Work area: Social Care (Children & Adults) & Social Enterprise

With a national reputation as acknowledge experts and an extensive track record stretching back more than 25 years, we have an in-depth understanding of commissioning and best practice procurement, legal and governance models

What we offer

  • Support from Strategic Review to Delivery and thereafter: a seamless 'one stop' service with other professionals, your internal team and/or choice of consultants; from strategic review, options appraisals, soft market testing and consultation, through to choice of route, project delivery (including advice on evaluation), performance management and re-procurement; you can always be confident we will help you deliver a practical and legally sound outcome.

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  • An In-depth Understanding of the "Light Touch" Regime: the Public Contract Regulations 2015 ("PCR"), Concession Contracts Regulations 2016 ("CCR") introduced a wholly new regime with extensive flexibilities for services such as social care and leisure: with our skill you can achieve effective commissioning and procurement.

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  • Expert Procurement Support to In-house Lawyers/Commissioners: assistance with difficult and/or confidential problems at the end of a telephone or email for example the procurement implications of the "Light Touch" regime, the options after a failed procurement and/or successfully avoiding a challenge.

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  • Advice on the Impact of the PCR and CCR on Existing Contracts/Relationships: your current variation and/or extension clauses may be difficult to achieve because of changed law. We will support you in achieving legally sound practical solutions.

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  • Variation of Standard Precedents or Bespoke Documents: the impact of the PCR, CCR and SQ and their age may mean your commissioning documents and any amended national or regional conditions of contract which you are using, require a bespoke approach to meet your own requirements.

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  • Advice on the Impact of “Brexit” on Structuring Current and Future Procurement: how should “Brexit” be taken into effect when considering what and when to commission and procure? Proposed contract length, break provisions and other terms may need reconsideration in view of current uncertainty.

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  • Advice on a LATCOs/Teckal Company and the Alternatives: an analysis of the options and governance structures, potential partners (for examples partnerships with health and local government), the benefits and risks (including procurement issues, transaction costs, delivery timescale, impact on staff).

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  • Consultation: advice on achieving safe consultation processes taking into account any specific legislative requirements for your service, the Human Rights Act, Equalities legislation, Public Services (Social Value) Act and recent court challenges.

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  • Training on the Application of the Public Procurement Regime, Partnerships and Service Models.

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Contact details

Léonie Cowen & Associates
30 Kingswood Avenue
Queens Park
London NW6 6LR

t: 020 7604 5870

e: admin@lcowen.co.uk

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