Training course

Introductory Masterclass in Political Awareness

Date:
01 March 2019
Time:
10:00 - 16:00
Venue:
Durham County Hall
CPD
4.5
Speaker:
Address:

Durham County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL

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Cost

LLG members £275+VAT

Non members £299+VAT


A course which addresses how to work at a senior level in the political environment of a local authority.

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 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.

This introductory level masterclass will cover:

  • 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
  • Danger areas and how to deal with them including different governance arrangements; different political configurations; shared services, joint arrangements and combined authorities; change in political control; elections; social media; and working privately with the political groups;
  • The personal values and skills you will need including
    • Integrity
    • Neutrality
    • Empathy
    • Confidence
    • Communication
  • Tips for operating successfully in a political environment

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.


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

01 March 2019 | 10:00 - 16:00

£299 +VAT

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