DAC Beachcroft, Weightmans among winners in West Yorkshire joint panel

Kirklees Council has announced the results of a panel review that will support five West Yorkshire councils, appointing 23 firms including Weightmans, DAC Beachcroft and Freeth Cartwright to 10 sub-panels.


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Other firms to have made the cut include Walker Morris, Bevan Brittan, Pinsent Masons, Squire Sanders, Ashfords, Eversheds and Browne Jacobson (see below for full list). Two additional firms pullled out last week over issues with terms and conditions.

The firms will advise Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield councils for up to four years. The five authorities signed up to the ‘WYLAW’ agreement in 2011 (10 August 2011) to create a joint legal services framework with the aim of saving about £1.6m a year.

The new framework went live on 24 May and is broken down into 10 lots – childcare law, adult social service and community care law, general litigation, routine property, contracts commercial and IT, planning and environmental, major or complex projects, local government law and corporate governance, employment law and pensions, and public health.

The review was carried out by Kirklees’ corporate manager Karl Larrad.

The new framework is as below:

Childcare law

A & N Care Solicitors
Jones Myers
JWP Solicitors
Lupton Fawcett
Stephensons Solicitors
Weightmans
Wilkinson Woodward

Adult social service and community care law

Browne Jacobson
DAC Beachcroft
Stephensons Solicitors
Weightmans

General litigation

Addleshaw Goddard
Chadwick Lawrence
Ford & Warren Solicitors
Freeth Cartwright
Stephensons Solicitors
Swinburne Maddison
Walker Morris

Property

Chadwick Lawrence
Croftons Solicitors
DAC Beachcroft
Freeth Cartwright
Howarth Goodman
Stephensons Solicitors
Walker Morris
Weightmans

Contracts, commercial and IT

Addleshaw Goddard
Ashfords
Browne Jacobson
Chadwick Lawrence
Freeth Cartwright
Pinsent Masons
Swinburne Maddison
Walker Morris

Planning, compulsory purchase orders, highways and environmental

Addleshaw Goddard
Ashfords
Browne Jacobson
DAC Beachcroft
Freeth Cartwright
Pinsent Masons
Squire Sanders
Weightmans

Major or complex projects

Addleshaw Goddard
Ashfords
Bevan Brittan
Browne Jacobson
DAC Beachcroft
Sharpe Pritchard
Walker Morris
Weightmans

Local government and corporate governance

Bevan Brittan
Browne Jacobson
DAC Beachcroft
Eversheds
Freeth Cartwright
Pinsent Masons
Walker Morris
Weightmans

Employment and pensions

Ashfords
Browne Jacobson
DAC Beachcroft
Ford & Warren Solicitors
Stephensons Solicitors
Walker Morris
Weightmans

Public health

DAC Beachcroft
Walker Morris
Weightmans