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The London Boroughs Legal Alliance welcomes 2 new Authorities into the fold

Posted by Tim Morel on Mon, Oct 03 2016 10:56:00


The London Boroughs Legal Alliance (LBLA), which is managed by Kennedy Cater, is delighted to announce that the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA), and the Royal Borough of Greenwich are the latest London Authorities to join this distinct group.


LFEPA has become a full member whilst the Royal Borough of Greenwich joins as an Associate, which provides them with full access to the Barristers’ framework. They become the 18th and 19th authorities respectively.


Helen Edwards, Client Services Director for Kennedy Cater, comments,

‘We are delighted that both of these Authorities have chosen to join the LBLA, recognizing the strength and depth of its offering. From day one the LBLA has led the way in innovating procurement practices and driving through efficiencies to the benefit of their members and local residents across London. With their addition the Alliance will become even stronger.’


All London local authorities are now able to join to LBLA, and access to its Solicitors and /or Barristers Framework can also be considered. Please contact Helen Edwards, at Kennedy Cater for further details on 020 7113 4020 or email

Origin Housing joins HALA as Legal Consortium grows to 12 Members

Posted by Tim Morel on Thu, Jun 02 2016 14:36:00



Origin Housing has become the latest Housing Association to join HALA, ‘The Housing Associations Legal Alliance’.


Now in its 6th year this nationwide Alliance, managed by specialist legal consultancy Kennedy Cater, ensures that members have access to high quality legal advice from its panel firms. Key to its growing success is its demonstrable value for money rates, which typically deliver annual savings of up to 25%.


Kevin Muhammad, Procurement Manager at Origin comments,


‘HALA is a well managed consortium that has a proven track record in delivering high quality legal support alongside cost savings to its members. We are pleased to be part of this ambitious Alliance.’


Kennedy Cater’s Client Services Director, Helen Edwards adds,

‘In addition to reduced legal fees, HALA offers its members a training programme that is second to none. Annually designed around their stated needs, it is expertly fulfilled by the panel firms. In addition bespoke training is also available at no extra charge, which would costs thousands of pounds if bought alone.’


New members are always welcome, please contact Helen Edwards on 0207 113 4020 or email


KC Launches New CHIC Ltd Legal Services Framework

Posted by Tim Morel on Thu, Jun 02 2016 14:36:00

On Wednesday 8th June, Kennedy Cater's Founding Partner, Tim Morel, and Client Services Director, Helen Edwards will host a workshop at the CHIC Ltd (Central Housing Investment Consortium) 'Buy Better Build More' Conference at Sixways Stadium in Worcester.

Their 10am session entitled 'Legal Services - What will CHIC's New Framework Offer?' will explore how CHIC members can benefit from the new Legal Services Framework established by Kennedy Cater and CHIC Ltd that will be launched at this event.

With 38 members who collectively hold 500,000 homes, the CHIC Consortium are a substantial group who have recognised the opportunity a legal services framework can offer in terms of cost savings and value added. With savings on standard legal fees of up to 30% and a range of high value added and social benefits we at Kennedy Cater look forward to supporting CHIC's members in using this framework to its fullest.

HALA welcomes Islington and Shoreditch as its Newest Member

Posted by Tim Morel on Thu, May 05 2016 09:21:00

The ‘Housing Associations Legal Alliance’ welcomes Islington and Shoreditch as group goes from strength to strength


Islington and Shoreditch Housing Association (ISHA) have joined the Housing Associations Legal Alliance (HALA), as its newest member.


This nationwide alliance was formed in 2010 for the purpose of ensuring greater value for money in the delivery of legal services to its members. Open to providers of social housing in England and Wales, it has seen significant recent growth with 3 new members joining since the beginning of the year.


Eusebio Barata, Interim Director of Customer Operations at ISHA says,

‘HALA is a well-managed consortium who impressed us with their commitment to delivering high quality legal services at value for money rates.  We are delighted to be part of this innovative group.’


Kennedy Cater were involved in the establishment of HALA and manage the cost and quality of the legal services provided to the consortium. Client Services Director, Helen Edwards, comments on the demonstrable benefits realised by its members,

‘In addition to reduced legal fees and cost controls, HALA offers a bespoke annual training programme that is incredibly popular with members. Last year 192 delegates attended 11 sessions with a total calculated saving of £21,000. ’

 HALA is always looking to attract new members who feel they could benefit from the services we offer. For further details please contact Helen Edwards on 0207 113 4020 or email:


Haringey Joins the LBLA as 17th London Council

Posted by Tim Morel on Thu, May 05 2016 09:21:00

This month saw the London Borough of Haringey become the 17th London Council to join the London Boroughs’ Legal Alliance (LBLA), marking another milestone in the success of this ground-breaking collaboration.

Established in 2009 with the support of Kennedy Cater, the LBLA has paved the way in the innovative procurement of its legal services and inter-authority best practice and efficiency initiatives.

It continues to lead the field in the cost savings it achieves, and the value for money provided in Greater London.

Helen Edwards, Client Services Director at Kennedy Cater adds,

‘In 2015 our members achieved demonstrable savings on barristers fees of over £700,000 and savings on Solicitors fees of £500,000, representing significant savings to our members and their local residents.’

 Full membership of the LBLA was recently opened up to all London local authorities, and access to its Solicitors and /or Barristers Framework can also be considered. Please contact Helen Edwards, at Kennedy Cater for further details on 020 7702 6018 or email

Follow the LBLA story on Twitter @LBLegalAlliance, and on our Linkedin Showcase page


Membership of the LBLA

The following members are currently benefiting from the LBLA Frameworks: 

  • City of London Corporation
  • HB Public Law (including the London Boroughs of Barnet, Harrow and Hounslow)
  • London Borough of Brent
  • London Borough of Camden
  • London Borough of Ealing
  • London Borough of Hackney
  • London Borough of Hillingdon
  • London Borough of Islington
  • London Borough of Waltham Forest
  • OneSource (including the London Boroughs of Havering & Newham)
  • Tri-borough Shared Legal Services (including the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster City Council)
  • London Borough of Haringey

In addition, the London Borough of Southwark has access to the LBLA Solicitors Framework.


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