The local government pension scheme (LGPS) frameworks have launched their latest procurement framework for legal services.
The National LGPS Frameworks are open to all LGPS Funds, LGPS Pools and administering authorities and the wider public sector nationally for the procurement of services from a wide range of qualified providers.
The new framework will help all LGPS funds and pools to access a range of expert legal specialists, helping particularly those funds and pools that do not regularly need these services and may be unfamiliar with the marketplace.
The procurement comes after the success of the 2015 legal services that were widely used across LGPS funds and pools and other public sector bodies.
LGPS funds will save time and money with the latest framework by allowing quicker and more efficient procurement of services, while continuing to make local decisions about service requirements.
The frameworks can reduce procurement timescales from six to nine months to four to six weeks, with procurement costs cut by up to 90%.
It is multi-user and multi-provider, and funds can use the framework to procure legal services matched to their own specific requirements from small, one-off pieces of work, to longer term arrangements from a range of providers. It is open to all LGPS fund authorities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Users are able to access the framework for free and will benefit from pre-agreed terms and conditions, competitively tendered ceiling prices and supporting documentation - the usual advantages of using a National LGPS Framework.
National LGPS Frameworks chair and Norfolk pension fund head, Nicola Mark said: "I'm delighted to announce this framework which offers LGPS funds and pools easy access to a range of specialist, qualified legal service providers, chosen for their specific collaboration across LGPS funds and pools."
This latest framework has been developed through the collaboration of a number of LGPS funds and pools including Brunel Pensions Partnership, Environment Agency Pension Fund, Local Pensions Partnership, Lothian Pension Fund, Norfolk Pension Fund and West Midlands Pension Fund.
Last January, a separate framework was launched to procure transition management and implementation services.
The National LGPS Frameworks cover a range of other services including member data services, investment management consultancy services and actuarial services, among others.
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