More than 80 companies are set to bid for a new Crown Commercial Service (CCS) framework worth £320m. The CCS are set to complete a review of their new Wider Public Sector Legal Services division this summer, with firms bidding to provide commercial legal services to the UK public sector.
The CCS deals with procurement for the Government, and they’ll be looking to gain a strong professional framework. The tender was launched towards the end of last year, with details of the process confirmed in March. Firms now have until the 15th June to submit bids and the panel is set to run from the end of August for three years, with an option for the CCS to extend it by 12 months.
The panel is split into five lots covering regional and full-service work, with firms able to be able to be appointed to a maximum of four lots. The regional lot will be served by 80 firms, which will each need to demonstrate expertise in one legal area and on UK region. The full service lot covers England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland and will be served by 13 firms. And the final three lots cover property and construction, rail and cost lawyer work across the UK and will be served by six, five and four suppliers respectively.
Last year, the CCS ran the tender process for the UK Government’s legal panel for finance and highly complex legal advice. Slaughter and May, Dentons and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer were among nine firms that won places, with the line-up launched as one of four new panels that replaced the previous legal services framework.