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The Local Government team have been appointed to the legal panel for the EM Lawshare consortium over four years from 1 April 2018. Anthony Collins Solicitors was the only new firm to be appointed to the panel and joins six reappointed law firms, on the existing panel, which expires at the end of March.
Launched in 2006, EM Lawshare led the drive to deliver efficiency and cost savings to local authorities buying legal services. It has grown to over 130 members including Local Authorities, NHS Trusts, Fire and Rescue services, Police forces and Housing organisations with members coming from across the country, with particular concentration in the Midlands.
Commenting on the panel, Jayne Francis-Ward, EM Lawshare head who is also Corporate Director, Resources at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “After another effective procurement process it’s a testament to the consortium and its success that our existing partner firms are so keen to remain part of the continuing growth and development of this unique consortium. We are delighted that for the next four years we can continue to work together to provide the highest quality, cost-effective legal services to our members and the addition of Anthony Collins Solicitors will add to the strength and depth of these innovative arrangements”
Head of Local Government at Anthony Collins Solicitors, Olwen Dutton said:
“We’re pleased to be re-joining EM Lawshare as its newest partner firm. Our Local Government practice has grown considerably over the past year with our ability to offer legal support across the range of a council's requirements; we look forward to supporting members who have recognised the benefits of the consortium during a challenging time across all aspects of the public sector.”
You can find further information on EM Lawshare can here.
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