Confirmation in the Law Society Gazette (printed version, I cannot see it online, although I have not looked exhaustively) that DGL has settled. In the news in brief section it reads: "Leeds firm Davies Gore Lomax has settled its dispute with the LSC over the body's failure to award it a social welfare contract, after the LSC reversed its decision..."
I am very glad for DGL; but the behaviour of the LSC comes across as shabby.
Post by Patrick Torsney on Nov 1, 2010 11:12:02 GMT
Yes, you're spot on wp. The following is from today's Solicitor's Journal:
Leeds firm Davies Gore Lomax has settled a judicial review of the social welfare tender with the LSC.
The firm argued that it was wrong to deny the firm a contract because it did not have an “approved intermediary” for debt relief (see Solicitors Journal 154/38, 12 October 2010).
Lomax said the judicial review, due to be heard by the High Court in London at the end of last month, settled a few days earlier and the firm had been awarded a new social welfare contract.
He said the firm had also been told it could continue to run the duty possession scheme at Leeds County Court, which it set up in 2004. “We now have what we originally started out to get three months ago,” Lomax said. “I’m pleased with the result, but it has come at a cost in time, energy and emotion.
“It has been a thoroughly unpleasant three months, with instability for all our staff. It should never have been allowed to happen. The whole tendering process was a very serious mistake.”
Lomax said he had received inquiries from other firms interesting in challenging the social welfare tender, and there could be further judicial reviews.
A spokesman for the LSC confirmed that the judicial review had been settled:
“Our ongoing verification process is seeing some changes to existing contract awards,” he added.