Public sector lawyers hit by spending cuts in Newcastle, Bristol, Manchester

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  • I don't know about the others, but Newcastle's legal team is notoriously profligate.
    Far too many staff. Too many managers. Favourite law firms who get paid handsomely.

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  • Money Saving Tip #1 - Newcastle Council, save money by not always instructing the city's leading law firm. Perhaps consider instructing smaller firms or firms outside Newcastle to deliver better value to the taxpayer?

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  • Money Saving Tip #2 - Create a legal hub with neighbouring councils. Efficiencies can be achieved through shared process, reduced (and more likely higher quality) staffing and improved legal buying processes.

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  • I dare say that if the tax activities of some of the panel law firm partners were scrutinised a little bit more closely, then these cuts probably wouldn't be necessary...

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  • Huh? Anonymous @2.30pm - I think that is a bit of a tenuous link. Starbucks, Amazon, Vodafone et. al. paying some tax maybe - but a few Partners in the North East paying a bit more tax is hardly to going to get rid of the UK structural deficit.

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  • Hopefully the new Chief Exec of Newcastle City Council will hold the legal team to account for why so much of the worked was (a) outsourced and (b) ended up at Dickie Dees door.
    In 2009 Dickie Dees was paid £237,000 by Newcastle City Council's legal department. In context that is 60% of the savings that need to be found between now and 2016.

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  • Not much sympathy in North East England for legal teams within local authorities after the North East Councils Legal Panel fiasco.
    I assume some of the local authorities will now be shipping out the legal managers who oversaw an exceptionally wasteful decade. Perhaps they'll make use of the clean break to also relet the North East Legal Panel?

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  • They have no right to moan. The people who have a right to moan are the good taxpayers of Newcastle who've paid over the odds for legal services for many years because the City Council has an extraordinarily cosy relationship with Dickinson Dees.

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  • I must say that if the tax activities of some of the panel law firm partners were scrutinized a little bit more closely, then these cuts probably wouldn't be necessary.

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