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13th July 2018

Publish date: 13/07/2018

Whilst disappointingly football is not coming home; the LLG Awards 2018 most definitely are coming,- this year, to London. In true LLG Awards style, the location for this glitzy glamorous event is the Waldorf Hotel, London. The hotel is steeped in history since its opening in 1908 thanks to its benefactor William Waldorf Astor. The pre-award reception will be held in the famous Palm Court Suite (pictured) which survived the bombs of WWII (although the roof shattered from shock waves) and was used as the interior set for the 1950's Titantic film , "A Night to Remember". Not be confused with the New York Waldorf-Astoria, no famous salads were invented here!

The LLG Awards this year have eight bespoke categories with two completely new awards for "Public/Private Partnership and "Significant Contribution to Local Government Law and Practice". Nominations will open from 23rd July 2018, but category information can already be found here (http://www.lawyersinlocalgovernment.org.uk/news_articles/the-llg-awards-2018-are-coming)

Big dates for your diary include the first week of September when nominations will close and the night itself – that being the 9th November 2018. It could be you receiving a beautiful award to great acclaim, so thinking caps on and nominations at the ready.

Another marvellous membership provision (easy for me to say) is of course the Monitoring Officer's Handbook. The Handbook is provided completely free to full members and we know from feedback that those utilising it have found it invaluable. Access is open to all levels of local authority lawyer so please do contact membership@lawingov.org.uk

Finally, bursaries are still open for the Masters Degree in Local Government Legal Professional Leadership at Northumbria University. LLG will commit £3000 for eligible members so please do contact Helen@lawingov.org.uk if you want to learn more about this two year course.

Have a lovely weekend

Helen McGrath

Policy & Communications Manager