Public Sector

The biggest event for public sector lawyers this year was arguably the Government’s new Catalist super-panel, the replacement for L-Cat. Lured by the honey of the high-paying ‘special projects’ sub-panel for projects worth £100m-plus, even the magic circle pitched, with Allen & Overy, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters all securing places.

Some of the City’s largest firms also won places on the other major group, the ‘full commercial’ sub-panel, qualifying them for government IT, property, construction, employment, corporate and IP work.

This Public Sector Special Report examines the increasing ways in which councils can work together to reduce legal costs.

The report also examines the impact the proposed Single Equality Bill will have for public sector lawyers and assesses the ‘competitive dialogue’ procurement process.