Rail Legal Services – Market Engagement Sessions

Rail Legal Services – Market Engagement Sessions

To commence market engagement with those within the legal market.

United Kingdom-Liverpool: Legal services

2020/S 026-060270

Prior information notice

This notice is for prior information only


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: The Minister for the Cabinet Office acting through Crown Commercial Service
Postal address: 9th Floor, The Capital, Old Hall Street
Town: Liverpool
NUTS code: UK
Postal code: L3 9PP
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: supplier@crowncommercial.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 3450103503
Internet address(es):Main address: https://www.gov.uk/ccs

I.2)Information about joint procurement

The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body


Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions

I.5)Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Rail Legal Services

Reference number: RM6204

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

Crown Commercial Service (CCS) as the authority intends to put in place a pan government collaborative agreement for the provision of rail legal services to be used by the Department for Transport (DfT), and related organisations, which have a significant programme of rail franchises, major works and projects that require specialist rail legal services. Parliamentary agents may also be required. CCS will work in partnership with DfT and the Government Legal Department (GLD to establish this panel. The potential benefits of such a panel include:

— providing a more focused framework to give the market greater availability of work,

— ready access to highly experienced rail legal advisers,

— choice and competition, driving value for money,

— minimising the time and administrative burden to contract work.

The lotting structure of this framework will be determined as a result of the market engagement.

Further information is included in the Additional Information Section VI.3).

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 50 000 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)


II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UK

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Rail legal services.

II.2.14)Additional information

This relates to legal services within the meaning of Schedule 3 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. It is subject to limited regulation and will be conducted in accordance with Regulations 74 to 76 of PCR 2015. Any references to fully regulated processes or requirements are for ease of reference only and should not be taken as recognition or acceptance that the same apply in this instance.

II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:


Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

This prior information notice is to signal an intention to commence market engagement with those within the legal market.

Crown Commercial Service intends to hold market engagement sessions during April 2020 with suppliers interested in potentially bidding for the resulting panel contract. If you are interested in attending a market engagement session please express your interest by emailing supplier@crowncommercial.gov.uk no later than midday on 13.3.2020. Further details will be provided to you.

Your email must clearly state: the name of your organisation, and contact details for the individual(s) who will participating in the market engagement.

Crown Commercial Service (CCS) will use an eSourcing system for this competition and reserves the right to use an electronic auction. The eSourcing system we will use is [https://crowncommercialservice.bravosolution.co.uk].

Please note that, to register, you must have a valid DUNS number (as provided by Dun and Bradstreet) for the organisation which you are registering, who will be entering into a contract if invited to do so.

The value in II.1.5) is an indicative value over 6 years (assuming a 4 year term with call-off contracts for a further 2 years).

The date in II.3) is the estimated date of publication, please refer to the CCS website page https://www.crowncommercial.gov.uk/agreements/upcoming Crown for updates and monitor tenders electronic daily for the publication of the OJEU contract notice.

The cyber essentials scheme is mandatory for Central Government Contracts which involve handling personal information and providing certain ICT products and services. The Government is taking steps to further reduce the levels of cyber security risk in its supply chain through the cyber essentials scheme. The scheme defines a set of controls which, when properly implemented, will provide organisations with basic protection from the most prevalent forms of threat coming from the internet.

To participate in this procurement, bidders will be required to demonstrate that they are cyber essentials plus certified or equivalent for the services under and in connection with the procurement.

The bidder may be awarded a contract but shall not enter into any call off contracts with buyers until they are able to demonstrate to CCS that they meet the technical requirements prescribed by the cyber essentials plus scheme or equivalent for services under and in connection with this procurement.

The service that arise from this framework will involve the supplier holding material that has been assigned a protective marking under the Government Security Classifications Scheme (April 2014) of official/sensitive. Bidders will be required to implement their solution in accordance with the RM6204 Schedule, ‘Security Requirement and Plan’, to meet RM6204 requirements. This will be released at the ITT stage.

We also intend to require the following ISO standards as part of this procurement, detailed here for information:

— ISO 9001 Quality management systems or equivalent,

— ISO/IEC 27001 Information security management systems or equivalent,

— ISO/IEC 27002:2013 Information technology – security techniques – code of practice for information security controls,

— ISO/IEC 27031 Information technology – security techniques – guidelines for information and communication technology readiness for business continuity or equivalent,

— ISO/IEC 22301:2019 Business continuity management or equivalent, and

— ISO/IEC 22313 Societal security – business continuity management systems – guidance or equivalent.

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: