National Audit Office: Legal Services

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Notice Summary
Title: Legal Services
Notice type: Contract Award Notice
Authority: National Audit Office
Nature of contract: Not applicable
Procedure: Restricted
Short Description: The NAO does not have an in-house legal team. We are seeking to appoint experienced advisors who possess a sound track record of providing legal services of the type set out in the Lots specified in this procurement. Bidders will be expected to possess, and be able to demonstrate, authoritative knowledge of the UK public sector; the legal issues it faces and, where appropriate, how these affect the NAO in its capacity as the United Kingdom’s principal public sector audit body. The successful bidder for each Lot will be expected to provide legal services to support the NAO’s business. This will include the provision of advice to audit teams and central support functions as required. We are seeking to appoint advisors who will work closely and collaboratively with the NAO as if they were an extension of our own organisational structure.
Published: 16/05/2017 14:48
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UK-Victoria: Legal services.

Section I: Contracting Authority

   I.1) Name, Addresses and Contact Point(s):
       National Audit Office
       157-197 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, SW1W 9SP, United Kingdom
       Tel. +44 2077987372, Email: Z3-Procurement@nao.gsi.gov.uk
       Main Address: www.nao.org.uk, Address of the buyer profile: www.nao.g2b.info
       NUTS Code: UKI

   I.2) Joint procurement:
      The contract involves joint procurement: No          
      In the case of joint procurement involving different countries, state applicable national procurement law: Not Provided
      The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body: No

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

   I.5) Main activity:
      Other activity: Audit

Section II: Object Of The Contract

   II.1) Scope of the procurement

      II.1.1) Title: Legal Services            
      Reference number: GEN/16/25

      II.1.2) Main CPV code:
         79100000 - Legal services.


      II.1.3) Type of contract: SERVICES

      II.1.4) Short description: The NAO does not have an in-house legal team. We are seeking to appoint experienced advisors who possess a sound track record of providing legal services of the type set out in the Lots specified in this procurement. Bidders will be expected to possess, and be able to demonstrate, authoritative knowledge of the UK public sector; the legal issues it faces and, where appropriate, how these affect the NAO in its capacity as the United Kingdom’s principal public sector audit body.
The successful bidder for each Lot will be expected to provide legal services to support the NAO’s business. This will include the provision of advice to audit teams and central support functions as required. We are seeking to appoint advisors who will work closely and collaboratively with the NAO as if they were an extension of our own organisational structure.

      II.1.6) Information about lots
         This contract is divided into lots: Yes
                                    
      II.1.7) Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)
          Value: 750,000
                  
         Currency:GBP            

   II.2) Description (lot no. 1)
   

      II.2.1) Title:British constitutional law   
      Lot No:One (1)

      II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s):
            79110000 - Legal advisory and representation services.


      II.2.3) Place of performance
      Nuts code:
      UKI - LONDON
   
      Main site or place of performance:
      LONDON
             

      II.2.4) Description of the procurement: Advice relating to the C&AG/NAO's constitutional position and statutory powers - including but not limited to:
•interpretation of C&AG/NAO's existing powers and responsibilities; proposed/draft legislation impacting on C&AG/NAO's powers and responsibilities, including implications of BREXIT; relationship between the C&AG and the NAO; C&AG's discretion and independence; C&AG as an Officer of the House of Commons; parliamentary privilege.

      II.2.5) Award criteria:
       Not Provided

      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
         

      II.2.14) Additional information: Not Provided

   II.2) Description (lot no. 2)
   

      II.2.1) Title:Public law   
      Lot No:Two (2)

      II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s):
            79110000 - Legal advisory and representation services.


      II.2.3) Place of performance
      Nuts code:
      UKI - LONDON
   
      Main site or place of performance:
      LONDON
             

      II.2.4) Description of the procurement: Advice relating to existing and draft legislation of relevance to the C&AG/NAO's audit activities - including but not limited to:
•application and compliance with statutory regimes (for example, Freedom of Information; Environment Information Regulations; subject access requests; data protection; money laundering; judicial review);
•interpretation and guidance regarding the implications of legal matters for the C&AG/NAO's work (for example, commercial sensitivity; confidentiality; tax law; defamation and discovery; legal privilege and sub-judice questions; EU law; BREXIT related matters).

      II.2.5) Award criteria:
       Not Provided

      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
         

      II.2.14) Additional information: Not Provided

   II.2) Description (lot no. 3)
   

      II.2.1) Title:General commercial law   
      Lot No:Three (3)

      II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s):
            79110000 - Legal advisory and representation services.


      II.2.3) Place of performance
      Nuts code:
      UKI - LONDON
   
      Main site or place of performance:
      LONDON
             

      II.2.4) Description of the procurement: Advice relating to commercial activities - including but not limited to:
•contract preparation, interpretation and management; finance and banking; economic crime; non-disclosure agreements; intellectual property law; procurement; competition and state aid; digital, telecommunications and e-commerce matters; estates/property matters e.g. leases, rent reviews, licensing and insurance matters; implication of BREXIT on these matters.

      II.2.5) Award criteria:
       Not Provided

      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
         

      II.2.14) Additional information: Not Provided

   II.2) Description (lot no. 4)
   

      II.2.1) Title:Human Resources law   
      Lot No:Four (4)

      II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s):
            79110000 - Legal advisory and representation services.


      II.2.3) Place of performance
      Nuts code:
      UKI - LONDON
   
      Main site or place of performance:
      LONDON
             

      II.2.4) Description of the procurement: Advice relating to the full spectrum of HR policies, processes, and responsibilities (including handling cases) - and any implication of BREXIT on these matters. There may also be a requirement from time to time for advice on specific issues such as: handling employment tribunals; HR policy development; health and safety law; personal injury claims; and providing training/ input to our line managers (who are not HR qualified).

      II.2.5) Award criteria:
       Not Provided

      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
         

      II.2.14) Additional information: Not Provided

   II.2) Description (lot no. 5)
   

      II.2.1) Title:Local public audit law   
      Lot No:Five (5)

      II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s):
            79110000 - Legal advisory and representation services.


      II.2.3) Place of performance
      Nuts code:
      UKI - LONDON
   
      Main site or place of performance:
      LONDON
             

      II.2.4) Description of the procurement: Including but not limited to guidance and advice in respect of the local public audit regime in England and support to provide guidance and/or training in response to queries raised by appointed auditors. Responding to queries on interpretation of public law, audit law and the legal framework applicable to local public bodies. Responding to queries about expected/actual changes in relevant primary and secondary legislation and regulations, including any implications of BREXIT.

      II.2.5) Award criteria:
       Not Provided

      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
         

      II.2.14) Additional information: Not Provided


Section IV: Procedure

IV.1) Description

   IV.1.1)Type of procedure: Restricted


   IV.1.3) Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
      The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement: No       
      A dynamic purchasing system was set up: No

   IV.1.6) Information about electronic auction
      An electronic auction has been used: No

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

IV.2) Administrative information

   IV.2.1) Previous publication concerning this procedure
       Not Provided
   

   IV.2.9) Information about termination of call for competition in the form of a prior information notice
      The contracting authority will not award any further contracts based on the above prior information notice: No

Section V: Award of contract

Award Of Contract (No.1)

   Contract No: GEN/16/25 - 1    
   Lot Number: 1    
   Title: British Constitutional Law

   A contract/lot is awarded: Yes


   V.2) Award of contract

      V.2.1) Date of conclusion of the contract: 31/03/2017

      V.2.2) Information about tenders
         Number of tenders received: 5
         Number of tenders received from SMEs: Not Provided          
         Number of tenders received from tenderers from other EU Member States: Not Provided          
         Number of tenders received from tenderers from non-EU Member States: Not Provided          
         Number of tenders received by electronic means: 5

      V.2.3) Name and address of the contractor

      The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: No
         
         Contractor (No.1)
             Bircham Dyson Bell LLP
             50 Broadway, London, SW1H 0BL, United Kingdom
             NUTS Code: UKI
            The contractor is an SME: No

      V.2.4) Information on value of the contract/lot (excluding VAT)
         Initial estimated total value of the contract/lot: 1          
         Total value of the contract/lot: 150,000
         Currency: GBP

      V.2.5) Information about subcontracting
         The contract is likely to be subcontracted: No
         

Award Of Contract (No.2)

   Contract No: GEN/16/25 - 2    
   Lot Number: 2    
   Title: Public Law

   A contract/lot is awarded: Yes


   V.2) Award of contract

      V.2.1) Date of conclusion of the contract: 31/03/2017

      V.2.2) Information about tenders
         Number of tenders received: 5
         Number of tenders received from SMEs: Not Provided          
         Number of tenders received from tenderers from other EU Member States: Not Provided          
         Number of tenders received from tenderers from non-EU Member States: Not Provided          
         Number of tenders received by electronic means: 5

      V.2.3) Name and address of the contractor

      The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: No
         
         Contractor (No.1)
             Bircham Dyson Bell
             50 Broadway, London, SW1H 0BL, United Kingdom
             NUTS Code: UKI
            The contractor is an SME: No

      V.2.4) Information on value of the contract/lot (excluding VAT)
         Initial estimated total value of the contract/lot: 1          
         Total value of the contract/lot: 150,000
         Currency: GBP

      V.2.5) Information about subcontracting
         The contract is likely to be subcontracted: No
         

Award Of Contract (No.3)

   Contract No: GEN/16/25 - 3    
   Lot Number: 3    
   Title: General Commercial Law

   A contract/lot is awarded: Yes


   V.2) Award of contract

      V.2.1) Date of conclusion of the contract: 31/03/2016

      V.2.2) Information about tenders
         Number of tenders received: 5
         Number of tenders received from SMEs: Not Provided          
         Number of tenders received from tenderers from other EU Member States: Not Provided          
         Number of tenders received from tenderers from non-EU Member States: Not Provided          
         Number of tenders received by electronic means: 5

      V.2.3) Name and address of the contractor

      The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: No
         
         Contractor (No.1)
             Browne Jacobson LLP
             Mowbray House, Castle Meadow Road, Nottingham, NG2 1BJ, United Kingdom
             NUTS Code: UKI
            The contractor is an SME: No

      V.2.4) Information on value of the contract/lot (excluding VAT)
         Initial estimated total value of the contract/lot: 1          
         Total value of the contract/lot: 150,000
         Currency: GBP

      V.2.5) Information about subcontracting
         The contract is likely to be subcontracted: No
         

Award Of Contract (No.4)

   Contract No: GEN/16/25 - 4    
   Lot Number: 4    
   Title: Human Resources Law

   A contract/lot is awarded: Yes


   V.2) Award of contract

      V.2.1) Date of conclusion of the contract: 31/03/2017

      V.2.2) Information about tenders
         Number of tenders received: 5
         Number of tenders received from SMEs: Not Provided          
         Number of tenders received from tenderers from other EU Member States: Not Provided          
         Number of tenders received from tenderers from non-EU Member States: Not Provided          
         Number of tenders received by electronic means: 5

      V.2.3) Name and address of the contractor

      The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: No
         
         Contractor (No.1)
             Capsticks
             1 St George’s Road, Wimbledon, London, SW19 4DR, United Kingdom
             NUTS Code: UKI
            The contractor is an SME: No

      V.2.4) Information on value of the contract/lot (excluding VAT)
         Initial estimated total value of the contract/lot: 1          
         Total value of the contract/lot: 150,000
         Currency: GBP

      V.2.5) Information about subcontracting
         The contract is likely to be subcontracted: No
         

Award Of Contract (No.5)

   Contract No: GEN/16/25 - 5    
   Lot Number: 5    
   Title: Local Public Audit Law

   A contract/lot is awarded: Yes


   V.2) Award of contract

      V.2.1) Date of conclusion of the contract: 31/03/2017

      V.2.2) Information about tenders
         Number of tenders received: 3
         Number of tenders received from SMEs: Not Provided          
         Number of tenders received from tenderers from other EU Member States: Not Provided          
         Number of tenders received from tenderers from non-EU Member States: Not Provided          
         Number of tenders received by electronic means: 3

      V.2.3) Name and address of the contractor

      The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: No
         
         Contractor (No.1)
             Bates Wells Braithwaite
             10 Queen Street Place, London, EC4R 1BE, United Kingdom
             NUTS Code: UKI
            The contractor is an SME: No

      V.2.4) Information on value of the contract/lot (excluding VAT)
         Initial estimated total value of the contract/lot: 1          
         Total value of the contract/lot: 150,000
         Currency: GBP

      V.2.5) Information about subcontracting
         The contract is likely to be subcontracted: No
         
Section VI: Complementary information

   VI.3) Additional information: The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement.
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   VI.4) Procedures for review

      VI.4.1) Review body
          National Audit Office
          157-197 Buckngham Palace Road, Victoria, London, SW1W 9SP, United Kingdom
          Tel. +44 2077987372, Email: Z3-procurement@nao.gsi.gov.uk

      VI.4.2) Body responsible for mediation procedures
          National Audit Office
          Victoria, United Kingdom

      VI.4.3) Review procedure
         Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures: Not Provided

      VI.4.4) Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
         Not Provided

   VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice: 16/05/2017




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