Historic England plans to appoint a panel of firms capable of providing quality advice and services across a broad spectrum of types of legal work, worth an estimated £1m over four years.
The organisation said the legal advice would in particular cover:
- Planning law – “with an emphasis on the law relating to the historic built environment, planning inquiry work and possible heritage crime casework such as prosecutions”
- Property law – “particularly all aspects of property management including general residential commercial and agricultural letting and licensing as well as knowledge of specialist areas such as guardianship property held on trust and Crown Estate property”
- Commercial – "a wide range of contracts, licenses, etc"
- Intellectual Property – "including IT, trademarks, software and data protection"
- Employment and Pensions
- Defendant Personal Injury
- Commercial Litigation
- Judicial Review
- Tax Law
The contract is expected to start on 1 September 2017 and run until 31 August 2021.