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Local Authorities

We regularly advise and assist local authorities on all aspects of employment related issues

Local Authorities are continuing to expedience an unprecedented period of change including the restructuring of how public services are delivered and ongoing pressures to achieve more with less.  We regularly advise and assist local authorities on all aspects of employment related issues including;

  • TUPE transactions, such as mergers, outsourcing, PFI/PPP projects, strategic service partnerships and re-tendering of services; advising on the drafting of the employment provisions in documents;
  • Advice to public bodies on the staffing aspects of outsourcing services to a variety of "Alternative Delivery Models" to realise efficiencies.  These include shared services, joint ventures and spin-outs into public service mutuals;
  • Reviewing participants' bids and proposals, advising on equal pay issues and supporting the consultation process; and
  • Advice on the use of secondment arrangements and the transfer of collective agreements (including local and national agreements).

We are experts in the sector and some of our recent transactions include:

  • Advising a local authority on an innovative outsourcing partnership including a new support and customer service organisation and development and regulatory services partner.  We guided the council through procurement, contract negotiations and TUPE issues as well as establishing an innovative joint-employment model for the delivery of statutory functions.  
  • Advising three local authorities on the employment issues arising out of the creation of a new LATC for the provision of adult social care services across the three local areas.  Our strategic advice included TUPE, equal pay, consultation processes, and changes to terms and conditions, as well as support for setting up the new LATC and implementing new contracts for the executive team.

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