Post Office reviews City law firm panel

The Post Office is considering bids from City firms this week for commercial advice worth millions in fees.

The Post Office, which currently instructs Clifford Chance and Slaughter and May, has put out tenders to City firms and is expected to make a decision in mid-May, says director of legal services Catherine Churchard.

The news comes as it named McGrigor Donald as its Scottish law firm after a three-way pitch for the business. The selection process involved a tendering process, followed by a presentation.

The work is worth an estimated £750,000 in fees. McGrigor Donald has won the three year contract to work with the Post Office's many in-house lawyers, including five competition experts. It is contracted to provide litigation, employment and property advice.

Alison Newton, the managing partner of McGrigor Donald's Glasgow office, led the bidding team. Unusually, non-partners were key members of the presentation team – not just associates, but also the firm's IT manager.

McGrigor Donald's appointment follows a change in the Post Office legal sourcing policy last year. In March 1998 the Post Office slashed its panel from 40 firms to four which covered each region. Eversheds covers the Midlands; Bond Pearce the South West; Weightmans the North West and Hammond Suddards the North East.