A Scottish procurement body has appointed six law firms to a legal services framework worth an estimated £3.1m.
Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC) is establishing the framework to provide legal services to Scotland's further and higher education sector.
APUC conducts procurement processes on behalf of all universities and colleges in Scotland.
The framework covers a wide range of legal specialisms.
APUC selected the following firms:
- Anderson Strathern
- Burness Paull
- CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang
- Morton Fraser
- Thorntons Law
"Institutions shall be entitled to appoint a single firm to advise and/or represent on all matters of law, which may include some or all of the specialist areas in technical expertise....," the contract award notice reads.
It adds: "This may involve the provision of a full legal advice service to an Institution or may involve working in partnership with an in-house legal resource, providing supplementary legal resource or expertise from time to time as caseload requires across more than one of the specialisms."
The contract is not divided into lots.