Network Rail looks for full service legal firms to help with spike in project work

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Network Rail is looking for law firms to join the panel supporting it in the delivery of programmes valued at £130m every week.

The organisation currently uses a panel of four full-service law firms and a couple of specialist firms across its national portfolio of work. The legal team of 26 lawyers, led by group general counsel, Stuart Kelly, will be running a procurement exercise for the new panel which will begin in April next year.

Government and the rail industry are investing over £50bn to improve rail for the whole of the country, creating a huge volume of work for Network Rail’s legal team.

With this modernisation programme in mind, Network Rail would like to appoint firms to its panel who will partner the in-house legal team to support Network Rail’s corporate functions and devolved route businesses in the delivery of their objectives for the next funding period (2019-2024) known as Control Period 6 (CP6). The firms will be expected to provide – either directly or indirectly – demonstrable expertise across the full range of legal disciplines and it will be essential for prospective partners to demonstrate an innovative approach, focussed on continuous improvement and committed to driving value for money. To achieve this, Network Rail is open to considering a wide range of delivery proposals.

The process to appoint Network Rail’s new legal panel for CP6, is being led by Dan Kayne, general counsel for route businesses, on behalf of Stuart Kelly. On the upcoming tender exercise Stuart said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for the legal market to demonstrate to us they share our vision of delivering a great service to our customers – that they are forward thinking in terms of their offering and, perhaps most importantly, they want to be our partners in supporting the business to effectively deliver a growing, reliable, safe and affordable railway.”

Today Network Rail published a Prior Information Notice (PIN) with some more information about the tender and details of where suppliers can register their interest in this opportunity. To be involved in the procurement going forward, then please email Fiona.Matthews@networkrail.co.uk by 2 March.