Membership

Membership Benefits

 LLG is a vibrant member organisation for local government lawyers and governance officers at all levels.

Joining LLG introduces you to a community of like minded local authority lawyers and governance officers across England and Wales. We offer you access to knowledge, training and development opportunities specifically focussed on your needs, within the context of law in local government. As part of the LLG family, you’ll never be alone - either professionally or socially!

Benefits include: 

The invaluable and comprehensive weekly digest summarising everything from the press, media, and social media. With topics concerning law, politics and policy, cases of interest, decisions of note, and announcements from local authorities and stakeholder organisations

Our essential weekly broadcast of six news worthy topics in six minutes

Lively one hour updates on emerging issues, whether it be legal debate, practice suggestions, process changes, government policy and consultations, LLG campaigns, or soft skills & wellbeing

Web chat with the wider community - post your questions, queries and sticky issues to see if other members can help, or offer your experience and advice to support those that need it.

Meetings allow you to talk and learn with other lawyers online within your specific legal discipline, to grow your skills and your network

Facilitate networking, social and training events for lawyers across a particular region, both online and face to face,to build links with nearby local authorities.

Access to the Membership pages of the Website including Counsel’s Opinion & Guidance Documents.

Our members have lots of opportunities to take part in national policy making and debate on key professional issues affecting them and their authorities.

Join with us to change the sector for the better, shaping national policy and legislation,  and working on innovative approaches such as the Golden Triangle Campaign, Work Experience week and National Graduate Recruitment.

Discounted fees offered on selected training events throughout the year.

The LLG Awards:

Every year we celebrate the best in the profession and recognise the huge contribution made by lawyers in effecting change in their local communities. As a member you can nominate yourself or team members for recognition, or just enjoy the spectacle and be inspired by the stories of others.

LLG Stakeholder Collaboration:

LLG has excellent connections with a variety of stakeholders including Central Government, the Local Government Association, The Law Society, The Solicitors Regulation Authority, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman and other national bodies and groups. We work in partnership with other membership groups such as the Association of Democratic Services Officers, Society for Local Council Clerks, and National Association of Local Councils, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountants (CIPFA), the Society for Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) and the Association of Electoral Administrators (AEA) - to bring collective weight on important issues and enjoy strong ties with the Press to publicise our campaigns and key messages.

Personal Development:

Whether you are a junior lawyer or a Head of Legal, LLG gives you access to the tools to boost your career prospects. Grow your legal skills through attending our range of discounted training conferences. Expand your soft skills with development opportunities such as LLG Inspire; apply for our Mentoring Scheme, and apply for training and academic bursaries. Gain leadership experience through standing for office as a Director of LLG or a National Lead.  

For Monitoring Officers:

Access to the Monitoring Officer Handbook (e-book), and should you need support, access to the Monitoring Officer Defence Scheme providing up to 3 hours of confidential advice and discounted representational rates.

Membership Options

Membership is open to any local government legal or governance officer working within a Local Authority (whether directly employed by the Local Authority or engaged through an agency or other similar arrangement), including but not limited to Monitoring Officers and their deputies, solicitors, barristers, legal executives and licensed conveyancers, and any trainee of any of them, but EXCLUDING any solicitor in private practice unless they are self employed and undertake work solely on behalf of Local Authority clients.

There are 4 classes of membership:

Enjoy full membership benefits, full access to the website, and the opportunity to vote at general meetings of LLG, and National Group and Regional meetings.

Cost per local authority based on size of team of lawyers / governance officers:

Fees from the 1st April 2022

  • 1-5 paid members £285
  • 6-10 paid members £555
  • 11-20 paid members £840
  • 21-30 paid members £1115
  • 31+ paid members £1345

Individual Fee if no local authority fee has been paid

  • Monitoring Officer/Head of Legal £285
  • Principal Solicitor, Locum £115
  • Assistant Solicitor, Retired member, Career break £55
  • Trainee, Apprentice £0.00

Grants access to book training, manage your account and access to public pages.

Cost: free

Open to other persons who, in the Boards absolute discretion are thought likely to make a significant contribution to the work of LLG. Associate membership of LLG provides the same entitlements as full membership, excepting that eligibility to stand for office with the Company is subject to the prior written consent of the Board in its absolute discretion

Fees for the 1st April 2022

  • Stakeholder, Public Sector or Charitable £115 organisations per individual
  • Others – per individual £285

Only available on approval and invitation from the Board