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Pinsent Curtis Biddle has slashed its headline chargeout rates for new client Leeds Metropolitan University, which has just appointed the firm as its sole legal adviser
Addleshaw Booth & Co, which has advised the university on a number of matters in the past, competed for the work but was unsuccessful. Pinsents is also understood to have beaten Eversheds in the competitive tendering process. Part of the firm's offer to the university was a discount on its headline partner rates in exchange for the full-service contract. Leeds employment partner Chris Mordue said: "The fee rates are slightly lower than they would be for a one-off job." He added that it was the firm's client care programme and university expertise that won Pinsents the work. Leeds Metropolitan Uni-versity secretary Steve Denton, who appointed Pinsents, said the firm has "become one of the leading providers of legal support and advice to higher and further education institutions in the UK". Mordue said he also offered monthly review meetings to Leeds Metropolitan as part of the client care package. This is the first time Leeds Metropolitan has formalised the way it outsources legal services. The Lawyer understands that the university previously used Addleshaws on an ad hoc basis, and while the relationship was close, it was never exclusive.