Eversheds and Muckle win places on LUPC’s reduced panel
02 September 2014 15:01
by Kathryn McCann
Eversheds and Muckle have won places on London Universities Purchasing Consortium’s (LUPC) new reduced panel arrangement, with SGH Martineau, Mills & Reeve, Veale Wasbrough Vizards, Michelmores and Farrer & Co seeing their place renewed.
Firms including Addleshaw Goddard, Shoosmiths, Weightmans and Blake Lapthorn have not been reappointed.
The panel was reduced from thirteen firms to seven after a highly competitive process led by senior contracts manager Clemmie Smith saw 20 firms responding to the tender. The new legal framework commences on the 1 September and will run for three years with an option to extend for one year. The framework will be open to all LUPC members which includes the British Council, British Library and British Film Institute as well as universities, colleges, government agencies, research organisations and museums and other cultural establishments.
LUPC members currently spend around £13m per year on legal services of which £3.6m went through the existing LUPC framework agreement in 2012/2013. The professional purchasing organisation acts on behalf of over 60 member institutions with the new framework covering employment, commercial and finance, litigation, property and, constitutional and regulatory.
Neil Burton, head of Mills & Reeve’s charity sector group and who led for the firm, said: “We are delighted to have been reappointed to the LUPC’s panel. Our experience in the specialist sectors in which the LUPC members operate means that we can help them stay on top of the very wide range of legal issues facing them in an increasingly complex environment.”