New £6.4m Solicitors Panel for HALA
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.’