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PRICING is the “great unresolved conundrum” when local authorities are outsourcing legal work, London Borough of Croydon’s solicitor to the council Miles Smith said last week. Speaking at the annual weekend school for local government lawyers, he said a substantial part of his local authority’s legal work, which was outsourced to local practice Stoneham Langton […]

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