Housing Associations' Legal Alliance appoints 11 firms to new Framework
New Panel Announced for Housing Associations’ Legal Alliance (HALA)
Following an exacting and highly competitive procurement process managed by Legal Consultants Kennedy Cater, the new HALA solicitors panel has been appointed.
Launched in 2010 with 4 members, HALA now comprises 9 members with an annual legal spend of over £2million and a housing stock in the region of 70,000 units throughout the UK. The members comprise of Advance, Hexagon, Merlin Housing Society, Network Housing Group, Newlon Housing Trust, Octavia Housing, Phoenix Community Homes, Saxon Weald and Viridian Housing
The framework which covers 3 lots; Corporate Finance and Governance, Housing and Asset Management and Property and Development, will be in place until August 2017 with the option to extend for a further 12 months.
11 key regional firms across all 3 lots have secured a place on this coveted panel. The firms appointed are: Berrymans Lace Mawer, Bevan Brittan, Capsticks, Clarke Willmott, Devonshires, Forbes, Lewis Silkin, Penningtons Manches, Prince Evans, TLT and Tozers.
HALA was established to provide its members with high quality legal services at rates commensurate with their combined spend. Building on the success of the original Framework Agreement, the new panel will provide Members not only with highly competitive rates and an unparallelled range of fixed fees, but also a comprehensive range of value added benefits that will support them in their drive to reduce their legal spend.
Head of Legal at Viridian, Katrina Robinson commented,
‘HALA goes from strength to strength and after this robust process I am delighted that we now have such a strong panel in place which all members can access. The firms’ commitment to our process has been commendable and I look forward to working with them all in the coming years.’
Tim Morel of Kennedy Cater who was instrumental in managing the tender alongside the members of HALA said. ‘Since its inception 4 years ago HALA has offered a fine example of how a successful collaboration can bring worthy rewards. Cost savings, supportive partnerships with law firms, and the sharing of ideas within the Social Housing Sector have proved this point for HALA and I am sure that the new panel will only build on this success.’