Decision details

Barristers Framework

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Finance and Performance

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Legal Services instruct barristers on behalf of client departments for a range of legal work including housing and general litigation, planning litigation and child-care proceedings as well as others. Since 2012 Lambeth and Southwark have operated a joint barristers’ framework, and this will expire on 31 August 2020.

The Council now seeks to access another existing framework over the coming four years to enable Legal Services’ officers to instruct barristers and ensure continuity of business.


1.         To approve the Council joining the London Boroughs’ Legal Alliance (LBLA) as an associated member to enable use of their barrister framework to provide barrister services to the Council for the period 1 September 2020 to 31 December 2024 at an estimated value of £4m. Please note details of individual providers (chambers) in Appendix A.


2.         To approve the Council entering into an access agreement with the City of London Corporation for participation in the LBLA framework and an agreement with Kennedy Cater Limited, who manage the framework at an estimated annual cost of £6,382 or a total fee of £25,528 over four years.


Publication date: 25/08/2020

Date of decision: 03/09/2020

Effective from: 11/09/2020

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