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The news today that Manchester, Newcastle and Bristol City Councils have all embarked upon ambitious three-year budget-cutting strategies has revealed exactly how much pressure is being placed on each council body to slash its legal spend.
Bristol City Council, for example, which had a net budget of £6.37m in 2012/13, is being tasked with saving £230,000 this year alone as the budget calls for a “decreased spend on external legal support”.
Bristol has already seen the departure of legal head Stephen McNamara, who joined Veale Wasbrough Vizards in December after an in-house legal adviser at the authority, Edward Reynolds, made the same move in July last year. And now the council needs to reduce its spending by £65m over the next three years.
And it’s not just councils that are looking for new ways to slash their bills. Balfour Beatty is on the verge of signing a deal with Pinsent Masons to make it the construction giant’s sole external legal provider in at least some areas in a bid to cut costs.