Councils join forces to access expert legal team

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Lichfield, South Staffordshire and Tamworth Councils are combining resources to create a shared legal service that all three councils can access.

Lichfield District Council, South Staffordshire Council and Tamworth Borough Council are combining resources to create a shared legal service that all three councils can access. 

Southern Staffordshire Legal Services brings together five solicitors that offer a legal service to all three councils.

Jointly funded, the shared service is hosted by South Staffordshire Council and aims to provide access to all the legal advice the three councils need.

The term specialises in local government law, including planning, elections, property, contract and regulatory law.

The solicitors visit the councils regularly to meet with officers and hold legal surgeries. They also provide training sessions and materials on legal matters, including planning, data protection, freedom of information and more.

Councillor Angela Lax, Cabinet Member for Legal & Regulatory Services, said:

“This innovative new shared service means we can benefit from a relatively large team of solicitors who specialise in local government law while keeping our costs down. It is reassuring to know we will be able to deal with most of our legal questions and cases in-house, saving both time and expense, which is great news for all three councils and the communities we serve.”

Published: 13 March 2020