Scottish Government appoints MacRoberts to select legal panel framework
The leading law firm that worked on two of the most important Scottish Government contracts in recent times has been appointed to Scottish Government’s legal panel framework which offers multi-million pound opportunities.
MacRoberts secured places on two framework panels, covering corporate and commercial contracts and major projects, after a rigorous competitive tendering process which began over a year ago. MacRoberts previously worked on the acquisition of Glasgow Prestwick Airport by the Scottish Government and the Forth Bridges maintenance project for Transport Scotland.
They have further marked the announcement of their appointment with the addition of one of Scotland’s top transport, environmental and parliamentary expert lawyers as a new partner, in a continuation of their recent growth strategy. Neil Amner, who has moved from DWF, is the seventh new partner to arrive at MacRoberts since October, adding to a near ten per cent increase in staff in the last year.
Further expansion is being planned now that the firm’s appointment to the Scottish Government’s legal panel framework has been confirmed.
The appointments give MacRoberts opportunities to work on some of the most important contracts being awarded in Scotland. They are one of a select number of law firms that can tender for work with more than 100 public bodies over the next four years. This will include fire and rescue services, the Scottish Police Authority and the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Duncan Osler, a partner in MacRoberts, said: “We are delighted to have secured places on the newly-expanded panels because they give us greater opportunities to work with a huge range of public bodies and provide legal support for the challenges ahead.
“Being appointed represents a major success as there was serious competition. We’re delighted that our experience and expertise in a number of fields, including procurement, transport, IT and technology and infrastructure, was recognised in helping us secure this outcome.”
“Neil Amner further strengthens our expertise in transport services in particular and his arrival is significant and timely as we continue the steady growth and recruitment programme we have pursued over the last few months.”
In all, nine firms were awarded places on the framework which is split into six lots – commercial and corporate contracts; debt recovery; litigation, reparation, employment and inquiries; major projects; property; and a one-stop shop.
Over the four years, work worth more than £44 million will be subject to tender over the six lots. The value of the commercial and corporate contract lot is £3.6 million and the major project lot £8.8 million.
Last year MacRoberts, which has offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee, announced a rise in profits and saw turnover grow to almost £18 million. In April it moved to new office premises in Dundee and has doubled the workforce there in the last year.
Neil Amner is one of three partners to join MacRoberts from DWF recently. He is renowned for his expertise in contractual and regulatory aspects of operations and infrastructure aspects of rail, tram, roads, bus / coach, aviation, ferry and short sea shipping and harbours matters.
He also provides specialist environmental law advice including risk apportionment, interpretation and regulatory guidance on water and sewerage, contaminated land regime, waste and operational authorisation matters.For further information, please contact:
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