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Wanted: legal adviser for Parliamentary estate

The government has announced a £7.5m contract over four years, to appoint a single supplier provide planning law advice on the Parliamentary estate.

Parliament’s strategic estates arm delivers capital investment across a portfolio of more than 30 buildings, including 7% which are listed. Two buildings are Grade I listed - The
Palace of Westminster and Norman Shaw North.

The procurement exercise is being run by the Corporate Officers of the Houses of Lords
Commons. The successful supplier will support the strategic estates arm on major
capital projects and capital maintenance works, including the restoration of the Palace
of Westminster and the Northern Estate Programme.

The contract aims to establish an estate wide service and to promote a joined up,
holistic approach to all legal matters.

Areas requiring advice will include planning and highways procedures (including traffic
regulation orders); heritage issues including conservation areas, listed buildings and
world heritage site issues; environmental impact assessment; the community
infrastructure levy; compulsory purchase and compensation; dealing with judicial
reviews and other legal challenges; Freedom of Information Act and Environmental
Information Regulations 2004 requests and other topics as required.

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