Workshop for Monitoring Officers


A practical opportunity for MOs (plus deputy and aspiring MOs) to explore current and challenging issues

Numbers limited to 20

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 1.45 – 3.30pm, 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 will be a workshop session limited to 20 people which will provide a focused opportunity to explore practical issues faced by monitoring officers. We will use case studies to analyse challenging situations involving legal complexity and issues relating to the role of the MO. It is suitable for MOs, deputy MOs and those aspiring to be MOs. It will cover some of the same ground as the training sessions for MOs held the same morning but in a workshop setting involving case studies. 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:

  • Key attributes of an effective monitoring officer
  • When to invoke the statutory process and when not to
  • Examples of tricky issues involving the role of the MO
  • Do’s and Don’ts of working with council members
  • Effective functioning in a changing local authority landscape

Duration: 1 and a half CPD points

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.