Law Society Praise

Thurrock Council’s Legal Service has again retained the prestigious Law Society Lexcel award — placing them among the best in the country.

The team first received the award in 2006, and has retained it each year since.

The Lexcel accreditation is a mark of quality awarded by the Society to legal practices, both private and public, that can demonstrate they conduct their work in accordance with or beyond, the Law Society’s standards.

This year’s assessment summary states: “The service was able to demonstrate excellent control of the legal services provided to the client departments.

“The staff interviewed were all knowledgeable of the processes and there were excellent records of the file reviews and one-to-ones carried out with all the staff.

“There were good records of training for staff, including the temporary staff.”

Cllr Barry Johnson, Thurrock’s Cabinet member for Central Services, said: “It is particularly impressive that the assessor found no areas of ‘non-compliance’ which I’m told is a rarity.

“The assessor also identified eight areas of ‘good practice’, ranging from our structures and policies, through strategy, the provision of services and marketing, to financial management and client care.

“This not only highlights the superb work our legal team does, it shows we’re getting value for money.

“It is fantastic news and a credit to the team for the hard work they have put in. The work of any legal service is demanding and requires true professionalism. Thurrock’s Legal Service is a credit to the council and the people of Thurrock.”

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