Bevan Brittan picks up healthy slice of NHS work

Beachcroft, Bevan Brittan, Hempsons and Mills & Reeve have emerged as winners of the NHS Commercial Alliance legal panel review, with each firm scoring multiple spots on the framework’s eight panels.

Bevan Brittan scored roles on all eight panels, while Capsticks, which prides itself on its NHS work, has been left with just one panel spot and Weightmans has been taken off the roster completely.

The collaborative procurement agreement is one of the largest of its kind and is estimated to be worth up to £20m over four years.

The review covered South East health bodies as well as the East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub and the Pro-Cure Collaborative ­Procurement Hub in the South Central region.

The total framework will deliver legal services to more than 100 NHS organisations from Hampshire to Norfolk, including all ambulance trusts in England.

The complex review included panels covering NHS governance, mental health, corporate, commercial, property, employment, PFI/PPP projects and ­primary care.

Partners John Chapman and Ian Caplan from Bevan Brittan, which was rated top in six of the eight panels, said they were thrilled with the outcome.

“We’re immensely proud to have been appointed,” Chapman said. “The joint procurement will ensure that all the participating NHS organisations will ­benefit from high-quality legal services as well as the competitive rates resulting from this process. We already work with over 40 of the organisations who’ve signed up and look forward to working with others.”