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Local government

Comprehensive range of legal support, defendant litigation services for all local and public authorities.

ALARM 2016

Weightmans' Public Sector team is one of the largest in the UK, with extensive experience working with local authorities, local authority consortia, police forces, fire authorities and NHS Trusts.

Legal Support

Weightmans' Public Sector team provides a wrap-around support service covering every conceivable legal issue for our local government clients. Our lawyers have hands-on experience of working in local government and the public sector.  You can be assured that we understand the issues you face and the political and economic pressures you work under. Our approach is focused on solving your legal problems as quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

We are LEXCEL accredited, and our commitment to electronic case management assures the quality of everything we do. Your work will be handled by people who know their subject thoroughly, and who are fully supported by a dedicated know-how team.

Defendant Litigation

We are brand leaders in defendant litigation services for local and public authorities, with in-depth expertise in all types of claims including motor, public liability and employers' liability.  We have considerable experience in handling sensitive and/or high profile claims, such as bullying, failure to educate and abuse, and are equally skilled in handling the media attention that these cases sometimes attract.

Whilst we encourage a commercial, cost effective and pragmatic approach to claims, we recognise the financial constraints and policy considerations that you have to consider, and tailor our service accordingly.

We have also developed a special fraud detection package for public bodies. We regularly advise on policy matters and attend internal committee and risk management meetings to provide input in connection with wider issues affecting local authorities and service delivery.

We are on the panel of all of the major public sector insurers as well as receiving instructions directly from local authorities. We regularly provide training through our own seminars, including national conferences dedicated to police and fire authorities, as well as through local and national bodies and regional insurance officers' groups.

One of our key differentiators as a legal practice is that we go beyond the routine at every opportunity. We seek to work in partnership with you and use our relationship as a springboard for improvement. In this regard, we provide access to our research facilities, help with professional training, arrange secondments and support with staff development, enabling your officers to innovate, develop and improve performance.

They are familiar with local government and the way the processes and procedures work, which is very important because it puts them in a position where they are obvious specialists.

They have especially good knowledge of local government and governance issues.

They have a cohesive team.

They performed to a good standard, my experience with the team was positive and I do not have any criticisms.

Completely reliable, knowledgeable and you feel in safe hands.

Their technical ability and knowledge of the law is beyond question.
Chambers & Partners 2016

Weightmans LLP, which is valued for its 'understanding of local authorities', is well regarded for its police work. It successfully represented the Chief Constables of four police forces in a stress claim, initiated by a former undercover officer, that was heard at the High Court.


Weightmans LLP is considered by clients to have an 'excellent depth of knowledge' and 'awareness of the political environment in which local authorities operate'.


Weightmans LLP has a full service practice with experience in regeneration, employment, governance and project work. The firm advises Charnwood Borough Council on the North East Leicester Sustainable Urban Extension project.


Weightmans LLP's 'top quality' team advised Liverpool City Council on the development, implementation and operation of city's cycle-hire scheme, which is partly funded by the government. The North West Legal Consortium and Manchester City Council also instruct the firm.

Legal 500 2015

Simon Goacher
"We seek to work in partnership with you and use our relationship as a springboard for improvement"
Simon Goacher

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