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Welcome to the Public Law Today/Local Government Lawyer Marketplace Portal.

Here you can find the full range of services that public law departments and lawyers need. For departments, this page provides a directory of specialist legal advisers - including local authority legal departments that provide external services - expert witnesses, consultants, training courses, technology providers and much else besides.


Striking out in a new direction: Setting up an ABS

What does it take to set up a legal services alternative business structure? Hilary Irving of North Yorkshire County Council outlines the risks and rewards.

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.

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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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.

The best of both worlds

Tiffany Cloynes and Gillian Duckworth outline the benefits of the partnership between Sheffield City Council and law firm Geldards for the public and private sector alike.

One size does not fit all

Offering a one-size-fits-all approach will inevitably undermine the relationships we have with our clients, writes Geoff Wild.

Personal philosophies

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

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.

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…

Striking a Balance

In the face of relentless pressure on local authority budgets, heads of legal services are required to contribute savings to balance the budget, whilst at the same time being expected to provide advice on increasingly complex and often unfamiliar legal…

Brave New World

Derek Bedlow speaks to Invicta Law’s chief executive Geoff Wild to hear his plans for the local authority-owned ABS launched in June by Kent County Council Invicta Law – the Alternative Business Structure (ABS) spun off from Kent County Council’s legal…

Understanding the objectives of clients

What will make your clients relish the opportunity to work with you again: content or delivery? Geoff Wild considers the issues.

Professionalism or mucking in?

“Perception is reality, but it’s the clients' perceptions that we have to address, not our own” - Read Geoff Wild's latest blog.

Ever decreasing circles

Gwendoline Davies, Andrew Northage and Robert Starr analyse the latest case to further limit legal professional privilege.

Service standards or service excellence?

Service standards could have the effect of lowering expectations of excellence when we should be raising them instead, writes Geoff Wild.

Brand values or independent thought?

Does having a proper regard for ensuring the right degree of independence make you appear aloof, arrogant and uncaring? Geoff Wild reports.

Challenge your perspectives …

In the first in a series of articles, Geoff Wild considers how clients assess their lawyers.

Better than ever

Jayne Francis-Ward, head of EMLawShare, sets out the highlights from the legal services consortium's fifth conference.

Helping to define the client

With Lawyers in Local Government calling for clarification of who local authority solicitors can act for, Crispin Passmore sets out the Solicitors Regulation Authority's view.

Selling your services

Iain Miller deals with the question of what is permissible under the SRA's Handbook and the Legal Services Act 2007 for those local authorities looking to sell their services more widely.

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