of contract: 03/06/2013 – 31/12/2013


Who to contact

Contact name Andrew Smith

Organisation name Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Procurement

Address Units 8 & 9, Fryersway , Ossett , Wakefield , West Yorkshire , WF5 9TJ

Telephone 01924 205700

Extension number: 5709

Fax 5702

Web address


How to apply

In accordance with the UK Government’s policies on transparency, the text of this Invitation to Quote will be made publically availble, subject to any redactions at the discretion of the Contracting Authority. This opportunity is not being conducted against any particular Framework and interested organisation should contact the Wakefield Procurement Team (contact details below). The Ministry of Justice, will be sourcing the opportunity via its eSourcing Portal, Emptoris. You will be required to be an approved supplier on the portal, before you can be added to the event. Therefore in order to take part, please e-mail the procurement unit via the e-mail address provided below.