I can reveal that Wigan Council will spend £500 000 on outside legal experts when they have their own legal dept. Wigan Council has its own legal consisting of a whole range solicitors but yet none of them can make decisions it seems and that is why the Council has to go outside for advise. They could employ their own top barrister for less than the figure that they spend going outside.
Also I have concerns that the head of the Legal Dept IS NOT a solicitor and this is probably another reason why the solicitors have to go outside as the head of the dept cannot give legal advise.
If the Council wants to be taken seriously surely this demonstrates how they need to improve and become more efficient.