Public Law

We provide expert advice on the complete range of services for public and third sector organisations. Our experienced team cover all aspects of law which affect local government, and provide you with a personal service that is value for money.

Our services

Our core expertise is the law which affects local government this includes:

  • Human rights
  • Data protection (GDPR: General Data Protection Regulation)
  • Freedom of information
  • Privacy and defamation
  • Local Government Act 1972 and succeeding legislation
  • Municipal Trading
  • Police Act 1996
  • Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA)
  • We also have experience in education, social services and planning law.


Our clients

We currently represent over 80 local authorities across the country including:

  • County Councils
  • Metropolitan Councils
  • District Councils
  • London Boroughs

We also represent other public sector bodies including:

  • Universities
  • NHS Trusts
  • Police Forces
  • Police and Crime Commissioners

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Regulatory and Public Sector Partner
Consultant (non Solicitor)

Ethics & Conduct

We understand the challenges of being a local government monitoring officer from personal experience. We can offer definitive guidance and support on conduct issues, either directly to the monitoring officer or directly to members and other officers.

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Governance & Constitutions

We not only know the theory of the executive / scrutiny new form of governance, introduced by the Local Government Act 2000, but we have good experience of operating it in practice and of improving and updating the current models used in most councils.

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Health

The health sector has witnessed unparalleled change over the last decade. From Private Finance Initiative (PFI) projects, providing new health facilities and hospitals paid for by the private sector and guaranteed by the NHS, to Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) initiatives between developers and medical professionals; the face of healthcare within the UK is changing with closer working relationships with the private sector being forged.

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Police Forces & Police and Crime Commissioner

We are one of only a small handful of professional advice firms in England and Wales to have the understanding and experience of police forces and Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) to be able to offer realistic, practical and cost-effective support.

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Scrutiny and review

From our governance and police and crime panel experience, we know how to galvanise your council's scrutiny into an effective way of improving corporate performance.

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Social Housing

Advice to Registered Social Landlords, Arms Length Management Organisations and Housing Associations Over the last ten years Wilkin Chapman LLP has considerably developed it’s housing practice advising Registered Social Landlord’s (“RSLs”), Arms Length management Organisations (“ALMOs”) and Housing Associations.

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What our customers say:

"The attention to detail and managing highly complex investigations in very challenging circumstances was a valued source of support and reassurance..."

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Client C

"Thank you for this very professional and thorough investigation report – it is greatly appreciated!"

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Client B

"Thank you for your work on a complex whistleblowing case for us."

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Mental Health NHS Trust Secretary