Legal services framework 2023 to 2027

Guidance for public sector organisations on how to access and use the framework agreements.


Who can access: central government organisations
Contract status: live
Dates of contract: 1 September 2023 to 31 August 2027
Category: professional services – central government


The second generation legal services framework comprises of six lots. Call-off contracts may be awarded under these lots in one of two ways:

  • by the direct award ranked process (if overall value is below £20k)
  • by mini-competition 

What is in scope

The types of legal services available in each lot are:

  • lot 1: contract, commercial and corporate
  • lot 2: debt recovery
  • lot 3: litigation, reparation, employment and inquiries
  • lot 4: major infrastructure and commercial projects (and related litigation)
  • lot 5: property and related matters
  • lot 6: one stop shop (incorporating all of the services in lots 1 to 5)

Who can use this

  • central government

Note: It is the responsibility of any buying organisation wishing to use the framework agreement to satisfy itself that it is eligible to do so.

Entitlement can be established from the terms of the OJEU advert and guidance on this can be found in annex A of our guidance on framework agreements.

Contract award documents

Please see the following contract award notice for full details:

More information can be found in the framework documents.

We are currently working on an accessible version of the buyers guide that we will be publishing shortly.


Benefits from public bodies using this framework include:

  • financial : the rates quoted in the framework are maximum and the use of the  mini competition process has the potential for increasing value for money savings
  • resource: significantly reduced resource and effort is required to complete a call-off from the framework


  • certain aspects of the supplier’s background have been assessed in advance
  •  there is the option to direct award (for requirements below £20k)


Information on this will be available soon when the buyers guide is published.

Further information

We have published the buyer's guide for this framework:

See the buyers' guides and hints and tips guide for more information.

See: all Scottish Government frameworks and contracts.

Information about pricing and terms and conditions for frameworks and contracts can be found on the Knowledge Hub.

If you are not registered to access this and are eligible to use the framework please complete the registration form and send it to one of the Scottish Procurement contacts listed below.


Kath Cowan
Phone: 0141 242 0129

Elizabeth Burns
Portfolio Specialist

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