Olympic Delivery Authority chooses City firms for panel

Berwin Leighton Paisner, Clifford Chance, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Pinsent Masons were last week appointed to the Olympic Delivery Authority’s (ODA) legal panel, as first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (21 June).

The firms will now vie for high-profile work advising the ODA on the hosting of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The firms were chosen from a shortlist of 15 by a panel headed by the ODA’s interim finance director David Leather. The selection process was completed within a fortnight. The successful firms will advise on areas including procurement, contract negotiation, planning, infrastructure, transport, utilities and HR.

An ODA spokesperson told The Lawyer: “There have been no mandates awarded yet. There are no specific areas any of the firms will advise on.”

ODA head of procurement Morag Stuart said: “The firms have a cross-section of expertise and it is this breadth of experience that will be invaluable to the ODA.”

Meanwhile, the ODA continues its search for a permanent general counsel, with an appointment expected in September. DLA Piper Manchester projects partner Peter Rout is currently filling the role on secondment.