Green light for county-owned legal services company

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Local government legal services pioneer Kent County Council has approved plans to create its own legal services company rather than set up a joint venture with a law firm.

The new alternative business structure will generate 'a significantly increased and sustainable income stream for the taxpayer’, the council announced today after a cabinet meeting gave the green light to the move. 

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The council’s legal department, operating as Kent Legal Services (KLS) employs more than 125 lawyers and has provided services to some 600 public sector clients.  

Geoff Wild (pictured), director of governance and law, said: 'The company will be able to operate in the wider market without the regulatory restrictions imposed on in-house lawyers and an increase in use of technology and new business systems will lead to more efficient and better working.

'This new contract and investment will significantly increase the contribution KLS can make to the funding of frontline services for the benefit of both our clients and the wider Kent community.

'We look forward to telling everybody more about our exciting plans in the coming months.’

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  • When the word "pioneer" is used nothing could possibly go wrong, could it?

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  • To quote 'Cutty' from acclaimed HBO series The Wire:

    "Game dun changed yo..."


    Or so the ABS Society Gazette would have us believe. Time will tell I guess, although, I find the idea of a public institution turning a profit without serious corner cutting somewhat laughable.

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  • Why does everyone have to have 'exciting plans'? I'd rather see realistic and achievable plans. And is the wait until 'the coming months' designed to make us more excited still? Ooh, it just like it was when you'd bought a ticket for a forthcoming Donny Osmond concert!

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  • Risible press release from a State-aided entity.

    I'd like the SRA and Markets Authority to investigate this...

    I'd love to have Council tax-payers subsidise the building of my little empire.

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  • ..... and if it starts making losses, will 'frontline services' start funding it. How happy will 'the wider Kent community' if that starts happening? I bet that wouldn't be the subject of a press release to the Gazette!

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  • Marshall Hall. I have questionned on here many times, if there is a competitive advantage for Councils having Council Tax payers funding their PII. Private Practice doesn't have this advantage. Strangely enough, nobody has ever answered. Would Frank Maher have any insight ?

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  • "Pioneer" - Someone who risks getting shot while leading the troops towards the enemy. Usually in the back.

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  • Is this not what Buckinghamshire have already done?

    http://www.buckslawplus.co.uk/

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  • @Formerly Inpractice21 March 2016 08:45 pm

    ".....Marshall Hall. I have questionned on here many times, if there is a competitive advantage for Councils having Council Tax payers funding their PII. Private Practice doesn't have this advantage. ..."

    I don't think they have this requirement in the SPCR. They are indemnified through the Council Legal Insurance Policy generally. Any personal liability (very very unlikely and needing to realistically involve fraud or serious maladministration), would also be met by the Council Legal Policy.

    I think the same goes for the CPS and GLS as well.

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  • As an ABS it will be required to have £3m cover under the Minimum Terms and Conditions, unless it is granted a waiver, which is not beyond the bounds of possibility. (cf the waiver granted to KPMG LLP, available for inspection on the SRA ABS Register http://goo.gl/c9wrtk

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