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Thursdsy 16th March 2017
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 ordinary 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;
Governance & Procedural Issues at Council Meetings
Code of Conduct & Ethical Standards for Parish’s Councillors
Land and Property Issues
Contracts and Procurement
Parish Planning Powers
Interaction with Charities
Dealing with Freedom of Information Act & Data Protection Issues
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”.
Tuesday 13th September 2016
Social Enterprise- ABS- reduced client fee rates
Social enterprises trade to tackle social problems, improve communities and enhance people’s life chances. They make their money from selling goods and services in the open market, but they reinvest their profits back into the business or the local community. And so when they profit, the community benefits.
Monday 15th August 2016
LGSS Law move to new Regsitered Office
Since LGSS Law commenced trading as a law firm on 1st Arpil 2015. They have continued to expand rapidly to meet the increasing demand for its highly cost effective legal services. Employing nearly one hundred and fifty members of staff, LGSS Law has specialist legal teams provding services to more than one hundred organisations across the public and not-for-profit sectors, including Local Authorities, Schools and Academies, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Fire Authorities, Parish Councils, Foudation Trusts, Charities and Housing Associations.
Monday 1st May 2016
LGSS Law appointed as Legal Advisors by
Coram Cambridgeshire Adoption (CCA)
Quentin Baker, The Director of LGSS Law Ltd said:
“We are absolutely delighted to be supporting Coram Cambridgeshire Adoption in this innovative project which will draw on our expertise in supporting partnerships for service delivery. The Coram group has a long history of supporting children in our community and LGSS Law are really pleased to be involved.”
Wednesday 13th January 2016
Central Bedfordshire merger with LGSS Law
Quentin Baker, The Director of LGSS Law Ltd said:
“LGSS Law Ltd are delighted to have been selected by Central Befordshire County Council as their chosen partner for providing a shared legal service for their in-house teams. The Central Bedfordshire Legal Team is highly regarded by its clients and will compliment perfectly the existing team at LGSS Law Ltd. Merging the teams will create a significant provider of legal services to clients within the public and not for profit sectors and establish LGSS Law Ltd as the leading publicly owned social enterprise law firm. It is an important milestone for LGSS Law Ltd.”