Outsourcing and automotive experts at law firm Wragge have completed a strategic IT deal for the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
Partner David Lowe and associate Dan Smith have advised SMMT on its agreement with Capita IT Services to develop and manage a new motor vehicle registration information system (MVRIS).
The new contract is worth £11.7 million over five and a half years. It extends Capita's existing deal, taking the part-nership into its fourth term. Wragge & Co worked alongside SMMT company secretary Seftton Samuels and SMMT MVRIS manager Chris Welfare.
Mr Lowe said: "This deal will give SMMT an improved system and provide an enhanced service for members."
Mr Welfare also said: "Although the SMMT represents a vast industry we are ourselves a small organisation, and have relied heavily on Wragge & Co's extensive experience and great depth of specialist knowledge of large outsourcing projects in order to help us achieve the optimum contractual arrangements for MVRIS.
"Wragge & Co worked as part of a team to ensure that the agreement was completed within a fairly ambitious timescale."
The SMMT is the leading trade association for the UK automotive industry. It represents 600 members including manufacturers, suppliers and design engineers.
Collection, analysis and distribution of data about the motor industry have long been important parts of its role. Wragge & Co has an ongoing relationship with SMMT advising on matters including the annual Motor Show and establishing its Automotive Academy. Capita was advised by its in-house legal team.
Wragge & Co specialises in IT and outsourcing work - its experts advising on the supply and acquisition of major systems. It is equally at home advising suppliers PA Consulting on its innovative public sector e-procurement portal, or users Liverpool Victoria on its £110 million contract with EDS.