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Local authority legal depts in the 21st century (2)

In the second article in the series, Chris Stoakes examines the curious relationship between legal departments and private practice lawyers

11 October 2002

Local authority legal departments used to be seen as the ultimate backwater for the legal practitioner. If you ended up there your career and credibility were dead in the water. How times change. The public sector is increasingly attractive to lawyers. Jobs are better paid. The pension provision is an increasingly valuable inducement, especially as more lawyers are choosing to switch from private to public sector in mid-career. But most importantly, the job is interesting because it offers different stresses and demands from private sector practice; and it is a job that can provide greater professional and personal satisfaction. Local authorities are increasingly run as lean, keen, commercial machines. No wonder the former chief executive of one ended up managing one of the UK’s largest law firms. And on top of that they are desirable clients. So local authority lawyers find themselves in the rather curious position of being schmoozed by their private practice confr...

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