Published date: 13 August 2021

This notice was replaced on 16 March 2022

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Awarded contract (published 16 March 2022)

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Contract summary


  • Legal services - 79100000

Location of contract

United Kingdom

Value of contract


Procurement reference

RM6204 Contract Notice

Published date

13 August 2021

Closing date

14 September 2021

Closing time


Contract start date

30 March 2022

Contract end date

29 March 2025

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (above threshold)

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This procedure can be used for procurements above the relevant contract value threshold.

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Crown Commercial Service (CCS) as the Authority intends to put in place an agreement for the provision of rail legal services to be utilised by UK Central Government Departments, and other public sector bodies. The principal Buyer will be the Department for Transport (DfT), who intends to use this Framework Contract wherever possible. Other Contracting Authorities, as detailed in VI.3 may also use it from time to time.
The policy drivers supporting the development and procurement of this Framework Contract are to:
- provide Buyers with a route to market compliant with UK Law
- offer an improved agreement for both Buyers and Suppliers
- provide Buyers with access to high quality legal services
- achieve value for money

Rail Legal Services (RM6204) has been designed as a suitable replacement for Rail Legal Services (RM3756) due to expire in 2022.

This procurement is being conducted under the Light Touch Regime ('LTR') and is therefore subject to limited regulation. It will be conducted in accordance with regulations 74 to 76 of PCR 2015, and relates to the legal services which are listed in Schedule 3 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR) 2015 as a specific service.

The Framework Agreement will be established for 36 months, with the option to extend for a further 12 months at the discretion of CCS.

About the buyer

Contact name

The Minister for the Cabinet Office acting through Crown Commercial Service


9th Floor, The Capital, Old Hall Street


+44 3150103503