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Published 25 February 2014
Law firm DAC Beachcroft has secured its position on a framework led by Metro, the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive.
The framework will be in place for four years and allows the authority to access legal services covering public law, transport, procurement and funding as well as regulatory, technology, real estate, construction, commercial and disputes (including employment).
Frank Suttie, Commercial partner, led the bid for DAC Beachcroft with support from Judith Barnes, Health, Regulatory and Public law partner. Both are based at the firm's Leeds office.
Commenting on the win, Frank said: "This appointment will help us to make significant contributions to the ongoing regeneration of transport infrastructure as well as the day-to-day operations of the transport authority.
"DAC Beachcroft is increasingly recognised as an expert provider of legal services to the transport sector with smartcard ticketing, transport interchanges and bus operator partnering agreements."
Commenting on the outcome of the process, Secretary and Solicitor to Metro, Nick Winney, commented: "Metro and its partner transport authorities are pleased with the results of the framework procurement. Frameworks are of great benefit to organisations like ours; they provide greater cost certainty and significantly reduce the time and resource required for procurement. We are looking forward to developing relationships with our framework firms over the coming years."
DAC Beachcroft is one of eight law firms Metro has appointed to the framework, which is also open to all Passenger Transport Executives, Integrated Transport Authorities and the emerging Combined Authorities across England. The appointment goes live on 1 April this year.