Training course

Introductory Masterclass in Political Awareness

29 November 2018
10:00 - 16:00
Bevan Brittan LLP, Birmingham

151 -165 Interchange Place, Edmund Street, Birmingham, B3 2TA

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LLG members £275+VAT

Non members £299+VAT

The ability to navigate the political interface with elected members is, more than ever, an essential part of being a successful senior local government lawyer. The nature of the role of the local authority lawyer inevitably involves close contact with members, and so political awareness and the confidence to deal with the inherently political nature of local authorities are essential skills. LLG’s new political awareness masterclasses will enable you to properly understand the political dynamics of local government, be confident with the governance framework, and develop the personal skills needed for success. Those of you who were at the Governance Conference in Gateshead will have heard the announcement by Beth Evans of the launch of this new LLG programme.

This introductory level masterclass will cover:

Political awareness and dynamics

  • The role of elected councillors
  • The role of officers including the Monitoring Officer and other statutory officers
  • The importance of the relationship between members and officers in an effective council
  • How the relationship works with new/complex structures, for example local authority companies, trusts, joint ventures, and shared services
  • Relevant good practice, codes and protocols
  • Areas of risk and how to avoid/mitigate them including different governance arrangements; different political configurations; shared services, joint arrangements and combined authorities; change in political control; working privately with the political groups; dealing with scrutiny; and conflicts and complaints
  • Tips for operating successfully in a political environment

Governance framework

  • Public engagement and accountability including consultation, complaint and challenge
  • Transparency and openness- operating commercially in the context of freedom of information
  • Legal requirements, for example equalities and human rights
  • Making decisions which are robust against judicial review

Personal skills and values

  • Integrity
  • Confidence
  • Neutrality
  • Empathy
  • Communication

The masterclass is designed as a workshop to allow for plenty of delegate interaction and discussion. It will be practical in nature, focusing on skills and tips for tackling real issues which will help delegates back at their councils.

Target audience

This introductory masterclass is ideal for lawyers in local government who are moving, or plan to move, into more senior roles where their interaction with members will grow and there will be greater need to deal with governance issues. This masterclass will also be suitable for lawyers moving into local government from the private sector. In addition, any lawyer in local government who feels they need a refresher on this subject, however experienced they are, will be very welcome.

Follow-up Masterclass

The intention is that, following this Introductory Masterclass, we will offer a half day follow-up Masterclass at the same venue. This will enable delegates from the first session to regroup and reflect on how they have applied learning in practice; and provide a general update/refresher to all local government lawyers on the topic. We anticipate running a follow-up workshop in Birmingham in spring/summer 2019.

This masterclass will cover the following aspects of the SRA’s Statement of solicitor competence:

A2 Maintain the level of competence and legal knowledge needed to practice effectively, taking into account changes in their role and/or practice context and developments in the law

A3 Work within the limits of their competence and the supervision which they need

A4 Draw on sufficient detailed knowledge and understanding of their field(s) of work and role in order to practice effectively

A5 Apply understanding, critical thinking and analysis to solve problems

B3 Develop and advise on relevant options, strategies and solutions

B6 Negotiate solutions to clients’ issues

C2 Establish and maintain effective and professional relations with clients

C3 Establish and maintain effective and professional relations with other people

D1 Initiate, plan, prioritise and manage work activities and projects to ensure that they are completed efficiently, on time and to an appropriate standard both in relation to their own work and work that they lead or supervise

D3 Apply good business practice

Introductory Masterclass in Political Awareness

29 November 2018 | 10:00 - 16:00

£299 +VAT

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