Expensive Addleshaws loses NWDA panel place

The North West Development Agency (NWDA) has dumped Addleshaw Goddard from its panel because the firm was too expensive.

Beachcroft Wansbroughs, Warrington firm Forshaws and Hammonds are all celebrating new appointments to the panel, which has expanded from four firms to six following an exhaustive review.

NWDA head of legal services Steven Zdolyny said he was looking primarily for quality, experience and value for money from panel firms, adding: “We did focus very much on what experience and efficiencies they could bring. Addleshaws was unsuccessful, predominantly on costs.”

Addleshaws had worked for the NWDA since it was established in 1998. Eversheds, Mace & Jones and Wigan firm Platt & Fishwick were all reappointed.

Zdolyny explained that he selected the firms so that he can call upon two large firms, two medium-sized firms and two small ones for any piece of work.

“We’re trying to ensure there’s proper competition,” he added.

As senior partner Paul Lee said: “We are of course disappointed to lose the NWDA, which is an important institution in the North West. That said, we continue to grow in the North West by attracting an increasing amount of important work, but we would in time love to have the NWDA back as a client.”