Our NHS real estate specialists recognised that fresh thinking was required to ensure that PCT commissioners had the flexibility they needed in the Transforming Community Service (TCS) environment. Challenging convention, Mills & Reeve has looked beyond conventional lease structures, developing a responsive and tailored “licence-based” approach. Through this our clients achieve much greater savings than being bound by traditional lease structures.

For example, by abandoning the “zoning” of buildings common with conventional leases and licences, Mills & Reeve promotes a more fluid and user friendly framework.

Our bespoke approach offers significant cost savings:  

  • Work is commissioned under a global framework agreement produced by David Stead, rather than the individual property specific leases or licences traditionally favoured. This significantly reduces costs. To our knowledge, it is the only document available on the market which accommodates all of the flexibilities required by commissioning bodies in order to implement innovative commissioning pathways, contestability and Commission Investment Asset Management Strategy (CIAMS), whilst also giving providers the certainty they require to enable investment in new models of service provision.
  • We adopt a “knowledge transfer” approach, so that (where happy to do so) PCTs avoid costs duplication through joint meetings and knowledge sharing.
  • Mills & Reeve’s client “tool-kits” enable PCTs to collect and input property specific information required for the framework agreement. Ensuring clear and effective instructions for fee-earners enables us to carry out work efficiently.
  • Future-proof, our enduring framework is robust and flexible enough to survive one or both parties adopting foundation trust status. The framework is also ready for the “any willing provider” agenda.

This response is proportionate and appropriate to the risk profile of the relevant transactions.