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Legal firms appointed to NHS Resolution legal panel

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NHS Resolution has appointed 11 law firms for the provision of health-related legal services over three years.

The new Legal Framework consists of two panels of law firms and comes into effect on 1 March 2022. The panels will cover services related to clinical and non-clinical liabilities, and complex, health-related issues. The current contracts expire at the end of February 2022.

The first panel (Lot 1) will provide support to NHS Resolution to manage claims under clinical and non-clinical indemnity schemes for NHS members and beneficiaries across hospital Trusts, GP practices, independent sector providers and in support of healthcare arrangements put in place to respond to coronavirus.

The panel firms in Lot 1 (Claims) are:

• Bevan Brittan
• Browne Jacobson
• Capsticks
• Clyde and Co
• DAC Beachcroft
• DWF Law
• Hempsons
• Hill Dickinson
• Kennedys
• Weightmans

The second panel (Lot 2) will provide specialist legal advice to NHS Resolution and other arm’s length bodies of the Department of Health and Social care, covering a complex portfolio of health related issues.

The panel firms in Lot 2 (regulatory, health and employment law) are:

• Bevan Brittan
• Blake Morgan
• Browne Jacobson
• Capsticks
• DAC Beachcroft
• Hempsons
• Hill Dickinson
• Weightmans

Contracts were awarded following a rigorous, competitive procurement process to ensure firms are appointed that can provide a high quality service at a competitive price, ensuring maximum value for money.

NHS Resolution has a longstanding partnership relationship with panel firms on the existing panel which was awarded in 2017 and wishes to thank the firms and their staff for their support during this period, particularly during the pandemic when their agility and commitment ensured continuity of service during a challenging period.

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Notes to editors
1. It is estimated that the annual expenditure, exclusive of VAT, under the two Lots for the duration of the Framework could be approximately £193m per annum:
· Lot 1 – £188m per annum; and
· Lot 2 – £5m per annum.
It is important to note that there is no guarantee of work or value of work, or minimum spend.

2. There were 2 Lots in this tender, compared to 3 Lots in the previous tender. The rationale for combining the clinical and non-clinical panel (and therefore reduce the number of lots) is to move towards a regional model to align with the wider NHS system and provide panel opportunities to support their allocated regions more effectively.