- 02 October 2017
- 10:00 - 16:30
- Trowers and Hamlins
- Andrew Walster - Director of Streetscene and Regulatory Services
- Gurbinder Singh Sangha - Major Projects Commerical Lawyer
- Helen Randall - Partner
- John Foskett - Director
- Margaret Bailey
- Mark Cook - Partner
- Mark Hynes - Director of Governance and Law
- Mike Read - Director
- Philip McCourt - Director
- Ralph Burton - Strategic Property Manager
- Sam Chapman-Allen - Deputy Leader
- Stephen Matthew - Partner
- Sue Smith - Chairman
3 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8YZ
Councils are increasingly engaging in the commercialisation agenda – be it buying shopping centres and office blocks, building houses for sale or creating trading companies to sell services.
It offers the opportunity to generate revenue returns and capital appreciation on investment and to support the Councils core businesses as community leaders and providers/enablers of mandatory and discretionary services.
However, it also brings significant risk as Councils venture into new and unknown territory. Councils need to think carefully about the options available to them, what powers can be used and their restrictions, choices of governance and operating models and what services might be ripe for a more commercialised approach. It also offers an opportunity to review the Councils operating model to embrace a more entrepreneurial approach to service delivery.
This conference will bring together a range of experts to explore the financial, legal and practical aspects which will need to be considered as Councils increasingly embark on this journey.With a mixture of formal presentations and case studies this is a must attend event for all local government lawyers.
Please see the full timed programme here.
Please see the session overviews here.
Chair’s opening remarks
Mark Hynes, Director of Governance and Law London Borough of Waltham Forest
Adopting a commercial approach to service delivery
Helen Randall, Trowers & Hamlins LLP
Case Study One – Coventry's approach to commercialisation
Gurbinder Singh Sangha, Major Projects Commercial Lawyer and Andrew Walster, Coventry City Council
Alternative delivery options
Mark Cook, Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP
Case Study Two - Property joint venture for regeneration operated by Breckland Council
Ralph Burton, Strategic Property Manager and Sam Chapman-Allen, Deputy Leader, Breckland District Council
Exploring the finance issues
Mike Read, Director and John Foskett, Director Grant Thornton UK LLP
Governance and managing conflicts of interest
Philip McCourt, Consultant Weightmans LLP
State aid and procurement issues
Stephen Matthew, Partner Browne Jacobson
Case Study Three - Gravern Hill - Development company operated by Cherwell Council for self-build homes
Sue Smith, Chairman Graven Hill
02 October 2017 | 10:00 - 16:30