This half-day course will look at what it means to be an in-house lawyer in a local authority, whatever your legal specialism. We will explore what being an in-house lawyer means, who is your client and what differences flow from working for a politically led public body. We will discuss key relationships with the Monitoring Officer, elected members, client departments and working as part of multi-disciplinary teams. We will conclude with a discussion on practical approaches, skills and behaviours to be an effective lawyer in local government.
This session will be suitable for anyone working in a local authority as a practising lawyer, whatever your specialist area, whether this is child protection, planning, commercial or any other field. It will be particularly useful for colleagues who are new to local government.
Bethan Evans Governance Training and Consultancy
Beth is a recognised expert in local authority governance, having worked in the field for over 35 years. She worked as an in-house lawyer for nearly 20 years at four different councils in England specialising in housing, education and social care. Beth then moved into management posts, culminating in roles as a County Solicitor and a Director of Corporate Services in a unitary authority.
Beth led the Welsh Local Government Agency responsible for improvement and development in Welsh local government for three years. In 2001 she joined Bevan Brittan LLP as a partner where she led the local government team for 17 years, four of which she spent as senior partner.
Beth acted as secretary and chair of a branch and then as national chair of the (then) Local Government Group in 1998/99.