Birmingham City Council has won the right to offer legal services to up to 70 NHS trusts over the next three years, in addition to its existing work with neighboring councils and some London authorities.
It said it was the first council to have successfully bid for the Health Trust Europe Legal Services Framework Agreement.
The agreement, which will run for a minimum of three years, offers the potential for the council’s 250-strong legal services department to work on an additional £9m worth of contracts.
Director of legal and democratic services David Tatlow said the agreement was part of an ongoing drive to capitalise on the department’s strengths.
“We are determined to continue to find efficiency savings for both the council and the wider public sector through very competitive charging rates – due to our low cost base and pricing compared to private sector firms,” he said.
“We are particularly pleased to be assisting and working in partnership with the NHS.”
The council said it was launching a legal services trading arm called LSB Law, and LSB Law Conferencing, a dedicated training division for lawyers, officers, and other professionals.