Advantage West Midlands saves Hammonds from panel chop

Hammonds is the only firm to retain its position on Advantage West Midlands’ legal panel following a competitive beauty parade by the regional development agency.

Bevan Brittan, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary and Eversheds have been dumped from the panel in favour of panel first-timers Browne Jacobson, Pinsent Masons and Stoke firm KJD.

Bevan Brittan, DLA Piper and Eversheds pitched for the panel, but were unsuccessful. It is understood that more than 60 firms expressed an interest in the panel, with a shortlist of 20 selected to compete in the beauty parade.

Advantage West Midlands chief executive John Edwards said: “The appointments were made after a rigorous and competitive tendering exercise to ensure we get maximum value for taxpayers’ money.”

The panel will be responsible for providing legal advice and services to help deliver the agency’s multimillion-pound portfolio of regeneration projects across the region.

The four-year contract will include legal work in several specialist areas, including regeneration, construction, planning and venture capital.

An Eversheds spokesperson claimed the firm had an ongoing relationship with Advantage West Midlands.

A Bevan Brittan spokesperson said the firm was “disappointed”, but that it continued to work for other development agencies.

DLA Piper declined to comment.