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UK’s largest public sector legal consortium exceeds 150-member milestone

EM LawShare, the UK’s largest public sector legal consortium, has exceeded its 150-member milestone after 10 new organisations joined this year.

  • Nation’s largest legal consortium exceeds 150-member milestone
  • Delivers cost-effective legal services to the public sector and local government
  • EM LawShare has saved the public purse £20million since its founding in the East Midlands in 2006

Set up in 2006 in the East Midlands, EM LawShare has saved the public purse in excess of £20million by helping public sector and local government organisations source affordable legal advice. This has allowed its members to prioritise budgets towards providing frontline services.

Operated with minimum overhead costs, the consortium supports members across the UK from a range of sectors, including local councils, police and fire authorities, NHS trusts and universities. 

Jayne Francis-Ward, Chair of EM LawShare, said:

“To reach over 150-members is a massive achievement for EM LawShare. The rate of members joining is a clear indication of the importance of consortiums such as this, saving significant public expenditure.

 “As budgets are squeezed at local level, we expect demand to rise further. This growth will allow our seven legal partners access to a regular pipeline of work in return for providing more financially viable legal support to our members.

 “Off the back of this success, we have rolled out our new rebrand, showcasing the innovation of EM LawShare and the range of services currently offered.”

 Alongside being able to instruct leading private laws firms at more affordable rates, consortium members can also access over 50 free training courses, free telephone help lines and discounted online legal services.

The latest organisations to join EM LawShare include the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Environment Agency and South Lakeland District Council.

Anthea Lowe, Solicitor at South Lakeland District Council, said:

 “Having worked for other authorities which were members of EM LawShare, I was keen for my current authority to join the framework. The consortium’s offering, including the provision of legal services, training events and ad-hoc advice, represents significant value for money. 

 “The legal practices that form part of the framework all have a strong understanding of local government law and the unique pressures that authorities are facing; this knowledge shines through in any advice received.”

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