Don’t grumble, become an ABS

Poo-poo to those who say that legal departments in local authorities are full of fuddy-duddies. Instead of bemoaning further cuts on spending, a growing number of public sector lawyers are taking a leaf out of Monty Python’s book and looking on the bright side of life.

Take the neighbouring London authorities of Lambeth and Southwark, for example. Instead of chewing on life’s gristle, the legal heads are looking at how to make the most of what’s on offer – such as an ABS spin-off – to help things turn out for the best.

This isn’t just chitter-chatter, either. Lambeth’s director of governance and democracy Mark Hynes told The Lawyer that a decision to set up an ABS vehicle will be “fully fleshed out” in the next three to six months. Just enough time for staff to purse their lips and whistle.

So while life in the legal profession can seem jolly rotten, let the public sector show us something we’ve forgotton. The options are out there.


Also on The Lawyer:

  • Some things in life are bad, such as 43 per cent of in-house lawyers who moved to private practice leaving their new firm within seven years
  • They can really make you mad, such as former 1 Gray’s Inn Square barrister Edward Agbaje being jailed for 18 months after failing to pay more than £80,000 in tax to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
  • And, other things just make you swear and curse, like Field Fisher Waterhouse confirming that it has delayed its latest quarterly payout to partners due to the firm’s “conservative” financial approach