Public sector including local authority - legal services

Stephensons carries out work for central and local government in a variety of areas of law, giving us an in-depth understanding of the regulations and challenges organisations face in this field.


Our expertise in the public sector includes our appointment as intervention agents to the Solicitors Regulation Authority Panel in 2009 and re-appointed in 2012. In addition to this, we are appointed to a non-departmental public body the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) – The Legal Aid Agency to deliver their telephone discrimination law helpline. Stephensons continues to be a large service supplier under the Legal Aid Agency civil contract where we conduct work in the following areas: actions against the police, crime, family, debt and housing, community care and public law.

We have extensive experience of working for local government. Stephensons have been awarded contracts under a number of framework agreements to provide legal services. In addition to this we act for numerous other local authorities on an ongoing basis.

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Our experience in the last 15-20 years for local authority clients includes

  • Acting as agents for local authority legal departments on individual hearing
  • Acting as agents for local authorities in individual cases
  • Acting in a formal partnership agreement for a local authority child care legal department
  • Assuming responsibility on 24 hours notice for a full fee earners case load for maternity cover
  • Providing specialist training to local authority social workers, teachers, nursery staff, doctors, nurses, police lawyers, members of the judiciary and others related to the child welfare field

Our firm has worked alongside several local authorities for a number of years and we share the same values, principles and aspirations as these councils.

One of the advantages of undertaking so much work for local authorities and the public sector and working directly with council officers at every level from director across the board to reception staff is that an innate understanding of the values develops. Stephensons operates on principles based on public service for the greater good of the local community. In addition our management approach is founded on best value principles of better quality services at reasonable cost. The ethos of the firm is to improve opportunities and the quality of life for local people.

We see ourselves as both an extension of and integral part of public sector teams of lawyers and other officers. We are happy providing support to cover times of excessive work flow as well as highly specialised assistance for unusual cases. We share our resources not just in manpower but in know how and training. We provide this assistance free of charge “adding value” to our relationship with our clients. This added value is not just restricted to colleagues in the legal teams. 

We have vast experience of delivering legal services in the following areas

  • Child care 
  • Court of Protection and social welfare 
  • Commercial property 
  • Employment 
  • Environmental
  • Housing 
  • Prosecutions

What others say

"Stephensons Solicitors LLP’s broad practice also benefits from the firm’s large childcare team. Donna Roberts handles child protection matters for local authorities and Philip Richardson frequently advises local authorities on employment issues." - Legal 500, 2016.

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