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Bid Success for Cumbria Law Firm

Bid Success for Cumbria Law Firm

Burnetts Solicitors has been appointed to a national panel to provide legal services to the education sector. 

Burnetts Solicitors has been appointed to a national panel to provide legal services to the education sector. 

Burnetts, which has offices in Carlisle, Penrith, Cockermouth and Newcastle has earned a place on the panel of the Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC), which has 2,518 member organisations from the school, academy and further education sectors. 

Lots for the contract were divided by region:  Burnetts is one of five firms which  has been appointed to the North West and North East panels, alongside huge, national  law firms such as Bond Dickinson,  DAC Beachcroft LLP and  Eversheds. 

Education law is one of Burnetts’ specialist areas. The firm has been recognised for its expertise in higher and further education in publications such as Chambers and Partners, the Legal 500 and the Further Education Financial Yearbook.  In recent years, Burnetts’ education team has also gained a strong foothold in the schools and academies sector, having helped most of Cumbria’s academies to convert from schools. 

Partner and Head of Business Services Vaughan Jones led Burnetts’ bid team. He said, “A tremendous amount of work goes into putting together these tenders with the process often moving through several stages over many months. Despite our expertise in education, we are always  the underdog in these national contests so it is great to come out on top! The Crescent Purchasing Consortium is a great opportunity for us to further develop our base of education clients outside Cumbria.” 

Purchasing is an increasingly complex process for public sector bodies but most schools, academies and colleges of further education are too small to have an in-house procurement expert who can ensure they comply with the many rules governing public sector buying. The CPC therefore provides a procurement framework for its members by delivering a shortlist of approved potential suppliers whose credentials have been rigorously tested and who can provide members with the best value for money. As well as legal services, the CPC also awards and manages contracts for storage services, insurance and stationery. 

Neale Walker, Specialist Contracts and Procurement Officer at CPC said: "We are pleased to welcome Burnetts to our framework of suppliers.  CPC offers education providers a guaranteed way of complying with EU and UK procurement legislation by putting in place frameworks formed from suppliers who have undergone our competitive tendering processes.  As we are owned by and dedicated to the education sector, we understand its needs and exist solely to ensure that the sector gets the level of service it deserves."

For further information on Burnetts’ education law services, visit http://www.burnetts.co.uk/specialist-sectors/education/

Published: Monday 10th March 2014
Categorised: Corporate Law, Commercial Property, Construction, Education, Employment, Legal Services in Newcastle, Public Sector

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