The GSA has launched the GSA Legal Helpline for exclusive use by members, in association with DLA Piper. The GSA Legal Helpline, has been set up to assist GSA members with free* legal advice for generic enquiries related to questions of law or market approach in the strategic sourcing industry.
Members are invited to call the Helpline on 020 7292 8686 between the hours of 9 and 5 Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) and a receptionist will record a brief overview of the advice required . Alternatively members can post their queries 24/7 via this form.
DLA Piper will then aim to have a call with you within two working days to discuss your query and provide impartial and confidential guidance. By way of example only, topics might include:
- When TUPE transfers apply
- How to manage contracting disputes
- Types of contracting model
- Enforceability of limitation clauses and market practice
- What is the difference between "best" and "reasonable" endeavours
The Helpline is free to use for GSA UK members with a view to a global roll out in 2020. Corporate members are entitled to use the telephone helpline free of charge for a reasonable number of free calls of up to 25 minutes per topic. If members require ongoing advice from DLA Piper they will need to enter into a direct relationship with DLA Piper.
All advice will be given by DLA Piper legal advisers experienced in the relevant subject in strategic sourcing. Advice is given by telephone only and where suitable, may also be provided by email.
The Legal helpline will not give advice on personal matters or subjects unrelated to sourcing such as tax nor will DLA Piper be able to advise on the specifics of any deal you are working on without engaging you as a client. Documents (including letters and other written communications) cannot be considered or drafted.
*the first 25 minutes of advice is free. If more detailed advice is required the member will need to engage DLA piper directly. Should a corporate member have multiple queries, then DLA will discuss with you whether it is possible to facilitate this within the telephone helpline or whether a separate engagement would be needed. Terms of Service apply to the telephone helpline and can be found here.