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Corporate governance

Corporate governance

The leading local government practice, acting for over 200 local authorities across the UK.

The pressure to deliver quality services with reduced budgets – often through innovative and alternative delivery structures means good governance will remain firmly in the spotlight.

Decision making arrangements need to be transparent, clearly auditable, and understood by officers, members and the general public.  Responsibility for taking decisions and authority to do so needs to be clear and the right process followed.  Decisions need to be made in accordance with the law, and satisfy principles of accountability and probity.

In our experience, good governance arrangements can both safeguard decisions from future challenge and also deliver better outcomes for employees delivering services and service users.

Our market leading public sector team (many of whom have held senior in-house roles) regularly advise on good governance practice, effective decision making and mitigating the risk of challenge. 

Examples of our recent work includes:

  • drafting amendments to constitutions to take account of new governance arrangements, new member standards and codes of conduct;
  • advice, training and the drafting of local codes of conduct for elected members;
  • reviewing decision-making processes, corporate governance and implementation of changes;
  • reviewing and advising on the validity of decisions and what actions to take to rectify irregularities;
  • advising and dealing with Judicial Review proceedings;
  • advising on the governance implications of setting up alternative delivery vehicles such as mutuals and local authority trading companies;
  • setting up arrangements for the joint discharge of functions between authorities;
  • advising on re-organising staffing structures in the face of budgetary reductions;
  • advising on senior pay policy statements;
  • advising on allegations of misconduct, ranging from conflicts of interests, bullying, discrimination to breach of statutory duties; and
  • undertaking disciplinary investigations, including investigations into chief officer misconduct, and where necessary draft severance agreements and negotiate compromise agreements.

We are here to ensure that appropriate and robust governance systems are in place, which recognise your political circumstances.  We are also on hand to assist you should matters not go according to plan. Whatever we do, we always act with discretion, sensitivity and the need to make your governance structures work for you.

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