Public sector and local authority


Eight firms selected for £49m education sector panel

Firms including Eversheds Sutherland and Shakespeare Martineau have won spots on a slimmed-down public sector panel valued at £49m. The Crescent Purchasing Consortium’s (CPC) new legal services framework provides a comprehensive set of services for the education sector. The purpose of the framework is to allow efficient and easy access to legal services at reduced […]

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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 […]

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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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A postcard from Warsaw: Big-ticket deals, but worries for the future

On a June day in 2022, The Lawyer visited several of Warsaw’s top international firms to see how this apparently thriving market is holding up four months after the launch of a war on its neighbour, Ukraine. What impact has the dramatic events of the past few months had on the city, its legal services […]

High Court

Chambers face comms shake-up to avoid contempt of court

Chambers across the Inns are considering how to publicise judgments after the Master of the Rolls, Mr Justice Vos, warned embargo-breaks could see sets being held in contempt of court. The Lawyer understands that many are actively tightening up their internal and external communication policies following a stern warning from Mr Justice Vos back in […]

‘Even pariahs have rights’

When the Conservative MP Bob Seely told the House of Commons that the legal system had become “corrupted” by “amoral” lawyers acting for Russian oligarch clients, it was not surprising that the President of the Law Society launched a robust defence of the profession: “It’s the job of solicitors to represent their clients, whoever they […]

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How law firms react to death

Earlier this year, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton’s London office faced an unexpected and upsetting tragedy: the sudden death of one of its junior lawyers. In reaction to the associate’s passing, whom The Lawyer has chosen not to name, the US firm quickly introduced in-person counselling plus further remote follow-up sessions with an external chartered […]

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Fresh capital: there’s a lot riding on the new listings regime

Many in the City feared that IPO activity would stall after Brexit. For high growth technology companies seeking investment, a listing in Germany or Amsterdam seemed more appealing. However, not to be outdone, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) last year revealed a series of rule changes for the listing regime, in what was welcome news […]

Revealed: The Top 10 Appeals of 2022

Earlier this month The Lawyer revealed its Top 20 Cases of 2022, featuring a whole host of cases set for trial. However, there’s also plenty of action to be had in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, involving the likes of New Look, SKAT and Picturehouse Cinemas. Here are The Lawyer’s top 10 appeals of […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

Clifford Chance wins £2m Covid vaccine contract

The UK Government has re-appointed Clifford Chance as its legal adviser for the Covid-19 vaccine rollout, with the value of the firm’s mandate rising by a third. The magic circle firm was selected last year by the Business Energy and Industrial Strategy department to help the governmental taskforce overseeing manufacturing centres and the distribution of […]

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UK Government calls on Hogan Lovells for help with gas crisis insolvencies

Hogan Lovells has won a £1m contract to advise the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the financial consequences of the gas supply crisis. The transatlantic firm will help BEIS with legal support in relation to the hurdles faced by UK gas suppliers, which are likely to require Government response in coming months […]

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A law firm of three: TLT-led consortium lands first major UK Government mandate

TLT, McDermott Will & Emery and Canadian firm Borden Ladner Gervais have won a competition within the UK Government trade panel to advise on a spate of post-Brexit transatlantic commercial agreements. The contract is valued at £7m, with a term of 36 months and one optional 12-month extension. Last January, the three firms won a […]


Historic England cuts panel by six firms

Historic England has appointed four firms to its £2m panel. Bevan Brittan and Trowers & Hamlins have won a place on the public body’s new panel, while Burges Salmon and Womble Bond Dickinson have been reappointed. The previous panel was made up of ten firms, with Shoosmiths, Freeths and Sharpe Pritchard among those losing a […]