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Thursday 3rd April 2014 - 4:00 PM London, 11:00 AM New York, 12:00 AM Singapore
Delivering top-quality, high-value, low-cost, legal services is difficult enough in the private sector. To do so in the public sector - and make a profit - is impossible. Or is it? Hear how one local government GC has transformed a traditional in-house public sector legal service from a passive, bureaucratic cost-centre into a dynamic, profit-making business. By selling its services to over 350 satisfied clients nationwide, with no corporate funding, no guaranteed work and an entrepreneurial mentality, it has grown into a £12m turnover business, employing 125 lawyers, returning a £2.5m profit and an international reputation.
Geoff Wild, Head of Commercial, Director of Governance & Law at Kent County Council
Geoff heads up one of the largest teams of local authority lawyers in the United Kingdom, serving over 350 clients nationwide from across the public sector and generating over £2.5m pa profit against a £12m turnover.
A leading public sector legal strategist, with specialist experience of business development in local government, he is a pioneer of innovative and collaborative working between private and public sectors.
Geoff succeeded in instilling a private sector ethos and entrepreneurship as integral parts of public sector services. He is a leading consultant on transforming public sector legal teams.
He created the commercially successful and internationally recognised 'in-house private practice' for Kent Legal Services. Trebled size and output over 10 years: Emphasis on driving out inefficiency, improving performance and maximising income generation.
- Legal Industry Pioneer: FT Innovative Lawyer Awards 2013
- Baker Tilly's Legal Innovation 2013
- Legal Business GC Powerlist 2013
- Legal Innovator of the Year: FT Innovative Lawyer Awards 2012
- General Counsel of the Year: British Legal Awards 2012
- Leader of the Year: Law Society Excellence Awards 2011
- The Lawyer's 'Hot 100' 2006
- One of the 5 top UK local government lawyers: LGC
- The Legal 500: expert in local government, administrative and public law
- The top 1% most viewed LinkedIn profiles 2012
Geoff has worked with the US Dept of Justice, Commonwealth of Virginia and Michigan State University in Dubai to develop international links in the innovative delivery of public sector legal services. He is adviser to the St Helena Government on governance and ethics, and adviser to English and Scottish Government Legal Services on modernization and efficiency.