Specialist legal advice and support for local authorities in member conduct and ethical standards cases.
Local authority members are subject to unique public scrutiny in the execution of their duties. Advice and support on a wide range of legal issues are essential to ensuring that the individuals and employers concerned manage their responsibilities effectively.
Weightmans' Member Conduct team is extensively experienced in this area, and has assisted authorities on all kinds of member conduct matters for many years. Our approach is based on delivering high quality customer service and excellent value for money.
Training is one of our most important and cost-effective services, enabling officers to manage every situation with a full understanding of the legal issues and practicalities involved. We provide off-the-peg or bespoke training courses focused on improving or refreshing understanding of the Code of Conduct, developing the skills of Standards Committees and their advisers, and advising on changes in the law.
Our courses are highly interactive and include mock hearings and mock assessments of sample complaints, as well as case study-based training on the Code of Conduct and topical issues. We also provide training related to Standards Committee hearings, Monitoring Officer investigations, Mediation for Monitoring officers and complaints handling
Our Investigations services range from basic low-cost factual investigations through to full investigations by experienced lawyers. We understand how the relevant authorities work, are sensitive to the political element of some complaints, and understand the importance of investigations being completed on time.
We also have unrivalled experience in the conduct of Standards Committee hearings. This includes supporting the chairperson at meetings, providing advice throughout the pre-hearing process and advising on the proper form of written decisions to ensure that challenges are reduced.
Mediation or conciliation is often the key to successful resolution of member conduct issues. Our accredited mediators are highly experienced in this discipline and our expertise can help to reduce the number of allegations made.
Through our Consultancy service, we provide systems reviews and in-depth analysis to help maintain and improve standards, avoid problems and raise levels of performance. This service includes instituting improvement and development measures for Standards Committees. We also advise on the conduct of individuals acting as Board members on partnership Boards, or as directors or partners of arm’s length organisations.
For further information please contact
T: 0151 243 9582
Extremely knowledgeable practitioners
Kris Johnson, Blaby District Council