Olympic boroughs to share legal panel

Legal teams at the East London boroughs of Hackney and Greenwich are in talks with those at Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest councils to join their shared legal panel arrangement.

The negotiations could see all five boroughs that are hosting the 2012 Olympic Games using the same first-choice legal advisers. The deal would provide a significant coup for panel firms Mills & Reeve, Sharpe Pritchard and Trowers & Hamlins.

Hackney director of law and democratic services Meic Sullivan-Gould said: “The existing panel arrangements [at Hackney] are coming to the end of their allotted span, so options are being reviewed, including joining an existing consortium rather than running a fresh retendering in isolation.”

Hackney’s existing panel, which was launched in 2003, comprises Bircham Dyson Bell, DLA Piper, South East firm DMH Stallard, Nabarro, Sternberg Reed, Weightmans and Wragge & Co.

As first reported by The Lawyer (11 December 2006), the five Olympic boroughs already belong to the 2012 host boroughs unit, which was formed late last year to maximise opportunities presented by the Olympics. Along with Nabarro, the tied boroughs’ panel firm Trowers also last month began attending the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games’ weekly meetings (The Lawyer, 12 February).