Public sector and local authority


Ex-Government lawyer lands new role at Linklaters

Linklaters has hired Jonathan Jones QC, the former Treasury Solicitor and head of the UK Government Legal Department (GLD), months after he decided to leave his post. Jones’ departure was revealed last August as the UK Government faced scrutiny over its plans to clarify parts of the Northern Ireland protocol, which formed a section of […]

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UK Government names new top lawyer after Jones’ exit

The UK Government Legal Department (GLD) has appointed its next Treasury Solicitor, after Jonathan Jones QC abruptly left the division last year. The department will now be led by Susanna McGibbon, who has been the GLD’s director general for more than two years. She has been named today as Treasury Solicitor, Her Majesty’s procurator general […]

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Revealed: UK Government’s legal fees mount amid Covid-19 crisis

The Government Legal Department (GLD) spent almost £20m on external law firms and counsel in the second half of the year, The Lawyer can reveal. In a Freedom of Information request, the GLD confirmed that it spent £17.02m on legal spend between May 2020 and December 2020, with a large proportion of its legal spending […]

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Terms extended as Met Police panel review overruns

The Metropolitan Police Service has asked firms to sign up to an extension of its panel, giving it more time to conclude its review of the roster. The Met’s current framework expires on 31 January, however firms will have their current contracts extended till April. The Met said that this is to allow it to […]

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Slaughters supports UK Government on Covid freight deal

Slaughter and May advised the Department for Transport on a £600,000 mandate around a financial package to protect freight routes during the Covid-19 pandemic, building on a string of profitable public work mandates. A response to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request revealed that the firm advised on a £35m financial aid package approved by […]


Scottish Water set to review panel firms by April

Scottish Water is seeking to update its legal panel, six years after putting together its last roster of law firms. The publically-owned water and waste water company had reappointed DLA Piper and CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang in 2015, alongside BLM. Scottish firm Anderson Strathern won a spot on the panel for the first time, […]


Supreme Court allows BCLP’s Heathrow runway appeal

The Supreme Court has handed down its second landmark judgment this month, ruling in favour of BCLP and Heathrow Airport in a dispute of plans to build a third runway. This rolled-up case was an amalgamation of five separate claims against the Secretary of State for Transport over plans to build a third runway at […]

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UK Government sets out panel timeline after Covid-19 delays

The UK Government’s Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has set out a timeline for when it will resume its panel reviews, after they were put on hold earlier this year amid Covid-19. The CCS has confirmed it will issue a tender on the Official Journal of the European Union for its legal services panel in May […]

Pinsents partner lands GC role at IKEA-owned home provider

A homeownership concept launched by Skanska and IKEA has hired its first-ever general counsel, targeting Pinsent Masons for its inaugural legal hire. Helen Robinson is the partner making the move, who enjoyed her first day at BoKlok UK on Monday. She is the sixth partner to have fully left the firm since the start of […]

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UK Government’s top lawyer steps down in shock exit

The head of the UK Government’s legal department (GLD) Jonathan Jones QC is to leave the division after six years at the helm. His departure comes as the UK Government faces scrutiny over its plans to clarify parts of the Northern Ireland protocol, which formed a section of the 2019 withdrawal agreement. Jones took on […]

Houses of Parliament

Hitachi Rail GC hired for Houses of Parliament restoration project

Westminster Palace has found a general counsel to oversee the £4bn restoration of the Houses of Parliament, almost four months after kicking off the search. The project marks one of the biggest renovation undertakings ever carried out in the UK. The legal head driving it from the autumn will be Jane Mee, who was previously […]

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Government Legal Department brings in new litigation supremo

The Government Legal Department has appointed a new director of litigation, with Mel Nebhrajani taking on the role after working on matters related to the Covid-19 pandemic this year. Nebhrajani has spent four years at the Department of Health and Social Care, where she was its legal director. As such, 2020 matters have largely been […]