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Infrastructure UK: Legal Opinion

Volume 508: debated on Tuesday 23 March 2010

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria were used to select Linklaters as legal adviser to Infrastructure UK; how the contract for those services was advertised; how many other companies tendered for that contract; and what the monetary value is of that contract. (323345)

The requirement for legal services was competed under the Office of Government Commerce buying solutions “Legal Services - major projects (including complex, innovative PFI/PPP)” framework ref RM373/L8. The requirement was “advertised” via a collaborative Framework Agreement.

The following evaluation criteria were used:

Demonstrable capability of the team in the relevant areas, particularly strong, proven skills in public finance initiative/public-private partnership lender advisory work on closed transactions.

Demonstrable capability to work with public sector authorities in the PFI/PPP sector

Capacity and strength in depth in the firm, to provide the necessary support as and when required

Costs/Fee proposal

Responses were received from eight firms, three of whom were invited to interview.

No monetary value was assigned to the contract. A schedule of hourly rates was agreed subject to staff seniority.