Sharpe Pritchard, the London-based firm of public and commercial law specialists has acted for BT Plc in the outsourcing of its legal services for claims and real estate work. This was the largest legal outsourcing project in the UK market in 2019.
The firm was instructed earlier this year to advise the telecommunications giant on a competitive tendering process to secure a provider of managed legal services.
Senior associates, Raechel Slattery and Rachel Murray-Smith led the negotiations for the firm, resulting in the award of a five-year contract to DWF LLP.
Justin Mendelle, the partner at Sharpe Pritchard who headed the team, said: “We are delighted to have advised BT on this major and ground-breaking project, which follows on from Thames Water’s outsourcing of its legal services.
“There has been a real shift in the way that major corporates approach their buying of legal services; they have seen the benefits of moving towards large-scale outsourcings and we believe that this trend will continue.”
Sharpe Pritchard has a strong track record of advising on major legal outsourcings, having acted for Thames Water on the successful delivery of a managed legal service and parallel panel arrangement in 2018, which was the largest ever outsourcing of legal services in the UK.
 As of 23rd July 2019
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