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04 January 2017

Have your say on how government uses legal services

Date and Time: Wed 11 January 2017, 10:00 – 12:00 GMT Level 2, CastleCourt Shopping Centre, Royal Avenue, Belfast, BT1 1DD


As part of a move across government to collaborate in the joint procurement of common services, Central Procurement Directorate (CPD), Departmental Solicitor’s Office (DSO) and other In Scope Bodies have initiated a project to assess the feasibility and benefits of establishing a Legal Services Framework Agreement.

DSO will continue to be the primary provider of legal and consultancy services to the Civil Service, departments and agencies. The purpose of the proposed Framework Agreement is to complement existing in house service and provide direct access for Non Departmental/Arms’ Length Public Bodies who would normally procure these services through open competition or through a National Framework Agreement.

The Framework Agreement for legal services will deal with services provided by firms of solicitors. Barrister services will continue to be accessed through DSO using the Government Civil Panels.

This session will provide an opportunity for CPD to deliver a general summary of the proposed strategy for the procurement of a Framework for Legal services, and invite discussion of any potential issues or market developments that might impact on this project.


Where is the event taking place in CastleCourt?

The event is being held in the offices of the Department for Communities (DfC) on Level 2. You can get there via the escalators facing Starbucks coffee, or by taking the lift from the ground floor facing Debenhams.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, you don't need to bring your ticket with you. Just make sure to register so we know you're attending.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is available at CastleCourt, but you will need to pay. Directions and more information available at

I can't make the event, but I'd like to have my say on legal services

You can give us your views by completing this online survey through the Survey Monkey website.




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