Acuity Law named as supplier on new national public sector panel

Acuity Law named as supplier on new national public sector panel

Commercial law company Acuity Legal has been appointed to the new £272m legal services framework run by the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) for the wider public sector.

The new framework makes a range of legal services available to organisations across the whole of England and Wales in the wider public sector, including devolved and local government, education, health, police and emergency services, third sector and social housing organisations.

Any company that is wholly or mainly financed by a relevant contracting authority can also use the framework. Ministerial and non-ministerial central government departments will be able to access regional services for transactional property work, employment litigation or other litigation work in certain cases.

CCS, an executive agency of the Cabinet Office, helps organisations across the entire public sector to save time and money on buying their everyday goods and services. Its annual report for 2017/18 shows that £13 billion of common goods and services are now being procured through CCS.

Acuity’s appointment covers a number of legal specialisms that include property and construction, planning, intellectual property, employment, debt recovery and dispute resolution.

The appointment to the lot under the panel for a regional service provision follows a competitive procurement exercise. The firm was awarded a place on the panel based on its all-round offering of specialist expertise, service quality and attractive pricing options.

Craig Griffiths, partner and head of commercial and public law at Acuity Legal, said: “This appointment marks a significant milestone for our public law practice and is testament to our long-standing expertise in working with public sector bodies.

“We look forward to working with CCS and its customers to ensure the success of this new panel agreement, cementing existing relationships in the wider public sector and developing new ones.”

With offices in London, Cardiff and Swansea, Acuity Legal has doubled in size in recent years and last year advised on over 100 UK-based transactions with an aggregate value of over £1.5 billion. Its offering includes an outsourcing model for virtual in-house legal support and a technology-based service for data protection, cyber security and reputation management.

It also recently launched a unique hybrid consultancy model for talented lawyers who want full back office support and access to a team of junior lawyers without the restraints of traditional employment.

The framework is now available for use and is for a three-year term, with the option for CCS to extend for one year at its discretion. The framework number is RM3788.

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