The new External Legal Services contract replaced the previous solution which expired on 22 December 2017. Read the news story here.
To join this contract, agencies need to sign a Letter of Accession (LoA) to confirm agreement to the terms set out in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). This includes agencies who were participating in the previous contract.
Guidance has been prepared to assist with writing the business case required by many agencies to gain approval to enter into the LoA to the MoU for this contract. This can be found in Contract resources. An agency login is required to access this document.
This contract covers all external legal services provided by New Zealand lawyers in the areas of:
The contract does not cover:
The contract does not cover core Crown legal matters, including:
Core crown legal matters are described in full in the cabinet directions. The cabinet directions do not apply to:
If you're not sure if your requirement is a core Crown legal matter, contact the Crown Law Office for advice.
This contract improves the value for money delivered in external legal services by:
Value-added Services are the free or low-cost services offered by the Providers that supplement a Participating Agency’s engagement with that Provider.
Unique Provider Offerings are offerings themselves or amendments to offers that may have a cost associated with them and are usually more substantial in value and unique to the Provider than those offered as Value-added Services.
All Providers offer various Value-added Services and Unique Provider Offerings. Participating Agencies have the flexibility to engage these features as and when appropriate. Examples include:
Agencies who participate in the external legal services contract don't need to go through a full procurement process of their own, which saves time, effort and cost.
Most AoG contracts include an administration fee. This fee is a simple, effective and transparent way of recovering the cost of developing, sourcing, implementing and managing AoG contracts.
Rates in this contract include an administration fee of 1.5%.
Providers collect the administration fee and pass it on to MBIE - agencies don't need to make any payments to MBIE.
Each participant in this contract has responsibilities that they must meet as part of that contract.
To be able to purchase from this contract agencies and schools first need to join.