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Jonathan Goolden

Partner and Head of Public Law
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01472 262626
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Jonathan is a very experienced local government lawyer and former senior public sector manager. He trained as a solicitor in Manchester, London and Brussels and in 1991 he joined Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council undertaking prosecutions, social services, corporate and regeneration legal work. In 1993 he moved to Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council as firstly a senior solicitor then a principal legal officer. Initially he undertook planning and corporate work, before managing a litigation and social services legal team under a compulsory competitive tendered contract. He was seconded to the Council's Internal Inquiry team investigating serious corruption and misconduct amongst senior staff and councillors.

In 1999, Jonathan became Secretary and Solicitor to Derbyshire Dales District Council and its monitoring officer. He was appointed an acting chief officer for much of his time with the council. In 2000, he moved to Lincolnshire, becoming a Deputy Clerk and Monitoring Officer, then Clerk to Lincolnshire Police Authority and then in 2004, he left the Police Authority to set up his own firm in Louth called Jonathan Goolden Solicitors. On 1st April 2010, his firm merged with Wilkin Chapman LLP and he is currently based at the firm's main office in Grimsby.

He was a member of the core drafting team for INLOGOV working on the modular constitutions project for English local government and has lectured widely on governance and ethical standards issues.

He is a member of the Council of Law Society, a member of the appeal panel of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and an independent member of Humberside Police Authority's Standards Committee.

Jonathan is a fully qualified civil mediator.

What our customers say:

"Jonathan Goolden has 'very practical but comprehensive knowledge, obtained through his legal background and "hands-on" local government experience'."

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Jonathan Goolden has 'very practical but comprehensive knowledge, obtained through his legal background and "hands-on" local government experience'.

Legal 500, 2013

"Jonathan Goolden has advised on over 150 investigations of alleged misconduct by elected officials, and is 'always assured'."

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Jonathan Goolden has advised on over 150 investigations of alleged misconduct by elected officials, and is 'always assured'.

Legal 500, 2012

"Can I thank you for all your assistance in what has been an unpleasant episode. Your calm assurance was a great help in my darkest hour. "

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Can I thank you for all your assistance in what has been an unpleasant episode. Your calm assurance was a great help in my darkest hour.

Client H

"Thank you for your support and kindness when I was in a rather dark place, and for your advice and wisdom in dealing with this sensitive and difficult case. "

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Thank you for your support and kindness when I was in a rather dark place, and for your advice and wisdom in dealing with this sensitive and difficult case.

Client C

"Thank you for your very informative and helpful presentation to the North Yorkshire and York Monitoring Officers and Chairs of standards committee meeting. "

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Thank you for your very informative and helpful presentation to the North Yorkshire and York Monitoring Officers and Chairs of standards committee meeting.

Your style of delivery and the content of your presentation was extremely professional and was gratefully received. The wealth of knowledge that you and your team have is now recognised across the area and I am sure that we will be contact in the future.

Barry Khan

"96% of delegates who attended your breakout session rated it as 'good' or 'excellent'."

96% of delegates who attended your breakout session rated it as 'good' or 'excellent'.

LLG Weekend School 2017

"Yours was the most reviewed session, with delegates describing it as 'very interesting' and 'enjoyable'."

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Yours was the most reviewed session, with delegates describing it as 'very interesting' and 'enjoyable'.

LLG Weekend School 2017

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