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ELS (Essex Legal Services) is at the forefront of developing shared legal services and proactively disseminating its expertise and experience to a wide range of public bodies.

Since March 2014, it has overcome a number of barriers to build a team of specialists who now bid for large national contracts and accounts.

By working through the incubator process and building on their skill sets, the ELS team have become known as the 'go to' professional legal experts in their chosen fields; highways and environmental law, child protection, employment law, litigation, social care, property and projects.

In just 18 months, ELS has met all the objectives allowing them to:

  • work more effectively and efficiently to win more contracts
  • compete for central government work
  • expand the team to include 100 fee earning staff
  • set an ambition to almost double turnover to around £15m

The service's varied client base includes fire and police authorities, schools, councils and probation services.

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