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Crown Commercial Service appoints Muckle LLP to prestigious legal services panel

Jason Wainwright, Muckle LLP Managing Partner

Leading North East-headquartered law firm for businesses, Muckle LLP, has been appointed to a multimillion-pound UK-wide legal services panel for the public sector, by the Crown Commercial Service (CCS).

The government’s CCS is the biggest public procurement organisation in the UK and plays an important role in helping the public sector save money when buying common goods and services.

Muckle LLP has been appointed to the CCS’s new £320m ‘wider public sector legal services panel’. As the only Newcastle headquartered firm appointed to Lot 1, Muckle LLP will now be eligible to bid for work under Regional Service Provision for public sector bodies throughout England and Wales.

Following its winning tender, the law firm will be able to deliver legal work in the following specialist areas: property and construction; social housing; education; debt recovery; litigation/dispute resolution; intellectual property; and employment.

This latest appointment follows Muckle LLP’s success last year, when it won a place on the national Higher Education Procurement Consortia for universities across England and Wales, featuring on three panels, including the ‘one stop shop’ legal services panel.

The law firm already supports the broader public sector, including advising Newcastle University on several landmark developments such as Newcastle Helix. It also acts for NCG, one of the UK’s largest college groups, as well as many of the region’s biggest social housing providers including Home Group.

Muckle LLP managing partner Jason Wainwright said: “The public sector is a crucial part of the North East economy and it is, therefore, our goal to support more organisations in this sector, whether they are in healthcare, local and central government, the emergency services, education or social housing.

“The CCS plays a vital role in ensuring these organisations have access to the best value support and services in the region, and we are delighted that Muckle has been selected for this panel.

“We pride ourselves on providing clients with excellent service, practical and commercial legal advice and fantastic value for money. As a leading independent regional law firm, we also believe it is important for us to be widely available to our local public sector bodies.

“While we act for clients across the UK and abroad, North East business and community is where our primary focus lies. All our people are based in one, open-plan office in Newcastle, so our public sector clients can be confident of receiving the best legal advice possible with hands-on, responsive expertise from lawyers who understand the sector and our region.”