Investigations without tears?

Conducting Code of Conduct investigations under the Standards regime. Best practice, process, lessons from the Ledbury and Sandwell cases, role of the MO, sanctions and proposals for reform

Level: Intermediate


4 June 2019, Nottingham
18 July 2019, Birmingham


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

Venue 1:

Freeths, Nottingham (with Video Conferencing Equipment to Freeths’ offices in Birmingham, Leicester, Leeds, London and Sheffield)

Venue 2:

Freeths, Birmingham (NO VCE)

Presented by Freeths and Anthony Collins

Course overview

Members code of Conduct, allegations of dishonesty by staff or postings on Social Media. This course aims to look at;

Good Practice
How to structure a report
Principles of Natural Justice
Impact of GDPR
Limits on the process and available sanctions
Particular issues related to senior officers
Rights of Challenge
What changes can we expect to see in the regulation of Local Authority Standards following the recent findings of the COSPL?

Suitable audience:

Lawyers and other officers involved in Member Code of Conduct and other investigations related to alleged breaches of Codes or malfeasance by Members or Officers
Duration: Half a day (3 training hours) including lunch
Interactive elements

There will be an interactive case study


This course will cover:

A Ethics professionalism and judgement

B Technical legal practice

B4 Draft documents

Presenter profiles:

Stephen Pearson, Partner, regularly advises clients on conduct and governance matters and has been involved in a number of code of conduct and other investigations on behalf of local authorities. He also delivers training to officers and members. He has a diploma in Local Government law, is Chair of a Parish Council, has sat on a local authority Standards Sub-Committee as a co-opted member, and was formerly a non-executive director of an NHS Trust with special responsibility for “whistleblowing” issues.

David Potter, Partner is an experienced employment lawyer who mainly acts for employers in both the private and public sectors. He deals with all aspects of employment law and practice; including investigations for local authorities, strategic advice, reviews of policies, and procedures and contracts of employment. David is recognised as an “Elite Leading Lawyer” in Employment by The Legal 500.

David has extensive experience of handling claims in the Employment Tribunal, including complex and sensitive cases. He regularly appears in the Tribunal for clients. David acts for senior employees, usually in connection with settlement agreements. He also regularly speaks on employment law issues at seminars organised by Freeths or by other organisations.

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.

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.