Requirement for Covid Inquiry Solicitors

To establish a contract for legal advice and support to participate in the UK Government Covid-19 Public Inquiry.

Title: Covid Inquiry Solicitors
OCID: ocds-kuma6s-126116
Published by: NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership-Procurement Services (hosted by Velindre University NHS Trust)
Authority ID: AA0221
Publication Date: 02/11/2022
Deadline Date: 17/11/2022
Deadline Time: 16:00
Notice Type: 02 Contract Notice
Has Documents: No
Has SPD: No
Abstract: The NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership, hosted by Velindre NHS Trust are acting on behalf of Cardiff and Vale University Local Health Board who are seeking to establish a contract for legal advice and support to participate in the UK Government Covid-19 Public Inquiry.
CPV: 79100000, 79100000.

Contract notice
Directive 2014/24/EU – Public Sector Directive

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority
I.1) Name and addresses
NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership-Procurement Services (hosted by Velindre University NHS Trust)

Procurement Services, Cardiff and Vale University Local Health Board, Woodlands House, 2nd Floor, Maes-Y-Coed Road,

Cardiff

CF14 4HH

UK

Contact person: Emma Lane

Telephone: +44 02921508264

E-mail: emma.lane@wales.nhs.uk

NUTS: UK

Internet address(es)

Main address: http://nwssp.nhs.wales/ourservices/procurement-services/

Address of the buyer profile: https://www.sell2wales.gov.wales/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA0221

I.2) Joint procurement
The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body

I.3) Communication
The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge at:

https://etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk

Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent electronically to:

https://etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk

I.4) Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law

I.5) Main activity
Health

Section II: Object
II.1) Scope of the procurement
II.1.1) Title
Covid Inquiry Solicitors

Reference number: CAV-OJEU-PROJECT51719

II.1.2) Main CPV code
79100000

II.1.3) Type of contract
Services

II.1.4) Short description
The NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership, hosted by Velindre NHS Trust are acting on behalf of Cardiff and Vale University Local Health Board who are seeking to establish a contract for legal advice and support to participate in the UK Government Covid-19 Public Inquiry.

II.1.6) Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: No

II.2) Description
II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)
79100000

II.2.3) Place of performance
NUTS code:

UKL22

II.2.4) Description of the procurement
The process of supporting the Health Board to provide comprehensive and relevant disclosure and thereafter provide ongoing advice and support in relation the production of witness evidence and the review of the evidence of other participants, represents a major undertaking for the small (3 person) in house Inquiry team that has been established to lead this work. Accordingly, the Health Board are looking to source additional capacity and support from external solicitors.

The Health Board will require support and advice to enable the Health Board to comply, in a timely and efficient manner, with preparation for and responses to requests made of it by the Inquiry. This will include but is not limited to, disclosure obligations and the preparation of witness evidence.

Further requirements are outlined in the specification document.

II.2.5) Award criteria
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.7) Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 60

This contract is subject to renewal: Yes

Description of renewals:

The 60 months above includes an extension option of up to 24 months at the sole discretion of the Health Board.

II.2.9) Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited
II.2.10) Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: No

II.2.11) Information about options
Options: No

II.2.13) Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: No

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
III.1) Conditions for participation
III.1.2) Economic and financial standing
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.1.3) Technical and professional ability
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.2) Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1) Information about a particular profession
Participation is reserved to a particular profession: Yes

Reference to the relevant law, regulation or administrative provision:

This requirement is for legal services and any bidder must hold all relevant qualifications.

Section IV: Procedure
IV.1) Description
IV.1.1) Type of procedure
Open procedure – Accelerated procedure

Justification:

There is an urgent requirement for external legal services to support the Health Board through the Covid Inquiry.

IV.1.8) Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: Yes

IV.2) Administrative information
IV.2.2) Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 17/11/2022

Local time: 16:00

IV.2.4) Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted
EN

IV.2.7) Conditions for opening of tenders
Date: 17/11/2022

Local time: 16:00

Section VI: Complementary information
VI.1) Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: No

VI.2) Information about electronic workflows
Electronic ordering will be used

Electronic invoicing will be accepted

Electronic payment will be used

VI.3) Additional information
Please note additional information on this procurement:

1. The Contracting Authority reserves the right to award the contract in whole, in part or annul the tendering process and not award any contract.

2. Bidders should note that they will be required to enter into terms and conditions of contract as set out in the ITT and that save for matters of clarification or consistency the Contracting Authority will not negotiate the terms.

3. The Contracting Authority will not accept completed ITT’s after the stated closing date.

4. All documents to be priced (where applicable) in sterling and all payments made in sterling.

5. All tender costs and liabilities incurred by bidders shall be the sole responsibility of the bidders.

6. Prospective suppliers should note that NHS Shared Services Partnership – Procurement Services is acting on behalf of Cardiff and Vale University Local Health Board.

7. Bidders wishing to participate should visit the Bravo e-tenderwales portal and access the ITT as titled in this advert.

NOTE: The authority is using eTenderwales to carry out this procurement process. To obtain further information record your interest on Sell2Wales at http://www.sell2wales.gov.wales/search/search_switch.aspx?ID=126116

(WA Ref:126116)

VI.4) Procedures for review
VI.4.1) Review body
High Court

Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand

London

WC2A 2LL

UK

Telephone: +44 2079477501

VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice
02/11/2022

Main Contact: emma.lane@wales.nhs.uk
Admin Contact: N/a
Technical Contact: N/a
Other Contact: N/a

 

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