The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC) wishes to appoint up to 3 legal firms to operate under a Framework Agreement for the provision of cost effective, responsive, flexible and high quality legal services, which help support proportionate and efficient dispensing of our statutory functions, for a 3 year period from September 2018.
It is anticipated that the SLCC’s legal spend will be £150,000 per annum over the course of the 3 year period, although this will be subject to a number of variables. We require firms to be able to demonstrate experience of litigation in the Court of Session, the ability to deliver general legal advice, and a comprehensive understanding of the legislative framework within which the SLCC operates. With new legislation on regulation and complaints anticipated firms may also be called on to advise the SLCC as a bill progresses through parliamentary process, part of the SLCC’s work to deliver ambitious change to improve outcomes for both consumers and the sector.
The tender is being run on the Public Contracts Scotland website, and all documentation is online, with questions and responses to be submitted by interested parties through the portal.
Neil Stevenson, Chief Executive, said “We require high quality and pragmatic advice on a broad range of issues relating to our operations. We have been delighted with our current panel, but in line with best practice, to achieve best value, and to seek out innovation and excellence we periodically retender this work. Quality and pricing are critical, but we are also seeking advisers who fit with our values. Firms should be at least working towards the Equality Standards set by their relevant regulator, able to demonstrate their position on Living Wage, and be able to demonstrate their own effective approaches to client care and complaints. With the report from the independent review of legal regulation in Scotland due just as our new panel will be appointed we believe this will be an exciting time to work with us on both operational and strategic legal issues.”
For more information, the formal criteria, and to request to participate go to www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk