According to an exclusive from The Times, Kent County Council is going to sign a deal which will turn its in-house legal team into Invicta Law – the first legal department to become an independent private practice firm that is wholly owned by a local authority.

The Council has been able to take this step thanks to the Legal Services Act 2007, which was intended to regulate the legal services market and encourage competition, and reformed the legal profession by allowing for the creation of Alternative Business Structures (ABSs).

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