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The South London Legal Partnership (SLLP) is London's first five-borough shared legal service. 

Working on behalf of the London Boroughs of Merton, Richmond, Kingston, Sutton and Wandsworth.

The aim of the service is to provide more resilient and higher quality legal services than that provided by each authority individually, assuming that future savings will need to be made to the budgets of all local authorities.

The service is ISO 9001:2015 accredited and provides the full remit of local authority legal services to the directorates of all councils as well as advice to councillors, the council, the committees of the councils and to schools in accordance with service level agreements.

Louise Round

Managing Director of South London Legal Partnership

Louise qualified as a solicitor in 1987 in private practice and took up her first local government role at the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, before moving to Hammersmith and Fulham where she became Head of Legal Services. In 2001 she took up the role of Monitoring Officer at Islington Council, a post she held for 11 years. As well as general public law matters, she specialised in the law relating to children, adult social care, education and employment.  She was Chief Executive of Tandridge Council in Surrey between 2013 and 2019 before joining SLLP.

Fiona Thomsen

Head of South London Legal Partnership

Fiona qualified as a solicitor in 1989 after completing her training at Barnet Council.  Her first qualified role was at Merton as a litigation lawyer before moving to Essex County Council to specialise in the law relating to Children's and Adult's Social Care.  She returned to Merton in 1997, eventually becoming Head of Legal Services in 2007.  Fiona has been Head of the Shared Legal Service since its establishment in 2011 and is Deputy Monitoring Officer for Merton and Richmond Councils.


South London Legal Partnership is divided into four teams:

Property and Commercial Team

Provides legal advice and support in relation to procurement, contracts, property and employment matters for all councils.

Communities and Environment Team 

Litigates on behalf of all the councils in the civil and criminal courts, and advises on all planning and highways matters.

Social Care and Education Team

Provides legal advice and support to adults' and children's social care teams as well as to the education teams for all councils.

Practice Management Team 

Supports the legal service by providing administrative, finance and IT support to the legal practice and practice management support and information to legal services managers.


Contact us 

Gifford House 
67c St Helier Avenue

Morden 3

Telephone: 020 8545 3953
Fax no: 020 8545 3244