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Fire authority to appoint solicitors, barristers to £480k specialist legal services framework

The West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority is to set up a specialist fire safety legal services framework agreement worth up to £480,000 over four years.

The contract is expected to start on 1 April 2020 and run until 31 March 2022 with the option to extend for a further two years.

The contract will be divided into the following lots:

  • Legal Services
  • Barrister Services

The authority said: “The provision is for a legal service to provide solicitors and barristers who are experienced in regulatory law, The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and have a successful track record at both magistrates and crown Court with fire safety cases.

“This multi-supplier framework agreement is for the services of a number of different teams of solicitors and barristers on hand to progress our investigations to magistrates and crown court.”

Both lots will be awarded to a maximum of two service providers. Contracts/cases will be awarded on a rotation basis to the solicitors and/or barristers on the framework agreement along with the current legal service provider, Sandwell Legal Services.

The closing date is 31 January 2020.

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