Field Fisher e-government team wins Lewisham work

Field Fisher Waterhouse worked with two in-house teams in completing the final stage of a £60m e-government project for the London Borough of Lewisham.
The project involved the outsourcing of the council's IT and internet services to comply with Government plans to put council services online by 2005.
Head of IT and e-commerce Michael Chissick led the firm's e-government team, which won the instruction in a beauty parade last year. Chissick and senior assistant Justin Harrington worked closely with in-house lawyer Helen Glass at Lewisham Council.
Chissick said: “Lewisham's lawyers needed expert advice and we needed them for the local aspects of the deal.”
Field Fisher helped draft the criteria for bidders, with more than 30 IT companies tendering for the work. The search was narrowed down to a shortlist of 12 before IT solutions company ICL won the new role.
Chissick said: “ICL got the work because of its quality and experience. It's done a lot of local authority work and has a good track record.”
The final stage of the project involved transferring more than 30 council staff to the new IT provider, which was completed on 1 October.
ICL used its in-house team, led by Toni Vitali.
“Toni's done a lot of this work before,” said Chissick. “It was good to work with him because of the strong partnership bearing he brought to the deal.”
Field Fisher has also gained other similar instructions. The e-government team is advising Newcastle City Council on the development of its telecom and IT sectors, and is working with Luton Borough Council on plans to implement a new online service.