Three Firms Grab Further UK Government International Trade Mandate – Law.com

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Three law firms have been awarded an additional contract on advice on the government’s trade negotiations, in relation to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific (CPTPP), Canada, and Mexico trade negotiations.

According to an award notice published by the Department for International Trade (DIT), McDermott Will & Emery, TLT and Canadian law firm Borden Ladner Gervais will be legal suppliers for 36 months, with the option to extend for a year.

The award is part of the Crown Commercial’s pre-established U.K. trade law panel which was announced in February 2021. 27 law firms won spots on the main panel, including Ashurst, DLA Piper, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters.

Trade agreements have provided plenty of work for law firms since the Brexit referendum.

In September 2020, Hogan Lovells won a £4 million contract to advise the U.K. government’s DIT on the negotiation of a future UK-Australia and UK-New Zealand free trade agreement. This followed Clifford Chance’s award of a £3 million contract with the DIT to provide legal advice on European Union (E.U.) trade agreements.

Elsewhere, the DIT is putting together an aerospace and defence legal panel worth £25 million, in relation to the financial support that UKEF provides to the aerospace and defence sector.