A university in the Midlands is to set up a £600,000 panel of legal advisers to advise it on the principal areas of its business.
Aston University said the chosen providers would advise and/or represent it in relation to construction and property matters, employment and people matters and litigation.
The university expects to appoint three providers who can deliver in all of these areas.
“It is anticipated that there will still be a need to source external legal advice and assistance outside of the panel in cases of specialist or niche advice and the in-house lawyers will continue to instruct barristers as necessary,” Aston said.
The contract is to start on 19 September 2016 and run until 18 September 2019, with an option to extend for a further 12 months if required. Any extension is to be based on continued quality of service, value for money and Aston’s requirements.
The appointment will take place further to a “light touch” procedure.