The kindness of Kent

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  • No, they have not "made" money to be put back into Kent. The legal team has simply returned some of the money they charged as fees to the council for the work they did. Kent Legal Services charges the council (i.e. their client) fees as they do not receive any operating budget from the council. The difference (what is described as "profit" here) is simply what is left over when they have done fees minus costs.

    That is not to say that this isn't a good thing. Had the council used external lawyers, the profits would have remained with the law firm. Here, at least, anything above and beyond the running costs of the legal section has been returned to the council. Nevertheless, it is rather disingenuous to us the terms "profit" and "extra cash" (especially as you could claim that this simply indicates they are overcharging the other cost centres in the council in the first place).

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