Highways England is to let a £3m contract for advocacy and litigation services covering the support and litigation of network claims (‘Green Claims’) where the organisation will be the legal claimant.
Highways England said: “The work will include taking claims through litigation on our behalf, providing advice and support on the more complex and high-value claims, assisting with clearing our backlog of in excess of 2,500 claims and supporting claims where liability may be in question.
“This may also include supporting new ways of pricing claims other than actuals but ensuring that it remains reasonable.”
It added that it was looking to appoint one supplier.
The contract will run from May 2020 for a period of two years with an option to extend for 12 months.
“The aim of the contract will be to ensure that the backlog for all Highways England claims has been cleared and that Highways England are able to recover claims in respect of damage to our strategic road network in a timely manner,” Highways England.
The aim is to recover in excess of 90% of the value of those claims.