As we reported a month ago, a tender for contracts in actions against the police etc, clinical negligence and public law opens today. The tender closes on 23 January and contracts will start on 1 November 2015.
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More news on a couple of ongoing or upcoming tenders:
- The LAA has published an advert for the forthcoming clinical negligence, public law and actions against the police tenders. The tender opens on 1 December and closes on 23 January 2015.
- The final FAQ for the current mediation tender has been published. This tender closes at noon on 31 October 2014. Remember that this tender is only for new entrants; existing mediation contract holders don’t need to apply unless they want to open additional locations.
The LAA has announced that it will open tenders in December for contracts in actions against the police, clinical negligence and public law. Contracts will run from November 2015.
It has published a headline intentions document. It confirms that it will be a non-competitive process, with all applicants meeting the tender requirements being awarded a contract. The requirements will include:
- Lexcel or SQM held by contract start date
- Supervisor:caseworker ratio of 1:4, with an amended clinical negligence supervisor standard
- 7 procurement areas rather than the existing 12.
Matter starts in clinical negligence will be unrestricted. In actions against the police and public law, there will be two lots. Bidders in the lower lot will be guaranteed the matter starts they bid for. Bidders in the higher lot (for which there will be additional requirements) will be allocated at least the minimum volume for the lot.
Mental Health, Public Law, Actions Against the Police etc., Clinical Negligence, Community Care Contracts – What’s happening?
Practitioners in the above categories will be aware that they were not included in the tender process last year. They are still on the 2010 version of the Standard Civil Contarct, although of course not immune from the impact of LASPO.
Their contracts were extended until March 2014, so the LAA needs to do something about the continuation of their contracts fairly soon if it is to re-tender them.
At the LAPG conference on 11 October, Hugh Barratt, the LAA’s Director of Legal Aid Commissioning and Strategy, was asked what was going to happen. He said that the LAA would be making a decision before Christmas and the LAA would provide more information in November.