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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

A reliable historian? Be prepared to prove it

As anyone who has handled a personal injury claim will know, the success or otherwise of the claim is heavily dependent upon witness evidence and the weight given to the testimony of that witness, the most influential of which is likely to be the claimant.

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Legal updates

Innovation procurement - a source of inspiration?

For the most part, the public procurement regime is viewed as a set of rules aimed at securing the European Union goals of freedom of movement and services, whilst offering a means of achieving value for money in purchasing decisions.

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Legal updates

Public matters - June 2018

This edition includes updates on procurement, planning, care home providers, litigants in person and how legal decisions influence social work practice.

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Legal updates

Planning ahead: implied planning obligations - Jean-Francois Clin v Walter Lilly & Co Ltd

This case highlights the need to set out in your building contract who is responsible for obtaining any necessary permissions for the works.

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Richard Barlow

Richard Barlow

Partner and Head of Public Sector

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