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Kennedy Cater Marketplace Sponsor

Welcome to the Public Law Today/Local Government Lawyer Marketplace Portal.

Here you can find the full range of services that public law departments and lawyers need. For departments, this page provides a directory of specialist legal advisers - including local authority legal departments that provide external services - expert witnesses, consultants, training courses, technology providers and much else besides.


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Striking out in a new direction: Setting up an ABS

What does it take to set up a legal services alternative business structure? Hilary Irving of North Yorkshire County Council outlines the risks and rewards.
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The Company Sec in local government

As commercialisation grows, Azhar Ghose outlines the increasing importance of the Company Secretary role within local authorities and offers some tips on how it can be performed.
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One size does not fit all

Offering a one-size-fits-all approach will inevitably undermine the relationships we have with our clients, writes Geoff Wild.
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Personal philosophies

Chris Guy, a former local authority head of legal, sets out how he tried to overcome his weaknesses.
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Aiming for the top

How should you go about securing the position of head of legal at a local authority? Chris Guy shares some thoughts.

Understanding the objectives of clients

What will make your clients relish the opportunity to work with you again: content or delivery? Geoff Wild considers the issues.

Professionalism or mucking in?

“Perception is reality, but it’s the clients' perceptions that we have to address, not our own” - Read Geoff Wild's latest blog.

Ever decreasing circles

Gwendoline Davies, Andrew Northage and Robert Starr analyse the latest case to further limit legal professional privilege.

Service standards or service excellence?

Service standards could have the effect of lowering expectations of excellence when we should be raising them instead, writes Geoff Wild.

Brand values or independent thought?

Does having a proper regard for ensuring the right degree of independence make you appear aloof, arrogant and uncaring? Geoff Wild reports.

Challenge your perspectives …

In the first in a series of articles, Geoff Wild considers how clients assess their lawyers.

Better than ever

Jayne Francis-Ward, head of EMLawShare, sets out the highlights from the legal services consortium's fifth conference.

Helping to define the client

With Lawyers in Local Government calling for clarification of who local authority solicitors can act for, Crispin Passmore sets out the Solicitors Regulation Authority's view.

Selling your services

Iain Miller deals with the question of what is permissible under the SRA's Handbook and the Legal Services Act 2007 for those local authorities looking to sell their services more widely.

Lead or follow?

The number of in-house counsel in the private sector has boomed as the general counsel role has grown in importance. Paul Cummins looks at the lessons for local government lawyers.

Dancing with the devil?

Tanya Corsie of Iken Business explains why you should be using technology to improve your service.

Improving internal efficiency

The LexisPSL Local Government team provide a checklist for a continuous improvement model in the context of contemplating the delivery of shared legal services.

The shape of things to come

Derek Bedlow looks at the implications of the Legal Department of the Future survey for how legal departments organise, recruit and retain their staff.

A short guide to shared legal services

The LexisPSL Local Government team explain the background to and advantages and disadvantages of shared legal services in achieving improved cost efficiency within the public sector.

Can’t get no satisfaction?

What effect have the cuts had on local government lawyers’ ambitions and morale? Derek Bedlow looks at the results of our exclusive survey of more than 300 local government lawyers and assesses the implications for local authority legal teams.

Up for the challenge?

With the local government sector under huge pressure, legal departments are being tested to the limit. Helen Edwards of Kennedy Cater analyses how they are responding.
 

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