Training course

Committees - Stage 2

08 December 2020
10:00 - 16:30
Eversheds, London

1 Wood Street, London, EC2V 7WS

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Target Audience:

For practitioners who have already grasped the basics, this course will increase their confidence, improve their impact and enable them to be more effective in working with elected members and managing meetings.

The Localism Act gave local authorities new freedoms and greater flexibility to act in the best interests of their area including three permitted forms of governance, the general power of competence, and simplified ethical arrangements for members. It also introduced new rights and powers for local communities.

Yet despite the new freedoms, councils must still exercise powers properly and for proper purposes, taking relevant considerations into account, following procedural requirements, and demonstrating fairness when exercising discretion.

This course will help delegates to:

  • broaden their knowledge and understanding of the law and practice of meetings;
  • better understand the legal and political context for their role;
  • explore some of the more practical issues which may be causing difficulties in advising elected members in meetings; and
  • share good practice with colleagues from other local authorities operating different executive models and arrangement

Course Content:

  • The implications of new executive arrangements for:
    • Decision-making
    • Access to information
    • Rights of Members
    • Member / Officer relations
  • Practical problems in managing meetings
  • Executive decision-making
    • Key decisions and the forward plan
    • Recording of Executive decisions
    • Decision making by portfolio holders
  • Overview and Scrutiny
    • Holding the Executive to account
    • The role and work of the full council
    • Dealing with issues of conduct
    • Call in procedures

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

A Ethics, professionalism and judgement

B Technical legal practice

B1 Obtain relevant facts

B2 Undertake legal research

B3 Develop and advise on relevant options, strategies and solutions

B7 Plan, manage and progress legal cases and transactions

C Working with other people

C1 Communicate clearly and effectively, orally and in writing

C2 Establish and maintain effective and professional relations with clients

C3 Establish and maintain effective and professional relations with other people

D Managing themselves and their own work

Committees - Stage 2

08 December 2020 | 10:00 - 16:30

£215 +VAT

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