Seven firms land spots on Heathrow’s reduced legal roster

Seven firms land spots on Heathrow’s reduced legal roster

Heathrow Airport has completed an overhaul of its legal panel, with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Allen & Overy among those re-appointed to a reduced roster.

Heathrow has slimmed down its legal panel from nine to seven firms and restructured it from 11 sub-panels to a main general approved list. Pinsent Masons, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner and Eversheds Sutherland were also awarded spots, alongside City outfit Towerhouse and Thames Valley firm Owen White. Continue reading “Seven firms land spots on Heathrow’s reduced legal roster”

Clyde & Co and Hogan Lovells win spots on NHS business services panel

Clyde & Co and Hogan Lovells win spots on NHS business services panel

NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) has named 28 firms to act on its new shared business services panel, with Clyde & Co and Hogan Lovells among those winning a spot.

NHS SBS is a joint venture between French IT services company Sopra Steria and the Department of Health, offering back office services such as payroll, pensions and recruitment to the NHS. Its revamped roster is slated to save the public sector around £500,000 over the next four years, after ensuring what it called ‘value-for-money’ tariffs during the selection process. Continue reading “Clyde & Co and Hogan Lovells win spots on NHS business services panel”

Adviser reviews: Lucozade Ribena Suntory completes first post-merger panel

Adviser reviews: Lucozade Ribena Suntory completes first post-merger panel

Eversheds Sutherland has won the role of primary UK and Ireland adviser in Lucozade Ribena Suntory’s (LRS) inaugural legal panel review, with nine other firms also making the cut.

The review was a first for general counsel (GC) Mary Guest since joining the drinks giant from Magic Circle firm Linklaters in June 2017, and it is also the first since LRS was formed after Lucozade and Ribena were acquired by Suntory for £1.35bn in 2013. Eversheds will be top of the list for general matters, with the remaining nine firms offering more specialist advice. Continue reading “Adviser reviews: Lucozade Ribena Suntory completes first post-merger panel”

Bidding opens on UK government’s reshaped £320m public sector legal panel

Bidding opens on UK government’s reshaped £320m public sector legal panel

The UK government’s bid to trim legal costs for the public sector has taken another step after firms were invited to pitch for a multitude of spots on the Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) new £320m panel.

Procurement agency CCS announced last October it planned to set up a £650m ‘legal services marketplace’ through which central government, devolved administrations and public bodies would procure legal advice. Continue reading “Bidding opens on UK government’s reshaped £320m public sector legal panel”

CMS, Fieldfisher and NRF among firms awarded spots on social housing regulator’s panel amid regime shake-up

CMS, Fieldfisher and NRF among firms awarded spots on social housing regulator’s panel amid regime shake-up

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang, Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) and Fieldfisher have been appointed to the Regulator of Social Housing’s (RSH) inaugural legal panel.

Trowers & Hamlins, Devonshires and Mills & Reeve will also be in the roster of firms advising the government body, announced today (18 May), for a four-year term. Continue reading “CMS, Fieldfisher and NRF among firms awarded spots on social housing regulator’s panel amid regime shake-up”

In-house: EDF Energy pulls plug on eight firms in reduced legal roster

In-house: EDF Energy pulls plug on eight firms in reduced legal roster

EDF Energy, one of the UK’s big six energy suppliers, has nearly halved its UK legal panel and added two new faces as it looks for ‘deeper and broader’ relationships with a smaller number of firms.

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner  (BCLP) were added to the new panel of eight firms, which has been cut from the previous panel’s 14. Continue reading “In-house: EDF Energy pulls plug on eight firms in reduced legal roster”

New year, new broom as in-house teams unveil fresh external adviser panels

New year, new broom as in-house teams unveil fresh external adviser panels

The results of a handful of legal panel reviews have been announced in the first week of 2018 by Lloyds Banking Group, the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), Metro Bank, and the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL).

Linklaters, Clifford Chance, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang, Eversheds Sutherland, Herbert Smith Freehills, Bates Wells Braithwaite, Osborne Clarke, Ashurst, Hogan Lovells, and Reed Smith have all won spots on Lloyds’ commercial banking pass-through panel. Continue reading “New year, new broom as in-house teams unveil fresh external adviser panels”

Never waste a crisis as Ashurst and Hogan Lovells step in amid Bell Pottinger’s administration woes

Never waste a crisis as Ashurst and Hogan Lovells step in amid Bell Pottinger’s administration woes

As scandal-ridden PR agency Bell Pottinger collapses into administration, Ashurst, Hogan Lovells and Mishcon de Reya have swept in to take advisory roles during the aftermath.

Ashurst is acting for Bell Pottinger’s administrators, BDO, with a team consisting of corporate partner Bruce Hanton and restructuring partner Olga Galazoula. Ashurst had previously represented Bell Pottinger in 2012 when founder Lord Bell acquired the PR company back from its parent company Chime. Hogan Lovells is advising the agency’s biggest lender, Lloyds Banking Group. Continue reading “Never waste a crisis as Ashurst and Hogan Lovells step in amid Bell Pottinger’s administration woes”