News Public sector and local authority ABS news Kent’s ABS initiative: brave but risky By The Lawyer 5 December 2010 00:00 17 December 2015 15:41 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Mark Johnson, MD TPP Law 6 December 2010 at 16:08 A really bold and innovative move for a local authority(s) wishing to trade in their legal functions would be to acquire all or part of a law firm already providing commercial expertise to public sector clients using an ABS arrangement. That would enable them to compete on a level playing field and utilise the combination of skills as a platform to grow a new ‘superbrand’ for public sector work… Reply Link Jack Hayward 7 December 2010 at 11:14 Another imaginative idea from Kent which seems to take no account of the Public Procurement regime.How long before they either get investigated by the Commission or alternatively a public body which gives them work gets challenged over the award? Reply Link Anonymous 3 January 2011 at 13:18 “A really bold and innovative move” – which sounds like something from “Yes, Minister” – worries some of us Kent ratepayers who have little confidence in any Kent County Council risk analysis or business plan. And we do wonder, too, what a Conservative local authority is doing setting up in competition with the private sector. More megalomania in Maidstone is what we see here. Reply Link John 10 January 2011 at 15:51 Mark Johnson, MD TPP Law | 6-Dec-2010 4:08 pm I don’t see why a Council would need to buy a law firm and create an ABS arrangement in order to allow it to be on a level playing field and become a superbrand! Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.