Bevan Brittan, Mills & Reeve and Wragge & Co have all been appointed to the Department of Health’s (DoH) property company panel, several months after the initial tender was abandoned due to mistakes by the DoH.
Former health secretary Andrew Lansley announced in early 2012 that the Government was creating a property company – NHS Property Services Limited – to manage primary care trust buildings and land that would not transfer to NHS community providers as part of the sweeping changes ushered in by the Health and Social Care Bill.
Bevan Brittan has been appointed to advise the property company on matters across London, the South, the Midlands and the East. Mills & Reeve has been appointed to advise on issues in the North of England, while Wragges has been appointed to act on any conflicts. The firms were appointed at the end of 2012 following a revised tender process.
In July 2012 (18 July 2012), The Lawyer reported that the DoH had abandoned its initial tender to find firms to advise the property company after underestimating how much the work was likely to cost. One law firm partner at the time said that the DoH had been incompetent. Firms understood to have been involved on the original pitch included Bevan Brittan, Capsticks, DAC Beachcroft, Eversheds, Mills & Reeve and Wragges.
None of the firms selected to advise the DoH following the most recent tender responded in time to comment.