Following a highly competitive tender process, national law firm Ashfords has successfully been appointed by Homes England to its Legal Services Framework. The framework will commence on 1 May 2018 for a period of two years, with an optional extension for a further two years.
Homes England, the Government’s national housing agency, brings together land, money, expertise, planning and compulsory purchase powers to deliver a sustained improvement in affordability.
This significant win will see Ashfords provide legal advice in the following areas: real estate; housing, procurement and state aid, planning, development and construction, contracts, litigation, property, commercial law, banking, mortgage enforcement, agriculture law and environment.
It builds on the firm's success in winning housing and regeneration work in particular for local authority owned development, social housing and private rental companies.
Ashfords is one of seven firms appointed to the framework, which will bring in £15 million during the four year term.
Tim Heal, who led the team on the tender, commented: "This is an exceptional win for the firm, and is a real testament to our passion and enthusiasm in the fields in which we operate and the quality of our team. Our knowledge and understanding has shone through and we are delighted that this has been recognised in our appointment to such a high profile panel. We are very much looking forward to working with Homes England, and welcome the exciting opportunities this appointment will bring".
Ashfords has also been appointed on the Crescent Purchasing Consortium Legal Services Framework for the next four years providing a wide range of expert legal advice across the UK. This appointment will enable all public sector bodies the opportunity to instruct Ashfords, without having to go through their own tender process.