City Centre Development

Level: Intermediate


23 January 2020, Derby
13 February 2020, Sheffield


9.30am registration (9.45am start) – 1.00pm (followed by lunch)

Venue 1:

Geldards Derby (NO VCE)

Venue 2:

Sheffield City Council (NO VCE)

Presented by Geldards

Course overview

In this session we will look at some of the ways a local authority might be able to assist and provide support in developing and shaping its high street (including development opportunities with leisure and cultural activities, acquisitions and provision of funding) and some of the legal implications arising from these including vires, powers, procurement and property law. We will consider some of the current trends and issues affecting the high street and what some local authorities, such as Sheffield City Council, have been doing to help their high street flourish.

Suitable audience:

Local authority lawyers and officers who are involved in advising on, co-ordinating or participating in discussions around the options for local authorities in term of assisting with city centre regeneration and development.

Overview and topics to be covered include:

Options for city centre development
Local government issues
Property issues

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

Interactive elements

The course will include interactive discussion on the legal and practical issues which might affect city centre regeneration


This course will cover:

B Technical legal practice
C Working with other people

Presenter profiles:

Tiffany Cloynes is a Partner and Head of Public Sector at Geldards LLP, she has extensive experience of working with the public sector. She has over the last 25 years advised on numerous regeneration projects and collaborative models between the public and private sector. Tiffany is recognised as a “regeneration ace” and is particularly interested in how local authority assets can be used to assist revenue regeneration. Tiffany has worked with local authorities, particularly looking at business planning and delivering objectives and how this is tracked through the appropriate model and to delivery. Recently Tiffany has been involved in considering income generation strategies with client and looking at way in which local authorities can support their high streets.

Clare Hardy is a Senior Associate at Geldards LLP, she is experienced in advising local authorities on issues relating to income generation, such as powers for charging and trading. She has extensive experience of advising on public sector matters. She provides advice on a wide range of local government law matters, such as constitutional and governance issues, contracts and standards of conduct. She also provides knowledge management on public law matters. Prior to joining Geldards she trained at Eversheds, where her training contract focused on local government and included a secondment to Lancashire County Council. She also undertook a secondment to Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council as a qualified solicitor.

Rebecca Gilbert is a Senior Associate at Geldards LLP, she advises local authorities and other public sector bodies on range of areas including alternative delivery models, options appraisals, governance arrangements, regeneration and development projects, commercial contracts and land assembly. Rebecca has recently been advising local authorities on alternative options for the delivery of services.

Gillian Duckworth is the Director of Legal & Governance and Statutory Monitoring Officer at Sheffield City Council. She is a qualified solicitor and has been with Sheffield since 2010. She works closely with senior officers and members and regularly advises on controversial, complex and sensitive matters affecting local authorities including key development and regeneration projects for the City. Sheffield City Council has shown how a flexible approach to developing their high street by considering developing the cultural and leisure community as well the retail has helped it to flourish. Sheffield City Council’s legal team provide services to other public sector bodies providing an income stream for the Council giving Gillian hands on experience of the challenges facing a team wishing to trade.