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Browne Jacobson appointed to Government Procurement Service Legal Services Framework Agreement

8 February 2013

Browne Jacobson has been appointed to the Government Procurement Service Legal services Framework Agreement for Lots relating to Major and Complex Projects, General Litigation and Legal Support Services and Property and Estates.

The appointment is for an initial two years with the GPS having the option to extend the appointment for up to a further two years.

The aim of the new panel arrangement is to ensure the procurement of high quality, value for money legal services by making the new legal framework available for use by central government departments, non-departmental public bodies, NHS bodies and local authorities.

The appointment builds on Browne Jacobsons forty-strong public sector teams credentials and impressive and growing list of public sector clients which includes the National Audit Office, Natural England, the Homes and Communities Agency, the Teaching Agency, the Marine Management Organisation, the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, Local Government Ombudsman, Commission for Local Administration in England, over 50 NHS Trusts and over 150 local authorities, including the London Boroughs Legal Alliance, West Yorkshire Councils Legal Panel and East Midlands Law Share.

In January the firm received the prestigious ISO27001:2005 certification for its Information Security Management System across its Birmingham, London, Manchester and Manchester operations.

Richard Barlow, Head of Public Sector at Browne Jacobson, said:

"The four year appointment is fantastic news for the firm and a major feather in the cap of our public sector team. It has been a key objective of our Public Sector Plan to join this panel and we are delighted to have realised our ambition.

"This latest appointment means we are in pole position to provide legal services to any public sector body in the UK in a number of key specialist areas.

"We look forward to working with public sector organisations nationwide to assist them on major projects, litigation and property, given our newly established procurement route.

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