Walker Morris appointed to Government-backed centre of excellence

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28/05/2014

Appointment to legal panel for the Centre for Process Innovation

Walker Morris has been appointed to the Legal Service Panel for the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) following a successful tender.

The firm was successful in all areas of legal work and will cover all lots including: property & construction; corporate; procurement state aid & competition; commercial & intellectual property litigation; commercial & technology; engineering law (contentious & non-contentious); employment (contentious and non-contentious); safety, health, environment & operational regulatory.

Established a decade ago, CPI is a not for profit organisation, funded by the EU and UK government. Its role is to help the UK manufacturing sector be competitive in the global environment by accelerating the process of innovation from the ideas stage to delivery to the commercial market.  It provides assets and expertise to allow ideas to be tested, developed and proven to be feasible before significant investment in capital equipment and training is made.

Based in the Tees Valley and County Durham the organisation employs over 200 staff and is part of the government’s elite network of Catapult centres.  The High Value Manufacturing Catapult is a long term programme with over £200 million of government investment and political cross-party backing to stimulate growth in the manufacturing sector and more than double the sector’s contribution to UK GDP.

The appointment, which will last for two years, will see Walker Morris and the other legal panel members work with the in-house team to provide additional legal support and expertise as required.

Head of Energy, Infrastructure & Government said:

“We are eager to hit the ground running with such a dynamic organisation as  CPI.  As a firm we have a long history of supporting and providing legal advice to enable our clients to bring their ideas and innovation to fruition, be they university spin outs or multinational.  CPI plays an important role in the development of the manufacturing sector n the UK and we are delighted to be able to work with them.”

To date CPI has successfully completed over 350 public and private projects with a value in excess of £300m and has assisted in the creation of 130 companies (including university spinouts).

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