International law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has been appointed to the General Commercial Law Lot of the Legal Services Framework for the Government Procurement Service (GPS). The GPS panel is a replacement for the UK Government’s Catalist legal services framework that expired at the end of January.
The GPS framework is intended by Government to be the preferred route for legal work for central government departments, and may be used by other organisations within the wider public sector, such as local authorities and NHS Trusts in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It aims to secure savings for the UK public sector as a whole by delivering centralised access to legal services for government departments and wider public bodies.
Firms on the general commercial panel may receive work in: project finance, construction and infrastructure projects, public procurement, public infrastructure regulation, outsourcing/contracting out of services, competition matters, regulatory law, intellectual property rights, as well as general commercial contract advice and drafting.
Rebecca Carter, partner in the projects and infrastructure team at Stephenson Harwood LLP, said: "We are delighted that the team has been appointed to the Government Procurement Service's framework. Our appointment demonstrates the depth of the firm's growing expertise in this area. We have been appointed to major public sector projects during the last year and the GPS selection underlines our ability to deliver on these and other wider commercial matters."
The team is involved in some of the most high profile on-going UK transport projects and has also been appointed by the North London Waste Authority to advise on its major waste PPP project.