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Largest legal consortium embarks on new era to deliver greater savings to the public sector

19 March 2014

EM LawShare, the largest local authority legal consortium in the country, has announced its new legal partners who will support the consortium and its members from 1 April 2014. The announcement of new legal partners heralds a new era for the countrys largest consortium with an emphasis on collaboration to drive the long standing consortium forward.

The consortium, originally launched in 2006, spearheaded the drive to deliver efficiency and cost savings to local authorities buying legal services. Working with a combination of existing and newly appointed legal partners, the consortium now plans to deliver even greater efficiencies and improved service through a range of factors including greater partnership working, enhanced added value services and even greater value for money. This will build on the multi-million pound savings already achieved through bulk purchasing power.

The consortium has now grown to 68 members and includes a range of local authorities, housing associations, police and fire authorities and ambulance trusts. Membership of the ambitious and innovative consortium is also now available to a wider range of public sector organisations. It is anticipated that the number of members is likely to grow even further as these organisations come under greater pressure to deliver efficiency savings.

The legal partners appointed include some of the leading law firms working with local government and the wider public sector. The six successful partners are;

  • Bevan Brittan (new joiner)
  • Browne Jacobson (retained on the panel)
  • Freeth Cartwright (retained on the panel)
  • Geldards (new joiner)
  • Sharpe Pritchard (new joiner)
  • Weightmans (retained on the panel)

Jayne Francis-Ward (Corporate Director and Monitoring Officer of Nottinghamshire County Council and the EM LawShare Management Panel Chair) said:

"We are delighted to announce our new legal partners. We have retained a number of organisations who have been involved in the consortium since its inception, and we now welcome three new partners joining for the first time. Together they provide a fantastic resource which participating authorities can confidently use for their full range of legal needs. The relentless financial pressures on the public sector make the benefits of the consortium more important than ever. This is reflected in the growing numbers of public bodies who are joining the EM LawShare arrangements".

Stuart Leslie (EM LawShare Co-ordinator) said:

"As well as offering highly competitive rates fixed for four years, the legal partners will deliver significant added value to the member authorities. These include the free training programme of nearly 30 courses, the high profile EM LawShare Conference, free legal helplines, emergency out of hours support, precedents and a new interactive website coming soon".

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