Manchester City Council

Cheshire East Council

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Social housing consortium puts up to £70m in legal work up for grabs

Procurement iStock 000002542569XSmall 146x219A consortium of social housing providers is to procure legal services panels worth up to £70m over four years.

The Central Housing Investment Consortium (CHIC) is acting as central purchasing body for the procurement exercise. Between them, the 40 members of CHIC own and/or manage approximately 500,000 properties, located throughout England and Wales.

The framework agreement will also be made accessible to members of Re:Allies Works, which are currently CHIC, Efficiency North and Procure Plus Holdings. The total housing stock owned or managed by members of Re:Allies is in the region of 1.35 million units.

The agreement will be split as follows:

  • Lot 1E: Corporate, Governance and Finance (in England);
  • Lot 1W: Corporate, Governance and Finance (in Wales);
  • Lot 2E: Housing & Asset Management (in England);
  • Lot 2W: Housing & Asset Management (in Wales);
  • Lot 3E: Property & Development (in England);
  • Lot 3W: Property & Development (in Wales).

“The members intend to appoint suppliers to each Lot capable of providing high quality commercial and practical advice and assisting members to reduce their legal spend,” CHIC said.

“It is an objective of this tender that the members will achieve better value, enhanced service delivery and more efficient management of matters outsourced to external solicitors.”

A spend analysis of a selection of current CHIC members established that the legal spend per annum equated to an average of £55 per unit of housing stock.

The procurement is being run by consultancy Kennedy Cater.

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