UK housebuilder Taylor Wimpey revamped its list of external advisers following a review of its legal panel.
Around 30 firms pitched to advise Taylor Wimpey UK across its two main panels, property and litigation, with a number of firms also appointed specifically for planning and Scottish work.
Eversheds and HBJ Gateley Wareing will work across both property and litigation nationally; Clarke Willmott, Nabarro and Watson Burton will act on disputes matters regionally; Osborne Clarke, Walker Morris and Wragge & Co will advise on property matters regionally; Davies Arnold Cooper is a regional adviser on both panels; Berwin Leighton Paisner and DMH Stallard will advise on planning; and MacDonalds Solicitors, Maclay Murray & Spens and Shepherd & Wedderburn will concentrate on Scottish matters.
The housebuilder was previously assisted by around a dozen firms.
One adviser said his firm was pleased to make the three-year panel, adding: “They’ve tried to control legal costs. They had a larger number of firms that they were using before.”
The housebuilder came about from the merger of George Wimpey and Taylor Woodrow in 2007. Eversheds was a legacy adviser to Taylor Woodrow, while George Wimpey tended to rely more on in-house expertise.