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Partnerships for Schools (PfS) today named Kilpatrick Stockton as part…

Partnerships for Schools (PfS) today named Kilpatrick Stockton as part of its legal services framework. In addition to the launch of a national framework for legal services, companies were named for frameworks for education services, team/partnership development, project and programme management services, communications advisory services, technical services and financial services. Only 12 law firms were selected after a search and procurement process involving over 30 law firms.

The frameworks have been created to support Building Schools for the Future (BSF), which aims to provide 21st century facilities for every secondary school pupil in England through a programme of renewal and rebuilding over the next 10-15 years, with up to half the schools estimated at being new build. The frameworks will help local authorities choose the right private sector partners to support them in delivering the programme. Commenting on the announcement of being named to the legal services framework, Anthony Fine, Head of Kilpatrick Stockton’s Global Infrastructure Group, said:

“We are delighted to be appointed into this prestigious panel and to be a part of this large and strategic initiative. This appointment significantly adds to our private sector and funder expertise in this area. We look forward to working with the local authorities and PfS in making the BSF programme a success.”

Over 150 schools in 19 LEAs across the country will benefit from a share of £2.2 billion capital investment in the first wave of the programme due to begin in 2005-06. Authorities involved in Building Schools for the Future projects will be able to call upon each of the frameworks for the services they require.

Kilpatrick Stockton is a full-service international law firm with more than 470 attorneys in nine offices across the globe: Atlanta and Augusta, GA.; New York, New York; Charlotte, Raleigh and Winston-Salem, N.C.; Washington, D.C.; London, England; and Stockholm, Sweden. Kilpatrick Stockton, with one of the leading Projects practices in London, represents a range of clients in the public and private sectors in connection with major projects, outsourcings, project finance and government contracts. Clients include funders, bank sponsors, consortia, contractors, and local authorities. The Projects Group has teams focusing on key market sectors including health, education, defence, transportation, local government and technology. For more, go to www.kilpatrickstockton.com.

Partnerships for Schools (PfS) is a Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB) that supports the local level delivery of the Building Schools for the Future programme. PfS is a company limited by shares wholly owned by the Department for Educations and Skills (DfES). PfS is a major plank of the Government’s drive to raise the quality of procurement practice. For more information on Partnerships for Schools please visit www.p4s.org.uk

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