Government launches tender to provide entire public sector with e-disclosure services

Print This Post

By Legal Futures

14 March 2012


 

E-disclosure: government seeks up to five providers

The government has recognised the ever-growing importance of e-disclosure and launched a £7m tender to appoint up to five e-disclosure providers to service the whole of the UK public sector.

The three-year contract – extendable by a further year – will cover central government departments and their arm’s length bodies and agencies, non-departmental public bodies, NHS bodies, local authorities and other public sector organisations, such as the BBC and Royal Mail.

The Government Procurement Service is seeking suppliers who can provide a full suite of services in support of e-disclosure exercises – including hard-copy document/non-electronic document review and scanning – conducted in the course of litigation.

The tender notice says: “Although in most cases such services will be required in compliance with the provisions of part 31 to the CPR and practice directions 31A and 31B, similar services will also be required in respect of litigation before, among others, the Administrative Court (in the course of judicial reviews), other fora in the England and Wales (including inquests and a variety of civil tribunals), as well as national public inquiries.”

Error, group does not exist! Check your syntax! (ID: 14)

The move is the latest in the government’s efforts to centralise its purchase of legal services. There is already a framework agreement in place with multiple law firms to provide services across the public sector in eight areas of work, but this expires shortly and the government is currently considering tenders for the next two years, valued at up to £250m.

It has also recently run the first cross-government procurement exercise for law costs draftsman services, worth up to £20m over four years.

 



Leave a comment

* Denotes required field

All comments will be moderated before posting. Please see our Terms and Conditions

Legal Futures Blog

Lawyers must now draw on the data and drive change

Chris Marston 2014

The results from this year’s legal services consumer tracker survey make for interesting reading. In its sixth year, the research finds that a firm’s reputation continues to grow in importance, holding its top slot as the number one factor influencing choice of lawyer, with price remaining a strong second, reflected in a shift towards higher numbers of fixed-fee transactions. Alongside, it reports that trust in lawyers has declined to 42%, from 47% in 2012. It’s useful information as far as it goes, but what is the sector going to do with it?

September 26th, 2016