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Legal panel of Crown Estate up for review

13th February 2014

The Crown Estate is to review its legal panel and is set to make a final decision in May this year. The rural panel currently consists of Bristol-based firm Burges Salmon and national firm Clarke Willmott but both will now be asked to put forward their cases for retaining a seat on the advisory team. 

Clarke Willmott won the in-house legal advisory job title on the rural panel in 2007, joining advisor Burges Salmon who have had an established relationship with the organisation for some time, according to this article. Seven years ago there were double the number of legal advisors on the panel but, since significant cuts were implemented, the next panel review is expected to remain at two firms.

A total of 15 firms work for the Crown Estate across their urban, rural and energy sectors, with Hogan Lovells SJ Berwin and other big firms winning positions on the estate’s urban panel in 2011. With the Crown Estate being one of the largest portfolios of property owned by the Crown, the positions on the rural panel will be hotly contested.