A governance and audit committee paper this month reveals that the bidder will make a presentation to Kent’s commissioning advisory board in early September.
This time last year, the county council endorsed an “outline business case” recommendation that its legal services department should seek a commercial partner to form a joint venture, which would apply to the Solicitors Regulation Authority to become an ABS.
Since then, in August 2014, the first local authority ABS has been licensed by the SRA – Buckinghamshire Law + Limited, made up of solicitors from Buckinghamshire County Council and Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire Authority.
This was shortly followed by HB Public Law, the shared legal service set up by Harrow and Barnet councils in London.
Meanwhile in Kent, the county council issued its tender for a commercial partner for an ABS in October.
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