Kent’s ABS initiative: brave but risky

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  • 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...

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  • 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?

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  • "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.

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  • 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!

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