Birmingham legal chief facing redundancy as part of reorganisation

Mirza Ahmad

Ahmad’s position is one of around 10 high-level roles thought to be under review at the UK’s largest local authority as part of a planned restructuring that aims to take £1.4m out of the cost base.

Under the revamped structure it is expected that four new senior positions would be created, including a strategic director of resources, which would incorporate aspects of Ahmad’s current remit together with other responsibilities.

This comes after BCC overhauled its legal panel, making it open to 38 authorities (4 January 2010). This saw the total number of appointees slashed from 21 to 12 and the combined number of sub-panels reduced. At the same time the total legal spend increased by £1m.

The restructuring is expected to complete by May this year.