Practical issues for Monitoring Officers – an update on current issues


An opportunity for MOs (plus deputy and aspiring MOs) to be updated on current issues for MOs in a changing legal and governance environment

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 9.30am registration (9.45am start) – 1.00pm (followed by lunch) Freeths Nottingham, (with Video Conferencing Equipment to Freeths offices in Leicester, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Manchester and Sheffield)

Presented by Bevan Brittan and Freeths

Seminar overview

This session will explore the practical corporate issues faced by monitoring officers, will highlight some key core attributes of effective monitoring officers and suggest some do’s and don’ts of working with council members.

It is suitable for MOs, deputy MOs and those aspiring to be MOs. It will cover some of the same ground as the practical workshop session will cover in more detail (through case studies) in the afternoon. Delegates can attend just one of the sessions or can cover both in one day (subject to availability of places in the afternoon).

Topics to be covered include:

  • Core statutory monitoring officer requirements
  • Who should be a monitoring officer – particular challenges for non= legally qualified MOs and MOs in shared services arrangements
  • Key attributes of an effective monitoring officer
  • Do’s and Don’ts of working with council members
  • Effective functioning in a changing local authority landscape

Duration: Half a day (3 CPD points) including lunch

Speaker profiles:

Olwen Dutton leads Bevan Brittan’s local authority governance team. She is an experienced Monitoring Officer and has extensive experience at a senior level in several councils, as a former Head of Legal Services, and  Corporate Director She is vice-chair of a large Acute NHS Heath Trust in the Midlands and brings her knowledge of the health service to her role leading Bevan Brittan’s work on health and social care. She also advises local authorities on governance, standards, constitutional arrangements and vires, shared services, reorganisations and Local Authority Companies.

Nicholas Dobson is a leading local government and public lawyer with extensive experience of local government law, management and practice. Currently a consultant with leading law firm, Freeths, for many years he was head of local government with Pinsent Masons. He has also worked as a lawyer within six local authorities.

Nicholas writes and speaks regularly on local authority and public law and his work is published in a variety of media. These include Lexis, Law Society’s Gazette (in which he has a regular local government column), Local Government Lawyer, Municipal Journal and New Law Journal. In addition he wrote a substantial paper on the General Power of Competence for the Local Government Association. Nicholas is also Communications Officer for Lawyers in Local Government.

How to book

To book a place on this seminar please contact Julie Scheller on 0845 272 5701 or email julie.scheller@freeths.co.uk

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If you would like to send a list of registrants, please email Julie.Scheller@freeths.co.uk.