Cheshire East Council

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Law firm secures three-year deal to advise combined authority and Merseytravel on rail matters

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Merseytravel have appointed law firm Addleshaw Goddard to act as their principal external legal advisors in relation to rail matters for a period of three years.

The authorities said the appointed legal advisors, together with externally appointed commercial, financial and technical advisors as appropriate, would advise a variety of staff within LCRCA including:

  • Directors
  • Integrated Transport and Rail Teams
  • Rolling Stock Team
  • OLR Team
  • Legal Team
  • Finance Team

The combined authority said: “It will be vital to form coherent and cohesive working teams and ensure that advice and workstreams are aligned throughout the organisation. Given the technical and specialist nature of rail operations, the appoint appointed legal advisors may be required to advise in conjunction with other external consultants including commercial, financial and technical advisors.

“In delivering the services legal advisors will also be required to work closely with members of Merseytravel’s internal legal team and where possible help to upskill them in relevant practice areas and disciplines.”

The contract, which is worth an estimated £750,000, was awarded on the basis of quality (weighting: 60) and price (weighting: 40).

Seven tenders were received.

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