In 2015/2016 the NHS Litigation Authority spent over £120 million on external legal costs. In a bid to reduce these costs the organisation is now looking to set up an in-house litigation team.
With growing concern amongst organisations in relation to their legal costs, are we going to see an increase in the number setting up in-house teams?
The NHS Litigation Authority is experimenting with handling cases in-house as it seeks to make further savings in its budget. The organisation spent £120.1m on external legal costs in 2015/16 and is understood to be keen on reducing that figure. The new in-house litigation team was established earlier this year and is running as a 12-month pilot to enable analysis of the costs savings and effectiveness of the service. A spokesman for the authority said: ‘The litigation team has been established to enable some of the NHS Litigation Authority’s legally qualified staff to act in cases where court proceedings are served. Currently, these cases need to be outsourced to our legal panel.’