The spotlight has returned to public sector in-house teams following the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s approval of the first two ABSs for county council legal teams.
Last week Buckingham County Council became the first public sector legal department, in conjunction with Milton Keynes Fire Authority, to be licensed to provide legal services to local authorities, emergency services and charities.
That was followed today by the recently merged legal teams at the London Boroughs of Barnet and Harrow gaining ABS approval for their venture HB Public Law.
Neither of them is the first county council in-house team to respond directly to budget cuts by creating an income-generating model. That title was claimed by Kent County Council way back in 2010, when legal chief Geoff Wild formed a joint venture with Geldards, called Law: Public.
But as momentum builds it’s highly likely they won’t be the last.
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