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News 19th Mar 2018

Freeths re-appointed to EM LawShare panel – 19 March 2018

EM LawShare, the largest local authority legal consortium in England and Wales has recently named their panel. Freeths are pleased to be re-appointed as one of the seven law firms who will continue to advise over 130 public sector bodies for the next four years.

The consortium was set up in 2006 in the East Midlands and by 2014 it had grown to five times its original size. It has now also expanded geographically, with members across England and Wales. Local authorities make up the majority of the membership, which also includes police forces, fire and rescue, housing organisations and NHS trusts.

Jayne Francis-Ward, head of EM LawShare and corporate director for resources at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “After another effective procurement process it’s a testament to the consortium and its success that our existing partner firms are so keen to remain part of the continuing growth and development of this unique consortium. We are delighted that for the next four years we can continue to work together to provide the highest quality, cost-effective legal services to our members.”

This panel win is one in a succession of panels Freeths have been appointed to over the past few years. The firm has grown its local authority work area greatly and is recognised as a leader in this field.

Philippa Dempster, Partner at Freeths, commented: “We are very proud to have been panel members from the start of the consortium (over 10 years ago) and we are even more proud to have been appointed again this time. This is testament to the strength and depth of our Public Sector team who are runners up in the Legal 500 Public Sector Firm of the Year Awards.”

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