Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for the Environment
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
The Council’s contract for Waste,
Recycling and Street Cleansing ceases in June 2021. There is the
possibility of a one-year extension within that contract. The
Council do not employ contract lawyers. Expert legal, contractual
and technical advice is required for what is a complex
That a contract be awarded to Sharpe Pritchard’s for the provision of legal advice on the Council’s Waste, Recycling and Street Cleansing Services Contract up to the value as set out in the exempt appendix.
The Council does not employ contract lawyers and accordingly it is necessary to engage external solicitors when contract legal advice is required. Waste contracts are complicated in nature and it is appropriate to instruct solicitors at an early stage.
Option 1 - In-house legal staff
The Council would need to recruit lawyers to undertake this contract and procurement legal advice and assistance. Permanent recruitment would take time, delaying the process. If agency staff were available this would be more expensive than the cost of permanent staff and they could leave at short notice, causing a lack of continuity. This option is not recommended.
Option 2 – award a contract to Sharpe Pritchard Solicitors calling off the LBLA framework.
This is the recommended option. There are a number of benefits to the Council, as follows;
· Sharpe Pritchard Solicitors are already the chosen supplier by the Council for contract and procurement advice
· They are already fully integrated with the in house legal team and understand H&F policies and objectives
· Sharpe Pritchard have substantial experience in this type of complex contractual and procurement law, specifically in the waste management arena
Publication date: 16/05/2019
Date of decision: 13/05/2019