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The London Boroughs Legal Alliance (LBLA) is set to unveil its first law firm panel, with the successful candidates in line for a windfall from the group’s six local authority members.
The LBLA was set up to allow London borough legal teams to share expertise and to lower costs by using a single panel.
The initiative will be launched officially on 15 October, but it is understood that Ashfords, Bevan Brittan, Sharpe Pritchard and TLT have won places on the 16-firm roster.
Two niche firms are also set to be named on the list: EMW Picton Howell for property, planning and regeneration work and Geldards for insurance matters.
The LBLA began tendering for the panel places in March this year. Since the process began the LBLA has gained a new member, with Kensington and Chelsea joining Camden, Hammersmith and Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow in the alliance.
The initiative is expected to save its members a combined total of around £1.5m a year.
Harrow head of legal Hugh Peart said: “We have a duty to get the best value we can for council-tax payers.
“I’m confident that the London Boroughs’ Legal Alliance will do just that, and I’m hoping that other London councils will now decide to come on board.”