Burges Salmon on consortium of London Borough Council's legal panel

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07 June 2010

Burges Salmon has been appointed by a consortium of London Boroughs to a small panel of legal service providers, after a rigorous selection process. Burges Salmon will advise on aspects of property, contracts, commercial, environment and planning law.

The consortium of London Borough Councils consists of the London Boroughs of Bromley, Barnet, Bexley, City of London, Dartford, Havering, Hillingdon, Maidstone, Merton, Redbridge, Sutton, Swale, Thanet and Tunbridge Wells. The aim is to cut spending on external legal advisors and also to put in place a framework for local authorities to obtain the best private sector law rates and speed up the procurement process.

Burges Salmon's appointment is for a minimum of 4 years with a possible option to renew for a further 3 years. It is likely that additional local authorities may join the partnership over its life.

26 firms have been chosen to provide legal advice on diverse areas such as community care, commercial litigation, regeneration and local government law.

Burges Salmon is ranked 12=  amongst UK law firms for its local government work (2009 Legal 500). The team includes partners Richard Bedford, Marcus Harling, Gary Soloman, Adrian Martin and John Houlden.

Richard Bedford says:

"Burges Salmon is pleased at being appointed. It recognises the quality and experience of our Local Authority team and demonstrates our growing presence in the London market. We are committed to working with the consortium authorities to make the panel a success and achieving their objectives of delivering effective and value for money legal services.

"The creation of the panel follows a shift in the public sector to create efficiencies through combined procurement of key professional services. We are seeing in increased number of authorities participating in panel initiatives."

 Mark Bowen, Director of Legal, Democratic and Customer Services at the London Borough of Bromley said:

“We were delighted with the interest from law firms in participating in the consortium arrangements and we consider we have secured a panel of the highest quality which will not only deliver excellent and cost effective legal work across the range of functions carried out by participating councils but also added value benefits around training and resource sharing.”

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