A group of 50 East Midlands local authorities has reviewed its advisers, expanding its joint panel to include DLA Piper and Anthony Collins Solicitors, while kicking off Ashfords.
The East Midlands Law Share (EMLS), which includes Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire County Councils, has reappointed Browne Jacobson, Freeth Cartwright and Weightmans for a further four years. The five panel firms will advise across 13 areas.
John McElvaney, deputy county secretary at Derbyshire County Council, said: “It was an open procurement process with criteria related to price and quality. It doesn’t reflect particularly badly on any firm that doesn’t make the final five – some we just decided to be better than others.”
This is the second EMLS incarnation: the previous arrangement involved 13 local authorities, which was understood to have saved £4m over four years.