The London Boroughs’ Legal Alliance (LBLA) is pleased to announce its new Solicitors Panel.
Worth in excess of £6m over 3 years, with an option to extend for a further year, the framework comes into effect on 6th November 2017 and is the 3rd successive Solicitors Panel that the LBLA has procured since its ground breaking formation in 2009.
The London Borough of Hackney acted as the lead authority on the procurement exercise.
The other participating authorities were the members of the LBLA:
The London Boroughs of Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Haringey, Hillingdon, Islington, Redbridge and Waltham Forest, HB Public Law (Harrow, Barnet, Buckinghamshire County Council, Hounslow, and Aylesbury Vale), One Source (Havering and Newham), The Royal Boroughs of Greenwich, and Kensington and Chelsea, the City of London Corporation, the City of Westminster, and the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority.
One of the LBLA’s main goals is to achieve significant and sustainable efficiencies and value for money for its residents, so a key objective from this procurement was to maintain and build upon the savings achievements of the previous frameworks. This, in tandem with increasing the size of the panel to meet the demands of the growing number of LBLA members, which currently stands at 20 of London’s largest authorities.
For the first time since the LBLA was formed, and in an attempt to make these benefits more widely available, subject to application, access to the new framework has now been extended to any local authority in Greater London and the South East.
The procurement process undertaken by the LBLA, was managed by specialist legal consultancy Kennedy Cater who have been supporting the LBLA since its inception.
Helen Edwards, Client Services Director at Kennedy Cater said.
‘We are delighted by the response to this rigorous procurement process which has delivered firms with recognised expertise and experience in local government and which are well placed to provide the LBLA authorities with the legal support that fulfils their significant cost and quality criteria requirements.’
Also integral to each firms’ selection was their commitment to providing an extensive range of value added benefits including extensive training and other knowledge transfer initiatives.’
The panel is comprised of 2 Lots: Lot 1 - Complex regeneration, Development, Property and Planning and Lot 2 - the full range of Legal Services.
In all, twelve solicitors firms were appointed across both Lots:
Lot 1 - Complex regeneration, Development, Property and Planning
- Ashfords LLP
- Bevan Brittan
- Blake Morgan
- Pinsent Masons
- Sharpe Pritchard LLP
- TLP LLP
Lot 2 - Full range of Legal Services (including Litigation, Contracts, Procurement, PPP / PFI, Property and Employment.)
- Anthony Collins
- Bevan Brittan
- Invicta Law
- Shakespeare Martineau
- Sharpe Pritchard LLP
- TLT LLP
Stephen Rix, Head of Litigation & Interim Head of Commercial at The London Borough of Hackney said.
‘'This has been a long and thorough process made simpler by the experienced support of Kennedy Cater. I believe that I speak for all members of the LBLA when I say that we believe the procurement has delivered a positive framework that collectively meets all of our varied needs. The panel of firms we have achieved, support our vision of exceptional service, at rates which deliver outstanding value to our residents. We look forward to the LBLA going from strength to strength.’
Local authorities in London and the South-East who are interested in joining the LBLA should, in the first instance, contact Helen Edwards at Kennedy Cater on 020 7113 4017.
Kennedy Caters’ Director of Client Services, Helen Edwards, is one of the Speakers at the 2017 LLG Governance Conference, which will take place at the Assembly Rooms in Bath on 18th and 19th of October.
Helen will introduce the 2pm break -out session on Wednesday 18th, alongside Ian Winslet, Regional Director of Ark Consultancy Ltd, and Louise Rawsthorne, Assistant Director of Investment & Commercial Activity at Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Councils (BMS).
Ark are currently working with BMS on their investment programme, and the session;
Profit for Purpose – avoiding the pitfalls, will examine how this investment programme has worked in practice, and share the benefit of their experiences. It will explore the profit motivation behind a company structure set up jointly by two Suffolk Councils. The session will give detailed insight into the procurement processes, risks, governance structures and mitigating practical steps required when establishing a £50 million property investment fund, and how this has led to further commercial opportunities.
Kennedy Cater were involved in the early stages of this arrangement, assisting with the procurement of investment consultants, and as well as introducing the session Helen with talk more generally about the increasing Commercialisation in local government. Helen comments, “I am looking forward to catching up with everyone at the Governance Conference, and hearing how authorities are tackling the current challenges, including commercialisation”.
Hastoe Group has become the 15th Housing Association to join HALA, ‘The Housing Associations’ Legal Alliance’, making this one of the most successful collaborations of its kind in the UK.
Now in its 8th year this nationwide Alliance, managed by specialist legal consultancy Kennedy Cater, continues to ensure that members have access to high quality legal advice from its panel law firms.
Key to its growing success are its demonstrable value for money rates, which typically deliver annual savings of up to 25%. This is achieved through the joint procurement of external legal services, including the establishment of the HALA Solicitors Panel, free of charge Value Added Benefits, and through the sharing of legal knowledge and best practice.
Established in 1962, Hastoe owns and manages over 7,500 homes in over 70 local authority areas across the south of England from Norfolk down to Cornwall. They are the leading specialist rural housing association, providing sustainable, affordable homes to enable local people to remain within their communities.
Will Roberts, Finance Director and Legal Company Secretary at Hastoe comments,
‘We are delighted to have become the latest member of HALA and look forward to enjoying the wide ranging benefits available to us as the Alliance continues to grow.’
Tim Morel, Director and Co-Founder of Kennedy Cater, adds,
‘Reduced legal fees without compromising quality, and monthly management information are notable draws for Housing Associations joining HALA. However HALA also offers significant free of charge add on benefits; notably a ‘needs based’ training programme that is expertly fulfilled by the panel firms, as well as bespoke in-house training sessions delivering further significant savings.’
New members are always welcome, please contact Tim Morel on 0207 113 4020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In a recent article for Insight, the new online magazine from the team at Local Government Lawyer, KC's Client Services Director Helen Edwards examines how Local Authorities can effectivley utilise the experience of private practice firms without breaking the bank.
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