The LLG team

Meet our team

We are a close-knit team of legal, public sector, and membership services professionals with personality and passion for the work of LLG; dedicated to ensuring that members are up to date, connected, and able to progress and perform to the best of their ability throughout their career.

We work with a clear purpose, with an appetite to influence positive change within local and national government agendas in the short, medium, and long term, campaigning for tangible change across the local authority legal sector. Unfazed by any obstacle, LLG works with members and their local authorities and collaborates with other organisations across the public sector, to deliver both excellent member services, wider influence, and importantly, a sustainable profession.

Deborah Evans, CEO

Deborah is responsible for driving forward the strategic ambitions of LLG, working closely with the board to design the best possible service for the lawyers who make up our membership. She assists in setting the strategy whilst leading the team to deliver the organisations goals within an agreed budget to ensure tangible value for money for local authorities. Collaborating with others across the sector, Deborah strives for local and national influence on key policy items through improved visibility and an ambitious policy and campaign agenda. 


Since her appointment as LLG’s first CEO in 2018, Deborah has steered the transformation of the organisation to one with strong levels of membership engagement with a vibrant online knowledge, training and conference programme. Deborah and the talented team ensured that LLG demonstrated its value during the pandemic, producing fast-paced guidance and lobbying for policy change to ensure members could thrive. In 2021, Deborah led the launch of the first national work experience week for law students in local authorities across the country, with a plan to repeat this annually, complemented by a national graduate recruitment scheme in 2022. 

Helen Haslam
Dennis Hall – Bulletin Editor
Helen McGrath – Head of Public Affairs
 Helen Haslam - Board Support Manager and PA to CEO

Dennis is LLG’s weekly Bulletin Editor, responsible for providing up to date and topical content for members and is also a co- presenter of the LLG Grapevine podcast. He is a solicitor, a legal associate of the RTPI, a councillor and member of a local Standards Committee of a major local authority.

Dennis has been a past Chair of LLG’s predecessors and has served the boards of a number of external public bodies.



Helen is responsible for driving forward the campaign element of LLG's work and contributes to the formation of policy and membership benefits. Helen leads on responses to government consultations and written evidence; producing guidance, protocols, and briefings of benefit to the membership whilst engaging in stakeholder and corporate partner liaison .

Helen oversees the National Lead programme, provides supports to the Branches and oversees communications and press liaison. Helen is a qualified solicitor and the company secretary.

Helen is the contact for all LLG Board members, organising and managing the LLG board meetings.

Helens second role is as PA to LLG's CEO.







Ann Harlow – Head of Business Services & Training
Lucy Duncan – Training Developer
Jack McCann – Legal Events & Project Co-Ordinator

Ann Harlow is the Head of Business Support Services for LLG, responsible for delivering a wide range of operational services including Information Technology, Finance, overseeing the Administrative Support Team, along with organising the two LLG residential conferences, whilst delivering major projects to further LLGs strategic objectives.


Lucy is the Training Developer for LLG, seamlessly developing and delivering a programme of legal and skills training for local government lawyers, including themed one day conferences on specific legal disciplines. Lucy brings her skills in all aspects of online and hybrid delivery and enjoys working with a diverse range of speakers to ensure that LLG training is high quality, relevant and accessible.

Jack is the Legal Events & Project Coordinator for LLG, ably juggling the delivery of webinars,  regional and national group meetings, supporting online training and conference provision, and running online awards ceremonies whilst delivering major campaigns and projects for LLG such as LLG inspire and national work experience week.


Daria Porwisz – Legal Training and Project
Rachel Carruthers – Business, Finance and IT
Aafreen Sau - Legal Training, Membership Support and Projects Co-ordinator

Daria is the Legal Events & Project Coordinator for LLG, working tirelessly to support the delivery of legal training and conferences to our members whilst assisting in the design and delivery of major strategic objectives such as work experience week and undertaking campaign and project work.







Rachel provides essential all-round support and assistance to the team and the wider membership on email enquiries, particularly with respect to membership as LLG’s subscription expert.

Rachel is also responsible for financial processing and expense management, and most importantly for the use and development of the Information Technology software and hardware supporting the business, happy to advise staff and members alike as to how to use our systems to best effect, assisting with trouble shooting and problem resolution with a smile.

Aafreen is the Legal Training, Membership Support and Projects Coordinator for LLG, providing overall administrative support from maintaining records, monitoring the membership inbox and handling enquiries. She organises dates for meetings, updates website content, produces and distributes the weekly Bulletin and administers job vacancy advertisements. Aafreen also assists in organising, promoting and delivering legal training events as well as conducting research and producing draft briefs for LLG’s campaigns and projects.


Janet Hooper – Welsh Policy Officer

Janet is the Welsh Bulletin editor for LLG, producing the LLG monthly Senned update detailing changes in law, policy and practice applicable to our Welsh members.