Anthony Collins Solicitors (ACS), a social purpose law firm with offices in Birmingham and Manchester, has been reappointed for the third time to the East Midlands Lawshare (EMLS) Legal Framework, the largest public-sector legal services consortium in the UK, with a value of £70m. 

Originally launched in the East Midlands in 2006 with 13 members, the EMLS now has a membership of over 150 that stretches across the whole of England. The membership includes local authorities, as well as universities, NHS trusts and parish councils, among others.

This is the fourth four-year framework contract that the EMLS has entered into. The framework’s key focus is on procuring the best available legal services from highly trained, specialist law firms and has had an increase in members across England and Wales and a corresponding rise in the levels of instructions.

The social purpose law firm has extensive and longstanding experience of handling public sector work, led by partner Matthew Gregson.

Matthew Gregson, partner in the employment team at Anthony Collins Solicitors, said:

"We are proud to have been appointed again to the framework and look forward to working closely with our EM LawShare colleagues, members and with other law firms appointed to this panel.

"Our local government and public sector lawyers are renowned for their expertise across many disciplines including planning, financial and commercial matters, regulatory advice, procurement, pensions and employment advice.

“ACS is a purpose-driven law firm with its unique and clear mission of improving lives, communities and society. We look forward to supporting all public sector bodies on this framework, ensuring that they are able to achieve the best outcomes for their local communities."