Birmingham City Councils legal services department is set to bolster the authorities coffers to the tune of £9m after winning major NHS legal contracts. The team employs around 250 people, making it the largest local authority legal team in the country.

The city council department successfully bid for the Health Trust Europe Legal Services Framework Agreement, which will see it provide legal services in employment, contract and commercial law, as well as other areas, for up to 70 NHS trusts in the Midlands and the South East.

 The deal initially runs for three years, with the option to extend it for a further 12 months and is estimated to be worth £9m. The drive to generate income from outside sources is linked to the councils cost cutting measures across the board as it strives to make savings of 30 per cent.