16th November 2018
Walker Morris has been appointed by the Crown Commercial Services (CCS), to a major legal framework available to all public sector bodies.
CCS, (the central government purchasing body that procures on behalf of central government departments and the wider public sector), appointed Walker Morris to the full service lot 2a – designed to deliver a mandatory suite of legal services and a number of additional specialisms within the jurisdictional areas of England & Wales.
The procurement is part of a bold move by Her Majesty’s Government to consolidate and reduce its previous panels. This wider Framework is the fourth and final element of the wider 2017/18 CCS Legal Services renewal programme aimed at reducing costs and improving efficiencies by providing a broad scope of services, offering a simplified agreement for both Customers and Suppliers and value for money.
Walker Morris is appointed for a full range of services including:
Head of the Energy, Infrastructure and Government Group at Walker Morris, who worked on the initiative with Chris Woodthorpe, Partner Real Estate, said:
“Crown Commercial Services have set out a new approach to the delivery of its legal services through building effective relationships with a limited range of high quality providers with the intention of driving efficiencies and improving service delivery. We are delighted to have been appointed to the Framework, which recognises our strength and depth across a wide range of specialist legal expertise, including a successful history of working in and with the public sector.
Our single site centre of excellence based in the North ensures we are particularly well placed to deliver value to clients wherever they are located.”
The successful appointment follows on from a number of notable framework wins for the Walker Morris Team which now means that there are a variety of free to access frameworks for customers to engage the firm. Last month the firm was appointed to the new NHS SBS legal services framework which covers the whole of the UK and Northern Ireland and includes Local Authorities, Central Government Departments and Arms Length Bodies as well as NHS organisations. NHS SBS expects the Framework to save the public sector around half a million pounds in the next four years.
Last year Walker Morris was appointed by CCS as part of a consortium led by Dentons to its Central Government General Legal Services Panel, worth £400m. Walker Morris also joined with Dentons to successfully bid for Lot 3 (Real Estate & Construction) which is a whole of UK panel.