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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.