Law firms reap benefits from increased infrastructure investment

Legal advice is essential for the government to provide public services. Today exclusive Tussell analysis can reveal that recent investment in capital infrastructure has been a boon for law firms in the UK. With increased public investment likely post-Brexit, we expect to see this trend continue. In this time of political and economic uncertainty, market intelligence has never been more important.

Our full report examines key trends in Central Government procurement of legal services, based on our comprehensive database of UK government contracts. In it you will find:

  • a league table of the top providers of legal advice to the government 

  • information on where you need to focus your attention to win more public sector work in the future

  • and much more market intelligence 

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Key findings:

  • More than 400 legal services contracts have been awarded by Central Government since 2015, with a total lifetime value of over £200m

  • This is largely driven by the Department for Transport and its arm's length bodies, who have awarded legal services contracts worth £112m

  • Two firms have benefitted most from the DfT's procurement of legal services - DLA Piper and Gowling WLG. Interestingly, only one Magic Circle law firm makes the top 10 law firms by contract value since 2015
Legal line chart

The chart above shows a steady increase in the quarterly value of Central Government legal services contracts since mid-2016. This includes a large spike in Q4 2017 when Highways England awarded two massive contracts related to PF2 - a £22m award to DLA Piper for advice relating to the Lower Thames Crossing, and an £18m award to Gowling WLG for advice on the A303 Stonehenge. 

Legal services contract expiry schedules
There are nearly £50m worth of legal services contracts expiring in 2020. While legal services procurement is often project-based and thus not necessarily recurring, this does nevertheless indicate significant potential bidding opportunities for law firms next year. Together with the expiry of a massive Crown Commercial Services framework next quarter, now is the time for law firms to be positioning themselves to win more business in 2020.

If the expected post-Brexit investment in infrastructure materialises, our analysis shows that as well as knock-on effects across the economy, this could be a particular boon for the legal services industry. Real analysis of procurement opportunities in the government marketplace is key for any firm that wants to win more business with the government. Our full report drills into this market to provide you with the insight you need to get on the front foot. Enter your details below to get it sent straight to your inbox. 

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