Southwest One, the outsource contract in Somerset, ended up in dispute when the council were sued by their outsourcing partner. The dispute has now been settled but the process has racked up a huge legal bill. As revealed in a Freedom of Information request the total legal bill came to more than £2.6 million. The lion's share of fees went to Pincent Masons but it was interesting to see that Barnet's lawyers Trowers & Hamlin were also in receipt of fees in 2011/12.
Perhaps Barnet should think about setting aside money for legal fund now.