Legal

What is it?

Our Painsley Catholic Academy Legal Services for Schools framework agreement has been specifically designed to help you partner with a top legal organisation in the education sector for your school.

Whether you are a single school or a large multi-academy trust, Legal Services for Schools can help you find a trusted legal partner to help you navigate the ever-shifting regulatory landscape of the education sector.

You can access services on a retainer basis, project basis or pay-by the hour /day.

The framework agreement has a number of ways to access legal services based on the value of your requirement, including Direct Award, Quick Quote or Further Competition.

Lot – Under £15,000 (Contracts with an estimated value under £15,000 per annum)

Route to Awarding Contracts:

  • Direct Award
  • Quick Quote


Lot – Over £15,000 (Contracts with an estimated value over £15,000 per annum)

Route to Awarding Contracts:

  • Further Competition
  • Direct Award
  • Quick Quote


Suppliers

  • Muckle LLP
  • Stone King LLP
  • Ward Hadaway
  • Winckworth Sherwood LLP


Services include:

  • Advice and guidance
  • Legal representation
  • Training
  • Access to documentation, templates and written guidance
  • Audits and assessments
  • Retainer Services or similar

Can I use it?

Our Legal Services for Schools agreement is accessible to all educational establishments including primary schools, secondary schools and multi-academy trusts and colleges across the whole of the UK.

The framework agreement has a number of ways to access legal services – which one is right for you?

Process When should I use this process? Process Summary
Direct Award – For a discrete piece of work, like legal counsel and advice regarding a specific issue which will take just a few hours to complete.
– Or if you would like to buy a number of hours or access to legal advice and call off this over a period of time (i.e., during the coming term).
– You can enter into a contract with a supplier immediately.
– Pricing is based on pre-tendered day rates.
– Get a reference number from Education Buying before securing your contract with your preferred supplier.
Quick Call – For a discrete piece of work, like legal counsel and advice regarding a specific issue but you are unsure how many hours this will take to deliver or would like a price for a specific project. – Allows for refining of pricing based on your specific requirements.
– Quick turn around on quotes from suppliers (1-2 weeks).
– Quote includes both pricing and the supplier’s approach to delivering the service, including staff profiles.
Further Competition For larger contracts, retainer contracts over a longer period of time or when your internal financial policy requires that you seek 3 tenders based on the value of the contract. – More robust and formal competition process to achieve tailored contracts based on your specific needs.
– Suitable for higher value requirements (where 3 formal tenders are required).
– Compliant and robust approach to securing great value contracts.
– Support from Education Buying and access to school-approved templates.
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What are the benefits?

  • Choose the process which is proportionate to your requirement, from a Direct Award, Quick Quote or Further Competition.
  • Ready-made templates procurement documents with step-by-step instructions.
  • Public sector-compliant solution with pre-vetted suppliers ensuring a faster award process.
  • Supplier presentations permissible where required by your school’s board.
  • Quick and easy to use process – from 1-2 days (for direct award) to 3-4 weeks (for further competition).
  • The electronic tender process supported by the Education Buying team.
  • As part of the solution, we review and publish your quote / tender documents for you via our e-procurement portal. The bid submissions are then provided to you for evaluation. You award the contract to the highest-scoring bidder.
  • Partner with a top legal organisation in the education sector for your school.
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