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    Company Name LGSS Law Ltd
    Registered Office Third Floor
    Scott House,
    5 George Street
    Huntingdon
    Cambridgeshire
    PE29 3AD
    (with branch offices in Cambridge, Northampton and Shefford)
    Telephone Number 01223 727927
    Executive Director Quentin Baker
    Company Number 09067468
    VAT Number 206 700 934
    Solicitors Regulation Authority Number (SRA) 618174
    Website Address www.lgsslaw.com

    Quentin Baker New 120Our Story

    At LGSS Law Ltd we have a well-regarded team of innovative and experienced legal professionals who together provide cost-effective legal advice and assistance to a range of public and not for profit sector clients. Originally formed in April 2015 from the merger of two County Council legal teams, LGSS Law has steadily expanded due to increasing demand for its services and now comprises approximately 140 team members who are divided into specialist teams located across a network of four branch offices in Cambridge, Huntingdon, Northampton and Bedfordshire (Shefford).

    We pride ourselves on our client-focussed approach and we have a good understanding of the challenges facing our clients. We are committed to providing you with quality legal advice and assistance that will support you to achieve your goals.  Our Legal Professionals are supported by an experienced practice management team, who ensure that all of our lawyers are able to work more efficiently and cost effectively.  The practice management team also manage billing and administration to ensure that clients receive regular information about their cases.

    About us

    LGSS Law Ltd is a social enterprise law firm, one of the first of its kind to be established in the UK it is wholly owned by public bodies and has a different structure to that of an ordinary commercial law firm. We are unique amongst law firms in that we’re owned by our clients and we don’t have ‘Partners’ which ensures that we’re run for the benefit of the clients we serve. We have our roots in the provision of legal services to local authorities and a significant proportion of our work remains within this sector. However, over recent years our client base has grown and widened to include more than one hundred organisations across the public and not for profit sectors including, Local Authorities, CCG’s, Foundation Trusts, Charities and Fire Services. 

    LGSS was set up as a Shared Service in October 2010 between Cambridgeshire County Council and Northamptonshire County Council to provide legal services to the two founding Councils and also to a range of external clients in the public and not-for-profit sector. In March 2015 LGSS Law was granted the ability to become a company owned by non-lawyers an “Alternative Business Structure” (ABS) and became LGSS Law Ltd on 1st April 2015, wholly owned by Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire County Councils. In April 2016 Central Bedfordshire Council joined LGSS Law as our third local authority owner. LGSS Law Ltd now employs nearly 150 members of staff within specialist legal teams and provides services to more than 100 organisations across the public and not-for-profit sectors, including local authorities, clinical commissioning groups, foundation trusts, charities and fire services.

    Quentin Baker, Director, LGSS Law Ltd


    Our Commitment to Quality

    Lexcel v2As part of our commitment to providing a quality assured service, LGSS have been awarded by the Law Society’s LEXCEL quality assurance standard. The LEXCEL practice management standard is only awarded to organisations who meet the highest management and customer care standards. LEXCEL accredited organisations undergo rigorous independent assessment every year to ensure they meet required standards of excellence in areas such as client care, case management and risk management.

    We constantly monitor our services to ensure that we are always providing you with the highest quality service possible.


    Our Vision

    A client-focused legal team of enthusiastic and innovative people, providing quality, robust and cost- effective legal services exclusively to clients in the public and not for profit sectors, creating an environment in which we are able to realise our full potential.


    Our Mission

    To support our clients in achieving their objectives, we will supply timely, flexible and effective legal services by exploiting the benefits of scale, to increase the depth of legal specialism and resilience, thereby providing a better alternative to private practice and maximising affordability for clients.


    Our Services

     

    Corporate Governance & Regulatory Matters
    Assisting clients to establish robust Governance and decision making processes in order to minimise challenges and ensure compliance with corporate governance and regulatory requirements. Advising on ethical standards and conduct related matters and investigations.

     

    Contracts & Procurement

    Advising on contractual arrangements with external bodies and assisting our clients to enter into the most effective and commercially beneficial arrangements for their business. We also advise on the formation and structure of Companies, Charities and other corporate models, ensuring legally compliant and swiftly executed public procurement.

     

    Employment Matters

    Advising on all aspects of employment law matters including the provisions of TUPE (Transfer of Undertakings-Protection of Employment) as well as representing client bodies at the Employment Tribunal.

     

    Commercial Property Matters
    Advising and acting in the full range of property transactions including the transfer and lease of land assets. We have particular expertise in the conversion of schools to academies.

     

    Planning

    Acting for clients on the full range of planning matters including section 106s, enforcement, appeals, travellers, certificates of lawful use, compulsory purchase orders, minerals and waste.

     

    Highways
    Advising on highways and public rights of way including highways agreements, orders and enforcement.

     

    Regulatory Risk

    Providing advice on legal risks, in all areas such as employment law, contracts, insurance, health and safety, special educational needs, school admissions and other regulatory specialisms.

     

    Child and Adult Social Services
    Advice and representation in childcare proceedings and services to vulnerable adults.

     

    District and Parish Council Law
    Advice on all areas of law affecting district and parish councils.

     

    Litigation & Public Law Matters
    Issuing legal proceedings to protect the client’s position and defending legal actions taken against our clients. This includes challenges of lawfulness by way of Judicial Review, representation at relevant tribunals, debt collection enforcement, enforcing contracts, safeguarding client assets through both the civil and criminal courts and enforcing planning law.


    Our Clients

    We work exclusively for clients in the public sector and provide legal advice, assistance and representation to a wide range of bodies including:-

    • Local Authorities
    • Schools and Academies
    • Clinical Commissioning Groups
    • Healthcare Foundation Trusts
    • Fire Authorities
    • Parish Councils
    • Charities
    • Housing associations

    We understand the context in which our clients work and pride ourselves on our ability to provide practical advice and lasting solutions. Our objective is to support our clients in achieving their goals by providing professional legal services at a reduced cost.


    Our charges

    As a publicly owned legal services provider, working exclusively with clients in the public and not for profit sector, we offer substantially reduced charging options for our clients as well as providing regular and transparent billing information.

    Contact us for further information of our current charging rates.


    Our teams and our people

    Our people work in teams organised around the specialist areas of practice and include Solicitors, Barristers, Legal Executives and Paralegals all of whom are ably supported by our experienced Practice Management team. Our wide range of expertise enables us to undertake work at the right level and cost for our clients.


    Our management team
    Quentin Baker New 120Quentin Baker

    Director of Legal Services

    Quentin has worked as a Lawyer in local government for 18 years. He has held the position of Monitoring Officer for over 9 years and has considerable experience in advising on matters of corporate and ethical governance. In addition he has advised on major procurement matters and high profile litigation such as the European Commission Challenge to the procurement of a developer for the Osbaldwick development in York

    Email:       This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Mobile:      07827 957844
    Office:       01223 727961

    Suzy Edge NewSuzy Edge

    Head of Community Services Law

    Suzy Edge is the Head of Community Services Law & Litigation which advises clients on the law relating to the protection of children and vulnerable adults. Suzy qualified as a Solicitor in 1996 and joined the Council in 1998, becoming Team Manager for the child care Lawyers in 2007. Suzy specializes in child protection and adoption work and has been a member of the Law Society Children Panel since 2002.

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    Mobile:      07917 550897

    Office:       01223 699374

    Jennifer LeeJennifer Lee

    Legal Services Manager (Childcare, Adult & Education)

    Jennifer transferred to LGSS Law when Central Bedfordshire Council became an owner of the company in April 2016. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2000 and has worked in both private practice and Local Authority Legal departments, specialising in Child Protection and Social Care Law. Jennifer’s current role as Senior Solicitor involves advice and representation in childcare related care proceedings and services to vulnerable adults. Jennifer is based at our Shefford office.

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    Office:     01223 729192

    Mobile:    07833 403144

    Michael KellyMichael Kelly

    Head of Property & Planning

    Michael has very recently joined LGSS Law Ltd on an interim basis to cover maternity leave for our existing head of Property and Planning. Michael has extensive Planning and Regeneration experience including planning and highways agreements and Compulsory Purchase (Highways and Housing) schemes, planning enforcement injunctions and Judicial Review. He has considerable experience in a public sector management role advising committees officers and member briefings. Michael has also worked in private practice on a number of TWA infrastructure projects for Network Rail (WCML), for TFL (DLR schemes and the Thames Bridge River Crossing and more recently on Phase 1 of the High Speed rail link.

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    Mobile:    07880 473076

    Phone:    01604 364286

    Fiona McMillanFiona McMillan

    Head of District Law

    Fiona joined LGSS Law in February 2016 to head up our new team working with districts and parish councils. She is a very experienced former Head of Legal and Monitoring Officer at South Cambridgeshire District Council, with over eighteen years’ experience of working with district and parish councils. She is extremely knowledgeable on governance, ethical standards and code of conduct, planning, housing, licensing, employment, and environmental health, council decision-making and constitutional issues.
    Fiona and her team will travel to any council in the Eastern and Midlands area to attend council meetings or give advice in person or remotely to officers. The team is able to provide either one-off ad hoc advice or more regular advice, including offering interim or longer-term support on site for all your legal and governance requirements.
    Fiona also manages the LGSS Law Litigation team and currently the Contracts and Procurement team.

    Phone: 07342 064972

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    Lynne OwenLynne Owen

    Practice Manager (Operations)

    Lynne joined LGSS Law Ltd in July 2016, having worked within the legal profession for 20 years and having extensive experience in practice management. Lynne is the Practice Manager (Operations) with responsibility for all operational aspects of LGSS Law Ltd, including the Operations Team, Legal Compliance and Accreditations, comprising the Law Society’s Lexcel Management Standard.

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    Phone: 01223 715946

    Mobile: 07818 521514

    Kim FarebrotherKim Farebrother

    Assistant Practice Manager (Operations)

    Kim joined LGSS Law in 2010 as a Legal Assistant and worked her way up to be Acting Practice Manager (Operations). Kim is responsible for the operational aspects of the department including the Operations Team and compliance with the Lexcel Law Society management standard. Kim has extensive experience of the case management systems that LGSS Law use and all aspects of our IT system.

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    Mobile: 07768 818173

    Phone: 01223 699364

     

    Jeremy WrightJeremy Wright

    Practice Manager (Finance)

    Jeremy joined LGSS Law in December 2015 and is a Chartered Management Accountant. He has considerable experience in Financial Management in staff-intensive organisations in both the public and private sectors.

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    Office: 01480 379087

    Mobile: 07884 2461678

     

     


    Our teams and key contacts

     

    Corporate Governance, Monitoring Officer and Major Projects Team

    Quentin Baker leads on advice regarding a range of subjects including local authority trading companies and commercialisation of services, outsourcing, constitutional review and the governance of partnerships and complex commercial dispute resolution. Quentin has considerable experience of supporting major projects for which he draws on experience from across LGSS Law to form multidisciplinary teams. Quentin also leads on Monitoring Officer and ethical standards matters and in this regard draws on the experience of Fiona McMillan and Maria Damigos who also advise extensively in this area and conduct investigations into complaints.

    Examples of recent projects include:-
    •    The conversion of a County Council’s governance model from Leader/Cabinet to Committee and the formation of a bank jointly owned by a Local Authority and a University College.
    •    Establishing a combined authority with a mayor.
    •    Setting up a Housing Development Company.
    •    Advising on the establishment of a regional adoption agency.
    •    Advising in connection with a complex grievance lodged against the members of a local authority senior management team.
    •    Advising on the development of a large and complex multi authority shared service arrangement.
    •    Disputes between elected members and senior officers.

    Phone:    01223 728405
    Mobile:    07827 957844
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    Community Services Law

    The Community Services Law & Litigation Team covers the law relating to children and adults Social Services. The team comprises specialist Lawyers with extensive experience in care proceedings, adoption and all aspects of children’s social care and the Council’s duties towards children and young people.  In addition, the team provides advice in relation to adult Social Services.

    Our children’s social care team have worked successfully with social workers and with our local courts on an important national target to reduce the duration of court cases, so that children spend less time in the care system. We have also been involved in setting up a new voluntary adoption agency with the aim of improving planning, reducing delays and recruiting enough adopters for children awaiting permanent homes.

    In addition to legal services, the team provides a range of training courses on the legal framework around safeguarding, to Social Workers and professionals from other agencies.

    Phone:    01223 699374
    Mobile:    07917 550897
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    Office:      01223 729192
    Mobile:     07833 403144
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    Property Team

    The Property Team comprises specialist Lawyers with extensive experience in conveyancing and property management law, planning and highways. The team advises both internal and external clients, notably other Local Authorities and public sector bodies.

    The Planning and Property Team represent our host Councils on planning matters including major highway schemes, planning enquiries, rights of way and village green matters as well as Section 106 Agreements, Highway Agreements, traveller law and assets of community value.  The Property Team are currently acting on behalf of a number of District and County Councils along with other not for profit organisations.  They have experience of dealing with significant property disposals with values of £1.4 million, completed acquisitions of land required for bypass schemes through agreement as well as by compulsory purchase.  In addition, the team has a wealth of experience in dealing with academy conversions, leases, licences and general property advice.  Right to buys are a strong area of practice for LGSS Law. The Property Team are directly managed by our Principal Lawyers Mickaela McMurtry and Duncan Bisatt.

    Phone:      01604 364286
    Mobile:      07880 473076
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    Phone:       01223 706136
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    Phone:       01604 366952
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    Planning team

    The Planning and Highways Team comprises specialist Lawyers with extensive experience in conveyancing and property management law, planning and highways. The team advises both internal and external clients, notably other Local Authorities and public sector bodies, and advise county and district councils.

    The Planning and Property Team represent our host Councils on planning matters including major highway schemes, planning enquiries, rights of way and village green matters as well as Section 106 Agreements, Highway Agreements, traveller law and assets of community value.  The Property Team are currently acting on behalf of a number of District and County Councils along with other not for profit organisations.  They have experience of dealing with significant property disposals with values of £1.4 million, completed acquisitions of land required for bypass schemes through agreement as well as by compulsory purchase.  In addition, the team has a wealth of experience in dealing with academy conversions, leases, licences and general property advice.  Right to buys are a strong area of practice for LGSS Law.

    The Planning Team is directly managed by Michael Kelly.

    Phone:    01604 364286
    Mobile:    07880 473076
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    District Law

    Advice on all areas of law affecting district and parish councils.

     

    Contracts and Procurement

    The Contracts & Procurement Team covers a wide remit from public procurement, contracts and litigation. The team has amassed considerable experience of advising clients on major procurements and outsourcing, and more recently has been advising and supporting clients in establishing Companies and Trusts to undertake services on behalf of Local Authorities. Members of the team have also been involved in the establishment of Academy schools.


    The team advises both internal and external clients, notably other local authorities and public sector bodies including the Clinical Commissioning Group and Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Authority.  

    Phone: 07342 064972

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    Litigation

    The litigators within the team have a wealth of experience in Judicial Review, general litigation and employment disputes and also work with Trading Standards teams and District Councils on criminal matters.


    We have represented numerous schools converting to academies on the full range of legal issues and changes resulting from the conversion. We have also been involved in advising a number of other organisations on large scale transfers of staff under TUPE (Transfer of Undertakings-Protection of Employment). We are working closely with education colleagues in dealing with ever increasing numbers of appeals by parents whose children have not been given places at their preferred schools.

    The Litigation Team is directly managed by our Principal Lawyer Darren Marshman-Stewart.

    Phone:    07342 064972
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    Phone:     01604 362519
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    Practice Management (Operations)

    The Operations Team provide high quality business support to the Lawyers and Paralegals of LGSS Law, carrying out the administrative tasks of a busy office, to allow our qualified Legal Advisors to focus their time and efforts in providing a superior service that is excellent value for money.

    Based across three branches in Huntingdon, Northampton and Bedfordshire the Operations Team operates on a single system and runs duplicate processes to ensure LGSS Law is supported through a single streamlined process.

    Office:    01223 715946
    Mobile:   07818 521514
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    Office:    01223 699364
    Mobile:   07768 818173
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    Practice Management (Finance)

    The Finance Team provide high quality financial support to the Lawyers and Paralegals of LGSS Law, carrying out all the financial administrative tasks of a busy office, allowing our qualified Legal Advisors to focus on providing a superior service to our clients.

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    Office: 01480 379087

    Mobile: 07884 2461678


    Contact us

    If you would like further information about the services we provide or would like to speak to a Lawyer please do not hesitate to contact the Practice Manager, Lynne Owen or any of the teams directly.

    Office:    01223 715946
    Mobile:   07818 521514
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    Huntingdon (Registered Address)

    LGSS Law Ltd – Legal Services
    Box No: SCO2305
    3rd Floor-Scott House
    5 George Street
    HUNTINGDON
    PE29 3AD

    DX:  137872 – HUNTINGDON 8)

    Tel:  01223 727927
    Fax: 01223 717074

    Northampton  

    LGSS Law Ltd - Legal Services
    Floor 1- John Dryden House
    8-10 The Lakes
    NORTHAMPTON
    NN4 7YD


    (DX: 12481-NORTHAMPTON 1)

    Tel:  01604 367139
    Fax: 01604 367167

    Bedfordshire

    LGSS Law Ltd - Legal Services
    Priory House
    Monks Walk
    Chicksands
    SHEFFORD
    SG17 5TQ


    (DX: 153440 SHEFFORD)

    Tel: 0300 300 8000
    (Customer Services)

    Cambridge

    LGSS Law Ltd-Legal Services
    Box No: OCT1001
    Shire Hall
    Cambridge
    CB3 0AP

     

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