Lord Kerslake Stresses the Importance of Local Government Lawyers having the ear of the Chief Executive

Publish date: 04/07/2017

The LLG Stakeholder Event took place on Friday 30th June 2017 at the Caledonian Club and was an enjoyable and insightful examination of the current issues and challenges facing local government.

The key note address was presented by Lord Kerslake who gave an interesting and insightful address, were in amongst entertaining anecdotes he outlined his characteristics for good governance covering; accountability, transparency, legality, being responsive and fair. Lord Kerslake also outlined the main challenges to local government including cuts, communications, and increased complexity due to new vehicles of delivery.

It was pleasing to note Lord Kerslake realised the importance of local government lawyers and good legal advice very early on in his career and stressed that lawyers must have the ear of the Chief Executive and be listened to. Above all he emphasised the importance of a culture of openness and insisted those in the top roles who did not encourage a culture of openness should not be in those roles at all.

On Brexit, Lord Kerslake's opinion was it was a case of 'damage limitation' and that whilst it will necessary take up the constant attention of central government over the next two years and beyond, it was imperative that local government and local government lawyers had a seat at the table.

The aim of the event was to raise the profile of LLG and local government and forge strong links amongst organisations with synergies for joint working. Amongst the number of attending guests was the President of the Law Society, ADSO, the LGIU, the LGC, the Committee for Standards in Public Life, the LGA, the Association of Electoral Administrators and the Society of Local Council Clerks together with all our Corporate Partners.

Many thanks to our corporate partners, stakeholders, guests and attending press for making the event such a success.

Lord Kerslake & Doreen Forrester-Brown- President LLG 2016/17 pictured (copyright LLG 2017)