A specialist in legal and strategic advice to local authorities.
I lead 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, trying to apply the relevant legislation and case law to the circumstances our clients are facing, and working in an imaginative and creative way to achieve their objectives.
I have over thirty 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 since 2011, and specialise in local authority law. I am in demand as a speaker and trainer in local government matters.
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.
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.
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.
Anthony Collins Solicitors is pleased to announce its appointment to the UK Government’s Crown Commercial Service (CCS) new £320m wider public sector legal services panel.
Join Olwen Dutton, Matthew Gregson and Alex Lawrence in our latest webinar to discuss the decision in R (Harvey) v Ledbury Town Council.
The Department for Education has approved the setting up of 5 new adoption agencies involving a total of 17 councils.
The Local Government team have been appointed to the legal panel for the EM Lawshare consortium next four years from 1 April 2018.
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.
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 be changes in legislation, but certainly the details of what they are cant yet be known.
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.
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