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Kent County Council to cut costs by £3m

26th April 2012

Officials at Kent County Council (KCC) have announced that they are looking to make £3m worth of savings on their legal costs within two years.

The in-house team at the council hope that a third of these savings will be made before the end of 2012.

KCC have named the cost-cutting project ‘Evolution’ and are to introduce a series of measures aimed at reducing the amount of money spent on internal legal work.

Legal recruitment is a particular focus of the council, and they have outlined their intention to shift all of their training in-house before long; it is believed that this should save around £50,000 every year.

Whilst an emphasis is placed on finding new, young lawyers to work with KCC, their legal chief has also assured the best older solicitors that they will be retained.

The council are also considering whether to take advantage of the opportunity that now exists to launch an Alternative Business Structure model, which could be used as another way of providing legal services.