transforming legal services in the public sector

Welcome to Pathfinder Legal Services Limited

A law firm provided by the public sector for the public sector

Pathfinder Legal Services is a true one of a kind. A law firm wholly owned by public bodies, we pride ourselves on serving our communities with resilience, enthusiasm and focus. Working for public sector and not for profit clients is our focus and we provide an expert legal service which will meet your needs.

What is Pathfinder Legal Services Ltd?

Pathfinder Legal Services Ltd is one of the first Alternative Business Structure law firms owned by public bodies established in the UK. Originally called LGSS Law Ltd, established in 2015, the firm has developed and grown before being rebranded in September 2021 as Pathfinder Legal Services Ltd. Perhaps, because we are quite unlike ordinary commercial law firms, we have attracted a rich diversity of talent. Our team is motivated, proactive and ready to serve our clients. We don’t have ‘Partners’ and are owned by our clients so we truly are wholly unique.

What do we do?

Pathfinder Legal Services began trading as a private law firm in April 2015 and was known as LGSS Law Ltd. The firm sprung from the shared working arrangement between Cambridgeshire County Council and Northamptonshire County Council. In April 2016, Central Bedfordshire Council joined as the third shareholder, cementing the foundations of the firm that we see today. In April 2021, following a local government reorganisation in Northamptonshire, Northamptonshire County Council was abolished and the two new authorities, North Northamptonshire Council and West Northamptonshire Council were created. The two new authorities each took over as shareholders of the firm and Pathfinder Legal Services Limited was created. Currently owned by Cambridgeshire County Council and Central Bedfordshire Council, a significant proportion of our work remains within the local authority sector. However, over the years our client base has grown and widened to include more than one hundred organisations across the public and not-for-profit sectors including Local Authorities, Children’s Trusts, Integrated Care Boards, Foundation Trusts, Charities and Police and Fire Services.

Why choose Pathfinder Legal Services?

Using a ‘virtual’ legal office, we seamlessly deploy the capacity of our entire team to support all of our clients, wherever they are based. We offer the benefit of carefully developed business processes and the latest case management technology to ensure client matters are dealt with efficiently and expeditiously. Having obtained and maintained LEXCEL accreditation, the Law Society’s quality mark, our team ensures a level of resilience which is not deliverable within smaller teams. We are also excellent value for money – a key factor in our expansion.

Our credibility, values and focus remain paramount to all that we do as a publicly owned legal service provider. Our clients are key and our fees reflect this: our charging rates are substantially reduced and our regular billing system transparent. We are passionate about the work that we do and the service that we provide. We are experts in our field and provide a legal service tailored to the public and not for profit sector. We welcome enquiries from any public sector or not for profit organisations on how Pathfinder Legal Services Ltd could work for you and look forward to working with you soon.