Dickinson Dees lands Croydon

Newcastle-based Dickinson Dees has scooped a place on the Croydon Borough Council legal panel.

The appointment follows the firm’s participation in a beauty parade where it is understood Croydon examined its political correctness.

The firm joins Croydon’s two incumbent advisers, Wragge & Co and Brighton-based DMH, to advise the council on procurement, major projects and bespoke contracts, including project finance initiatives and public-to-private partnerships.

Dickinson Dees has also been retained, along with Wragges, to provide specialist advice in relation to housing.

The appointment will become effective on 1 April for four years, with an option to extend this for a further three.

Client partner and head of property Ian Ward said the firm was appointed due to its track record with public sector clients, having recently worked for Northumberland County Council, Durham County Council and Doncaster Borough Council.

Head of democratic and legal services at Croydon Julie Belvir said in a prepared statement: “We were impressed by Dickinson Dees’ track record, depth of resource and quality systems. They have a great deal of experience in the public sector and of public/private sector partnerships. The team they fielded was very strong and we look forward to working with them.”