Tuesday 23 February
We were delighted to be host the sixth webinar in LLG’s new Talking Procurement series.
The session covered some common tricky questions faced when establishing and using frameworks and DPS.
- How can we estimate framework value when we don’t know what orders other users will place? What paper trail do we need to protect us?
- At the point of call-off do we need to use the same price/quality ratio as we did for the initial procurement to establish the framework?
- Can we vary call-off terms when calling off someone else’s framework? If so, to what extent? Does the answer depend on whether it is (a) a direct award or (b) a mini competition?
- How precisely do we have to define potential users of the framework we are setting up?
- When considering whether to divide a contract up into lots, what do you see as the advantages and disadvantages to be weighed up by local authorities?
- Can we say we will appoint “up to” [x] number of suppliers, or do we have to specify a precise number?
- In what circumstances might it be permissible to have a framework longer than 4 years?
- What are the key practical differences between frameworks and DPS' that lawyers need to be aware of?
- What is a pseudo DPS and how does it differ from a "normal" DPS?
Our procurement law experts provided some practical tips on what the answers might be.
Susie Smith, Consultant, Bevan Brittan
Kyle Duggan, Solicitor, Bevan Brittan