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Olwen Brown

Consultant

Consultant in the governance and commercial team

My role

I am a consultant in the local government sector at Anthony Collins Solicitors and work with a team of local government specialists and other lawyers across the firm to provide a full service offer to councils. We aim to work with councils as a trusted adviser, providing practical hands-on advice on legal and strategic issues, applying the relevant legislation and case law in a pragmatic and common-sense way to the circumstances our clients are facing, and working in an imaginative and creative way to achieve their objectives.

My experience

I have over 30 years’ experience as a solicitor and spent most of my career in the public sector, where I have been, amongst other roles, a chief executive, corporate director, head of legal services, and monitoring officer. I have been a partner in private practice between 2011-2021 specialising in local authority law. I am in demand as a speaker and trainer in local government matters and used to working with senior officers and elected members.

My specialisms

  • General local government law
  • Governance and constitutional matters
  • Investigations
  • Local government commercial and company matters

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My latest articles

Changes to the arrangements for holding local authority meetings
Changes to the arrangements for holding local authority meetings

The Government have finally published the changes to the arrangements for holding local authority meetings that came into effect on 4 April.

Coronavirus and local authorities – governance matters
Coronavirus and local authorities – governance matters

Fears that the Government didn't understand the practical difficulties that local authorities face were put to rest last night (23 March) following an amendment to the Coronavirus Bill.

Insourcing for local authorities
Insourcing for local authorities

For decades now, fewer and fewer services provided by local authorities have been delivered directly by them. However, over the last couple of years, there are signs that this tide is changing.

Response to IFS report on unsustainability of councils’ funding
Response to IFS report on unsustainability of councils’ funding

A report published on 29 May by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has found that since 2009-10, local government spending on services has fallen on average by 21% in real terms.

Change, all change; some issues to consider when your council changes control
Change, all change; some issues to consider when your council changes control

By early morning on 3 May, it was clear that there had been a huge change in the composition of many councils across the country.

Establishing a Regional Adoption Agency
Establishing a Regional Adoption Agency

The Department for Education has approved the setting up of 5 new adoption agencies involving a total of 17 councils.

Brexit and Local Government – what next?

Devaluations All councils would be well advised to consider their Medium-Term Financial Strategy, and the assumptions that underlie it, to see if some adjustment is required. For example, one of […]

Mood music

Other than that, things start to become less certain. There is an effect upon the economy, but we don’t know what that will be in the longer term. There will […]

Making collaboration work – blog for Local Government Lawyer

Hello to all. It is as ever a busy week for Local Government, and therefore for local authority lawyers. Those involved in the forthcoming Referendum are by all accounts incredibly […]

Contracting with local authorities

Local government functions — local authorities may only act where they have a power (they can act) or a duty (they must act) set out in legislation. Different forms of local […]