Kent county council targets ABS joint venture

Published: 04/05/2012

The legal arm of Kent County Council, Kent Legal Services (KLS), has announced plans to apply for an alternative business structures licence in association with regional law firm, Geldards.

This partnership is nothing new; two years ago KLS and Geldards launched Law:Public which provided local authorities access to legal advice. It is believed its ABS application is the next step in its attempts to establish an economical specialist public sector law firm.

Geoff Wild is the Director of Governance and Law:

“There is a real place in the market for a specialist public sector law firm that doesn’t necessarily charge the same as Eversheds, Trowers & Hamlins and all the other public sector law firms.”

He went on to describe Geldards as a “very fitting partner” one that gave greater geographical coverage as well the potential expansion into the likes of utility companies.

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