29 July 2013

Burges Salmon, one of the leading law firms in the UK, has advised public sector outsourced services specialist group NSL Limited on its successful bid for a vehicle excise duty (VED) enforcement contract from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

The UK-wide contract, which covers vehicle immobilisation, removal, storage, disposal, and enforcement notice issuing, is worth £30m – £50m. It will run for three years through to November 2016 and will include the opportunity to extend for an additional two year period. NSL previously provided VED enforcement for the DVLA from 2006 to 2011.

The Burges Salmon team was led by commercial team partner Philip Davey, with assistance from associate Marcus Walters and private client senior associate Ian Carnochan. Philip and Marcus provided NSL with legal advice on the key risks associated with the proposed contract and Ian helped NSL with advice in relation to VAT, which was a major factor in NSL’s pricing model. In addition, Philip and Marcus are currently advising NSL on its flow-down subcontract arrangements with its key subcontractors.

Philip Davey said: “We are pleased to have been able to put the right team in place for NSL and assist it in securing this important contract from the DVLA in relation to the enforcement of vehicle tax evasion. Through its network of local authority and civil enforcement services, NSL is able to offer the taxpayer significant financial savings. We are delighted to help our client continue achieving this.”

NSL was formed in 2007 following the demerger of National Car Parks into two separate businesses and employs over 5,000 people in the UK. It provides expertise in the design, management, resourcing and delivery of complex outsourced services that are highly regulated and compliance driven.

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