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Weightmans has been appointed as legal adviser to two public sector bodies in the areas of education and health.
The law firm has picked up a role on the Crescent Purchasing Consortium, the representative body for 400 further education colleges across the UK.
This will see Weightmans advising colleges across the Midlands and North West on issues including employment law and contracts.
Head of tenders at the firm Peter McPartland said that, although the firm already deals with a ;number ;of ;higher education colleges, this has “opened up a whole host of opportunities for us with colleges that we don’t normally deal with”.
The tender process was launched last autumn and 20 firms applied, with nine being shortlisted. Weightmans has been appointed for a two-year period with the option to renew for an additional four years. The tender team was led by employment partner Mark Leach.
Meanwhile, the firm has picked up a role advising the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust. Teams operating out of the firm’s Liverpool and Manchester offices are being led by partner Richard Jolly, a specialist in clinical negligence.
Weightmans will be advising on healthcare, property and commercial areas.
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