The NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) is to review its panel of law firms again, three years after slashing its external advisers from 90 to 15.
Several separate sources confirmed to The Lawyer that the review was taking place. It is understood that firms have been asked to make a formal written submission to the authority, with results of the review being announced early next year.
One partner said: “There are indications they’re looking to cut the panel further.”
The NHSLA last looked at its panel in 2001 and the current review was originally intended to take place last year.
The NHSLA did not return calls for comment.
Existing panel firms are: Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, Beachcroft Wansbroughs, Bevan Ashford, Brachers, Browne Jacobson, Capsticks, Eversheds, Hempsons, Hill Dickinson, Kennedys, Reynolds Porter Chamberlain, Ward Hadaway and Weightmans.
Vizard Oldham Brooke Blain was originally on the panel, but when the firm merged with Tweedie & Prideaux in 2002, the NHSLA relationship partners and their work moved to Weightmans.