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Legal services panel contract

This whole of Victorian Government closed panel contract offers quality, cost-effective legal services.

Summary

This whole of Victorian Government closed panel offers quality, cost-effective legal services. 

Lead organisation: Department of Justice and Community Safety

Conditions of use: Mandatory

Reference Number: 065/14-15

Arrangement: Closed panel

Start date: 1 March 2016

End date: 30 June 2019

Email: legalpaneladministration@justice.vic.gov.au for information on accessing Legal Services Panel Contract arrangements

Key benefits

  • high quality, cost-effective and consistent legal services to government clients
  • a panel arrangement, which means less administrative efforts on your end
  • social justice benefits, pro bono services and equal opportunity practices such as the briefing of women barristers

What’s covered

The contract covers the following legal services:

  • administrative law
  • employment, Industrial and Equal Opportunity
  • prosecutions
  • construction and infrastructure projects
  • general commercial
  • contracts and procurement (includes contract management)
  • intellectual property and information technology
  • property
  • planning and environment
  • general litigation
  • public inquiries
  • personal injuries  
  • coronial inquiries

See Schedule 2 (PG 63 - 65) of the Deed (35MB) for more information on the specifics of what these areas cover.

Check if your need is a Victorian Government Solicitors Office (VGSO) Exclusive service - if so you need to use the VGSO.

See Schedule 3 of Deed (P63 - 64) for a list of VGSO exclusive services.

Supplier details

As this is a closed panel contract, there are 23 law firms that provide legal services. Each firm offers specific legal services. You may only approach a firm if it covers the area of service you need.

Government and administrative

Administrative law

  • Allens
  • Clayton Utz
  • Corrs
  • FOI Solutions
  • HWL Ebsworth
  • Maddocks
  • Minter Ellison
  • Moray & Agnew
  • Norton Rose
  • Russell Kennedy
  • VGSO

Employment, industrial and equal opportunity

  • Allens
  • Clayton Utz
  • Corrs
  • Lander & Rogers
  • Maddocks
  • Minter Ellison
  • Norton Rose
  • Thomson Geer
  • VGSO

Prosecutions

  • Maddocks
  • Moray & Agnew
  • Russell Kennedy
  • VGSO

Commercial

Construction and infrastructure projects

  • Allens
  • Ashurst
  • Clayton Utz
  • Corrs
  • Hall & Wilcox
  • Holding Redlich
  • HWL Ebsworth
  • King & Wood Mallesons
  • Maddocks
  • Minter Ellison
  • Norton Rose
  • Russell Kennedy
  • VGSO

General commercial

  • Allens
  • Ashurst
  • Clayton Utz
  • Corrs
  • DLA Piper
  • Hall & Wilcox
  • Holding Redlich
  • HWL Ebsworth
  • Minter Ellison
  • Norton Rose
  • VGSO

Contracts and procurement

  • Allens
  • Ashurst
  • Clayton Utz
  • DLA Piper
  • Hive Legal
  • Holding Redlich
  • HWL Ebsworth
  • Maddocks
  • Minter Ellison
  • Norton Rose
  • Russell Kennedy
  • VGSO

Intellectual property and information technology

  • Clayton Utz
  • FAL Lawyers
  • Minter Ellison
  • Norton Rose
  • Piper Alderman
  • Russell Kennedy
  • VGSO

Property

Property

  • Clayton Utz
  • Hall & Wilcox
  • Harwood Andrews
  • Holding Redlich
  • Hunt & Hunt
  • Moray & Agnew
  • Norton Rose
  • Russell Kennedy
  • VGSO

Planning and environment

  • Ashurst
  • Clayton Utz
  • Hall & Wilcox
  • Harwood Andrews
  • HWL Ebsworth
  • Maddocks
  • Norton Rose
  • Russell Kennedy
  • VGSO

General litigation

General litigation

  • Allens
  • Corrs
  • Holding Redlich
  • Minter Ellison
  • Moray & Agnew
  • Norton Rose
  • Russell Kennedy
  • Thomson Geer
  • VGSO

Public inquiries

  • Allens
  • Clayton Utz
  • Corrs
  • Minter Ellison
  • Norton Rose
  • Russell Kennedy
  • VGSO

Personal injuries

  • Hall & Wilcox
  • HWL Ebsworth
  • Lander & Rogers
  • Minter Ellison
  • Moray & Agnew
  • Norton Rose
  • Russell Kennedy
  • Sparke Helmore
  • Thomson Geer
  • VGSO

Coronial inquiries

  • Maddocks
  • Minter Ellison
  • Moray & Agnew
  • Norton Rose
  • Russell Kennedy
  • VGSO

Join this contract

This contract is applicable only for departments and specified entities according to s.16 of the Public Administration Act.

To join this contract and access more information:

Step 1. Get approval from the category manager

Contact the agency category manager to join this contract. They will let you know if you are approved.

Use this contract

The Service Level Agreement (SLA) covers the rules of use of the Legal Services Panel.

The SLA outlines:

  • service standards
  • key performance indicators
  • reporting needs for Panel firms
  • roles and responsibilities for all parties using this contract

Consider the likely legal cost of the service you need. Your aim should always be value for money and to encourage competition within the panel.

You also need to consider the area of law as only certain firms can undertake services in specific areas of law.

You can do this by:

  • apply purchasing rules guidelines within your organisation
  • use the transaction guidelines
  • show through reports that the legal services you received were good value for money

If the estimated cost of the service is:

$0-$49,999:
You need at least 1 written quote for this service.

$50,000-$199,999:
You need at least 3 written quotes for this service.

$200,000+:
You need to offer all firms a chance to quote for this service or offer a tender.

The firms that make up the Legal panel must follow the:

  • Pro Bono guidelines (Schedule 7, Pg 72 - 76)
  • Model Litigant Guidelines (Schedule 8 Pg 76 - 80)
  • Victorian Bar Equal Opportunity Model Briefing Policy

If you proceed with engaging a Panel firm, use the template Legal Services Order template.

The Exemption Policy (Annexure 2 to the Service Level Agreement Pg 85) sets out the rules and process for approval to use a non-panel firm.

To use regional firms for less than $25,000, the need must be outside the metropolitan area and the regional provider must offer the same service for better or equivalent cost as panel firms. If you use a regional firm that meets these rules, you don’t need approval under the Exemption Policy.

Department contract managers

If you use this contract nominate an organisation contract manager. The role of the agency contact manager is to:

  • be the main point of contact with Legal Services relating to the contract
  • discuss operating arrangements for the Panel within the organisation
  • assist staff with purchasing legal services using this contract
  • arrange internal client satisfaction surveys to be completed

Reviewed 24 April 2019

What's next?

    Primary contact:

    Legal Panel Administration (Contract Manager)Department of Justice and Community Safety