About LGSS Law Ltd
LGSS Law Ltd is a ‘Social Enterprise Law Firm’ one of the first of its kind to be established in the UK, we are wholly owned by public bodies and have 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 are 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 100 Organisations across the public and not-for-profit sectors including, Local Authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups, 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 as an; ‘Alternative Business Structure’ (ABS) and became LGSS Law Ltd on 1 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 140 members of staff within specialist legal teams and provides services to more than 100 Organisations across the public and not for profit sectors.
- Positive and enthusiastic
- Professional and business like
- Serving our communities
- Client focused
- Prepared to go the extra mile
- Possessing integrity
- Innovative and bold
- Inspirational and passionate
Since our launch on the 1 April 2015 we have been delivering legal services to our 100 client Organisations through a limited company licensed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, to trade as a law firm.
Using the latest case management technology which enables a ‘virtual’ legal office, we are able to seamlessly deploy the capacity of the entire team to support all of our clients, wherever they are based, providing a level of resilience which is not deliverable within smaller teams.
The team also benefits from carefully developed business processes which ensure client matters are dealt with efficiently and expeditiously. This is reflected by the team having obtained and maintained LEXCEL accreditation, the Law Society’s quality mark, for more than 6 years.
As well as resilience and service quality, LGSS Law Ltd provides excellent value for money which is the key factor in the growth of client numbers over the last 3 years during which the work undertaken for new external clients has grown by almost 300%.
Although our model is business-like and shares much in common with commercial firms we do not have a partnership structure and our office overheads are kept to a minimum through utilising less expensive accommodation and minimal marketing spend.
We believe that this new model of legal services provision fills an important gap in the range of options available to organisations in the public and not for profit sectors. Key to achieving this success is the sharing with our clients of the benefits derived from scale and we are actively seeking to collaborate with more Organisations in order to further enhance our services, cost effectiveness and mutual benefits.
If you would like to find out more about LGSS Law, we would be delighted to visit you and explain in more detail how our services work and the different ways in which we can engage with many Organisations or alternatively for further information please see our Information Brochures