TLT and King & Wood SJB win spots on Sainsbury’s panel review

Sainsbury’s has added TLT and King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin to its revamped roster in its third panel review.

The tender, run by in-house counsel Clare Russell and Paul Jenkinson with procurement officer Phil Sykes, is the third time the supermarket has reviewed its law firm provision. In 2011 it appointed 12 firms to its panel with DWF and legacy McGrigors winning places for the first time, and legacy Bond Pearce increasing its mandate to include employment work (4 February 2011).

This year the company has retained all firms including Addleshaw Goddard, which advises on property matters as well as competition and commercial and civil litigation, and Linklaters.

Those on the panel following mergers include CMS Cameron McKenna, which merged with Dundas & Wilson last week (1 May 2014), and Bond Dickinson. Dentons has also retained a space on the company’s commercial and property panels as well as Lawrence Graham, now Wragge Lawrence Graham (17 February 2014).

Charles Russell is not formally mentioned by the supermarket as a panel firm but it is understood that the firm will continue to provide specialist pharmacy advice.

Sainsbury’s head of legal Nick Grant said: “We take this opportunity every three years to look at the quality and range of firms in the Sainsbury’s Legal Community to ensure the company continues to receive the best possible service.

“I’m very pleased with the outcome – we’ve managed to both bring in new talent and retain the expertise and experience of long-standing Sainsbury’s firms.”

Grant took over as head of legal in 2005 and re-organised the legal team into five discrete departments which comprise property, commercial, trading, employment and civil disputes, litigation and regulation (3 March 2008).

He also oversaw Sainsbury’s first formal panel, a competitive tender process lasting seven months, which saw 30 firms pitch for business and 11 appointed (21 January 2008). The decision to appoint the £13m formal panel was driven by the need to streamline the external provision of legal services from the 20 firms with which ad hoc relationships had existed.

Retained panel firms  

Newly-appointed firms