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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

Public matters - August 2017

In this month's edition we have updates on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, Modern Slavery Act 2015, Social Impact Bonds, the ‘Tackling unfair practices in the leasehold market’ consultation.

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Legal updates

Whistleblowing - is the public interested?

The Court of Appeal decision in Nurmohamed v Chesterton Global Limited gives guidance on how the ‘public interest’ test in whistleblowing cases should be applied.

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Legal updates

Recent developments in procurement policies

August 2017 saw the CCS release an update, covering developments, resources and commissioning opportunities including developments in procurement policies.

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Legal updates

Consultation tackling unfair practices in the leasehold market

We have seen a significant amount of publicity recently surrounding the sale of leasehold houses and the imposition of significant ground rents.

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Richard Barlow

Richard Barlow

Partner and Head of Public Sector

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