Priority Schools seeks legal adviser

1 August 2012 The Education Funding Agency (EFA) is seeking a legal adviser for its first bundle of schools in the Priority Schools Building Programme, worth over £200m.

The selected team will advise on the first four batches of schools to be tendered, as well as providing advice on the overall programme. It may also have the opportunity to advise on future batches of the programme, depending on its performance.

Each privately-financed batch is expected to have a capital value of over £50m or over £100m. It is expected that geography will play some part in how projects are bundled, but this is not certain, said one source.

Although Grant Thornton and Ernst and Young have already been chosen back in May to provide financial advice on the procurement of batches, the selected legal team may not necessarily know what schools it will be advising on before it is selected. 

According to a statement from the EFA, the release of projects is likely to be "staggered and the precise timing and structure of this release is still being determined".

A response to the prequalification questionnaire is due by 10 August, with invitation to tender on the 31 August and notification of winner on 17 September.

This page was last updated on:
2 September 2014.

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