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23 April, 2017 - 23:18 By Kate Sweeney

East of England supplies a quarter of firms to government legal panel

Three East of England law firms have been appointed to the top tier of a newly streamlined UK government legal panel with an estimated work value of £400 million.

Mills & Reeve and Eversheds Sutherland are stand-alone among the elite while Howes Percival is part of a four-firm advisory consortium led by PwC. The number of firms on the new, two-tier panel has been trimmed following a rigorous government review so it is a great achievement to have three practices with significant local presence forming a quarter of the 12-firm top tier.

The panel will advise central government and associated public bodies on a wide range of legal areas. The Bank of England, Competition and Markets Authority, NHS England and security and intelligence services plug into the service which offers advice across areas such as international trade, energy, education and health.

The tier one firms are eligible to receive contracts from all UK ministerial and non-ministerial government departments, their associated executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies.

Kevin Calder (pictured), Mills & Reeve partner, said: “We are delighted to have earned a place on such a prestigious panel. Our experience of working with government departments on complex and high profile projects under the previous CCS arrangements helped us to clearly demonstrate our ability to advise the Government in the relevant legal areas. 

“We welcome this opportunity to continue to grow our support for government clients.”

According to Legal Week, the triage approach to find the very best legal advisers involved rigorous assessment of contenders over areas such as pricing, quality and compatibility.

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