Bates Wells Braithwaite wins government defence role

Bates Wells Braithwaite has been appointed to the Single Source Regulations Office (SSRO) legal services framework. The SSRO is a newly established non-departmental public body sponsored by the Ministry of Defence (MOD), which regulates the costs and profits under which qualifying defence contracts are awarded.

BWB won out following a competitive tender process that began in November 2015.

BWB will advise the SSRO on three areas: administrative and public law; commercial; and employment. The framework will start from 10 February 2016 and will run for two years with the possibility to extend by one further year.

Melanie Carter, head of public & regulatory, will be lead partner for the SSRO, and will advise on administrative and public law, information law, judicial review and opinions and determinations under the Defence Reform Act 2014.

Commercial advice will be led by corporate & commercial partner, Richard Marke and will include public procurement, contracts and other commercial matters.

Employment advice will be led by Paul Seath and will include advice and litigation.