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Trainee Solicitors

Salary: £22,000 to £25,000 (dependent upon experience)

Who are we?
LGSS Law Ltd is an innovative social enterprise law firm providing legal services to the public and not for profit sector. We have grown significantly in recent years and in addition to our head office in Huntingdon, we have branch offices, in Northampton, Shefford (Bedfordshire) and Cambridge. We pride ourselves on giving high quality, comprehensive and affordable advice to our many clients, who include local authorities, health bodies, charities, schools and housing associations across the region.

We are currently looking for a number of Trainee Solicitors to join our exciting and ever changing business starting on 10th September 2018.

As part of this fast paced training scheme, you would undertake a full time two year training contract, completing a minimum of three seats within different areas of law rotating six monthly across our 4 sites.

We are offering the chance to work with a range of public and not for profit sector clients, opportunities for career development and an excellent working environment. Customer focus is at the heart of all that we do and all of our employees share this value.

What we ask of you
– Hardworking
– Full of initiative and new ideas
– Flexible
– Passionate about Law
– Great communication skills
– A ‘can do’ approach to problem solving
– Attention to detail
– Minimum 2:2 Qualifying Degree in Law or other degree plus CPE/ GDL
– Legal Practice Course (LPC)

What you will get from us
In return we offer an exceptional opportunity to develop your career at the forefront of innovation in legal services delivery. We provide a flexible, modern working environment equipped with the technology needed to enable you to balance the pressures of a busy role. If the chance to play a part in this fast-paced but increasingly interesting and challenging area of law grabs you, we want to hear from you.

How to apply
To apply please send your CV, a covering letter and the application form (available to download from the website) to All items must be present for your application to be considered.

CLOSING DATE: COB Friday 18th May 2018
Successful applicants must be available to attend an assessment day, most likely to take place w/c 11th June 2018.

If you have any questions or queries relating to the application and recruitment process, please contact Gillian Bragg (HR & Recruitment Lead) on 01223 699818.

For an informal discussion regarding the training role please contact Jennifer Lee (Training Principal) on 01223 729192.Trainee Solicitor Application Form

LGSS Law practice management team are finalists in the LLG awards

Lynne Owen and Jeremy Wright from the LGSS Law practice management team have been shortlisted as finalists in the Lawyers in Local Government (LLG) awards, in the category of Business team of the year.

One of their many achievements over the past year was the role they played in the introduction of a new integrated case management system, to bring together a legal case management system with a financial accounting and reporting system across all four offices. This was essential in order to bring all our work together on one IT platform and make it easier to manage our finances and trade effectively as a law firm. Our new DPS system went live at the end of February 2017 after a huge amount of work testing and transferring data from our existing two case management systems (Central Bedfordshire had retained their existing case management system for the initial period). The team that worked on this was led by Lynne Owen, the Practice Manager and Jeremy Wright, the Finance Manager and both played essential roles in sourcing, trialing, testing and implementing the new system and making sure that it worked with our existing IT platform. They worked closely with the wider IT teams and other colleagues at each owner council to implement the new systems.

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 24 November 2017.

LGSS Law Ltd attends The House of Lords New Local Government Newtwork & ENGIE’s

The New Local Government Network and ENGIE’s (formerly known as GDF Suez) presented an exclusive report launch on Monday 20 March 2017 at The Cholmondeley Room at The House of Lords entitled;

Places of Tomorrow;
Making Smart Innovations Deliver for Local Government’

The report explored how Local Authorities can practically utilise technology-led infrastructure, data analytics and networks for better outcomes. Local government needs to become self-sustaining. Technological change is inevitable and provides vast opportunities to enable this. Some Local Authorities are already taking advantage of smart capabilities by reframing their relationship with people and businesses. The report offered practical guidance on how Local Authorities can:

Manage and reduce demand using smart technologies

  Reform the relationship with people to enable change

  Innovate through more collaborative forms of procurement

The launch included a presentation of the report’s findings, drawing on examples of good practice, including the opportunity to hear contributions from key Stakeholders.

Quentin Baker, Executive Director said;
“The report launch delivered by NLGN and ENGIE was very informative and was well attended by the senior members of the legal world”.

New strategic partnership with Northamptonshire County Association of Local Councils (Northants CALC)

LGSS Law Ltd are pleased to announce that we have formed a new strategic partnership with Northants CALC to deliver legal advice to the Association and to be Northants CALC’s preferred partner for providing Parish Council legal advice within Northamptonshire.

Northants CALC is a not for profit membership organisation who provide representation, training and advise to the parish and town councils of Northamptonshire. They offer their members a resource of vital, operational information and facilitate communications at all levels of the Parish network, including district, county, regional and national.

Danny Moody, CEO of Northants CALC and Fiona McMillan, Head of District Law at LGSS Law Ltd signing the partnership agreement

LGSS Law is a social enterprise law firm, one of the first of its kind to be established in the UK. We have a different structure to commercial law firms and are unique as we are wholly owned by Cambridgeshire County Council, Central Bedfordshire Council and Northamptonshire County Council. We don’t have “Partners” which ensures we are run for the benefit of the clients we serve and any profits we make go back to our owner councils to be invested in other council services.

LGSS has extensive experience of dealing with the issues that face Parish Councils, Parish Councillors and Clerks. As well as our owners we also work for over one hundred client organisations from the public and not for profit sectors including a variety of District, Borough and Parish Councils, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Foundation Trusts, Charities and Fire Services.

With our local authority background we are uniquely placed to understand the local government context for Parish Council legal issues and the legal framework in which they operate. We can advise on points of law and procedure in relation to governnance and administration of Parish Councils and will help resolve disputes over a wide range of issues including;

Employment Advice
Governance & Procedural Issues at Council Meetings
Code of Conduct & Ethical Standards for Parish’s Councillors
Village Greens
Land and Property Issues
Contracts and Procurement
Parish Planning Powers
Affordable Housing
Interaction with Charities
Dealing with Freedom of Information Act & Data Protection Issues
Community Projects
Village Halls

Fiona McMillan, Head of District Law at LGSS Law, said;
“We are delighted to have formed this new partnership with Nortants CALC. We have a very experienced team of Lawyers who can advise on all aspects of Parish Council work and we beleive we can offer much more competitive rates than high street firms who may not have the local government experience that we do.”

Danny Moody, Chief Executive at Northants CALC, said:
“Northants CALC provides a desktop legal enquiry service to member Parish and Town Councils, and that sometimes requires the support of qualified, experienced Lawyers.  This new partnership with LGSS Law will ensure that we can deal with every enquiry authoritatively and in a timely manner.  And when Councils require legal representation, for example for land transfers, employment issues or to settle disputes, we aim to help LGSS Law to be able to provide appropriate market-sensitive quotations to member Councils.  This partnership with LGSS Law will provide a real boost to our membership offer”.

LGSS Law Ltd goes ‘Live’ with new Practice Management Software from DPS

LGSS Law Ltd went ‘Live’ with their new DPS system on Tuesday 28 February 2017. Our LGSS Law colleagues are now actively using DPS and this has been welcomed as a very positive change to our service delivery and will enable us, going forward to work much more effectively and efficiently, which incorporates the Bedfordshire branch actively using their new LGSS Law email addresses and Cambridgeshire prefix office phone numbers.

LGSS Law Ltd selected by Flagship Group as their legal services provider

LGSS Law Ltd are delighted to announce that they have been selected as one of Flagship Groups legal providers.

LGSS Law Ltd sucessfully awarded Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Authority contract Following a competitive procurement process LGSS Law Ltd has

Following a competitive procurement process LGSS Law Ltd has been appointed by Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Authority to provide specialist legal support in connection with their employment law. The appointment will commence on 23 January 2017 for an initial term of four years.

LGSS Law Ltd to upgrade technology with Practice Management Software from DPS

LGSS Law, the shared legal service owned by Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Central Bedfordshire Councils, has chosen DPS Software as it seeks to upgrade its technology. The automation provided by new IT systems will allow case workers to access and produce information quicker and easier “thus increasing the speed and productivity of the entire fee earning team”.

DPS Software’s practice management software was selected for both the fee earning and the accounting sides of the firm, which was one of the first local authority owned providers to obtain an alternative business structure (ABS) licence.

Lynne Owen, Practice Manager (Operations) said:
‘’We needed an integrated system that would comply with the Solicitors Accounts Rules and offer us the level of automation we need to move forward. We identified DPS’s practice management software as the solution we required to gain efficiencies and enhance the quality of our legal services.’’

Osman Ismail, the Founding Director of DPS said:
’LGSS Law is a very progressive ABS who have achieved impressive results in a short amount of time. We are eager to witness their progress in the years to come as they use our technology to support their growth. The financial information and statistics provided by the new practice management system will be instrumental to analysing specific areas of profitability and identifying areas of improvement,”

LGSS Law Ltd successfully awarded LGSS – Special Educational Needs contract

Following a competitive procurement process LGSS Law has been appointed by Cambridgeshire County Council to provide specialist legal support in connection with the special educational needs provision including tribunal representation. The appointment will commence in December 2016 and extend to 2020.

Cambridgeshire County Council provides education for children and young people with Statements of Special Educational Needs (SSEN), Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) between the ages of 0 – 25 years. There are approximately 3,300 Cambridgeshire children and young people with a SSEN/EHCP. The Authority has received up to 90 appeals per year. The number of appeals has consistently increased over the past 5 years.

LGSS Law will provide Cambridgeshire County Council with a specialist legal advice assistance, and training to support and represent the Local Authority in all aspects of Special Educational Needs Tribunals. The Council explicitly requires a bespoke response to its SEN legal needs.

LGSS Law Excecutive Director, Quentin Baker said;
“We’re absolutely delighted to have been selected by LGSS’s Special Educational Needs and Disability Services in providing our legal advice assistance. We have a talented team with many years of experience in this highly specialist area and we seek to encourage resolution without resort to tribunal where that is appropriate so as to avoid adversarial and combative proceedings in this sensitive area of work. Our team have developed expertise in this field and we will be exploring the potential to offer this service to other local authorities.”

Formal Launch-New Registered Office

Chairman of Cambridgeshire County Council, Cllr Sebastian Kindersley and Jonathan Djanogly MP attended the Formal Launch of the new headquarters for LGSS Law Ltd on 14 October 2016.

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Cllr Kindersley, Chairman-Cambridgeshire County Council, Quentin Baker, Executive Director, LGSS Law Ltd and Jonathan Djanogly, MP cutting the cake.

The event was attended by a number of key clients and some other notable local dignitaries. We were very pleased to have Cllr Sebastian Kindersley, the Chairman of Cambridgeshire County Council to preside over the formal cake cutting. Above all, the guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves and are really enthused by what we’re doing.

Please see our features in;
Cambridge News
Local Government Lawyer
Huntingdon Post