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North East councils reveal first joint panel

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  • For one firm it is clear that putting barely concealed threats in the local newspaper has paid dividends...

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  • This exercise should have ensured best value legal services for Newcastle's taxpayers. Unfortunately the same Geordie's gentleman's club mentality kicked in and the same firms as usual won the work. In my view, if your brother is a partner in one of the firms or your married to one of the tendering organisations you are under a duty to step out of proceedings.

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  • I work in one of the councils and we are very uneasy about what has happened.

    "Keeping it in the family" does not sit well with value for money .

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  • The new Government would do well to look into what happened to select at least one firm listed above.
    This wasn't value for money.
    It's not fair when one firm is pre-selected.
    I'm waiting for an MP to ask a very difficult question. Heads will roll and it'll be seen that this process was like something from Get Carter.
    Or maybe one of the firms who missed out? Or maybe a disgruntled employee? Or maybe a journalist will scratch beneath the surface. The first comment is just the first layer in a process that means the Council Tax payers are forking out more for legal services than they should...

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