Eversheds and Veale Wasbrough Vizards among firms on new LUPC framework

The London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC) has appointed seven firms to its legal services framework following the closure of a competitive tender process.

The full line-up is Eversheds, Farrer & Co, Michelmores, Mills & Reeve, Muckle, SGH Martineau and Veale Wasbrough Vizards.

The framework went live on 1 September and will run until 31 August 2017 with a potential one-year extension.

The Lawyer reported the appointment of Mills & Reeve for employment advice to the British Library in July (7 July 2014).

British Library head of procurement Alasdair Fraser is quoted in the framework details as having seen a 20 per cent cut in costs, equivalent to £40,000, since the library joined the scheme.

LUPC is a not-for-profit company owned by over 60 member institutions made up of universities, colleges, government agencies, research organisations, museums and other cultural establishments.

The framework enables member institutions to award non-exclusive call-off contracts for employment, commercial and finance, property and constitutional and regulatory work to the appointed firms.

The LUPC framework is intended to complement the Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC) framework agreement for the provision of legal services awarded in June 2013 (28 June 2013).

The consortium reviews the firms on its panel every three years, with the framework thought to be worth in the region of £30m over that period (16 August 2010).