Update for Monitoring Officers


Theme: Local Government Law

24 January 2019, 9.30am registration (9.45am start) – 1.00pm (followed by lunch) (followed by lunch) Freeths Nottingham, (with Video Conferencing Equipment to Freeths offices in Leicester, Birmingham, Manchester, London and Sheffield)

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.

Presented by Bevan Brittan and Sharpe Pritchard

Course overview

A session looking at the commercialisation of Councils, social media and an elections law update.

Suitable audience:

Local authority monitoring officers and legal advisers

Overview and topics to be covered include:

Session 1:
Commercialisation – what is it?
Powers to charge and trade commercially and when do you need a company?
Is the Gordon Peters v Haringey case a game changer?
Social Media – Do’s and Don’t’s

Session 2:
An update on election law, including proposed changes to election law in England and Wales, problem areas in elections and how best to avoid them.

Interactive elements

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


This course will cover:

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

Professionalism and judgement

Presenter profiles:

Emyr Thomas, Sharpe Pritchard specialises in electoral law having acted for Returning Officers in a number of high profile election petitions. He also advises on electoral law generally. He is described in the latest edition of the Legal 500 as having “… detailed and comprehensive knowledge of electoral law paired with extensive experience and incredible approachability”.

Judith Barnes, Bevan Brittan is a governance specialist and advises on powers (including commercialisation) constitutional issues; conduct and ethics; options appraisals and structuring; shared services; setting up and managing Teckal and Trading companies, LLPS, charities and social enterprises and leads on major regeneration schemes.

Judith has direct experience within local government as Borough Secretary & Solicitor and Monitoring Officer for Greenwich Council. Prior to this she was Head of Legal Services for Lewisham Council.

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