Public sector turn to ABS

In-house public sector lawyers are a pretty innovative bunch. No, it’s true.

Earlier this year we reported that the legal teams at neighbouring London authorities Lambeth and Southwark were considering launching an ABS spin-off, something that remains on the pair’s to-do list.

For others, there’s no time like the present. Today, we reveal that the London boroughs of Barnet and Harrow have entered a into partnership agreement with Bevan Brittan as the two councils officially apply for an ABS licence. They’ve won the race to become the first local authority to formally announce the move, despite Kent County Council laying out similar plans back in 2010.

Harrow and Barnet, which merged their legal services teams last summer, are now exploring a number of “mutual opportunities” with their new pal and long-term adviser Bevan Brittan. The firm wouldn’t go into further detail about what these would be, but the ABS application is quite a giveaway.

So there we go. Instead of bemoaning further cuts on spending, public sector lawyers are taking a leaf out of Monty Python’s book and finding the bright side.

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