Executive Director of 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
Allotments
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.

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Executive Director of LGSS Law Ltd attends Westminster Legal Policy Forum Keynote Seminar

The presentation was entitled;
‘Innovating local government legal services – a case study’

Quentin attended this event aimed at the legal services market, to discuss the current trends, competition and challenges within the professional market place and also the future. Talks were given by our professional regulatory bodies and well as innovators within the profession, of which we are one.

LGSS Law Excecutive Director, Quentin Baker said;
“The seminar session in Whitehall was very thought provoking. It included speakers who were key opinion formers in the context of legal services and was well attended by senior members of the legal world, our presentation got a good response and there was a lot of interest in the LGSS Law Model. We are making a real progress in developing a new model for the provision of legal service