eastlaw has been named the best Legal Services team in the UK at a prestigious annual local government awards organised by The MJ.
eastlaw saw off competition from five larger local authority legal teams at the ceremony which took place in London before almost 1,000 people last night.
The eleventh annual awards were presented by comedian Hugh Dennis, the star of popular BBC sit-com ‘Outnumbered’.
The award recognises and rewards a council legal department which ‘demonstrates exceptional value for money’ for the council ‘through their contribution and innovation’.
The concept of eastlaw was developed by NNDC’s legal team itself, to deliver services both in-house and on behalf of external clients. Aiming to combine the best aspects of public sector practice with the efficiency and dynamism of the private sector, eastlaw has been particularly successful in acting as the legal arm of NNDC’s drive to bring empty homes back into use, in setting up the coastshare group to help charities and other not-for-profit organisations, and in greatly exceeding the income target for its first year of operation.
Cllr Tom FitzPatrick, NNDC Leader, said “I am delighted to see eastlaw be crowned the best Legal Services team in the UK. The team work tirelessly to deliver value for money services with professionalism and innovation and thoroughly deserve the award.
“eastlaw shows how the law can be used imaginatively for the benefit of the Council and local community. They provide a first class legal service of which I am immensely proud”