Local government

  • Overview

    Full legal support and defendant litigation services for all local and public authorities from one of the largest public sector legal teams in the UK.

    With hands-on experience of working in your sector, our lawyers understand the issues and pressures you deal with every day. We provide a full support service covering every legal issue encountered, including:

    • Integration of health and social care
    • Complex commercial projects
    • Regeneration schemes
    • Outsourcing and procurement
    • Public authority governance
    • Public authority member governance
    • Public sector information law 
    • Adult social care
    • Children's social services 
    • All litigation services

    Our approach? Put simply, it's solving your legal problems as quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. We're LEXCEL accredited, committed to electronic case management, and our people know their subject inside-out. We'll help you drive improvement through our research facilities, professional training, secondments and staff development support.

    We are members of the numerous large local authority framework agreements, including EM LawShare, the North West Legal Consortium, WY Law, Southern LLG and many others.

    We are committed to delivering innovative solutions to the most difficult issues which you face and we work with respected think tank NLGN to develop cutting edge ideas.

    We are also corporate partners of LLG (Lawyers in Local Government) and work with it to provide a defence line for local authority monitoring officers.

    We're 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.

    Risk management strategies, both general and claim-related, are a specialism.

    We advise on policy and attend committee and risk management meetings on issues affecting local authorities; we've also developed a special fraud detection package for public bodies. As well as working direct with local authorities, we're on the panel of all major public sector insurers. Our training adds value, too, from our own seminars and national conferences to work with local, regional and national groups.

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    Services Testimonials

    According to clients, Weightmans LLP is 'one of the pre-eminent local government firms'.

    Legal 500 2017

    Weightmans LLP’s team has 'a pragmatic and helpful approach' and 'expertise across the full gamut of local government issues'.

    Legal 500 2017

    Weightmans LLP has a 'modern and efficient practice with a national presence and reputation'. It handles a range of personal injury claims for local authorities, large insurers and public and private companies, such as Zurich, AIG, Ageas, Motor Insurance Bureau and Sportscover Europe. The team 'combines business understanding with excellent knowledge of the legal environment'.

    Legal 500 2017
    Publications
    Insights
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    The Supreme Court has overturned the Court of Appeal's ruling in the matter of D (A Child) [2019] UKSC 42.

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    News
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    During the Government's spending review on Wednesday, Chancellor Sajid Javid announced that local councils will get £1.5bn for social care next year…

    Simon Goacher
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    Government guidance for adult social care providers: are you ready for a no-deal Brexit?

    The advice from the government should be considered carefully and the appropriate planning and preparation undertaken as failure to do so could result…

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