Following the launch of three legal panels in 2017 for central government customers, we are now working on the final element of our legal services strategy – a legal services marketplace designed specifically with the needs of our wider public sector customers in mind.
Following extensive engagement with customers to understand their requirements, and with suppliers to understand their capabilities, the marketplace will provide:
- value for money by leveraging best commercial rates
- a simple “call off” process
- an SME friendly panel in terms of cost (of bidding) and resources
- coverage of all commercial law genres
- options for both low value and high value transactions
- options for procurements of differing levels of complexity
Continuity of service
It is expected that this new marketplace will be in place by summer 2018. As this means there will be a gap in service provision, if you require legal support before the launch of the marketplace we would advise you to put in place a contract (or extend an existing one) under lot 8 of the current Legal Services framework (RM919) before it expires on 31 January.
We are holding 2 more customer engagement sessions to provide updates on our strategy since the first series of engagement events, and get further feedback to help us refine our strategy.
If you would like to attend either of these sessions please get in touch stating ‘Legal Services Marketplace event’ and the date of the event you would like to attend in the comments box:
- 18 January, 4pm – 5pm
- 19 January, 11am – 12 noon
Both events will take place at CAA House, 45 – 59 Kingsway, London, WC2B 6TE.
A dial in option will also be available on each date if you are unable to attend in person. If you would like dial in details please mention this in the comments box.