SRA appoints new litigation panel

Five firms have been appointed by the SRA to a Litigation Panel following the first tender process for this type of work.

The purpose of the tender was to establish a panel of firms able to provide coordinated support across a range of different types of service including

  • contested interventions,
  • judicial reviews,
  • regulatory appeals,
  • recovery litigation, and
  • regulatory advice.

A key objective of the tender was to ensure fairness and transparency in the selection of suppliers of legal services as well as to promote equality and diversity. All five successful firms provided impressive evidence of the procedures they had in place for implementing their equality and diversity policies in their daily business.

The firms selected are

  • Capsticks Solicitors LLP,
  • Bevan Brittan LLP,
  • Russell-Cooke LLP,
  • Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP, and
  • Devonshires.

The appointments will be for three years and will replace the previous arrangements where a small number of firms had been instructed on a case-by-case basis.

SRA Chief Executive Antony Townsend said: "We are pleased that the objectives of the tender were met. The firms selected had to show their expertise and act as a coordinated team when dealing with large and complex cases as well as satisfying us on their commitment to equality and diversity principles."

"We achieved our aim and received a good response from all parts of the legal community. We are confident that the five firms we have chosen will provide us with high-quality service over the next three years."

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