Shared services

Mari Roberts, Geldards, Derby

9.30 – 1.00pm, followed by lunch
Presented by Bevan Brittan and Geldards

Today here – tomorrow, the world!

In house teams in a new context – the regulatory framework for the delivery of legal services within shared services arrangements and to external clients

In-house legal teams in local government are showing increasing interest in the opportunities offered by shared service arrangements and alternative business structures to reshape their service delivery and to offer capacity to external clients in ways that were not previously possible. At the same time, continuing budgetary pressures and the drive towards outsourcing services may well compel local authority teams to change if they wish to continue working for their traditional client base whether they have any commercial agenda or not. Led by the UK’s leading experts on the structure of and regulation of legal businesses, this seminar will examines the regulatory framework for in-house practice, the potential pitfalls in restructuring in-house legal services and the pros and cons of the various structures.
Topics to be covered include:

  •  The SRA and in-house solicitors
  • Shared service arrangements and some of the governance issues that can arise
  • The interplay between the Legal Services Act 2007 and the Practice Framework Rules 2011
  • Acting for the ‘public’ – potential solutions
  • Obtaining an ABS licence

Duration Half a day (3 CPD points) including lunch

Speaker Profiles:

Recognised by the legal directories as “one of the best local government lawyers in private practice in the UK”, Bethan Evans is Senior Partner at Bevan Brittan. Her practice area is primarily local government and she advises on governance, shared eservices, outsourcing and JVs. She possess over 21 years’ experience in the public sector including extensive experience in the externalisation of public services and partnership working.

Iain Miller, Partner and Head of Regulatory at Bevan Brittan, is widely acknowledged as an expert in the field of professional regulation and discipline including judicial reviews, regulatory litigation and disciplinary proceedings, particularly in the field of legal regulation, having acted over many years for the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board. He is General Editor of Cordery on Legal Services, the standard text on legal regulation.

Peter Steel, Partner at Bevan Brittan has specialised in advising on all aspects of professional regulation, conduct and discipline since 1998, including presenting cases to tribunals, appeals and conducting judicial reviews and other litigation associated with regulation and discipline, as well as drafting rules, constitutional documents and statutory instruments for regulatory bodies. He is recognised by Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession as a leader in the field of Professional Discipline. He is a Contributing Editor of Cordery on Legal Services and has an MBA in Legal Services from Nottingham Law School.

Kevin Lane is Head of Law and Governance for Cherwell District Council and South Northamptonshire Council. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1983 and has spent almost his entire career in the public sector. He has led the legal team at South Northamptonshire Council, and managed various other support services there, since 1994. He previously worked as a member of the legal teams at Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council and Coventry City Council. In 2011 he was appointed to the newly created joint management team for Cherwe ll and South Northamptonshire District Councils as Head of Law and Governance. He has been a monitoring officer since the late 1990’s. In 2012/13 he also acted as the interim monitoring officer for Stratford on Avon District Council for just over a year. Kevin currently manages a shared democratic/elections team but separate legal teams for Cherwell and South Northamptonshire.

Mark Johnson, Partner at Geldards has over 20 years’ experience as a commercial solicitor. Training and qualifying with City firms, he established a new model legal practice in 2001 focused on public-private partnerships, public sector outsourcing and new delivery models for public services. In 2011, he obtained one of the first wave of ABS licences for the practice. In 2013 the practice was acquired by national law firm Geldards to become part of a wider group focused on public services. He has completed the Harvard Business School programme in Strategy and Leadership in Professional Services.

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