Bird & Bird Advise Rural Payments Agency on £35 Million Contract With Accenture

03 February 2003

International law firm Bird & Bird has recently acted for the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) on a £35 million seven year contract with Accenture to develop new, more efficient on-line systems to deliver Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) payments to farmers and traders. The project has been rated as one of the Government’s most significant projects.

The project, which was won after a competitive bid by Accenture, will enable RPA to introduce better operations and particularly a new on-line claims system for farmers and traders. The new system will mean faster payments to RPA’s customers and more efficient response rates. Accenture will develop the system in the first two years of the contract and also continue to provide support for a further five years.

Bird & Bird advised RPA on all aspects of the contract. Partner Hazel Grant led the work.

Johnston McNeill, Chief Executive of the RPA said:

“As an organisation committed to improving the service that we provide to our customers this is a landmark day in the RPA’s development. We are pleased that Bird & Bird came on board to help us with the legal aspects of the contract, which, because of its highly technical aspects, required good knowledge of the IT and e-Commerce sectors.”

Commenting on behalf of Bird & Bird, Hazel Grant said:

“This is a very exciting project to be involved in. It’s particularly significant development as it will enable the RPA to take full advantage of the benefits of e-business solutions to the benefit of customers, employees and the taxpayer”.

Accenture was advised by its in-house team.

For more information, please contact Hazel Grant on +44 (0) 20 7415 6000 or Larry Cattle, Director of Marketing, on +44 (0) 20 7415 6156.