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Just seven firms have won places on the London Boroughs Legal Alliance (LBLA) panel after the framework completed a major slimming-down of its legal roster.
Ashfords, Sharpe Pritchard and TLT are set to benefit the most from the revamped list, with the three firms instructed to advise on both sides of the two-pronged panel - divided by a first list that consists of regeneration, development, property and planning advice and a second that includes litigation, contracts, procurement, property and employment advice.
This is the third panel review the LBLA has conducted since 2009 (13 October 2009), when 16 firms were appointed. Freeth Cartwright is the only new appointment in the latest list, with Bond Dickinson, Eversheds and Kennedys among those to have lost out.
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea acted as a central purchasing body on the procurement exercise. “We are particularly pleased with the competitive rates achieved which show a reduction on those under the old framework,” said bi-borough director Tasnim Shawkat.
The LBLA, whose members jointly procure legal advice, has continued to expand since growing from five to 10 members in its first year (25 October 2010), with Ealing and Waltham Forest among the latest authorities to join.
Other members include Camden, Hammersmith and Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon and Highbury & Islington.