Pushing the boundaries - the use of frameworks in the UK public sector

05 March 2013

Bird & Bird is delighted to invite you to the first in our 2013 series of public procurement breakfast seminars on Tuesday 5 March 2013.

Framework Agreements have become a key tool for the UK public sector in procuring goods and services. However, their use is subject to a number of procurement law restrictions that the bodies setting up frameworks, the customers buying from them and suppliers (both on and off of the frameworks) ought to be familiar with. Bidders can find how government uses frameworks confusing or difficult to predict and plan for. This is exacerbated by the fact that much of the practical use of frameworks pushes at the boundaries of compliance. With various new ideas and approaches coming through from Government, this tension will only increase so bidders and contracting authorities really understand the law in this area and what it means in practice.

At this seminar our experienced practitioners will look at the main problem areas in practice and give relevant tips for you to use. First we will look at how frameworks should be set up (in terms of both the procurement process and the "rules" established for call-offs by customers). We will then explain the key issues to be considered by customers when choosing a framework and calling-off services from it. In both parts we will also identify the things suppliers need to consider and present the law in the context of practical experiences. The last part of the seminar will focus on key trends in the use of frameworks - including the current priorities for GPS and new breeds of frameworks like G-Cloud.

Our lawyers participating in the discussions will include:

Peter Elliott, Partner, Bird & Bird
Roger Bickerstaff, Partner, Bird & Bird
Barry Jennings, Associate, Bird & Bird
Victoria Moorcroft, Associate, Bird & Bird

The programme

08.00 - 08.30
Registration and breakfast

08.30 - 10.00
Presentations and interactive workshop


Save the date for future Public Procurement seminars

Please save the following dates for future breakfast seminars in the Bird & Bird Public Procurement series. Invitations for each seminar will be sent in due course.

Thursday 27 June 2013
All change - updates to EU procurement rules

Thursday 19 September 2013
Accommodating change in existing public sector contracts

Thursday 7 November 2013
Title TBC