DLA, CMS Cameron McKenna and Masons are among the 12 firms that have won places on the Scottish Executive’s first ever legal panel. The relationship between the Scottish Executive and the panel firms is set out in a framework arrangement, which allows firms to compete for work, including debt recovery, employment, large-scale voluntary transfers and procurement. The framework arrangement will be in place initially for two years with the possibility for renewal. Before establishing a panel the Scottish Executive outsourced legal work to a variety of firms on a case-by-case basis. Alexender McNeil, the solicitor to the Office of the Solicitor to the Scottish Executive, who was responsible for the tender exercise, said the panel would enable the department to formalise its relationship with external lawyers. The other firms that have secured a place on the panel are Brodies, Burness, Dundas & Wilson, Harper Macleod, Maclay Murray & Spens, McGrigor Donald, Morton Fraser and Shepherd+ Wedderburn. The successful firms competed against 27 others in the tender process.