A raft of national firms including Addleshaw Goddard, DWF and Pinsent Masons are both understood to have won roles on Capita’s commercial panel review, which concluded this month.
The review was conducted over a one-month period and appointments are due to expire at the end of February 2017. Jamie Radford is Capita’s head of legal, having joined the FTSE 100 company back in 2008.
Over 20 firms are on the roster, with Addleshaw Goddard and Pinsent Masons among those believed to have made the cut. At the start of 2013, Pinsent Masons ran a pilot with Capita to handle e-disclosure as the latter set out to enter the legal process outsourcing market.
Eversheds is also understood to be on the professional services company’s panel, with one observer describing the firm “as one of its main M&A advisers”. Earlier this year, Eversheds partner Stephen Nash advised Capita on its takeover offer for outsourcing company Xchanging, as Sullivan & Cromwell client Apollo Global Management launched a rival bid.
Other firms understood to have won a spot on Capita’s panel include DWF. According to The Lawyer Market Intelligence, the DWF relationship has been embedded by the firm’s 2013 hire of Paul Pignatelli, who had been the DLA relationship partner but since moving to DWF has acted for Capita on deals totalling over £400m in the past two years, including the acquisitions of Pervasive and intelligence company Barrachd in 2015 and network services provider Updata Infrastructure.
Capita has also gone off-panel in the past, with Holman Fenwick Willan advising Capita Insurance Services on a number of financing issues.