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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

Concession Contracts Regulations 2016: when is an arrangement a service concession?

The Technology and Construction Court has ruled in favour of the council in Ocean Outdoor UK Ltd v Hammersmith and Fulham LBC.

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Legal updates

Public matters - October 2018

In this month's public matters the team look at public procurement post-Brexit, Social Impact Bond schemes, the Morrisons data breach and the return of fracking.

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The CEO Brief Policy Strategy and Trends in Local Government Law

LLG's free Chief Executive webinars provide an essential round-up of current issues in the local authority legal world.

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Legal updates

Lessons for Data Controllers: are you doing all you can to protect yourself from rogue employees?

A review of the Morrisons and Bupa breaches, the Commissioner's approach, and learning points for public and commercial sectors.

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Richard Barlow

Richard Barlow

Partner and Head of Public Sector

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