Muckle LLP has successfully beaten competition from some of the country’s top national and international law firms to win a place on the prestigious national education panel.
The North East’s leading independent law firm for businesses has been allocated the maximum three places on the Higher Education Procurement Consortia. It is also one of only ten firms to be appointed to the highly sought after One-Stop-Shop legal services panel.
It means that Newcastle-based Muckle LLP can offer its full range of services to scores of higher education organisations across England and Wales, without being restricted to particular disciplines.
This is a significant milestone for our Education team and is suitable recognition for the hard work we have been delivering in this sectorTony McPhilips
In addition to the One-Stop-Shop panel, Muckle LLP can also provide specific property (including construction) and commercial legal services through the purchasing consortia framework agreement for at least the next three years.
The win follows Muckle LLP’s successful appointment to the London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC) panel in 2014, where it was the only law firm outside London to be selected.
The latest appointment to the Higher Education Procurement Consortia panel is another great win for Muckle’s Education Team, led by Tony McPhillips, and builds on its extensive experience and reputation in the education sector.
Tony McPhillips said: “This is a significant milestone for our Education team and is suitable recognition for the hard work we have been delivering in this sector. This appointment as a preferred supplier on the panel, will further strengthen our credentials in this sector and serve to widen our reach across England and Wales.
“We are also extremely proud to be the only regional independent law firm, operating from a single site office in Newcastle, to have gained a place on the national panel.”
Jill Christiaens, Senior Contracts Manager for the Higher Education Procurement Consortia panel added: “We believe the framework agreement, resulting from a collaborative exercise between the Higher Education Consortia, has an excellent panel of capable firms.”
Muckle LLP is currently working with the University of Newcastle on a number of developments at Science Central, a £350m development that is one of the biggest mixed-use, urban regeneration projects of its kind in the UK. Its lawyers also helped create a joint venture LLP between the University of Newcastle, Legal & General and Newcastle City Council, bringing together academia, the public sector, communities, business and industry.