I specialise in the local government market. As a former local authority Chief Executive and Head of Legal Services, I combine the practical experience of 25 years of working in local government with a nationally-recognised expertise in the area of local authority decision-making and corporate governance.
I have drafted and reviewed some 30 local authority constitutions and am widely acknowledged as an expert at providing practical answers to assist local authorities to function more effectively. To that end, I regularly lecture and advise on effective executive government within local authorities.
My practice also covers public procurement (including local authority charging and trading powers) and joint ventures, particularly partnering arrangements between the public and private sectors. I have undertaken a number of high-profile probity investigations for local authorities and wrote the model procedures for local investigation and local Standards Committee hearings.
Outside my lawyer responsibilities, I am also the author of "Monitoring Officer", the standard textbook on the work of the chief legal officer in a local authority.