The Treasury Solicitor’s Department (TSol) is preparing a major shake-up of its panel arrangements as the squeeze on the public sector continues to bite.
The proposals could see TSol’s ’Lit-Cat’ panel merge with the panel of firms appointed under the Government’s legal services framework agreement, known as Catalist. At present the 40 firms on the Lit-Cat panel offer advice on contentious matters, including employment, personal injury and debt recovery.
A total of 48 firms make up the seven sub-panels appointed under the legal services framework, covering areas such as commercial law, corporate and finance work, IP and IT. A review of the panels was due earlier this year, but was postponed in the summer.
Treasury Solicitor Paul Jenkins QC told The Lawyer that the department had been looking at several ways to improve its efficiency, most recently by investing in a case management system as well as cutting and freezing fees.