The consortium trio secured a place in the central government legal panel

Sharpe Pritchard, Bevan Brittan and Howes Percival appointed by Crown Commercial Service

An innovative consortium of three law firms has been appointed to a prestigious central government panel to provide legal advice to ministries and their agencies.

Sharpe Pritchard, Bevan Brittan and Howes Percival have teamed up to submit a joint proposal to bid for a place on the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Legal Services Panel, a four-year executive with a total potential value of over $ 300 million. of pounds sterling.

The consortium was awarded one of 12 locations on Lot 1 – General Legal Advice and Services, which saw the two-tier structure replaced by one-tier companies who will now all have the opportunity to work with central government at over the next four years.

Crown Commercial Service helps the public sector achieve maximum business value when purchasing common goods and services. In 2020/21, CCS helped the public sector achieve business benefits worth £ 2.04 billion – by supporting world-class public services that deliver the best value for taxpayers.

The collaborative approach of the three firms, all of which have significant backgrounds in advising central and local government, will allow users of the framework to access the full depth and breadth of the trio’s legal teams.

Justin Mendelle, Senior Partner at Sharpe Pritchard, said:

“We are delighted to continue to provide exceptional customer service to our central government customers. We have a strong focus on the public sector and the consortium gives central government direct access to the combined strength and depth of our three companies.

“We have complementary strengths, each bringing our distinctive expertise to the table and giving central government agencies access to teams and individual lawyers recognized as leaders in their fields.

“We look forward to further developing our relationships with our existing clients and establishing new relationships with others within central government.

“This appointment reinforces our status as a benchmark firm for public sector clients. “

David Hutton, partner and head of central and local government at Bevan Brittan, said:

“This is exciting news and a great opportunity to continue our growth plans, opening up new opportunities and further positioning ourselves as leading legal advisors in this area.

“It will build on our track record of working with central government departments and agencies and on infrastructure projects across the UK. This is yet another step forward for us in one of our established markets, alongside the positive steps we are taking elsewhere in our emerging markets.

“The consortium’s approach will allow ministries to access the knowledge and experience of the three companies that focus and invest in collaboration with the central and local government sector. This is fantastic for all three companies and shows the benefit of our innovative and collaborative approach.

Howes Percival Chairman Geraint Davies said:

“We are delighted to be reappointed to this central government panel. The successful offering, led at Howes Percival by his partner Morris Peacock, is a fantastic reward that is a testament to the quality and depth of the legal services we provide.

“We are continuing to strengthen our offering in the growing range of markets in which we operate and our renewal in this panel clearly demonstrates the credibility and expertise of our employees.

“We have a long history of providing expert advice to government departments and agencies, including HMRC and the Insolvency Department on notable instructions such as the BHS Default Investigation. We have also advised many local councils and educational institutions, including the University of Cambridge and on a wide range of projects, such as the proposed Sizewell C nuclear power plant. We look forward to continuing to provide the central government with a tremendous legal expertise alongside our London-based consortium partners. “

The Crown Commercial Service was established in 2014 by the Cabinet Office to centrally manage central government contracts with private sector suppliers.

Areas of law covered by the contract include competition, contracts, outsourcing, government procurement, real estate and intellectual property, among a number of other areas.

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