GMC's first and second legal tender exercises

Added Wednesday 5th January 2000

The General Medical Council instructed First Law to conduct a formal tender of its external legal work in relation to its fitness to practise committees in 2001. This was the first time in its history that the GMC's retainer with a private practice law firm had been tendered in this way. First Law required participating firms to use its online database system to submit bids. Paper submissions were not allowed. This was probably also the first time that a tender exercise of this scale had been managed electronically, resulting in huge efficiencies and savings for the GMC.

First Law has been instructed again by the GMC in 2006 to conduct a further tender exercise to appoint a law firm to conduct fitness to practise cases against doctors.