Governance & Constitutions

Jonathan Goolden was one of the core drafting team for the modular constitution produced by the then Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions. He also worked closely with civil servants on the statutory guidance to the Local Government Act 2000 and with leading academics from INLOGOV on governance issues.

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.

Most advisers concentrate on the role of the council's executive. Through our police authority expertise and experience, we are also able to offer practical approaches to make scrutiny effective and efficient in holding the executive to account and satisfying backbench councillors.

We have been working with officers and members in large county councils and borough councils on governance issues with regard to reviewing and revising their constitutions.

We have also advised on wider issues of corporate governance in a non-departmental public body and can work with senior officers and members in any public or voluntary sector body to enhance board or senior staff accountability, public engagement, risk management and decision making.

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Partner and Head of Public Law
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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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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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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, including: Human rights Data protection Freedom of Information, Privacy and defamation, Local Government Act 1972 and succeeding legislation, Municipal Trading, Police Act 1996, and Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA)

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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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