Track Record: Public Procurement

  • Rushcliffe: We have recently completed a contract extension, variation and full refresh of the contract and leases with Parkwood as part of the Council’s exciting and ambitious £15 million Council redevelopment which enhanced sports provision in the borough, delivered a new Civic complex fit for a modern Council and reduced the Council’s on-going costs. We carried out the legal work for the Council’s leisure centre procurement in with Strategic Leisure 2007.

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  • Powys: implemented an open market procurement of the Council’s leisure centres and drafted the contract and leases working closely with V4. This delivered significant capital investment of about £2.5 million via prudential borrowing, will deliver a 32% greater reduction in funding over 15 years than the original target and was a finalist in the Procurement Innovation or Initiative of the Year category for local government in the GO Excellence in Public Procurement Awards Wales 2016/17.

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  • North Wales Legal Consortium: we were members of this consortium from its inception (until it was replaced in September 2015) for Corporate Work and advised several authorities on a wide range of procurement issues including Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire and Wrexham. This included complex high level, confidential procurement work, an abortive collaborative project (led by Conwy) for itself, Flintshire and Anglesey and others to set up of a regional telecare service in North Wales for local government and partners.

  • Independent Children's Homes Association (“ICHA”): extensive commissioning and procurement advice on residential care services for children and the most effective models and approach for multi-authority commissioning and procurement. This has included advising on the impact of the confidentiality provisions in the Public Contracts Regulations for consortia purchases, the impact of the Competition Act and cartels and contract variations and extensions.

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  • National Association of Independent Schools and Non-Maintained Special Schools (“NASS”): support to NASS with its discussions with government on the implications of the changes to special educational needs within the Children and Families Act 2014 and its interconnection with changes to the public contract regulations.

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  • Shropshire: having supported the Council in the procurement of five directly operated leisure centres on the 1st August 2012 via a competitive process, we have since advised the Council on a contract variation and consultation process focussing on the future of swimming provision in Shrewsbury. The service transfer was to a newly created charitable industrial and provident society (now a registered society) promoted by Serco Leisure, with Serco as its commercial partner via a modern set of partnership documents which we drafted, with Strategic Leisure. These included provision for the associated £1 million pound plus refurbishment programme and provision of new fitness equipment paid for by the Council.

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  • Neath Port Talbot: implemented robust property and contractual arrangements for future delivery of the Council’s leisure and arts in partnership with Celtic Leisure and also worked on the early stages of an adult care project for the Council. We delivered the initial transfer to Celtic for the Council in 2003.

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  • Vale of Glamorgan: we drafted the legal documents for the leisure centre procurement and associated multi-million pound refurbishment programme and supported the procurement, which delivered very significant revenue savings, with Strategic Leisure and have advised the Council on follow up issues. The project was considered an example of good practice in the published report by the Wales Audit Office, Delivering with Less - Leisure Services.

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  • Extensive Procurement Support and Documents: for local authorities and their partners on all types and routes and ranging from multi million pound works to small services, either a “turn key” from inception to delivery, a second opinion or advice on a specific aspect (such as evaluation and/or avoiding challenge), variations and performance management thereafter. This includes drafting and amending standard documents or customised drafting. Much of this has been confidential and cannot be publicised.

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  • See also under the Track Record for Leisure Procurements, Social Care and Social Enterprise and Training for further examples.

  • See also under TUPE, Pensions and Human Resources for the Public Sector, for our track record on the people aspects of procurement.

  • Shared Services: we have supported several inter-authority and multi-party white collar shared services and housing and social care projects including projects with major property aspects and tax-efficient structure. Services have been procured and projects delivered either using competitive dialogue or the restricted route.


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