New Legal Services Agreement

19 Jun
New Legal Services Agreement  

A new national Legal Services framework agreement to cover the requirements in the higher education sector has been awarded.


The framework agreement is the result of a collaborative exercise of the English and Welsh higher education sector procurement consortia:


  • North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium
  • North Western Universities Purchasing Consortium
  • Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium
  • London Universities Purchasing Consortium
  • Higher Education Purchasing Consortium, Wales

Current consortia membership includes universities, research organisations, museums and other cultural organisations.


The process had the support of British Universities Finance Directors Group (BUFDG), Association of University Legal Practitioners (AULP), Universities HR, Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) and HE Shared Legal.


The framework agreement has six specialist lots and a one-stop-shop lot. Suppliers were awarded a maximum of three lots each, with the intention of having a variety of suppliers on the panel, including regional firms.


The one-stop-shop has national coverage and the following firms have been appointed:


  • Veale Wasbrough Vizards
  • Bates Wells Braithwaite
  • Shakespeare Martineau
  • Muckle
  • Weightmans
  • CMS Cameron McKenna
  • Bond Dickinson
  • Mills & Reeve
  • Eversheds Sutherland
  • Burges Salmon

The call-off options are direct award, desktop award and mini competition.


Full details are available to the Member Institutions via the platform Higher Education Contracts.