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2019 Legal Department of the Future survey out now

Posted by Tim Morel on Tue, Nov 26 2019 10:03:00

Once again we have teamed up with Local Government Lawyer Magazine to support the 2019 Legal Department of the Future survey. This significant research involves gathering the views of hundreds of public sector lawyers. It examines their response to current challenges affecting local government and other public sector legal teams, including their career and development prospects, morale, and work-load, to name a few. It also aims to examine what steps employers can take to address the concerns that may emerge.

Kennedy Cater Director, Tim Morel, has written an insightful article on p36 of the survey, which examines the data in context of previous surveys, and notes how the use of frameworks can provide a valuable tool in the arsenals of local authoriy legal teams.

Read Tim's article here:

The full survey and results are available using the following link:

LBLA Welcomes Bexley

Posted by Tim Morel on Fri, Sep 06 2019 15:15:00

Since its formation in 2009, the London Boroughs' Legal Alliance has experienced consistent growth and are now delighted to welcome the London Borough of Bexley to its ranks.

With the addition of Bexley, membership of this dynamic Alliance has now reached 22 and the Solicitors and Barristers' frameworks have a combined annual legal spend in the region of £12 million.

Kennedy Cater has managed this legal framework since the very beginning and we are delighted to see new members joining what has proved to be a very dynamic group of London Authorities who together are committed to reducing their legal spend, without compromising quality.

Welcome to the London Borough of Bexley - we look forward to working with you.


HALA Membership Grows to 22

Posted by Tim Morel on Wed, Jul 10 2019 14:41:00

HALA, The Housing Associations Legal Alliance, welcomes another two members which sees the group grow to 22.

Based in Enfield, Christian Action Housing has been serving the residents of North London for over 50 years. From small beginnings when members of local churches came together to provide accomodation for homeless single people, Christian Action is now a social landlord that provides mainly rented accomodation across Enfield, Barnet, Harringey and Waltham Forest., housing over 1,590 tenants. 

MHS Homes Group based in Chatham, are the largest independent social landlord in the UK. They have been operating for 25 years and own and manage over 10,000 homes in the Medway, Maidstone, Gravesham, Dartford and Tonbridge and Malling areas of Kent. Their belief is that everyone needs a decent home.

Formed in 2010 HALA ensures that it's members make significant savings on a huge range of legal fees. This in addition to many additional free of charge benefits including, legal training, social value benefits such as work experience/placements for residents, drop in surgeries, legal updates and crucially, the sharing of relevant advice between members.

Kennedy Cater closely manage the framework, undertaking annual law firm asessments and ad hoc checking of bills to ensure adherence to the stated rates.



KC Sponsor Legal Department of the Future Survey

Posted by Tim Morel on Mon, Jun 10 2019 12:45:00

Kennedy Cater are proud to once again sponsor Local Government Lawyer Magazines Legal Department of the Future survey. Hundreds of public sector lawyers have taken part in the survey which examines how changes to the structure of local government and other public sector legal teams is affecting lawyers' career and development prospects and their morale and attitudes in general. It also aims to examine what steps employers can take to address the concerns that may emerge.

In addition we are also sponsoring an additional survey of legal department management, to ascertain the future size, shape and direction of public sector in-house legal teams.

The results will be analysed and discussed at a roundtable event, attended by KC Director, Tim Morel, at the Dickens Museum, London on 25th June and will be published in Local Government Lawyer (LGL), Public Law Today and on here on our website. For the latest copy of the LGL Newsletter and Marketplace, sponsored by Kennedy Cater, click here

Free Legal Surgeries at CHIC Conference 2019

Posted by Tim Morel on Tue, Jun 04 2019 10:34:00

Wright Hassal, Clarke Willmot and Anthony Collins Solicitors are 3 firms from The Central Housing and Investment Consortiums (CHICs) specialist legal services framework, who are generously providing FREE legal surgery sessions at CHICs Annual Conference which takes place on 12th June at Sixways Stadium, Worcester.

The framework which includes a panel of the country's leading specialist law firms was established and is now managed by Kennedy Cater. It offers more than 200 fixed-fee deals plus hourly rates at an average 30% discount on firms’ standard charges. 

Twenty minute sessions on Housing Management, Procurement and Property & Development can be booked here:


Procurement Law

Rebecca Powell – Clarke Willmott

The procurement law surgery is an opportunity for attendees to seek practical advice on all aspects of the procurement regulations. Attendees can benefit from advice in areas such as:

  • Single source procurements
  • Availability of procurement documents
  • Selection questions
  • Best practice at award stage
  • Equal treatment and transparency considerations
  • Standstill queries
  • Substantial change
  • Use of frameworks


Housing Management 

Mary Rouse – Wright Hassall

Delegates are invited to consult with Mary on any tenancy related matter including:

  • Fixed term tenancies – how to avoid effectively creating an assured tenancy at the end of the fixed term
  • Assignments, succession, mutual exchange queries
  • Ensuring compliance with the Tenancy Standard
  • How to end a tenancy after abandonment or death of tenant
  • The Private Rented Sector – advice for social landlords dipping their toe into this market
  • Rent reviews
  • Shared ownership – action for rent arrears
  • Recovering former tenant arrears
  • Any other tenancy related matter


Property & Development

Laura Moore & Emma Holmes – Anthony Collins Solicitors

ACS have a wealth of experience in advising social housing providers and in this surgery, delegates will be able to discuss issues such as: 

  • Commercial and residential leases and management agreements 
  • Commercial arrangements (shops, offices, telecomms)
  • Covenants on property titles (and how to deal with them)
  • Right to buy
  • Large scale stock rationalisation
  • Ad hoc stock acquisitions and disposals 
  • Meeting the regulator’s requirements on disposals
  • Auction sales 
  • Development of new units 


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