Announcement in relation to the Local Government Association of South Australia Legal Connect Service

31 March 2020

HWL Ebsworth Lawyers (HWL Ebsworth) and the Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) have today announced that HWL Ebsworth has elected to withdraw from the LGASA’s Legal Connect service.

The LGASA Legal Connect service was launched in August 2018 with the selection of HWL Ebsworth as its inaugural partner to deliver tailored legal advice direct to the local government sector. Since that time, local councils across South Australia have had the opportunity to access HWL Ebsworth’s specialist technical expertise in a range of areas of relevance to their day to day operations, whilst enjoying the service’s unprecedented value proposition.

During that time, HWL Ebsworth also advised the LGASA in relation to its dispute with SA Power Networks concerning the charging of public lighting customers, including SA councils, ratepayers and the State Government. That successful action resulted in the repayment of $13 million to the councils and the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.

The LGASA has undertaken a competitive tender process to select a new preferred partner, and details in relation to that appointment will be made available by LGASA.  HWL Ebsworth will continue to service South Australia’s local councils outside of the Legal Connect service.

Note to Editors:

HWL Ebsworth is the largest legal partnership in Australia according to the most recent partnership surveys published by The Australian and the Australian Financial Review.

The firm comprises 1,401 staff including: 267 Partners, 766 other legal staff and 368 support staff across offices in nine locations – Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Melbourne, Hobart, Norwest (North West Sydney), Perth and Sydney.

HWL Ebsworth is an independent, nationally integrated, full service commercial law firm, providing tailored and commercially oriented legal services.

HWL Ebsworth operates a different business model to the other leading national law practices, and this allows us to offer unrivalled value for money without compromising quality and service. Our low ratio of solicitors to partners ensures that our clients receive optimal access to partner resources for all matters.

For further information, please contact:

Russell Mailler, National Marketing Manager (03) 8644 3569 or rmailler@hwle.com.au

 

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