Legal Services Tender APUC Scotland

Legal Services Tender APUC Scotland

The institutions and organisations in England, Scotland and Wales, who are members (present and subsequent) of the consortia within the UK Universities Purchasing Consortia group (UKUPC), will be able to access the geographically relevant lots on the Framework Agreement.

UK-Edinburgh: legal services

2012/S 88-145072

Contract notice

Services
Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority
I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

APUC Limited
14 New Mart Road
For the attention of: Antonia Hynd
EH14 1RL Edinburgh
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1314428930
Fax: +44 1314428931

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www.apuc-scot.ac.uk/home.htm

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA10402

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
Body governed by public law
I.3)Main activity
Education
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

Aberdeen College

Adam Smith College

Angus College

Anniesland College

Ayr College

Banff and Buchan College

Barony College

Borders College

Cardonald College

Carnegie College

Central College of Commerce

Clydebank College

Coatbridge College

Cumbernauld College

Dumfries and Galloway College

Dundee College

Edinburghs Telford College

Elmwood College

Forth Valley College

Glasgow College of Nautical Studies

Glasgow Metropolitan College

Inverness College

James Watt College

Jewel and Esk College

John Wheatley College

Kilmarnock College

Langside College

Lews Castle College

Moray College

Motherwell College

Newbattle Abbey College

North Glasgow College

North Highland College

Oatridge College

Orkney College

Perth College

Reid Kerr College

Sabhal Mor Ostaig

Shetland College

South Lanarkshire College

Stevenson College

Stow College

West Lothian College

Edinburgh College of Art

Edinburgh Napier University

Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow School of Art

Heriot-Watt University

Queen Margaret University

Robert Gordon University

Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama

Scottish Agricultural College

UHI Millennium Institute

University of Aberdeen

University of Abertay Dundee

University of Dundee

University of Edinburgh

University of Glasgow

University of St Andrews

University of Stirling

University of Strathclyde

University of the West of Scotland

City of Glasgow College

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

The institutions and organisations in England, Scotland and Wales, who are members (present and subsequent) of the consortia within the UK Universities Purchasing Consortia group (UKUPC), will be able to access the geographically relevant lots on the Framework Agreement. The members of the following UKUPC Consortia will have immediate access: Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges www.apuc-scot.ac.uk, North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium www.neupc.procureweb.ac.uk; North Western Universities Purchasing Consortium www.nwupc.ac.uk; Higher Education Purchasing Consortium Wales www.hepcw.ac.uk; Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium www.supc.ac.uk. The remaining members of the other regional consortia within UKUPC (London Universities Purchasing Consortium www.lupc.ac.uk) may join this Framework Agreement at a later date in line with the text in the Prequalification documentation

Section II: Object of the contract
II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Legal Services – Provision to the Higher & Further Education Sectors in Scotland, England and Wales.
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: Scotland, England and Wales.

NUTS code UK
II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
Framework agreement with several operators
maximum number of participants to the framework agreement envisaged: 100

Duration of the framework agreement
Duration in years: 3

Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement
Estimated value excluding VAT: 100 000 000 GBP
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
Higher and Further Education Sectors in Scotland, England and Wales are determined to consolidate legal services spend to achieve increased service standards, greater consistency and better commercial terms for their member institutions. This procurement exercise aims to set up a Framework Agreement to achieve this objective. There are 20 lots defined by geographical area and technical requirement. Details are given in “Quantity/Scope of Contract” section and further detail is in Annex B of this notice.
This is a voluntary OJEU notice only. The procurement process will be run in accordance with European legislation as applicable to a Part B service under the provisions of the Public Sector Services Regulations.

NOTE: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland Web Site at http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=226909.

The awarding authority has indicated that it will accept electronic responses to this notice via a ‘Tender Submission Postbox’ facility. Further details of this facility are available at http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/PostBox/Postbox_Explain.aspx?ID=226909.
Suppliers are advised to allow adequate time for uploading documents and to dispatch the electronic response well in advance of the closing time to avoid any last minute problems. The postbox closes precisely at the time stated.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79100000
II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
II.1.8)Lots
This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for one or more lots
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:
This procurement process is to establish a Framework Agreement to provide a wide variety of legal services to Higher and Further Education Institutions and associated sector bodies in Scotland England and Wales. There are 20 lots each with specific geographical and technical focus. Bidders may bid for one, some or all of the lots if they are technically able to do so and can pass applicable turnover thresholds and other pass fail criteria. Lots are as follows:
Lot Number Lot Description.
1 Scotland – General Commercial
2 Scotland – Property
3 Scotland – People Matters
4 Scotland – Charity
5 Scotland – One-stop-shop
6 Northern England and North Wales– General Commercial
7 Northern England and North Wales – Property
8 Northern England and North Wales – People Matters
9 Northern England and North Wales – Charity
10 Northern England and North Wales – One-stop-shop
11 Central and Eastern England – General Commercial
12 Central and Eastern England – Property
13 Central and Eastern England – People Matters
14 Central and Eastern England – Charity
15 Central and Eastern England – One-stop-shop
16 South West England and South Wales – General Commercial
17 South West England and South Wales – Property
18 South West England and South Wales – People Matters
19 South West England and South Wales – Charity
20 South West England and South Wales – One-stop-shop
More details in Annex B of this notice.
Firms will be selected on their capability to provide first class professional legal advice and services to the Higher and Further Education Sectors in the relevant region at the best possible price. Those institutions accessing the Framework Agreement will be able to place call off contracts against the appropriate lot for anything from one-off pieces of advice to longer term partnership arrangements.
The proposed value of spend on any resulting Framework Agreement is an estimation based of historical spend in this service area. It may vary considerably up or down.
No business whatsoever is guaranteed under any resulting Framework Agreement or contract indeed there is no guarantee that any Framework Agreement or contract will be put in place in relation to this notice. No compensation etc will be paid if a tender of resulting Framework.
Agreement is withdrawn for any reason. Bidders should take part in the process only on the basis that they fully understand and accept this position.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 100 000 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options
Options: yes
Description of these options: After the initial 36 month duration of the Framework Agreements there will be the option (at APUC’s discretion) to extend for a further final 12 months.
II.2.3)Information about renewals
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Number of possible renewals: 1
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Information about lots
Lot No: 10 Lot title: Northern England and North Wales – One-stop-shop
1)Short description
Bidders must be qualified to practise English Law and must meet certain financial thresholds and other criteria – see Pre-qualification document for more details.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79100000
3)Quantity or scope
Scope of expertise requested includes the foregoing technical scope described under General Commercial, Property, People Matters and Charity in lots 6-9.
Those bidding for One Stop Shop Lots are not necessarily required to demonstrate experience across every aspect of the technical areas specified in the lot descriptions of 6-9, but will be scored accordingly.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 11 Lot title: Central and Eastern England – General Commercial
1)Short description
Bidders must be qualified to practise English Law and must meet certain financial thresholds and other criteria – see Pre-qualification document for more details.
Bidders must have experience in all of the following technical areas of law described under quantity/scope.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79100000
3)Quantity or scope
EU Purchasing.
Other contract law and debt collection.
Commercial Corporate governance.
Joint ventures.
International ventures.
Banking, finance and insurance.
Company formation.
Corporate, mergers and acquisitions.
Taxation.
Academic Research (including grants) & research originated knowledge transfer.
Intellectual property (excluding patent agent work).
Competition Law.
Freedom of Information.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 12 Lot title: Central and Eastern England – Property
1)Short description
Bidders must be qualified to practise English Law and must meet certain financial thresholds and other criteria – see Pre-qualification document for more details.
Bidders must have experience in all of the following technical areas of law described under quantity/scope.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79100000
3)Quantity or scope
Conveyancing.
Landlord and tenant law.
General estate management issues.
Planning law.
Major building projects.
Student accommodation.
Construction and Engineering.
Environmental law.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 13 Lot title: Central and Eastern England – People Matters
1)Short description
Bidders must be qualified to practise English Law and must meet certain financial thresholds and other criteria – see Pre-qualification document for more details.
Bidders must have experience in all of the following technical areas of law described under quantity/scope.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79100000
3)Quantity or scope
Employment tribunals.
Employment relations.
Employment contracts and T&Cs advice.
Immigration/Border Agency Regulations.
Equality and Diversity.
Organisational change.
Health and safety.
TUPE.
Pension law and advice.
Student support and regulatory matters.
Data protection and Freedom of Information.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 14 Lot title: Central and Eastern England – Charity
1)Short description
Bidders must be qualified to practise English Law and must meet certain financial thresholds and other criteria – see Pre-qualification document for more details.
Bidders must have experience in all of the following technical areas of law described under quantity/scope.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79100000
3)Quantity or scope
Charity law.
Fundraising and sponsorship.
Constitutional and parliamentary issues (including bulls, charters and statutes).
Charity Corporate Governance.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 15 Lot title: Central and Eastern England – One-stop-shop
1)Short description
Bidders must be qualified to practise English Law and must meet certain financial thresholds and other criteria – see Pre-qualification document for more details.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79100000
3)Quantity or scope
Scope of expertise requested includes the foregoing technical scope described under General Commercial, Property, People Matters and Charity in lots 11-14.
Those bidding for One Stop Shop Lots are not necessarily required to demonstrate experience across every aspect of the technical areas specified in the lot descriptions of 11-14, but will be scored accordingly.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 16 Lot title: South West England and South Wales – General Commercial
1)Short description
Bidders must be qualified to practise English Law and must meet certain financial thresholds and other criteria – see Pre-qualification document for more details.
Bidders must have experience in all of the following technical areas of law described under quantity/scope.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79100000
3)Quantity or scope
EU Purchasing.
Other contract law and debt collection.
Commercial Corporate governance.
Joint ventures.
International ventures.
Banking, finance and insurance.
Company formation.
Corporate, mergers and acquisitions.
Taxation.
Academic Research (including grants) & research originated knowledge transfer.
Intellectual property (excluding patent agent work).
Competition Law.
Freedom of Information.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 17 Lot title: South West England and South Wales – Property
1)Short description
Bidders must be qualified to practise English Law and must meet certain financial thresholds and other criteria – see Pre-qualification document for more details.
Bidders must have experience in all of the following technical areas of law described under quantity/scope.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79100000
3)Quantity or scope
Conveyancing.
Landlord and tenant law.
General estate management issues.
Planning law.
Major building projects.
Student accommodation.
Construction and Engineering.
Environmental law.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 18 Lot title: South West England and South Wales – People Matters
1)Short description
Bidders must be qualified to practise English Law and must meet certain financial thresholds and other criteria – see Pre-qualification document for more details.
Bidders must have experience in all of the following technical areas of law described under quantity/scope.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79100000
3)Quantity or scope
Employment tribunals.
Employment relations.
Employment contracts and T&Cs advice.
Immigration/Border Agency Regulations.
Equality and Diversity.
Organisational change.
Health and safety.
TUPE.
Pension law and advice.
Student support and regulatory matters.
Data protection and Freedom of Information.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 19 Lot title: South West England and South Wales – Charity
1)Short description
Bidders must be qualified to practise English Law and must meet certain financial thresholds and other criteria – see Pre-qualification document for more details.
Bidders must have experience in all of the following technical areas of law described under quantity/scope.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79100000
3)Quantity or scope
Charity law.
Fundraising and sponsorship.
Constitutional and parliamentary issues (including bulls, charters and statutes).
Charity Corporate Governance.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 2 Lot title: Scotland – Property
1)Short description
Bidders must be qualified to practise Scots Law and must meet certain financial thresholds and other criteria – see Pre-qualification document for more details.
Bidders must have experience in all of the following technical areas of law described under quantity/scope.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79100000
3)Quantity or scope
Conveyancing.
Landlord and tenant law.
General estate management issues.
Planning law.
Major building projects.
Student accommodation.
Construction and Engineering.
Environmental law.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 20 Lot title: South West England and South Wales – One-stop-shop
1)Short description
Bidders must be qualified to practise English Law and must meet certain financial thresholds and other criteria – see Pre-qualification document for more details.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79100000
3)Quantity or scope
Scope of expertise requested includes the foregoing technical scope described under General Commercial, Property, People Matters and Charity in lots 1-4.
Those bidding for One Stop Shop Lots are not necessarily required to demonstrate experience across every aspect of the technical areas specified in the lot descriptions of 1-4, but will be scored accordingly.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 3 Lot title: Scotland – People Matters
1)Short description
Bidders must be qualified to practise Scots Law and must meet certain financial thresholds and other criteria – see Pre-qualification document for more details.
Bidders must have experience in all of the following technical areas of law described under quantity/scope.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79100000
3)Quantity or scope
Employment tribunals.
Employment relations.
Employment contracts and T&Cs advice.
Immigration/Border Agency Regulations.
Equality and Diversity.
Organisational change.
Health and safety.
TUPE.
Pension law and advice.
Student support and regulatory matters.
Data protection and Freedom of Information.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 4 Lot title: Scotland – Charity
1)Short description
Bidders must be qualified to practise Scots Law and must meet certain financial thresholds and other criteria – see Pre-qualification document for more details.
Bidders must have experience in all of the following technical areas of law described under quantity/scope.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79100000
3)Quantity or scope
Charity law.
Fundraising and sponsorship.
Constitutional and parliamentary issues (including bulls, charters and statutes).
Charity Corporate Governance.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 5 Lot title: Scotland – One-Stop-Shop
1)Short description
Bidders must be qualified to practise Scots Law and must meet certain financial thresholds and other criteria – see Pre-qualification document for more details.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79100000
3)Quantity or scope
Scope of expertise requested includes the foregoing technical scope described under General Commercial, Property, People Matters and Charity in lots 1-4.
Those bidding for One Stop Shop Lots are not necessarily required to demonstrate experience across every aspect of the technical areas specified in the lot descriptions of 1-4, but will be scored accordingly.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 6 Lot title: Northern England and North Wales– General Commercial
1)Short description
Bidders must be qualified to practise English Law and must meet certain financial thresholds and other criteria – see Pre-qualification document for more details.
Bidders must have experience in all of the following technical areas of law described under quantity/scope.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79100000
3)Quantity or scope
EU Purchasing.
Other contract law and debt collection.
Commercial Corporate governance.
Joint ventures.
International ventures.
Banking, finance and insurance.
Company formation.
Corporate, mergers and acquisitions.
Taxation.
Academic Research (including grants) & research originated knowledge transfer.
Intellectual property (excluding patent agent work).
Competition Law.
Freedom of Information.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 7 Lot title: Northern England and North Wales – Property
1)Short description
Bidders must be qualified to practise English Law and must meet certain financial thresholds and other criteria – see Pre-qualification document for more details.
Bidders must have experience in all of the following technical areas of law described under quantity/scope.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79100000
3)Quantity or scope
Conveyancing.
Landlord and tenant law.
General estate management issues.
Planning law.
Major building projects.
Student accommodation.
Construction and Engineering.
Environmental law.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 8 Lot title: Northern England and North Wales – People Matters
1)Short description
Bidders must be qualified to practise English Law and must meet certain financial thresholds and other criteria – see Pre-qualification document for more details.
Bidders must have experience in all of the following technical areas of law described under quantity/scope.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79100000
3)Quantity or scope
Employment tribunals.
Employment relations.
Employment contracts and T&Cs advice.
Immigration/Border Agency Regulations.
Equality and Diversity.
Organisational change.
Health and safety.
TUPE.
Pension law and advice.
Student support and regulatory matters.
Data protection and Freedom of Information.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 9 Lot title: Northern England and North Wales – Charity
1)Short description
Bidders must be qualified to practise English Law and must meet certain financial thresholds and other criteria – see Pre-qualification document for more details.
Bidders must have experience in all of the following technical areas of law described under quantity/scope.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79100000
3)Quantity or scope
Charity law.
Fundraising and sponsorship.
Constitutional and parliamentary issues (including bulls, charters and statutes).
Charity Corporate Governance.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 1 Lot title: Scotland – General Commercial
1)Short description
Bidders must be qualified to practise Scots Law and must meet certain financial thresholds and other criteria – see Pre-qualification document for more details.
Bidders must have experience in all of the following technical areas of law described under lot quantity/scope.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79100000
3)Quantity or scope
EU Purchasing.
Other contract law and debt collection.
Commercial Corporate governance.
Joint ventures.
International ventures.
Banking, finance and insurance.
Company formation.
Corporate, mergers and acquisitions.
Taxation.
Academic Research (including grants) & research originated knowledge transfer.
Intellectual property (excluding patent agent work).
Competition Law.
Freedom of Information.
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
Duration in months: 36 (from the award of the contract)
5)Additional information about lots

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
Details to be provided in the Invitation to Tender.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
Details to be provided in the Invitation to Tender.
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
Where a consortium or other grouping of suppliers submits a bid, such consortia or grouping must nominate a lead organisation to deal with APUC Ltd on all matters relating to the Framework Agreement. All consortium members or grouping will be required to be jointly and severally liable in respect to the obligations and liabilities relating to the Framework Agreement.
III.1.4)Other particular conditions
The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: yes
Description of particular conditions: Details to be provided in the Invitation to Tender.
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: Some detail given in part IV.1.2 of this notice. Full details of requirements are provided in the prequalification questionnaire.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Some detail given in part IV.1.2 of this notice. Full details of requirements are provided in the prequalification questionnaire.
III.2.3)Technical capacity
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Some detail given in part IV.1.2 of this notice. Full details of requirements are provided in the prequalification questionnaire.
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: yes
Reference to the relevant law, regulation or administrative provision: If applying for any Lot in the Framework Region of Scotland, bidders will have to demonstrate (i) the Bidder’s demonstrable capability to practise Scots law in the jurisdiction of Scotland and (ii) that the Bidder is subject to the regulatory control of The Law Society of Scotland.
If applying for any Lot in any Framework Region other than Scotland, the Bidder will have to demonstrate (i) the Bidder’s demonstrable capability to practise English law in the jurisdiction of England and Wales and (ii) that the Bidder is subject to the regulatory control of The Law Society of England and Wales.
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

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 12: and maximum number 240
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: Various criteria both pass/fail and scored will be used to shortlist bidders to a maximum of 12 per lot.
Pass/Fail Selection criteria are:
Relevant Law Practice Registration;
Status of supplier in relation to Regulation 23 of the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2012;
Cumulative Financial Thresholds (GBP 3 000 000 per General Commercial Lot, GBP 2 million per Property Lot, GBP 2.5 million per People Matters Lot, GBP 1 million per Charity Lot, 7 000 000 per One-stop-shop Lot);
Adequate Insurance Coverage (GBP 5 million Employers Liability, GBP 5 million Public Liability and GBP 10 million Professional Indemnity – (or be willing and able to take these levels out));
Compliance to Equalities Act 2010; and.
For each Lot being applied for, an ability to demonstrate experience in all required technical areas (applicable to General Commercial, Property, People Matters and Charity Lots).
Discretionary Pass/fail selection criteria are:
Previous Unlawful Discrimination or Non Compliance to equality legislation.
Short Listing Criteria are:
Commitment to sustainable business operation (4 %);
Commitment to equality legislation (6 %);
Quality Procedures (12 %);
Client Care (3 %);
Staff Development (5 %);
Continuity of Service (5 %);
Track Record of relevant experience (35 %); and.
Case Studies (2 x 15 %).
Please refer to the PQQ document for full details.
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 in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document
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:
BA-PFB021
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
7.6.2012 – 14:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
26.7.2012
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: Framework likely to be re-tendered in 3 or 4 years time depending on success of this Framework Agreement.
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
VI.3)Additional information
This Contract Notice is for a Part B service and is published on a voluntary basis. The procurement process will be run in accordance with European legislation as applicable to a Part B service under the provisions of the Public Sector Services Regulations.

Prequalification questionnaire document is available and must be returned via the Public Contracts Scotland website www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk.
(SC Ref:226909).
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: APUC Ltd will incorporate a minimum 10 calendar day Standstill Period following electronic notification to unsuccessful applicants of the award decision. As this is a part B service this is being done on a voluntary basis, not because the procurement is subject to the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2012.
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
4.5.2012