Lewisham Council's legal team has won a quality standard kite mark although it does not have a permanent head.
The London council's legal department is one of just 12 in the UK to receive the British Standards Institute's ISO 9001 certificate for quality assurance. It spent 22 weeks working to achieve the certificate and says every aspect of its work has been assessed.
But the team's achievement coincides with acting head Claer Lloyd-Jones' move to Brighton Borough Council.
Jon Waldman, solicitor to the council and London Boroughs CCT Lawyers Group chair, will take up head of legal post on a temporary basis.