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A smaller legal panel is appointed

19 April 2013

We've selected a smaller legal panel to help us develop closer, more mutually beneficial and strategic relationships with our key legal suppliers.


We had found our legal spend spread too thinly across a panel of 12 firms making it difficult to develop a close strategic relationship whilst at the same time eroding our ability to gain maximum benefit from the value added offered by many law firms in the market. We have reduced the size of our legal panel without compromising quality of legal service and support to the business, and taking into account conflicts.

The firms appointed will be providing legal support to match the needs of our entire business, but especially in the areas of corporate projects, commercial contracts, dispute resolution, employment and property.

“I was very impressed with the quality of the proposals submitted by the law firms asked to take part, in what has been a robust and challenging process. This has not been about dissatisfaction with any of the Company’s current suppliers.

The decision to significantly reduce the size of the panel will drive efficiencies in line with the Company’s business objectives. I wanted to develop deeper, more strategic relationships with fewer firms to drive better value and a more integrated approach to our work.”

Suzanne Wise, group general counsel, Network Rail 

Contracts awarded

The following firms have been awarded full service contracts:

  • For England and Wales:
    ~ Bond Pearce LLP (becomes Bond Dickinson LLP on 1 May 2013)
    ~ Dentons
    ~ Eversheds
    ~ Addleshaw Goddard
  • For Scotland:
    ~ Maclay Murray and Spens

Contracts have also been awarded for specific areas/types of legal specialist work:

  • Kennedys for health & safety and regulatory enforcement
  • Winckworth Sherwood for public law
  • Clifford Chance for treasury/capital markets matters