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.

We can help bring effective scrutiny on community safety, can operate established business process review methodologies to public sector functions and can conclude reviews quickly and simply because of our knowledge of the sector and independent perspective. We have an excellent record of winning the support and ownership of staff involved in reviews.

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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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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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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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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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