Pathfinder Legal Services Ltd has launched today (6 September 2021). Formerly known as LGSS Law Ltd, Pathfinder Legal Services is a local authority owned trading company specialising in advice to local government and public sector organisations.
It will continue to provide expert legal advice tailored to the public and not-for-profit sectors.
LGSS Law Ltd was previously owned by three local authorities: Central Bedfordshire Council, Cambridgeshire County Council and Northamptonshire County Council.
However, following a local government reform, Northamptonshire County Council was split into two new unitary authorities – North Northamptonshire Council and West Northamptonshire Council – and both are now shareholders of Pathfinder Legal Services Ltd.
Cllr David Shelvey, executive member for corporate resources for Central Bedfordshire Council, said:
“Back in 2015 when LGSS Law Ltd was created, it was one of the first ‘social enterprise law firms’ to be established in the UK.
“Central Bedfordshire Council recognised there was a need for local authorities to do things differently to secure more efficient and cost-effective legal services, joining the firm in April 2016, following Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire County Councils’ lead.
“Having quality legal advice and support is essential for us in delivering services for the residents and businesses in Central Bedfordshire – everything from social work to highways and developer agreements.
“Some cases are extremely complex and challenging, and their expertise and level of service has been of critical importance.
“We are delighted this approach is now proving highly successful and have every confidence Pathfinder Legal Services Ltd will continue to be recognised as leader in this field.”
LGSS Law Ltd was awarded Law Firm of the Year 2021 by the Cambridgeshire Law Society