Anthony Collins Solicitors has hired Olwen Dutton from Bevan Brittan as a partner and head of local government.
Dutton advises on governance and standards; the local government and health integration agenda; devolution, reorganisation and restructuring; and shared services and trading opportunities for councils.
In addition to being a partner at Bevan Brittan, her previous roles have included: Chief Executive at West Midlands LGA and West Midlands Regional Assembly; and Corporate Director at Staffordshire County Council.
She is also a non-executive director of Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust.
Mark Cook, partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors (ACS), said: “Having Olwen join the team is good news for local government and fantastic for ACS. Her local government pedigree and wealth of experience will help to shape and lead our already successful team to achieve our goal to be a leading law firm for local government and an indispensable resource for council members and officers.”
Dutton said: “This is a great time to join a unique firm like ACS and I’m looking forward to working with Mark and the local government team. I am excited to help develop the excellent work that has already been done and continue to build the reputation of the firm. Our offer will be to help councils navigate safely through the many challenges they face, including meeting their duties to support the vulnerable, and become self-funding by 2020.”