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Legal services multi-use list and service providers

The way in which Commonwealth agencies purchase legal services is changing. The Commonwealth Legal Services Multi-Use List (LSMUL) will expire on 30 June 2018 and will not be extended. Advice on the transitional arrangements is available below.

The Attorney-General’s Department and Department of Finance have established a project team to work jointly on developing a new procurement model, drawing on the recommendations from the AGD Secretary’s Review of Commonwealth Legal Services.

To subscribe to updates about the new arrangements, send your name and email address to lsreview@ag.gov.au.

Transitional arrangements

Transitional arrangements apply to the procurement of legal services by Commonwealth entities subject to the Legal Services Directions.

The replacement procurement arrangement for government legal services is anticipated to commence in early 2019.

Arrangements prior to 30 June 2018: Commonwealth entities should ensure they have access to necessary legal services until the new arrangement commences.

In accordance with the Legal Services Directions 2017, entities must source a provider from the LSMUL prior to its expiry on 30 June 2018.

Agencies are encouraged to include extension options in the initial approach to the LSMUL and in the resulting contract.

Arrangements from 1 July 2018: LSMUL requirements no longer apply to external legal services and accordingly, the procurement is akin to an ordinary procurement done in accordance with the Commonwealth procurement framework (including the Commonwealth Procurement Rules and guidance issued by the Department of Finance).

Each agency ordinarily has a central procurement area as part of their Chief Financial Officer or corporate services area, which can advise agencies on standard procurement processes.

More comprehensive information on the LSMUL transitional arrangements is available to Commonwealth entities upon an email request to legalservicespanel@finance.gov.au.

Applications for inclusion on the list

The Legal Services Multi-Use List will expire on 30 June 2018. Applications for inclusion on the Legal Services Multi-Use List will not be accepted after 5pm on Friday 9 March 2018.

Details on how to submit an application are available in the documents below. They are split into three parts:

The department has issued three addenda to clarify aspects of the list application for inclusion documentation.

Addendum 3 incorporates the relevant clarifications and amendments from addendum number 1 and addendum number 2:

Once we receive both the electronic application and the hard copies of the list deeds, applicants will receive an electronic lodgement receipt.

Applications are generally assessed within 60 days of receipt. Assessment times may be longer between 1 December and 31 January.

Service providers that are included on the LSMUL in one or more categories of legal work and wish to be added to an additional category or categories of legal services should use the Application for Inclusion on Additional Categories form. There is no requirement to provide a new signed deed as part of this application, as the existing deed will continue to apply.

Please direct any questions to the Deed Manager by email to lsmul@ag.gov.au.