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Brodies appointed to legal panel for London Universities Purchasing Consortium

Brodies' chairman Christine O'Neill QC

UK and leading Scottish law firm, @BrodiesLLP has been appointed to the London Universities Purchasing Consortium’s (@LUPConsortium) legal services framework agreement, to provide legal support to consortia members across England and Wales.

17 law firms were appointed across four lots, with Brodies being one of two firms to secure appointment to three of the lots:

  1. Commercial services
  2. Dispute resolution and
  3. Human resources.

The LUPC supports consortia members in the procurement of goods and services, with its membership extending to universities and colleges, as well as museums, libraries, research institutes, and organisations operating in science and the arts. 

The appointments are on an initial three-year basis, with the option to extend for an additional 12 months.

Brodies’ chairman Christine O’Neill QC, said:

“We are proud to have the opportunity to provide support in three specialist areas for the LUPC’s framework. This appointment is evidence of the experience of our lawyers in the education sector and our reputation in the market for providing excellent advice and helping clients to adapt to new ways of working. 

“In the past 18 months, organisations have had to implement accelerated and significant changes to how they work, which has itself created new and unique challenges. We look forward to working with the LUPC’s members to help them navigate the long and short term issues – and opportunities – that arise for their people and their operations.”  

Browne Jacobson appointed to prestigious London Universities Purchasing Consortium legal panel 

Bettina Rigg, Head of Higher Education at Browne Jacobson

24th Jun 2021: Browne Jacobson has been appointed to the London Universities Purchasing Consortium’s (LUPC) national legal services framework agreement.

Browne Jacobson was one of only two firms amongst the 17 firms appointed this year to provide legal support across three specialist areas:

  1. Commercial services
  2. Dispute resolution and
  3. Human resources

The appointment will run for an initial three year period, with the option to extend for a further 12 months.

The LUPC is a not-for-profit organisation whose purpose is to achieve value for money in the procurement of goods and services for its members which include universities, colleges, research organisations, galleries, libraries, arts and museums in England and Wales.

As part of the appointment Browne Jacobson will also be able to provide legal services to members of :

  • North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium (NEUPC),
  • North Western Universities Purchasing Consortium (NWUPC),
  • Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC), and
  • Higher Education Purchasing Consortium Wales (HEPCW).

Bettina Rigg, Head of Higher Education at Browne Jacobson, said:

“We are delighted to have won a place on this prestigious panel for the first time, following a highly competitive tender process.

“The appointment endorses the strength of our legal expertise and knowledge across a number of key practice specialisms.

“It also builds on our portfolio of impressive clients in the higher and further education space and we look forward to working with members over the next three years and supporting them on the unique set of opportunities and challenges they face.”

Browne Jacobson has extensive experience in the education sector, advising a range of providers and suppliers, including universities, colleges, maintained schools, academies and academy trusts.

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