Bond Dickinson LLP has been appointed to Tier 1 of the new Crown Commercial Services (CCS) panel for general advisory work for all central government bodies following a competitive tender process. The new legal services panel announced which will be for up to 4 years has been reduced from 47 firms (which were appointed to the previous framework for the wider public sector) to just 12 law firms on Tier 1 focusing on central government work.
Bond Dickinson will support CCS and the Government Legal Department (GLD) by providing full-service legal expertise across a range of disciplines to central government, their executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies.
Nick Barwood, Lead Partner and Board Member, said: "We are delighted to have been appointed by CCS and the GLD to this prestigious panel. This not only embeds our current relationship with CCS, but also places us in a stronger position, being one of only 12 firms appointed for the Tier 1 preferred positions, to be able to extend our central government work. It has been a firm-wide effort to secure this appointment and is testament to a lot of hard work across many of our teams and offices as well as a demonstration of our significant expertise in the public sector."
"We look forward to continuing our work with established central government clients as well as the opportunity to develop our relationship with new bodies."
As an Executive Agency and trading fund of The Cabinet Office, Crown Commercial Services (CCS) is responsible for driving procurement activities across the public sector and generating cost savings for the public purse. The GLD are the government’s principal legal advisers with a core purpose to help the government to govern well, within the rule of law. Membership of the CCS and GLD framework for legal services is key to Bond Dickinson's work in the public arena.
Bond Dickinson continues to advise under the existing CCS Framework which has been extended for 12 months for the Major or Complex Projects Lot for use by Department for Transport (rail services only) and all wider public sector customers.