Legal services for debt collection

Legal services for debt collection

London Borough of Camden is inviting expressions of interest from suitably qualified organisations to tender for the provision of Legal Services for Debt Collection.

UK-London: legal services

2012/S 223-367864

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

London Borough of Camden
2F Argyle Street
For the attention of: Janny Graves
WC1H 8NG London
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2079741230
E-mail: janny.graves@camden.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www.camden.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile: https://uk.eu-supply.com/lbcamden.asp

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority
I.3)Main activity

General public services
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Legal services for debt collection.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 21: Legal services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Within the London Borough of Camden.
NUTS code UKI1

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

Provision of legal services for debt collection.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79100000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.1.8)Lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

London Borough of Camden is inviting expressions of interest from suitably qualified organisations to tender for the provision of Legal Services for Debt Collection.
The service required from the contractor will consist of legal advice and all aspects linked to debt recovery from Letter before action through to litigation, judgement and enforcement. The service will cover all Council services with the exception of Parking and Council Tax. Service will include but not limited to:
Sundry Debtors.
Adult Social Care,
Housing Benefit Overpayments,
Leaseholders Services,
Rents.
.
Potential bidders must:
— A member of the Law society and authorised by the Solicitor Regulatory Authority (SRA) to provide services as a solicitor,
— Be aware of all legislation and relevant procedures for the pursuit of debt within local government services,
— Have a web based interface system for case management and monitoring.
London Borough of Camden is accredited as a London Living Wage employer and may require you to pay in accordance with the London Living Wage provisions.
The tender process will be operated by the London Borough of Camden e-tendering system:
https://lbcamden.eu-supply.com

Please use this e-tendering system to register your interest, access the documentation and submit your application.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 1 458 000 GBP

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: The contract will be for a period of 4 years and the Council may extend the contract for up to a further period of up to 2 years at the sole discretion of the Contracting Authority.
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 72 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

The Contracting Authority will set out its requirements in the tender documents. A parent company guarantee or performance bond may be required.
The contracting authorities reserves the right to require deposits, guarantees or other forms of security.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

Payments will be made in accordance with the standard terms of payment detailed in the tender documents.
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

Providers applying as a consortium or joint venture must provide full details of each member of the consortium and confirm that the grouping is a legal venture with joint and several liabilities. Each member will be jointly and severally responsible for the performance of the contract. In the case of a consortium bid a lead contractor will be required to represent the consortium.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: — A member of the UK Law society and authorised by the Solicitor Regulatory Authority (SRA) to provide services as a solicitor,
— Be aware of all UK legislation and relevant procedures for the pursuit of debt within local government services,
— Have a web based interface system for case management and monitoring.
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: As set out in the pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ).
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: In accordance with the information and formalities set out in Article 47 of Directive 2004/18/EC and Regulation 24 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 as set out in the Pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ).
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: Please refer to the PQQ.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
In accordance with the information and formalities set out in Article 48 of Directive 2004/18/EC and Regulation 24 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 as set out in the pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ).
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
Please refer to the PQQ.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Restricted
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Envisaged minimum number 5: and maximum number 8
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated below

1. Quality. Weighting 60

2. Price. Weighting 40

IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

Tender 14146
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

no
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

17.12.2012 – 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

14.1.2013
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: yes
Estimated timing for further notices to be published: October 2016 or 2018.
VI.2)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information

To express an interest and receive more information about this contract you must register on our etendering system: https://uk.eu-supply.com/lbcamden.asp.

If you have not previously registered with us simply click on the new supplier Link shown on this page and complete/submit the form. You will then receive an email quoting your unique system username and password which will enable you to access all the relevant documentation via the contract opportunities link on this page and also all future advertised contract exercises via this system. Further to item iv 1.2, the number of suppliers invited to tender will depend on the quality of responses received, but will be sufficient to ensure genuine competition. The Contracting Authority is not bound to accept the lowest or any tender and confirm that the issue of the Invitation to Tender or other tender documentation does not constitute any form of instruction. As such, the Contracting Authority accepts no responsibility for any costs in relation to the preparation or submission of tenders (or for the avoidance of doubt PQQ’s). Please note that all prices must be quoted in GBP. The Contracting.
Authority undertakes to use its best endeavours to hold confidential any information provided in the proposal submitted, subject to the Contracting Authority’s obligations under law, including the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, this does not give any cast iron guarantees of confidentiality as circumstances (for example an FOIA request or a court order) may arise which require disclosure and are outside the control of the Contracting Authority. The deadline for receipt of expressions of interest shall be deemed to be met upon the receipt of a completed pre-qualification form via the Councils etendering system only. Please note that the Contracting Authority runs a Local Procurement Initiative (and has a Local Procurement Code) which it may invite you to participate in. The Contracting Authority has an environmental policy and is committed to using the most environmentally and socially responsible goods and services consistent with good performance and encourages all its service providers to do the same. Tenderers should be aware that the Contracting Authority reserves the right to hold interviews during the tender process. These might be scored as part of the tender,in which case the relevant criteria will be specified in the Invitation to Tender documents. In keeping with the Contracting Authority’s commitment to sustainability, please do not include any publicity material with your submission.
Please note that TUPE does not apply to this contract.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: The Contracting Authority will incorporate a minimum ten calendar day (when using electronic means) standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. This period allows unsuccessful tenderers to seek further debriefing from the Contracting Authority before the contract is entered into and to start proceedings where such action is necessary. Such additional information should be requested from the person stated in the contact details in section I.1 of this document. If an appeal regarding the award of a contract has not been successfully resolved the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006/5 (as amended)) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland). Any such action must be brought promptly and within the time limits as defined in the above regulations. Where a contract has not been entered into the court may order the setting aside of the award decision or order the Contracting Authority to amend any document and may award damages. If the contract has been entered into the Court has the options to award damages and/or to shorten or order the contract ineffective.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

Terry Brewer
2F Town Hall Extension, Argyle St
WC1H 8NG London
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: terry.brewer@camden.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 2079745696
Internet address: http://www.camden.gov.uk

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:16.11.2012