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Clifford Chance secures position on Serco panel as Ashurst and Linklaters miss out

Following a recent review, outsourcing company Serco has announced its UK legal panel with Clifford Chance, Clyde & Co, Pinsent Masons, Bird & Bird, Addleshaw Goddard and DWF all securing places.

Clifford Chance will take up the position as the listed company’s lead corporate firm with the remaining five firms taking up work across Serco’s legal practice areas, supported by some ‘additional specialist firms’.

Former preferred legal advisers Ashurst, Linklaters and RPC have missed out on appointments to the formal panel.

Serco said in a statement the new panel ‘meets the changing needs of the business and ensure best value for money. This is in line with industry best practice and our commitment to continuous improvement.’

The last panel review carried out by Serco was carried out in 2012 and while former panels have run for three years, Serco said it had not set a date for the next review.

The review is the first carried out by group general counsel (GC) and company secretary David Eveleigh who joined the FTSE 250 company in 2014, taking on a new expanded role overseeing all the group’s general affairs. Eveleigh was previously a GC at BT, having sat on BT’s Global Services legal leadership team.

Meanwhile in other panel news, Yum! Brands, the company behind KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, has announced its new trimmed down legal panel with Eversheds, Burness Paull, Squire Patton Boggs, Whiting & Purches, TLT and Wright Hassall winning spots on the panel.

Land Securities also refreshed its panel in recent weeks, adding Pinsent Masons alongside Berwin Leighton Paisner, CMS Cameron McKenna, DAC Beachcroft, Eversheds, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells and Nabarro.