Training on commenting on reports prepared for consideration by Cabinet / Committee and those prepared for the purposes of delegated decision-making

Level: Introductory/Intermediate

Repeated from East Midlands

26 February 2020, 9.30am registration (9.45am start) – 1.00pm (followed by lunch) Sheffield City Council (NO VCE)

Presented by Freeths

Course overview

The Course will be made up of three Sessions

Session 1 – The law as it relates to decision-making and the preparation of report, including publication and private agenda items.

Session 2 – A practical session focusing on the role of the internal legal function in reviewing and advising on the content of reports/decisions; making decision robust against challenge; guidance on good drafting practice; guidance on managing the internal client.

Session 3 –An interactive workshop exploring the issues set out in Sessions 1 and 2 above.

Suitable audience:

Democratic services officer
Offers responsible for delegated decision-making and report writing

Overview and topics to be covered include:

• The law on drafting and preparing reports
• Good practice in preparing reports/decisions
• Managing the internal client – tactics for dealing with conflict

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

Interactive elements



This course will cover:

A Ethics professionalism and judgement
B Technical legal practice
B4 Draft documents
C Working with other people
C1 Communicate clearly and effectively
D Managing themselves and their own work

Presenter profiles:

David is an experienced lawyer who joined Sheffield City Council from private practice over 10 years ago. His background is in commercial work and he was the lead on many of the Council’s major projects over the years where he was known as a pragmatic problem solver helping colleagues take a risk based approach to delivering desired outcomes, an outlook he has taken into strategic management. As well as being part of the Legal and Governance leadership team and Deputy Monitoring Officer, he is a member of many of the Council’s strategic and project boards and Business Partner to the Council’s Place and Resources portfolios. He still keeps his hand in on the more knotty and high profile legal issues life in local government throws our way including regularly advising on decision making and constitutional matters.

Nathan is a partner and head of Freeths’ Local Government Practice. He has worked both in-house and in private practice for local authorities often being called upon to advise on the form and content of committee reports and the terms of delegated decisions.

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