Entries by Jodie Bradford

An update from NWL Legal

by Meera Patel, Trainee Solicitor The Coronavirus is giving rise to the need to adapt the way in which local authorities currently work to meet the unique challenge the pandemic presents. North West Leicestershire Legal are still available to provide up to the minute, practical advice on the usual services we cover and as a […]

Benefits of Public Service Legal Work

by Meera Patel, Trainee Solicitor Furthering the Public Good One of the main and most important reason why lawyers work in house for local authorities is because it gives them an opportunity to become involved in decisions affecting their local community. As an in-house local authority lawyer you support an important public cause – equal […]

Do I Need a Public Consultation?

This note provides guidance to Officers on when they should carry out a public consultation when they are making changes to services or implementing a project. It also sets out the principles that need to be followed in order for a consultation to be appropriate and lawful. Do I need to consult? There are three […]

Do I Need an Officer Decision Record?

by Louis Sebastian, Legal Services Team Manager and Deputy Monitoring Officer I am often asked by officers carrying out Council business whether they need to complete an Officer Decision Record (ODR). This article looks at what an ODR is and when it is needed. What is an Officer Decision Record? ODRs come from the Openness […]

Accelerated Planning Green Paper

by Meera Patel, Trainee Solicitor and Sima Odedra, Senior Solicitor The Government seeks to implement procedural improvements to accelerate the time taken to make decisions on planning applications. The Green Paper will set out proposals for improving the process for granting planning permissions and, in doing so, the service provided to both homeowners and commercial […]

Managing Risk

by Elizabeth Warhurst, Head of Legal and Commercial Services and Monitoring Officer Our Head of Legal and Commercial Services and Monitoring Officer was approached by The Law Society to discuss North West Leicestershire District Council’s approach to risk. In the article linked below, in a question and answer style, Elizabeth explains how you can educate […]

Leisure Procurement – Practical Tips and Lessons Learned

by Louis Sebastian, Legal Services Team Manager This year the NWL Legal team completed the outsourcing of North West Leicestershire District Council’s leisure centres following a Competitive Dialogue procurement. This 25 year “Design, Build, Operate and Maintain” contract will deliver a new £23m leisure centre in Coalville and see over £75m of revenue generated during […]

The Benefits of Land Registration

by Helen Lisney, Legal Assistant Historically, all land in England and Wales was unregistered. Land was transferred by way of written documents which would need to be kept to prove ownership of land. Since 1990, it has been compulsory to register land on any disposition. This means since this date, any property where ownership is […]