County’s legal team merger with Surrey County Council

Assistant Chief Executive Philip Baker SUS-151203-124436001
Assistant Chief Executive Philip Baker SUS-151203-124436001

East Sussex County Council is teaming up with Surrey County Council to handle its legal affairs.

The two south east counties, with a combined population of more than 1.5million, have given the go ahead to the creation of a single legal service.

The 130-strong legal team will be based at the two existing sites at Lewes and Kingston on Thames.

Philip Baker, assistant chief executive at East Sussex County Council, said, “This is a great opportunity which will enable us to meet the challenges ahead.”

He added, “The new single service will allow us to tap into the wider pool of staff members with specialist expertise that comes from an expanded team.

“This is about more than two teams joining together; it is about building a stronger service that enables both authorities to help reduce cost across the public sector, helping councils to protect frontline services.”

East Sussex County Council says both authorities will benefit from an
 ‘enhanced service’ and
 the new team will also 
work closely with both existing and new public sector partners to provide a 
‘first class, one-stop legal service’.

Ann Charlton, director of legal and democratic services at Surrey County Council, said, “This is a great opportunity to build a stronger legal team to support the work of our two county councils and the residents and businesses they serve.

“As well as our primary work with the two authorities, the move will put us in an even better position to work with a wider range of public service partners.”