DWF among new firms to clinch places on NHS legal panel

Manchester firm DWF is among four firms to be handed first-time spots on the legal panel of the North of England NHS Commercial Procurement Collaborative (NOE CPC).

Weightmans, Browne Jacobson, Capsticks Solicitors, DAC Beachcroft, DWF, Hempsons Solicitors, Hill Dickinson and Mills & Reeve have been appointed for an initial two-year period to advise a group of 40 member NHS trusts, most of which are based in the north of England.

DWF, which earlier this year rescued ailing firm Cobbetts after it went into administration, is among four firms to have won places despite not being on the last legal panel. The other three are Hill Dickinson, Mills & Reeve and Weightmans.

Eversheds and Ward Hadaway are understood to have been dropped from the roster, despite making it on to the NOE CPC’s legal panel in the last round. A spokesperson said the group only appoints the eight highest scording bidders, with some of those landing a spot on the panel showing the “mostly economically advantageous tender”.

All eight firms that have won spots will provide advice across areas including NHS governance and public law, health care law, mental health law, property law, corporate finance, employment, contract and commercial and PFI projects.

The work is expected to generate around £7m in legal service expenditure every year and contracts will end in March 2015.