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
  • 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)
  • Specialist RIPA and CHIS training for local authorities
  • 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

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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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 authorities

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 authorities to be able to offer realistic, practical and cost-effective support.

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RIPA & CHIS Training

We can provide specialist Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) and Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHIS) training packages, designed especially for local authority authorising officers and applicants.

All of our training packages are designed and delivered to meet your organisation's needs and training requirements. Our training maintains the integrity of the prosecution judicial system, as well as ensuring compliance with the Office of Surveillance Commission inspection regime.

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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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