Bates Wells appointed to CCS Wider Public Sector Legal Services panel

Bates Wells has been appointed to the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) panel for Wider Public Sector Legal Services.

Bates Wells won a full-service brief, meaning they will now be able to advise the huge range of public sector bodies in England and Wales across a range of legal services from public and regulatory law, through to contracts, litigation, outsourcing, intellectual property and many other areas of law.

Prior to today’s news Bates Wells was last year part of a winning team for the two CCS panels for General Legal Services and Finance & Complex Legal Services where in both cases our Public & Regulatory team are the key subcontractors advising on public law, to Simmons & Simmons.

Crown Commercial Service, an executive agency of the Cabinet Office, supports the public sector to achieve maximum commercial value when procuring common goods and services.

In 2017/18, CCS delivered £354 million in commercial benefits including savings for central government, and £247 million for the wider public sector – helping to deliver world-class public services that offer best value for taxpayers.

The Wider Public Sector Legal Services panel will be used by non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs), regulators, other public authorities and in addition third sector bodies active in the following areas:

  • health;
  • education;
  • local & regional government;
  • emergency services;
  • social housing.

Our appointment follows a comprehensive tender process which took place throughout the summer of 2018. After intense scrutiny only 18 firms have been appointed to the relevant part of the framework: a 3 year period with a potential value overall of £230m.

Melanie Carter, partner and head of public & regulatory, will lead the Bates Wells team. Mandates are likely to be commissioned by individual public authorities across the range of Bates Wells’ capabilities. She says:

“We are delighted at the news that we will be able to act for such a wide range of public sector organisations. This underlines Bates Wells’ established offering to the public sector. We are committed to supporting public sector bodies, particularly in these difficult times of austerity and a possible no deal Brexit”.

“This is a challenging time for public sector organisations as they look at new models and approaches to delivering public services. This appointment will enable us to build new relationships in the sector and work with new clients to devise sustainable solutions to public service delivery in a wide variety of contexts.”


This information is necessarily of a general nature and doesn’t constitute legal advice. This is not a substitute for formal legal advice, given in the context of full information under an engagement with Bates Wells.

All content on this page is correct as of November 19, 2018.