Decision details

Award of Contract for Legal Advice for the Waste, Recycling and Street Cleansing Contract

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for the Environment

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The Council’s contract for Waste, Recycling and Street Cleansing ceases in June 2021. There is the possibility of a one-year extension within that contract. The Council do not employ contract lawyers. Expert legal, contractual and technical advice is required for what is a complex contract.


That a contract be awarded to Sharpe Pritchard’s for the provision of legal advice on the Council’s Waste, Recycling and Street Cleansing Services Contract up to the value as set out in the exempt appendix.

Reasons for the decision:

The Council does not employ contract lawyers and accordingly it is necessary to engage external solicitors when contract legal advice is required. Waste contracts are complicated in nature and it is appropriate to instruct solicitors at an early stage.

Alternative options considered:

Option 1 - In-house legal staff


The Council would need to recruit lawyers to undertake this contract and procurement legal advice and assistance. Permanent recruitment would take time, delaying the process. If agency staff were available this would be more expensive than the cost of permanent staff and they could leave at short notice, causing a lack of continuity. This option is not recommended.


Option 2 – award a contract to Sharpe Pritchard Solicitors calling off the LBLA framework.


This is the recommended option. There are a number of benefits to the Council, as follows;

·       Sharpe Pritchard Solicitors are already the chosen supplier by the Council for contract and procurement advice

·       They are already fully integrated with the in house legal team and understand H&F policies and objectives

·       Sharpe Pritchard have substantial experience in this type of complex contractual and procurement law, specifically in the waste management arena

Publication date: 16/05/2019

Date of decision: 13/05/2019

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