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Local authorities are facing increasing challenges. Re-organisations and structural reform, financial pressures, community engagement and the need to remain dynamic and fair through political, social and economic change; all are complex tasks heightened by intense public scrutiny and media attention. Our teams work across all council service areas and are able to provide the expertise and resource sought by local authorities. We deliver expert advice to support you in delivering your evolving roles and objectives.

what we do...

  • Our clients – over 200 local authorities across England and Wales.

  • Our experience - externally endorsed by legal directories 'demonstrating our insight into legal issues faced   by local authorities', appointments to public sector consortia.

  • Dedicated team of over 100 lawyers - based in Nottingham, Birmingham, London, Manchester and Exeter.

  • Providing excellent value - through delivery of expert legal advice together with our innovative and comprehensive supporting services such as research facilities, bespoke client portals, training and insight.

  • Experts in our field - adult and children’s services, Public Private Partnership projects, governance, procurement and constitutional issues, regeneration, shared services, State Aid, civil and criminal litigation, planning, highways, environmental, property and employment.

  • Thought leaders – authors of reports on the issues surrounding shared services and mutual and more recently devolution, our monthly public sector newsletter - Public Matters, blog and delivering seminars in person and on-line.


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Legal updates

Update on MEES: Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

Concerns have been raised about the impact of the new regime on market practice and the overall reliability of EPC assessments. In response, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy is now seeking feedback on how the regulations are performing by way of an open consultation.

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Guides

Leadership in Turbulent Times: The importance of influence, risk management and engagement

In this paper we set out to identify examples of best practice in maintaining upwards influence, managing risk and engendering employee engagement.

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Legal updates

Enforcement notice issued against council by the ICO due to subject access request backlog

An enforcement notice has been issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office (the ICO) under the Data Protection Act 1998 which requires the London Borough of Lewisham to clear a backlog of subject access requests by 15 October 2018.

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Legal updates

Privilege revisited: Court of Appeal judgment in Serious Fraud Office (SFO) v Eurasian Natural Resources Corp. Ltd

On Wednesday 6 September, one of the most awaited court judgments in recent times was handed down by the Court of Appeal.

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