Three companies get new UK government mandate on international trade

Three law firms have been awarded an additional contract to advise on government trade negotiations, in relation to the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Agreement (CPTPP), trade negotiations between Canada and Mexico.

According to an award notice issued by the Department of International Trade (DIT), McDermott Will & Emery, TLT and Canadian law firm Borden Ladner Gervais will be legal suppliers for 36 months, with the possibility of a one-year extension.

The award is part of Crown Commercial’s pre-arranged UK commercial law panel which was announced in February 2021. 27 law firms won places on the main panel, including Ashurst, DLA Piper, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters.

Trade deals have provided a lot of work for law firms since the Brexit referendum.

In September 2020, Hogan Lovells won a £4m contract to advise the UK Government’s DIT on the negotiation of a future UK-Australia and UK-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement. This followed Clifford Chance’s award of a £3 million contract with the DIT to provide legal advice on European Union (EU) trade agreements.

Elsewhere, the DIT is setting up an aerospace and defense legal panel worth £25million, in relation to the financial support UKEF is providing to the aerospace and defense sector .