Published date: 23 October 2019

Closed future opportunity - This means that a potential contract has passed its approach to market date. A buyer can choose to consider any supplier interest or convert this notice into an opportunity ready for live procurement.

Approach to market date: 20 July 2020

Contract summary


  • Legal services - 79100000

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

23 October 2019

Approach to market date

20 July 2020

Contract start date

14 December 2020

Contract end date

13 December 2023

Procedure type

Open procedure (OJEU)

Any interested supplier may submit a tender in response to an opportunity notice.

OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union) procedures are valued above a certain financial threshold.

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



CCS wishes to establish a Panel of law firms to provide specialist legal services in connection with international trade.

Key specialisms may include:
(i) compliance with the law of the WTO and trade agreements,
(ii) advice and services relating to the negotiation and implementation of trade agreements, and
(iii) the conduct of disputes under WTO and trade agreement dispute mechanisms.

Services may be required across a range of international jurisdictions.

More information

Spend profile

This table displays the spend profile of the notice
Financial year Budget
2020/2023 £70,000,000

Additional text

This Prior Information Notice is to signal an intention to commence market engagement within the legal market.

Crown Commercial Service intends to hold market engagement sessions in January and February 2020 with suppliers interested in potentially bidding for the resulting framework contracts. If you are interested in attending an engagement session please express your interest by emailing no later than the 26th of November. Please include RM6183 as your email subject heading Further details will be provided to you.

Your email must clearly state: the name of your organisation, and contact details and base location (city) for the individual(s) who will be participating in the market engagement.
The date in II.3) is the estimated date of publication, please refer to the CCS pipeline page for updates and monitor Tenders Electronic Daily for the publication of the OJEU contract notice.

About the buyer

Contact name

The Minister for the Cabinet Office acting through Crown Commercial Service


9th Floor, The Capital, Old Hall Street
L3 9PP




Approach to market date: 20 July 2020