Rosalind Davis Talks About the LLG Work Experience Week 2021

Publish date: 12/07/2021

LLG have launched this fantastic scheme as part of their initiative to promote equality and accessibility within local government legal careers. 40 successful applicants have been placed with local authorities across the county for shadowing opportunities.


Rosa and myself have just wrapped up what has been a fantastic Work Experience Week here at LLG! We have spent the past five days experiencing first-hand what life as a lawyer in local government is all about.

LLG have launched this fantastic scheme as part of their initiative to promote equality and accessibility within local government legal careers. 40 successful applicants have been placed with local authorities across the county for shadowing opportunities.

Being placed directly with the LLG team has allowed us a glimpse into the mechanisms at the heart of local government as well as the organisation's broader business functions.

Our afternoons have been spent participating in a diverse and dynamic programme of webinars and round table discussions. A highlight for me was Monday's contract drafting workshop led by Matt Whelan and Jai Pannum from Trowers and Hamlin. The workshop helped us to develop skills that are invaluable for any lawyer. Another highlight was spending Wednesday morning with Aneeka Muneer, a solicitor from Bradford Council. We discussed at length her fascinating work in regulatory prosecutions and advocacy in the Magistrates Court and we carried out a practical piece of research and presentation work for her. As well as being highly informative, the experience has been impressively hands-on and day one saw Rosa and I drafting and recording for LLG's podcast 'The LLG Grapevine'.

In terms of exciting news in the sphere of local government, I have enjoyed researching and learning about the recent development of 'Lawyers for Net Zero'. This network aims to encourage and assist in-house lawyers and the organizations for which they work to fulfil key climate change targets and develop more sustainable ways of working. The network consists of legal professionals and entrepreneurs who believe that climate protection should be a priority for everyone. Lawyers for Net Zero hope to centralize important information on climate change initiatives, and disseminate knowledge to lawyers in local government. This will allow the implementation of climate friendly schemes by local government organizations.

Having spent a week exposed to life as a local government lawyer I look forward to taking the next steps towards a career in local government, now able to visualise the real positive impact you can have. As a budding lawyer, the opportunity to gain such fantastic work experience has been invaluable, particularly as opportunities to do so have been so limited over the past 18 months. I couldn't recommend the scheme more highly to anyone who is or may be considering a career as a local authority lawyer.

Rosalind Davis

LLG Work Experience Week 2021