Muckle LLP has successfully beaten competition from some of the country’s top national and international law firms to win a place on a 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.
This 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 – unlike the law firms that are on the specialist lots.
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.
Members include higher education sector purchasing consortia covering the North East, North West and South of England, as well as the Higher Education Purchasing Consortium Wales.
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 on the panel. Members of the LUPC include London universities, colleges, the British Council, British Library and British Film Institute, as well as government agencies, research organisations, museums and other cultural establishments.
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 says: “This is a significant milestone for our Education team and is suitable recognition for the hard work we have been delivering in this sector. We are absolutely delighted to be appointed as a preferred supplier on the Higher Education Procurement Consortia panel. The appointment will further strengthen our expertise and credentials in this sector and serve to widen our geographic reach across England and Wales.
“We are also extremely proud that we are the only regional independent law firm, operating from our single site office in Newcastle, to have gained a place on the national panel. Now we are looking forward to working with members during the months and years ahead.”
Jill Christiaens, senior contracts manager for the Higher Education Procurement Consortia panel, adds: “We believe the framework agreement, resulting from a collaborative exercise between the Higher Education Consortia, has an excellent panel of capable firms. We are looking forward to working with the appointed firms.”
Muckle LLP is working with Newcastle University on a number of developments at Science Central, a £350 million development that is one of the biggest mixed-use, urban regeneration projects of its kind in the UK. Muckle LLP also helped create a joint venture LLP between Newcastle University, Legal & General and Newcastle City Council, bringing together academia, the public sector, communities, business and industry.
The first university building – the £58 million Urban Sciences Building – is part of its ‘own-use’ programme and is due to be completed this year. Next phase developments include the construction of the Learning and Teaching Centre and a new building for the National Innovation Centre for Ageing and the National Innovation Centre for Data.
Muckle LLP’s Corporate, Banking and Commercial teams have advised on the funding agreement and LLP creation, and members of the Real Estate and Construction teams have been providing legal advice on developments.