Insurance and commercial law firm BLM, has secured a raft of new clients in the past 12 months, with several high-profile public sector panel appointments, in addition to increasing instructions from a growing roster of public sector clients in recent months.
The appointments, including the North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO), the Ministry of Defence (MOD), the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Framework, the Surrey Administrators & Solicitors (SAS) Legal Panel, and the Lawyers in Local Government South West, allow clients to benefit from the varied expertise of both the Commercial Advisory team, which has significantly diversified BLM’s offering since its launch in 2018, and the longstanding Public Sector team.
NEPO, which undertakes high-value procurement for 12 North East local authorities and currently over 250 associate members, appointed BLM to its £60m procurement framework, following a panel review of its legal services framework. The appointment, which spans the next four years, includes conveyancing, litigation, highways, prosecutions, employment, housing and debt recovery. BLM Partner, Stephen Crook will lead the account.
The biggest public procurement organisation in the UK, the CCS, which has over 1,500 members, has appointed BLM to assist its members on property and construction, social housing, debt recovery, planning and environment, employment, healthcare and IP matters in England and Wales, as well as supporting with insurance claims and disputes across the UK.
The MOD has also appointed BLM, led by Partner Jo Francis, as one of two law firms that will handle litigation for compensation claims. Finally, BLM will provide property support to an informal network of local authorities in Surrey, the SAS, with BLM Partner Stephen Lintott, an expert in commercial real estate, leading the account.
Following these appointments, Paul Tarne, head of public sector at BLM, comments: “We’re thrilled to have welcomed so many new, high calibre public sector clients in recent months and look forward to continuing to provide a great level of service across our entire client roster.
“Though these clients sit within the public sector realm, the diverse range of legal support they require means we’ve been working closely with our Commercial Advisory colleagues to provide exceptional insight into each area of the law, from employment and white collar crime to commercial procurement and property.”
BLM’s Public Sector team help to reduce the amount of time and money public sector services spend on managing risk, resolving disputes and delivering public services. BLM’s Commercial Advisory team provides support to a range of clients in key sectors including construction and property, healthcare, retail and leisure, TMT and public sector, as well as personal legal services, such as private wealth, estate planning and family law.