Business Management / Business Generation and Management


Local Authority Corporations: Business Generation and Governance

21 March 2017, 9.30am registration (9.45am start) – 1.00pm (followed by lunch) Bevan Brittan, Birmingham

Presented by Bevan Brittan


Course overview

In this Course, Judith and Chris will take the delegates through the legal framework of local authority charging and trading: what may be achieved without a company; when it is necessary to use a company; and when other types of corporate vehicle can be established.  They will also highlight the necessary steps involved and issues to be considered before a local authority embarks on charging or trading and the common benefits and pitfalls of establishing one or more separate vehicles for those purposes.  The session will also consider some foundational principles of effective business generation and management which draws on experience from the Bevan Brittan Business Development & Marketing Team.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Local authority charging and trading
  • Preliminary issues and steps before embarking on charging or trading
  • The benefits and pitfalls of establishing one or more vehicles for the purposes of charging or trading
  • Foundational principles of effective business generation and management

Interactive elements 

Workshop – we will try to make it interactive throughout

Duration: Half a day (3 Training hours) including lunch


A Ethics professionalism and judgement 

B Technical legal practice

B2 Legal research

B4 Draft documents

B5 Advocacy

B6 Negotiation

C Working with other people

C1 Communicate clearly and effectively

D Managing themselves and their own work

Presenter profiles

Judith Barnes is an experienced public sector lawyer and manager who provides strategic advice and consultancy support for local authorities as well as legal advice and assistance, Judith regularly advises on public sector vires and governance including advice on decision-making and constitutional issues; conduct and ethics; options appraisals and structuring (both public-public and public-private sector partnerships/shared services); major projects and regeneration schemes. Legal 500, 2015 states that Judith Barnes has ‘thorough knowledge and excellent client skills’.

Judith worked as an in house lawyer and manager for over 15 years before joining the private sector and regularly provides seamless additional support to in house teams. Her last role in local government was as Borough Secretary and Solicitor for Greenwich Council managing a team of 150 staff across a dozen functions and before that she was Head of Legal Services for Lewisham Council.

Chris Harper is an experienced lawyer and the Partner leading the corporate law practice at Bevan Brittan. His clients include local authorities, Teckal and trade vehicles, registered providers, health sector entities and public private partnerships, as providers and recipients of services across all markets as well as private sector organisations such as banks, investors, trade players and management teams.  He advises on a broad range of corporate transactional and advisory matters including mergers and acquisitions, sales of assets, joint ventures, investments and group restructurings/re-organisations, often with a significant public/private interface.  Chris is a frequent presenter on issues relating to corporate governance and directors’ duties as well as new ways of working for local authorities.


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