The news comes after The Lawyer revealed last week that Land Securities and Warner Estates were reviewing their panels following DJ Freeman’s demise. Land Securities has confirmed that the work that had previously gone to DJ Freeman will now be split between Cripps Harries Hall and Kuit Steinart Levy. Warner Estates has yet to finish its review.
Carillion in-house legal director Richard Tapp confirmed that he had held an informal “mini-tender” for DJ Freeman’s place on the panel, and that the work had been awarded to DLA, which already advises the construction giant on insurance and litigation matters.
Tapp said the work did not automatically go to Olswang because the lawyers that the company dealt with had gone to various firms rather than just to Olswang.
It is also understood that SecondSite has no plans for Olswang to take DJ Freeman’s place on its panel, although it is thought that the relocated lawyers will complete ongoing matters.
Olswang real estate partner Jonathan Lewis, who formerly led the DJ Freeman team, declined to comment.