Bates Wells Braithwaite (BWB) is extremely pleased to confirm its appointment to the Single Source Regulations Office (SSRO) legal services framework.

The SSRO is a newly-established non-departmental public body (NDPB) sponsored by the Ministry of Defence (MOD), which regulates the costs and profits under which qualifying defence contracts are awarded.

BWB ranked first overall following a competitive tender process that commenced in November 2015. BWB will advise the SSRO on three areas: Administrative and public law; Commercial and Employment. The framework will start from 10th February 2016 and will run for two years with the possibility to extend by one further year.

Melanie Carter, Head of Public & Regulatory, will be lead partner for the SSRO, and will advise on administrative and public law, information law, judicial review and opinions and determinations under the Defence Reform Act 2014. Commercial advice will be led by Corporate & Commercial partner, Richard Marke and will include public procurement, contracts and other commercial matters required by the SSRO. Employment advice will be led by Paul Seath and will include advice and litigation.

BWB is independently recognised as one of the leading law firms advising regulators, public bodies and NDPBs with a client list including the Advertising Standards Authority, the National Audit Office, the Compliance Officer for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW). This client win comes barely six months after Melanie Carter led on BWB’s successful tender to advise the Wales Audit Office on a four year framework.

Melanie Carter, Partner and Head of Public & Regulatory commented, “This is a great client win for BWB and I am looking forward to working with the SSRO.”

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Melanie Carter

Partner and Head of Public & Regulatory

+44(0)20 7551 7615

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Paul Seath


+44(0)20 7551 7703

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Richard Marke


+44(0)20 7551 7641 / +44(0)7785 627635

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Posted on 10/02/2016 in BWB News

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