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Who can local authority legal services act for?

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Produced in partnership with Chris Bryden of 4 King’s Bench Walk
Published on LexisPSL on 11/08/2020

The following Local Government Q&A Produced in partnership with Chris Bryden of 4 King’s Bench Walk provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Who can local authority legal services act for?

The legal department of a local authority (LA) primarily provides legal services to that LA. There are numerous aspects of LA work that require legal support, for example:

  1. housing (possession, rent arrears and disrepair claims, for instance)

  2. public law children cases such as care proceedings, and

  3. contracting and public procurement in respect of other services or goods

However, the scope of many LA legal departments has been significantly expanded to allow for the provision of their services more widely.

Section 1 of the Local Authorities (Goods and Services) Act 1970 (LA(GS)A 1970) allows an LA to provide services to certain specified public bodies and

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