Addleshaw Goddard has been invited to advise the UK government on all general legal matters, following its appointment to the Crown Commercial Service's (CCS) new Legal Services Panel Lot 1 - General Legal Advice and Services.

The 12-firm roster was procured by CCS over the summer and is effective immediately. 

The new panel covers a wide range of legal advice to Central Government and its associated bodies. This includes areas such as construction, commercial contracts, dispute resolution and litigation, environmental, employment, pensions, IT, outsourcing, real estate, tax, education, health and safety, public inquires and inquests and public procurement.

The AG team is led by Paul Hirst and Michael Rainey.

Addleshaw Goddard Partner, Paul Hirst said: 

"We are very pleased to be appointed by the Crown Commercial Service following a rigorous application and selection process. Addleshaw Goddard has a long track record of working closely with government and the public sector, and so we are very much alive to the pressures and sensitivities of working in these frequently-complex areas. 

"We are also aware that now, more than ever, there is a demand for the best possible advice as the public sector grapples with a number of issues that have direct effects on communities and individuals. Many of the issues facing government, whether local or national, have repercussions for years if not decades to come, so making the right decisions is vital for getting the right results both now and in the future. 

"This appointment is a reflection of the depth and breadth of our experience. We are both delighted at this recognition and excited about the opportunities it offers to further develop our relationship with public sector providers and engage with new work."