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This year, The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the largest UK law firms by turnover is available as an interactive, digital benchmarking tool. For the first time this will allow you to manipulate each data set against the metrics of your choice.
Fees paid to barristers instructed by the 10 Greater Manchester councils and two Lancashire unitary councils are due to be reduced by a quarter, creating a saving of around £250,000. Costs are being driven down through an initiative to standardise fees across the consortium of councils, with a third party brought in to manage the system. The new system of billing will be managed by FirstLAW, the legal tendering and audit service. FirstLAW will issue to barristers a standard fee claims form, devised by Tameside Council, coupled with explanatory notes covering fee scales, bill narratives and payment arrangements. Tameside Borough Solicitor Sylvia Roberts, who heads the consortium, said: "If all the chambers that the councils currently instruct convert to the new system, the likely saving will be about £250,000. This is based on a total budget of around £1m of childcare work alone the equivalent on average to £25,000 per council."