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Running out of time?

Austerity has left authorities with a severe shortage of senior lawyers while a dearth of trainees and NQs is failing to swell the junior ranks. Neasa MacErlean assesses what can be done to close the gap. Read more
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News

Dec 09, 2019

Charlie Adan appointed interim chief executive at city council

Charlie Adan, one of the most high-profile legally-qualified chief executives in local government, has been appointed interim chief executive at Sheffield City Council.
Dec 04, 2019

Thirteen barristers to join family law team at Parklane Plowden Chambers

A group of 13 barristers specialising in family law are to move next year to Parklane Plowden Chambers.
Dec 04, 2019

ICO regulatory enforcement lawyer moves to St John’s Buildings

A regulatory enforcement lawyer at the Information Commissioner’s Office, Aaminah Khan, has joined St John’s Buildings.
Dec 02, 2019

Browne Jacobson chooses leading member of government sector group as new managing partner

National law firm Browne Jacobson has elected corporate partner Richard Medd as its new managing partner with effect from 1 May 2020 for a three year term.
Nov 28, 2019

Former Deputy Head of Legal at Blackpool joins Forbes Solicitors as Senior Associate

The former acting Head of Legal and Deputy Head of Legal (Regeneration and Governance) at Blackpool Borough Council, Gemma Duxbury, has joined Forbes Solicitors as a Senior Associate.
Nov 25, 2019

Law Society issues updated practice note on legal professional privilege

The Law Society has issued an updated practice note on legal professional privilege (LPP) to reflect recent developments in case law.
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Features

Being a legal locum in local government

An increasing number of legal professionals are becoming locums. Rayhaneh Tehrani and Laura Smith explain the reasons why this is the case, and set out what they think candidates should consider when looking for jobs in local government.

Making the right choice

Jennifer Mellani writes about her journey to being a local government lawyer specialising in health and social care.

Firm foundations

Are you intrigued about working in local government but hesitant to take the plunge? Real estate lawyer Matthew Dineen explains how he overcame his initial doubts and never looked back.

Home truths

What is it like to work as an in-house solicitor for a registered provider for social housing or housing association? Radian’s Scott Greenwood sets out the attraction and advantages, how the sector differs from private practice and how the transition can be made by those who may be considering a move.
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Leicestershire County Council

About Leicestershire
Both geographically and because of its many excellent transport links, Leicestershire is at the heart of England. With an extremely diverse population, we pride ourselves that Leicestershire is a highly inclusive and vibrant place to live and work.

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets is one of London’s most diverse and historically important boroughs.  Based in East London, with excellent transport links and in close proximity to Canary Wharf, our borough is a fascinating place to work with a rich history and heritage and a vibrant and diverse community.

It is an exciting time to join us to help shape our future as we develop new policies, creating a dynamic outcomes-based organisation and revolutionising the way people access services.

The Legal Department of the Future
 

Bridging the gap

The Legal Department of the Future survey reveals that local government legal teams are employing a range of strategies as they face up to a challenging combination of increased workloads and severe pressure on resources. Philip Hoult reports.

Can’t get no satisfaction?

What effect have the cuts had on local government lawyers’ ambitions and morale? Derek Bedlow looks at the results of our exclusive survey of more than 300 local government lawyers and assesses the implications for local authority legal teams.

The shape of things to come

Derek Bedlow looks at the implications of the Legal Department of the Future survey for how legal departments organise, recruit and retain their staff.
 

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Nov 22, 2019

Local government legal work increases, recruitment squeezed but morale up, exclusive new research reveals

Local authorities face a legal recruitment squeeze as levels of legal work continue to grow exponentially, research published this week by Local Government Lawyer has found.
Nov 12, 2019

Public, administrative and children law specialists among 24 new Deputy High Court Judges

Specialists in public, administrative, planning, health and children law are among 24 Deputy High Court Judges appointed by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon, for a single fixed four-year term.
Nov 06, 2019

Capsticks appoints Hamilton to further term as managing partner

Law firm Capsticks has reappointed Martin Hamilton as its managing partner for a further term through to April 2023.
Nov 05, 2019

Difficulties in recruiting to District Bench "to have adverse consequences" for civil, family jurisdictions: Lord Chief Justice

The Lord Chief Justice has warned of “a very worrying shortfall” in the recruitment of salaried members to the District Bench this year, saying that it will have adverse consequences for the family and civil jurisdictions.
Nov 05, 2019

Bevan Brittan makes new partner, four associates in mid-year promotions round

Law firm Bevan Brittan has appointed Colin McConaghy, a commercial projects specialist in its Bristol office, as a partner in its mid-year promotions round.
Oct 16, 2019

President of Lawyers in Local Government hits out at undermining of monitoring officers

The blurring of the lines between challenging a view that one disagrees with and simply attacking a person for their view is one that is becoming increasingly prevalent – and such attacks are undermining and diminishing the role of the monitoring…
Sep 24, 2019

Attorney General fires gun on selection for regional panels of junior counsel

The Attorney General’s Office is seeking to appoint junior counsel in the regions to undertake civil advocacy work outside London and the South East for all government departments.
Sep 13, 2019

Kate Charlton leaves role as City Solicitor and Monitoring Officer at Birmingham

Kate Charlton, City Solicitor and Monitoring Officer at Birmingham City Council, is to leave the local authority on 30 September.
Sep 13, 2019

SRA launches resources for profession ahead of introduction of new regulations in November

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has published resources to help solicitors prepare for the introduction of its new Standards and Regulation on 25 November.
Sep 10, 2019

Lancashire County Council trainee legal executive wins ‘Visionary Leadership’ award at CILEx Awards

Nicholas Williams, a trainee chartered legal executive at Lancashire Council, won an award for ‘Visionary Leadership’ at the CILEx National Awards Ceremony 2019 last week.
Sep 06, 2019

Buckinghamshire authorities in recruitment drive for lawyers ahead of move to unitary status

Buckinghamshire County Council and Wycombe District Council have begun a joint recruitment exercise for new legal roles ahead of the move to a single unitary authority in April 2020.
Aug 23, 2019

Borough council names solicitor as chief executive

North Warwickshire Borough Council has named solicitor Steve Maxey as its new chief executive.
Aug 21, 2019

Solicitors Regulation Authority consults on overhaul of Higher Rights of Audience scheme

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has proposed the introduction of revised standards for the Higher Rights of Audience qualification.
Jul 30, 2019

Local government lawyer salaries up just 3% as number of vacancies rockets

Average local authority salaries rose by just 3% in 2018 despite a 50% rise in vacancies, according to figures from Local Government Lawyer’s dedicated jobs board, Public Law Jobs.
Jun 24, 2019

Council solicitor cleared of perverting the course of justice

A solicitor with Hampshire County Council, Jeremy Penny, has been cleared of perverting the course of justice.
Jun 07, 2019

Law Society proposes freeze on PC fee

The costs of a practising certificate for individual solicitors will remain unchanged at £278 for 2019/20 the Law Society and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) have proposed.
Jun 03, 2019

In-house legal team plays key role in launch of free domestic violence legal advice service

The in-house legal team at Barking & Dagenham Council has provided a grant to set up a service providing free, independent and confidential advice to residents who are experiencing or are affected by domestic violence, and will work jointly with…

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A chance to make a difference

Hesitant about taking on management responsibilities? V. Charles Ward explains how it gave a real boost to his career, and gives some pointers for those taking their first steps.

The road from here

A commitment to public service and a willingness to move for the right opportunity have seen Suki Binjal, President of LLG, work for public bodies across England. Philip Hoult finds out what she considers to be the key challenges for local government lawyers.

Taking the strain?

Local authority child care lawyers are being overwhelmed by the rise in care proceedings and a crisis could be looming. Graham Cole calls for more to be done on staff well-being.

Running out of time?

Austerity has left authorities with a severe shortage of senior lawyers while a dearth of trainees and NQs is failing to swell the junior ranks. Neasa MacErlean assesses what can be done to close the gap.
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A mentally healthy workplace

Yasmin Allan considers the legal and practical issues linked to the employee wellbeing agenda.
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Legal apprenticeships: getting started

One of the great privileges of working with local authorities to deliver apprenticeships is observing the different approaches legal departments take to deploying and developing apprentice staff, writes Noel Inge.
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The Company Sec in local government

As commercialisation grows, Azhar Ghose outlines the increasing importance of the Company Secretary role within local authorities and offers some tips on how it can be performed.
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Personal philosophies

Chris Guy, a former local authority head of legal, sets out how he tried to overcome his weaknesses.
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Aiming for the top

How should you go about securing the position of head of legal at a local authority? Chris Guy shares some thoughts.
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Creative or secure?

Good relationships between lawyers and clients allow for more risk and more creativity which ultimately adds more value all round, writes Geoff Wild.
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Taxing times

Changes to the tax regime for locum lawyers threaten to disrupt the supply of a vital source of staff for local authority legal departments, writes Neasa McErlean. Hundreds of locum lawyers are facing the prospect of 30% falls in their take-home pay as many temporary lawyers are switched from contractor to employee status following changes to tax rules in April known as IR35.

Burmese days

Stephen McNamara, former head of legal at Bristol City Council, is currently volunteering setting up justice centres in Yangon. Here he gives his first impressions on life and the law a long way from home. After too long as Head of Legal at Bristol City Council (15 years 234 days 2 hours 13 minutes and 12 seconds) and too short a time as a consultant in Bristol with Veale Wasbrough Vizards (3…
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