Dwr Cymru Welsh Water (DCWW) has gifted Addleshaw Goddard and Burges Salmon first-time appointments on its revamped legal panel.
The panel review process, which kicked off in January 2014, drew to a close in April. It was overseen by DCWW’s general counsel and company secretary Nicola Williams, in conjunction with the company’s procurement department.
The review saw firms categorised into 11 separate sub-panels, with each covering a different practice area including environmental law, property litigation, regulatory and competition.
A handful of the lots are split into two separate sub-groups, enlisting distinct firms to advise on English and Welsh aspects of the law.
Chester-based firm Aaron & Partners and Cardiff-based outfit Hugh James won advisory spots on five sub-panels each. Meanwhile, Burges Salmon and Eversheds both won appointments on four lots.
Linklaters and Slaughter and May are the only firms appointed to a single category, with both winning the sole spots on DCWW’s treasury sub-panel.
Each of the firms has been appointed for a duration of five years, and DCWW has the option to renew its panel annually for the following two years.
DCWW is the sixth largest of the 10 regulated water and sewage companies in England and Wales, supplying drinking water and waste water services to about three million people in Wales and on the Welsh borders.