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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.


focus on...

Legal updates

Torbay Council v Torbay Quality Forum Limited

How should payments for residential care have been calculated by local authorities prior to the Care Act 2014?

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Legal updates

Public matters newsletter - December 2017

This month we have six topical articles for you which include a look at local authority property investments and a look at the case Armes v Nottinghamshire County Council (2017) UKSC 60.

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Legal updates

Statutory officers and joint working

With the increase in joint working arrangements between local authorities, more authorities are cutting or sharing higher level management, but what are the risks involved?

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Compensation claims - the key legal issues children's social workers needs to know


The webinar covers key cases that are most likely to affect children’s social workers, clarifies the witness statement and claims process, and looks at the challenging relationship between the need to share information safely between agencies and the Data Protection Act.

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Richard Barlow

Richard Barlow

Partner and Head of Public Sector

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