Walker Morris has been appointed to the West Yorkshire Legal Services Framework, which aims to ensure the procurement of high-quality, cost-effective legal services. By making the framework available to a broad range of other public bodies in the region it is hoped that it will significantly reduce the time and cost spent procuring legal services by public bodies in the region.
Kirklees Council has made the appointment as the lead authority. The other councils able to access the framework are: the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council; the Borough Council of Calderdale; Leeds City Council; City of York Council; and Wakefield Council.
In addition, services can be procured under the framework agreement by other public bodies within the Yorkshire and Humber region, including: local authorities; fire and rescue authorities; police authorities; national park authorities; central government departments; health organisations; diocesan bodies; schools; colleges; and academies.
Walker Morris’ appointment, which is for an initial three years with the option to extend up to a further year, covers lots relating to litigation, conveyancing, contracts, commercial and IT, major or complex projects, local government law and corporate governance, employment and pensions and public health.