South London Legal Partnership (SLLP) is London's first five-borough shared legal service. It works on behalf of the London boroughs of Merton, Richmond upon Thames, Sutton and Wandsworth and the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.
- Property, Planning and Employment team
Provides legal advice in relation to property, planning and employment matters for all the councils.
- Procurement and Information Governance Team
Provides legal advice and support in relation to procurement and contracts matters for all the councils.
- Dispute Resolution and Compliance team
Litigates on behalf of all the councils in the civil and criminal courts.
- 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 the councils.
- Practice Management team
Responsible for finance and resource management, business support, business process improvement, ISO 9001:2015 accreditation, Facilities Management, IT systems and project management.
Service of court proceedings
The SLLP accepts service of court proceedings on behalf of the councils for whom it acts by prior agreement only. Please contact the Head of Law, or Assistant Heads of Law of the appropriate team above if you wish to make arrangements for the service of proceedings.
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.
SLLP charges each partner, and other clients, for the work it undertakes and has a turnover of approximately £11 million per annum.
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.
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