Geldards have joined with Kent County Council to create a unique joint legal service offering to the public sector, believed to be the first public-private venture of its kind.
The service will create one of the largest specialist public sector legal teams in the UK, known as Law:Public, offering over 100 lawyers specialising in the full spread of legal services to local Government and other public sector agencies.
Geoff Wild, Director of Law & Governance at Kent County Council, said: “Geography is not the issue any more; it’s about getting the work done effectively and at the right price that is important in today's market with the current constraints on public sector spending.
“Collaboration across the public and private sectors is the way of the future and ensures that clients receive the best of both worlds - the cultural fit, expertise and value for money of the public sector, combined with the business drive, efficiency and skill set of the private sector.
“What we are offering is the ability to handle a large volume of work aligned to the highly specialised expertise both Geldards and ourselves possess at a price which we believe will save Councils a substantial chunk of their legal budget.”
Kent already handles legal work for over 200 other bodies across the public sector, including police, fire, education and health, as well as other local authorities. It is on the panels of a number of consortia in London, the south east and north west of England and has won numerous awards for its innovation and service delivery.
Geldards also act for a large number of central and Local Government bodies across England & Wales and were recently appointed onto the London Borough Legal Alliance.
David Williams, Geldards Chairman, said: “We believe that through such an innovative offering as Law:Public we have the potential to cut Local Government external legal spend whilst delivering a better service using the combined expertise of both Geldards and Kent County Council. For services delivered by Law:Public we are aiming at a maximum hourly rate of £150 which will be achieved through an average of our rates and Kent County Council’s.”
David continued “We believe Law:Public leads the way in the external delivery of legal services to local and central Government and the wider public sector.”