The Legal and Governance function within public sector organisations remains to this day, key to the achievement of their strategic goals and their fundamental operational processes.
The core role of the legal department within an organisation such as a Local Authority, is to provide corporate and operational advice taking into account all legal implications and to support the organisation for the benefit of the community that the council supports and serves. This assistance is routinely required and further emphasises the importance of a well-equipped legal service.
Following a number of years of austerity cuts and reductions in legal budgets for Local Authorities, an increasing number of councils are attempting to compensate for this by utilising various methods to generate income. One example of this includes using the Local Authorities Act 1970, which allows councils to supply legal services to any other public body for a fee, which in turn provides a resolution to other struggling organisations who require legal advice but do not have the resources in-house. Secondly, other local authorities have in the past further expanded on this by forming an Alternative Business Structure (ABS), in order to increase the variety of clients they are able to support.
With an everchanging landscape within local government, legal departments across the UK often face skills shortages to fulfil the demands on their legal service and we aim to make a significant difference to organisations that we work with by providing a solution to resolve this. We assist several Local Authorities in sourcing highly talented, experienced professionals who can undertake interim roles with a clear focus on helping deliver these vital services.
However, we do not just fill interim positions for our clients as we work with you to create long-term resourcing solutions by helping you secure top legal talent for permanent appointments.
As such, we can provide support in the following areas:
Adult Social Care and Mental Health
GDPR, Data Protection & Freedom of Information
Litigation- Civil, Housing and Prosecutions
Property – Commercial and Residential
Planning and Highways