NHSLA unveils revamped £400m panel

Berryman Lace Mawer (BLM) has secured new mandates for the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA), which today named a new lineup for its £400m clinical negligence and non-clinical negligence legal panels as well as its new regulatory, health and disciplinary panel.

There are now 11 firms on NHSLA’s clinical negligence panel, one up on the last review with the addition of BLM. The other advisers remain unchanged, with Bevan Brittan, Browne Jacobson, Capsticks, Clyde & Co, DAC Beachcroft, Hempsons, Hill Dickinson, Kennedys, Ward Hadaway and Weightmans all retaining their spots.

Browne Jacobson, Berrymans Lace Mawer, Hill Dickinson, Kennedys, Weightmans and DAC Beachcroft are all also on the non-clinical negligence panel, with Clydes and Ward Hadaway losing their spots on the panel, which was last review in 2009. BLM is again named as a new adviser on this panel, alongside DAC Beachcroft.

A third panel has been introduced by the NHSLA this year to provide legal advice to 15 Department of Health organisations. A spokesperson said of the new panel: “[It will aim] to give access to top quality legal advice on health related issues at economic rates.”

This new panel consists of 11 advisers. These include Browne Jacobson, Capsticks, Ward Hadaway, Weightmans, DAC Beachcroft, Field Fisher Waterhouse, Hempsons, Hill Dickinson, Kennedys, Mills & Reeve and Morgan Cole.

The contracts will last for four years and is worth between £300m and £400m, according to the tender. The tender was initially due to take place in December. A supplier day was also delayed and took place on 22 February.

In the 2011/12 financial year the NHSLA received over 9,100 new clinical negligence claims and more than 4,600 non-clinical negligence claims. It spent over £1bn on clinical negligence claims and around £50m on non-clinical negligence matters.

In April last year the authority appointed NSPCC general counsel Catherine Dixon as its new chief executive, replacing Stephen Walker.