The defence body, NHS Resolution, has named the 11 firms which will be on its legal panel in order to manage cases over the next three years.
The annual expenditure, minus of VAT, during this period could be approximately £193m, however NHSR emphasises that there is no guarantee of work or its value. The new contracts commence on 1 March.
Support will be provided by the first panel to the organisation to handle claims under clinical and non-clinical indemnity schemes for NHS trusts, GP practices and independent sector providers. The firms included in this category are: Bevan Brittan, Browne Jacobson, Capsticks, Clyde & Co, DAC Beachcroft, DWF Law, Hempsons, Hill Dickinson, Kennedys and Weightmans.
A second panel supplying expert advice on regulatory, health and employment law include: Bevan Brittan, Blake Morgan, Browne Jacobson, Capsticks, DAC Beachcroft, Hempsons, Hill Dickinson and Weightmans.
NHS Resolution noted in a statement that: ‘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.’
The panel is made up of an extension of the firms selected in 2019, the final time the process ran. On that particular event, seven firms were allotted to facilitate with all seven employed in the new group.