Following an exacting procurement process that was managed by Legal Consultants Kennedy Cater, the new Solicitors panel for the Housing Associations' Legal Alliance (HALA), has been appointed.
Launched in 2010 with 4 members, HALA currently comprises 15 members with an annual legal spend of £1.6million and a housing stock in the region of 100,000 units throughout the UK.
HALA members comprise Advance, BME London, Hastoe Group, Hexagon, Merlin Housing Society, Islington & Shoreditch Housing Association, Newlon Housing Trust, Origin Housing, Octavia Housing, Optivo Homes, Phoenix Community Homes, Saxon Weald, Shepherds Bush Housing Association, Wandle and Wellingborough Homes.
The framework which covers 3 lots; Corporate, Finance and Governance; Housing and Asset Management, and Property and Development, will run for a period of 3 years, from 1stSeptember 2018 until 31 August 2021, with the option to extend for a further 12 months.
12 firms have secured a place on this coveted panel. The firms appointed are: Batchelors, Bevan Brittan, BLM, Capsticks, Clarke Willmott, Devonshires, Hugh James, Penningtons Manches, Prince Evans, TLT, Tozers and Trowers & Hamlins.
HALA’s founding aim was to provide its members with high quality legal services at exceptional rates, leveraged from the groups combined legal spend. The commitment to reducing legal spend is supported by an unparalleled range of fixed fees, and significant value added and social value benefits.
Caroline Pennock, Business Development Director at Newlon, commented,
‘HALA continues to deliver in terms of quality and cost benefits and after this vigorous process we can look forward to continuing to deliver significant savings to all our members and attractive Social Value benefits to our residents.’
Tim Morel of Kennedy Cater said. ‘The firms’ commitment to our process has been creditable and we look forward to working with them all in the coming years as we continue to expand the membership of HALA. This framework proves the point that successful collaboration can bring significant rewards for all involved.’
On Wednesday 6th June, Tim Morel will be presenting a workshop 'Saving money through a Legal Services framework' at the CHIC Conference & Exhibition, 'Invest to Save' at Sixways Stadium, Worcester.
The Conference provides the opportunity for Members and Non-Members to engage with the CHIC supply chain and attend a varied programme of workshops and seminars relating to the hot topics facing social housing.
Tim will discuss the benefits of CHIC's specialist legal services framework that is managed by Kennedy Cater. Delegates from across the housing spectrum will hear him draw from recent case studies to outline the significant savings that members can make through accessing legal services at discounted rates, without compromising the quality of service or advice received.
The workshop will be held in the Mercian Suite, from 10.30-11.30, and will be chaired by Andy Howarth from Fortis Living. Following the session Tim will be available on CHIC's main stand to answer any questions.
For details on how to access the CHIC framework contact Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kennedy Cater is proud to have sponsored the 2018 Monitoring Officers report which has just been published by Local Government Lawyer.
The report is the culmination of an extensive survey in which more than 100 local authority Monitoring Officers took part.
The aim of the report is to identify and analyse the challenges ahead for monitoring officers, their deputies and other lawyers involved in the governance of local authorities.
It comes at a time when the role is under great pressure and the survey aims to identify the key issues that they face and, with the help of some of the most senior current practitioners, including KC’s Tim Morel, who came together at a round table event to identify effective strategies to address them.
The publication can be accessed at the following link: http://www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk/monitoringofficers
KC Director Tim Morel recently spoke at the 2018 LLG Weekend School which was held in Bristol.
This annual Conference gives delegates from across the Public Sector the opportunity to engage with thought leaders, working in or across local government. As well as providing a strong conference programme where specialists shared knowledge with colleagues on all aspects of legal services within local government, the weekend was heavily focused on breakout seminars where key issues and challenges faced by everyone working in the local government legal arena were addressed.
Tim was invited to speak alongside Abdus Choudery from Norfolk County Council and Quentin Baker from LGSS, in a session on ‘Commercialising the In-House Legal Team: Lessons to Learn’.
More than 40 delegates listened as Tim kicked off the presentation by stressing the importance of undertaking an initial ‘spend analysis assessment’, before asking delegates to consider what clients they are actually aiming for, and posing the question as to whether they and their organisations are ultimately prepared to change to meet the challenges of trading.
The subject matter was of course timely, given the continuing pressures on local authority budgets. The session was a critical success with LLG praising the ‘very strong panel’ who provided an in-depth guide to local authority legal teams looking to go down this route.
To request a copy of the slides please contact Tim directly on email@example.com
Following a highly competitive procurement process, managed by Kennedy Cater, the new Solicitors Panel for Riverside has been appointed.
Riverside is a group of complementary businesses driven by a clear social purpose, with a charitable housing association at its core. Established nearly 90 years ago, and now headquartered in Liverpool, they are a major provider of affordable housing, care and support services operating across 160 local authorities in England and Scotland and with over 52,00 homes in management.
Riverside’s new legal framework covers 4 lots: 1) Property and Development, 2) Non-Property including Governance, Commercial and Employment, 3) Corporate, Finance and Banking, and 4) Housing Management. It will commence on 1st April and run for three years, with an option to extend for up to a further 12 months.
Nine firms have secured a place on the panel; Anthony Collins, Bevan Brittan, BLM, Brabners, Capsticks, Devonshires, DWF, Forbes, Trowers & Hamlins. Five firms are appointed to Lot 1, three firms to Lots 2 and 3, and five firms to Lot 4.
Tim Morel, Founder of Kennedy Cater comments:
‘We were delighted by the interest in this procurement and by the responses by the firms that submitted bids. This new Solicitors Panel now provides Riverside with the security of knowing that when they need legal advice they have a range of excellent firms ready to act across all aspects of their business at competitive rates.’