The Survival Guide for a Committee Lawyer

Level: Intermediate

28 November 2019, 9.30am registration (9.45am start) – 1.00pm (followed by lunch) Browne Jacobson, Nottingham (with Video Conferencing Equipment to Browne Jacobson’s offices in Birmingham and London)

Presented by Anthony Collins

Course overview

1. Governance Principles
• Council and Committees
• The Executive
• Committee membership – appointment and substitutes
• Decision making and advisory committees
• Proportionality
• Terms of reference and delegations – procedure rules
• Rules of decision making

2. Planning and Licensing Committees
• Procedure
• Process
• Do’s and Don’ts

3. Overview and Scrutiny

4. Practical issues and problems

Suitable audience:

Solicitors/Legal Officers advising Local Government and/or Members

Overview and topics to be covered include:

Governance principles
Planning and Licensing Committees
Practical issues and problems

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

Interactive elements

Both sessions will involve discussion and participation from delegates. The course will also offer delegates the opportunity to complete a quiz/puzzle relevant to licensing.


This course will cover:

A Ethics professionalism and judgement

B Technical legal practice

B6 Negotiation

C Working with other people

C1 Communicate clearly and effectively

D Managing themselves and their own work

Presenter profiles:

Olwen Dutton is Partner and Head of Local Government at Anthony Collins Solicitors, where she specialises in governance and commercial work for local authorities; advising Monitoring Officers and others on complex governance matters, investigations and setting up different delivery mechanisms. She is vice chair of a large NHS Trust and Chair of Writing West Midlands

Stuart Evans is a Senior Associate in the Local Government Team at Anthony Collins Solicitors where he specialises in Planning, Highways, Licensing and Environment Law; this includes being the legal advisor to three planning Committees in the West Midlands

Please note we offer the option to attend this course via video conference at another of our offices to make it accessible to as many EM Lawshare members as possible. We do our best to deliver the best experience we can with the technology we have, but inevitably it may not be as effective as attending the course in person. We always appreciate your feedback and make improvements if we can.

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