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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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Upcoming webinars

Serious medical treatment and the MCA-DoLS framework

Becky Fitzpatrick will look at some of the recent leading cases in this area, focusing in particular on the interplay between the Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and on occasion the Mental Health Act.

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Legal updates

Our changing state: mergers and demergers of Non-Departmental Public Bodies

Chaired by Sir Paul Jenkins, the former Treasury Solicitor, our third View from the Top public sector roundtable looks at 'Our Changing State: Mergers and demergers of Non-Departmental Public Bodies'


Legal updates

Guest writer says: improve social care by concentrating on the basics, not abolishing LSCBs

Controversial clause 29 of the Children and Social Work Bill has been abandoned after a concerted campaign by children’s charities.


Legal updates

Human Rights Act claims must not 'bog down' family proceedings

Austerity measures have led to ever-increasing tightening of belts in the health and social care sectors.


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