Costs Lawyer Services

We are developing a new framework for costs lawyer services and want to get customer feedback.

As part of our pre-market engagement we are working with customers across government and the public sector to understand their business requirements and explore new market-leading pricing models.

The new framework will include:

    • costs consultancy and negotiation
    • cost estimates and statement of costs
    • advocacy and/or attending hearings
    • instructing counsel
    • providing advice
  • preparing costs budgets, bills of costs, points of dispute, replies and court forms

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We will be holding customer engagement sessions in November. If you are interested in using this new framework and would like to get involved please get in touch stating ‘costs lawyers’ in the comments box.

We will also be holding supplier engagement sessions in early December to help shape the procurement.

Look out for further details in the Prior Information Notice (PIN) that will be published shortly.

Timelines

We anticipate publishing the PIN in November, the OJEU contract notice in January, with framework award in March 2019.

Wider Public Sector Legal Services has been awarded

We are pleased to announce that a new legal services panel designed specifically for public and third sector customers will be available for use very shortly.

Our new Wider Public Sector Legal Services panel has recently awarded and will be available soon to provide customers with simple, compliant access to a wide range of legal services including regional service provision, property and construction, and rail.

The panel has been developed following extensive stakeholder engagement with organisations across the public sector to ensure it comprehensively covers the diverse range of legal advice requirements of our customers.

SME coverage

The panel offers you access to 73 firms, including 22 SMEs, that can provide advice across all legal jurisdictions: England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Choose from:

  • Lot 1 regional service provision
  • Lot 2 full service firms
  • Lot 3 property and construction
  • Lot 4 transport rail

Benefits

The panel gives you access to a wide range of benefits including:

  • Value added benefits such as 2 hours free legal advice with all contracts
  • Highly competitive hourly, daily and monthly rates to ensure great value for money
  • Options for fixed fees and/or alternative fee arrangements
  • Flexible call-off terms for both direct award and further competition
  • A supplier selection tool to help you shortlist suitable lot 1 suppliers
  • Simplified tender documents templates and standard terms and conditions, agreed by all panel firms

Learn more

The web page will be available shortly. In the meantime, if you would like to find out more about how to access the panel please get in touch:

Fill in our online form

Call us on 0345 410 2222

Making cities smarter through connectivity

It’s likely you’ve heard of them, and that you have a sense that they are coming: Smart Cities, but what are they, and how will they affect you?

There are a number of smart city initiatives across the UK such as Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol (the latter of which even edged out London for the top spot in the UK Smart Cities Index from Huawai).

These cities are also supplemented by national projects such as real time air pollution monitoring and the consultation currently being run to publish open data for bus transportation.

The UK government in its smart cities background paper argues that “There is no absolute definition of a smart city, no end point but rather a process or series of steps by which cities become more “liveable” and resilient and, hence, able to respond to new challenges”.

This shows that, rather than waking up one day in smart cities, there will be a slow growth in the intelligence of our cites, a gradual seeping of ‘smartness’ into the darkened cracks of public information.

And operating behind all these initiatives silently, and unseen is the ubiquitous network. Just as buses ferry passengers around smart cities, the network is moving data from where it’s gathered to where it becomes useful. The network in the 21st Century isn’t simply one thing, but a collection of different technologies and protocols able to adapt to a specific requirement.  For example a bus will report its location via a LoRaWAN (Long Range Wide Area Network) but the bus stop that passengers use to view that information can be connected via an underground cable.

With this tidal wave of data cresting in the near future it’s important to understand that building network infrastructure today, means building that infrastructure for tomorrow. Which is where our Network Services framework comes in. One of the cornerstones of the design of the framework was to make it technology agnostic. Which means rather than specifying something like “4G Data connection” we asked suppliers to be capable of delivering “data to a mobile device”, which allows suppliers the freedom to offer cutting edge solutions to solve their customers data needs, allowing public sector organisations to offer network backbones suitable, not just for today’s cities, but for the cities of tomorrow (I tried really hard to avoid that phrase, but you knew it was coming sooner or later, right?).

So if you are looking to refresh your city’s infrastructure, maybe you have a public wifi plan or pollution monitoring solution to connect, then please get in touch with our team. Our network experts will be able to help you take your requirement to our pre-selected suppliers, cutting down on procurement time and giving you access to the right technology solutions and experience required to deliver 21st century (and beyond) connectivity.

How the Digital Marketplace is helping Scottish SMEs win public sector contracts

Every year, it feels like the public sector’s digital transformation is accelerating, delivering a major opportunity for small businesses. Scotland’s SMEs are making a significant contribution to this transformation.

Since 2014, small and medium-sized UK tech businesses have won contracts worth more than £1.9bn through CCS’s Digital Marketplace.

I’m personally delighted that almost 300 Scottish SMEs have been awarded contracts through the Digital Marketplace since it was launched, providing innovative solutions to support the delivery of world-class public services.

The total value of these contracts was more than £70 million. That’s a staggering 71% of total Digital Marketplace spend in Scotland going to SMEs, compared with a total UK figure of 45.5%. It’s clear that public bodies in Scotland trust suppliers, whatever their size, to deliver the technology solutions they need.

While £70m being spent with SMEs in Scotland is a great start, I believe we can do more and that’s why CCS will continue to support organisations such as the Supplier Development Programme to encourage more Scottish SMEs to get involved in CCS business.

The Digital Marketplace will be a crucial tool in delivery of job creation, innovation and promotion of social value through our frameworks. Our Digital Outcomes and Specialists, G-Cloud and Crown Hosting Data Centres frameworks can all be accessed through the Digital Marketplace.

We will continue to encourage and support public bodies to use the Digital Marketplace for procuring digital, technology and data services.

If you’d like to find out more about the Digital Marketplace or our frameworks, please visit the Digital Marketplace. If you have a specific question, just get in touch and one of our technology experts will be happy to help.

7 - 8 November 2018

Highways UK

We’re attending this year’s Highways UK event taking place on 7 and 8 November at the NEC, Birmingham.

The event, which is a conference combined with a major exhibition, is designed for people and organisations involved in the planning, designing, building, operating and future-proofing of the UK’s road network.

Join us on stand D15 where we’ll be discussing all things transport technology –  from traffic monitoring and enforcement, to solutions to improve air quality and electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

It’s free to attend so why not book your place today? Register now.

20 November

Public Sector Solutions Expo

Even more speakers confirmed for the Public Sector Solutions Expo on 20 November at Manchester Central

Over 100 speakers have now been confirmed for the Public Sector Solutions Expo Manchester, the UK’s biggest and must-attend regional event for public sector professionals.

Over 1,500 attendees will gather to network with peers, meet leading suppliers, discuss challenges and best practice whilst discovering the new and innovative solutions capable of delivering smarter, better and more efficient public services.

Confirmed speakers at the 2018 event include:

  • Helen MacCarthy, Change and Transformation Programme Director, Crown Commercial Service
  • Sarah Jewell, Account Director for Local Government and Education, Crown Commercial Service
  • Chris Short, Crown Hosting Framework Authority, Crown Commercial Service
  • Amanda Neylon, Digital Services Delivery Director, NHS Digital
  • Kevin Cunnington, Director General, Government Digital Service
  • Mike Hulett, Head of Operations, National Cyber Crime Unit
  • Beth Loudon, Head of Procurement Development & Growth, NHS Shared Business Services
  • Benjamin Taylor, Chief Executive, Public Service Transformation Academy
  • Paul O’Brien, Chief Executive, Association for Public Service Excellence

Supporters for the event will include the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, Transport for the North, CIPD and TechUK.

Corby Ganesh, portfolio director for the Public Sector Solutions Expo, said:

“Technology has the potential to truly transform our public services, and if we are to truly improve our public services while saving money, we need to embrace it.

“And our public sector has a huge opportunity as research by our partners Tussell unveils billions of pounds worth of digital tender opportunities available over the next year.

“That’s why we’re excited to be featuring an excellent line-up of exhibitors, including UK Fast, Airbus Defence and Space, Pitney Bowes and Silver Peak, to the Public Sector Solutions Expo to showcase their innovative products and share their experiences and insights into the future of public service delivery.”

Register now for your free place at the Public Sector Solutions Expo, your one-stop shop for public sector procurement.

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Croydon Council saves £250,000 on software by moving to the cloud

Croydon Council has streamlined its software packages by moving to one cloud based system using G-Cloud from Crown Commercial Service (CCS).

The requirement

The streets division within the Place department at Croydon Council deal with all highways contracts, woodlands and the management of assets.

Previously, the Council was using 4 different information management systems to administer and service all aspects within the streets division. This generated inconsistency and put a strain on resource and finance required for the management, support and maintenance of the 4 different systems.

Originally the council had taken the decision to run its own OJEU for a single solution to consolidate the 4 solutions into one. The OJEU had started to be planned in summer 2017 with the release of supplier questionnaires in November. However, this was unsuccessful with suppliers only being able to meet 2 of the requirements needed.

The solution

After the failure of the OJEU to provide an appropriate supplier who could meet all of the demands required, the timescales were tight. The council needed to have the contract in place and implemented by November 2018 in readiness for a large highways contract, which needed the systems to be up to date.

Croydon Council looked in to the G-Cloud 9 framework from Crown Commercial Service on the Digital Marketplace. It decided that lot 3 for Cloud Hosted Software could offer the ideal route to market. It allowed the council to procure the solution within a short timescale and gave access to a broad range of suppliers who could meet all of its needs.

After documenting a comprehensive set of requirements that were needed to achieve the savings and consolidated approach, Croydon Council was ready with it’s requirement documents in early 2018. Using the search & filter tool on the Digital Marketplace allowed the council to quickly and efficiently narrow down the search based on its needs.

It was able to approach the shortlisted suppliers with clarification questions, which enabled it to ensure the successful supplier could deliver the hosting, support, and software elements required.

The contract was awarded to Pitney Bowes UK in April 2018, at a total cost of £470,000 (including implementation) over a potential 4 year contract.

The results

Substantial savings were made for the software support alone, with the council saving £75,000 a year.

Croydon Council place high importance on being able to ask for social value commitments that they can measure on every tender, which was something it was able to build in to their procurement via CCS’ G-Cloud framework.

The council have successfully taken the 4 software packages off the data servers and moved to one cloud based system, which is hosted in the UK. This procurement aligns to local government’s Cloud First policy and helps with business continuity. Using the G-Cloud framework, Croydon Council was also able to meet the timescale to have a solution in place by November 2018.

Get involved 

If you want to find out more about the G-Cloud framework, why not contact our team of experts?

View the G-Cloud webpage

Complete this online form

Call us on 0345 410 2222

Third Digital Outcomes and Specialists framework launches

Our Digital Outcomes and Specialists 3 (DOS3) framework is now open for business and ready to help public sector organisations find suppliers that can buy, design, build, test and deliver software.Solutions available on the framework are:

  • Digital outcomes
  • Digital specialists
  • User research studios
  • User research participants

2,953 suppliers – 94% of them SMEs – have been awarded places on the new agreement. Around £500 million has been spent through the framework since its inception, with over £198 million going to SMEs.

DOS3 will support new companies to supply the public sector, while also giving current suppliers the opportunity to update their service offer and pricing.

The success of DOS2 was built on creating a Community of Practice, called the digital buying community, to help share best practice to clearly define problems and this will continue to be built on with DOS3.

DOS3 is accessed through the Digital Marketplace, created in 2014 by CCS and Government Digital Service (GDS) to make government procurement easier and more transparent.

To find out more about DOS3, you can visit the Digital Marketplace, or if you have a specific question simply complete our form and one of our technology experts will be in touch.