Public sector and local authority

Downing Street

UK Government picks legal adviser for Covid-19 inquiry

Burges Salmon has won a £9.8m contract to advise on the UK Government’s upcoming inquiry into Covid-19. The firm made it onto the Crown Commercial Service’s general advice panel at the end of last year, putting it in a prime position to be considered for the work. It will advise alongside Fieldfisher on certain aspects […]

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG launches staff-oriented ticket scheme for Commonwealth Games

Gowling WLG has launched a series of internal initiatives for staff buying Commonwealth Games tickets in a bid to engage them in one of the firm’s key public service mandates. The firm won the principal advisory role for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games three years ago following a tender process for the mandate. Gowling, which […]


Homes England kicks off £47m panel review

Public housing authority Homes England has kicked off its first panel review for four years, inviting firms to pitch for £47m worth of business. The new amount sees the value of this panel increase by more than half, rising 56 per cent from its current £30m value. This marks the first time in eight years […]

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Two firms win new places on PPF’s latest panel

The Pension Protection Fund has finalised its panel review, with six firms being appointed to the roster, including two new ones. CMS and Addleshaw Goddard are the two additions to the list. Other firms that were selected previously served on its 2017 panel, including Gowling WLG, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells and Osborne Clarke. The […]

Nottinghamshire County Council

Ten firms secure places on £70m public sector panel

A legal panel offering discounted rates to over 220 public bodies has been extended, with three firms being added onto the roster. The EM Lawshare Framework, valued at £70m, has added DWF, Capsticks and Trowers & Hamlins to its list of legal partners for the next four years. They join the seven existing firms on […]

High Speed train

Panel firms ranked in latest UK Government tender

A scorecard evaluating four law firms involved in a UK Government mandate has been disclosed in public records. An award letter seen by The Lawyer for a £1.5m contract around the rail reform programme laid bare the score attributed by the Department for Transport to Ashurst, Addleshaw Goddard, Eversheds Sutherland and Linklaters as part of […]

UK Government

Womble Bond Dickinson drops challenge over UK Government roster

Fourteen firms have been told they have secured places on the UK Government’s general advice roster, after a last-minute challenge meant the announcement was delayed. Womble Bond Dickinson has now withdrawn its claim against the UK Government, in which it had contested the final line-up of the roster. A Part 7 claim had been filed […]

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Magic circle drop out of UK Government’s finance roster

Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have lost their spots on one of the UK Government’s main legal panels, as the new roster becomes public. The three firms have been staples of the finance and complex panel for years, a roster of law firms that advise on corporate finance to UK Government departments and […]

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Womble Bond Dickinson challenges UK Government over its panel decision

Womble Bond Dickinson has filed a claim against the UK Government over the result of its legal advice panel, The Lawyer has learned. It is understood that the firm is contesting the final line-up of the roster. Sources told The Lawyer that the firm has fallen off the list, with its challenge resulting in the […]

TLT lands longstanding GLD lawyer for inquiries work

TLT is setting up a public inquiries team that will be led by a senior lawyer who joins from the Government Legal Department (GLD). Zaqia Rashid is moving to the UK firm as a partner, with her arrival forming part of TLT’s growing ambition to land more mandates from the UK Government. Her move follows […]

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UK Government ups value of aerospace legal panel by 60 per cent

The Department of International Trade has injected an additional £15m into its upcoming aerospace and defence legal panel, bringing its value up to £40m. The department is running the tender process to firm up external legal advisers for the roster on behalf of the UK Export Finance (UKEF), the governmental export trading agency. In January, […]