Law Research Contract

Law Research Contract

Contract value:£135,000 – £150,000. Research on the use and client experience of Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) and mediation in private family law disputes.

Research on the use and client experience of Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) and mediation in private family law disputes

Reference number: 3274 -2-Professional Services-N-RFP

Deadline date:01/07/2013

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

Contract value:£135,000 – £150,000

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

In April 2011 a pre-application protocol (PAP) was introduced setting out an expectation for all prospective applicants to attend a MIAM before attempting to resolve their private family law disputes through court; publicly funded clients, i.e. those in receipt of legal aid, have been required to attend these meetings since 1997. The protocol aims to create a level playing field irrespective of the funding status of prospective applicants, and improve awareness and understanding of mediation and alternative resolution methods. Whilst the volume of publicly funded clients attending MIAMs and mediation sessions is recorded, little is known about the volume of privately funded separating couples (in which both parties are privately funded) who attend MIAMs or mediation, or whether these clients then proceed to court. This research will help to formulate an estimate of the number of privately funded clients attending MIAMs and mediation to resolve their private family law issues in England and Wales. This will provide a baseline estimate of MIAM and mediation use to assess future uptake against. The introduction of the PAP in April 2011 and legal aid changes in April 2013 which will direct more clients to find out about and consider mediation highlight the need for research into the motivations, experiences and outcomes of both publicly and privately funded clients who are expected to attend MIAMs. This research will provide evidence to improve our understanding of what influences attendance at MIAMs, how the process works for different types of clients and whether MIAMs are encouraging clients to attend mediation. The resolution pathways these clients choose and their experiences and outcomes from these will also be explored. 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: 15/07/2013 – 30/04/2014


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 available, 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. Supplier already approved who want to participate in this eSourcing event, should also e-mail the procurement unit. Registering their interest, in order that they can added to the event, on the eSourcing portal.