Olwen Dutton, Local Government Partner has been named Partner of
the year 2013 by the Birmingham Law Society.
At the award ceremony on Thursday 14 March, the judges indicated
that they were impressed with the way that she had developed her
career, moving from a prominent local government position, to
become a leading private practice lawyer dealing with local
They also noted her efforts to advance the role of women in the
legal profession and her support for young people with under
privileged backgrounds seeking legal careers.
Olwen has been a Partner with Bevan Brittan since January 2011.
Prior to joining the firm she was Chief Executive of the West
Midlands Regional Assembly and West Midlands Local Government
Association having enjoyed a long and successful legal career in
Since joining Bevan Brittan, Olwen has joined the tier
one local government team and developed a reputation as one of
the leading legal advisors in the sector. In particular she
specialises in the complex vires and governance issues facing local
authorities at a time of significant change following the
introduction of the Localism Act. Olwen is also advising a
significant number of Authorities on the issues arising from the
transfer of responsibility for Public Health from PCTs to Local
Government and the establishment of Health & Wellbeing Boards due
to occur in April 2013.
Commenting on the award, Olwen said;
I am delighted to have been awarded this prestigious award
by my peers. I have dedicated my legal career to addressing the
many and complex legal challenges faced by local authorities on a
daily basis. To be able to continue this dedication in private
practice enables me to maintain the immense sense of pride and
motivation I have enjoyed throughout my career.