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Geoff Wild, Director of Law & Governance, Kent County Council, UK

KCC (Kent County Council) Legal Services has thrown off the traditional mantle of public sector lawyers. Whilst remaining faithful to the needs of our core corporate client, we have undergone one of the most dynamic and significant transformations within local authority legal circles by engineering major changes to the way we do business. We now operate as an in-house private practice, combining the efficiencies and dynamism of the private sector with the service ethos of the public sector, focused solely on outputs and outcomes that benefit the communities we serve.

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United Kingdom Management Government January 2009 Vol. 2, No. 6, Winter 2009

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Geoff Wild is Director of Law & Governance at Kent County Council. He heads up one of the largest teams of local authority lawyers in the country, operating as an in-house trading practice, and serving over 140 clients nationwide from across the whole of the public sector. Geoff believes passionately that public sector lawyers should dispel their image as bureaucratic civil servants and display their talents as entrepreneurs to be measured against the best across the whole of the legal profession. With this theme, he has led his team to several awards, including The Lawyer Public Sector Legal Team of the Year 2005, which the judges described as "the clear winner of this award, having revolutionized the face of public sector lawyers by turning them into true business advisers." The Financial Times featured his team in their Innovative Lawyers Ranking 2007. Most recently, Geoff’s team was shortlisted for The Law Society Awards 2008 in the category of Excellence in Marketing and Business Development. In 2005, the Local Government Chronicle named Geoff as one of the five top local government lawyers in the country and he is acknowledged as an expert in local government, administrative and public law by The Legal 500. The Lawyer identified him as one of its ‘Hot 100’ lawyers for 2006, as a lawyer who had excelled in his chosen field and is shaping the legal landscape. Geoff is committed to the highest standards of excellence in the legal profession, and has successfully secured internationally recognised BS EN ISO 9001:2000 and the Law Society’s Practice Management Standard (LEXCEL) certification for his team. In delivering those services, Geoff strongly believes that they should be tailored to meet customers’ absolute satisfaction, and has gone a long way to confirming this with the attainment of Investors in People and Charter Mark accreditation for the lawyers of Kent. Geoff was previously with the London Borough of Wandsworth, Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council and the Greater London Council. He qualified as a solicitor in 1986, holds an LL.B (Hons) and Diploma in Local Government Law & Practice, and is one of the founder members of the Eversheds/County Councils Benchmarking Group, linking lawyers in public and private practice across the country.

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Kent Legal Services has gained a reputation for providing a wide ranging legal agency service for other local authorities and public sector bodies, mainly through word of mouth and recommendations. We are a flexible, highly motivated and experienced team of over 60 lawyers and support staff who welcome the opportunity to work for other organisations. We particularly enjoy resolving "old chestnuts" speedily and effectively. Led by the guiding principles of economy, efficiency and effectiveness, our commitment to customer service has been recognised by accreditation under ISO9001:2000, Lexcel (the Law Society’s Practice Management Standards), Investors in People and Chartermark.

United Kingdom Management Government January 2009 Vol. 2, No. 6, Winter 2009
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