Kennedy Cater is proud to have sponsored the 2018 Monitoring Officers report which has just been published by Local Government Lawyer.
The report is the culmination of an extensive survey in which more than 100 local authority Monitoring Officers took part.
The aim of the report is to identify and analyse the challenges ahead for monitoring officers, their deputies and other lawyers involved in the governance of local authorities.
It comes at a time when the role is under great pressure and the survey aims to identify the key issues that they face and, with the help of some of the most senior current practitioners, including KC’s Tim Morel, who came together at a round table event to identify effective strategies to address them.
The publication can be accessed at the following link: http://www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk/monitoringofficers
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KC Director Tim Morel recently spoke at the 2018 LLG Weekend School which was held in Bristol.
This annual Conference gives delegates from across the Public Sector the opportunity to engage with thought leaders, working in or across local government. As well as providing a strong conference programme where specialists shared knowledge with colleagues on all aspects of legal services within local government, the weekend was heavily focused on breakout seminars where key issues and challenges faced by everyone working in the local government legal arena were addressed.
Tim was invited to speak alongside Abdus Choudery from Norfolk County Council and Quentin Baker from LGSS, in a session on ‘Commercialising the In-House Legal Team: Lessons to Learn’.
More than 40 delegates listened as Tim kicked off the presentation by stressing the importance of undertaking an initial ‘spend analysis assessment’, before asking delegates to consider what clients they are actually aiming for, and posing the question as to whether they and their organisations are ultimately prepared to change to meet the challenges of trading.
The subject matter was of course timely, given the continuing pressures on local authority budgets. The session was a critical success with LLG praising the ‘very strong panel’ who provided an in-depth guide to local authority legal teams looking to go down this route.
To request a copy of the slides please contact Tim directly on firstname.lastname@example.org
Following a highly competitive procurement process, managed by Kennedy Cater, the new Solicitors Panel for Riverside has been appointed.
Riverside is a group of complementary businesses driven by a clear social purpose, with a charitable housing association at its core. Established nearly 90 years ago, and now headquartered in Liverpool, they are a major provider of affordable housing, care and support services operating across 160 local authorities in England and Scotland and with over 52,00 homes in management.
Riverside’s new legal framework covers 4 lots: 1) Property and Development, 2) Non-Property including Governance, Commercial and Employment, 3) Corporate, Finance and Banking, and 4) Housing Management. It will commence on 1st April and run for three years, with an option to extend for up to a further 12 months.
Nine firms have secured a place on the panel; Anthony Collins, Bevan Brittan, BLM, Brabners, Capsticks, Devonshires, DWF, Forbes, Trowers & Hamlins. Five firms are appointed to Lot 1, three firms to Lots 2 and 3, and five firms to Lot 4.
Tim Morel, Founder of Kennedy Cater comments:
‘We were delighted by the interest in this procurement and by the responses by the firms that submitted bids. This new Solicitors Panel now provides Riverside with the security of knowing that when they need legal advice they have a range of excellent firms ready to act across all aspects of their business at competitive rates.’
London based, Shepherds Bush Housing Group has become the 16th Housing Association to join HALA, ‘The Housing Associations’ Legal Alliance’.
Established in 2010 this nationwide Alliance, managed by specialist legal consultancy Kennedy Cater, continues to ensure that members have access to high quality legal advice from its panel law firms.
Established in 1968, SBHG is a trusted part of the community, owning more than 5000 homes throughout West London. Their focus is on building communities by 'providing homes that people can afford'.
Tim Morel, Director and Co-Founder of Kennedy Cater, comments;
‘The continuous growth of the HALA membership is testament to the success of the framework, which constantly evolves around members’ needs. Kennedy Cater are committed to facilitating a dynamic environment that will consistently deliver reduced legal fees of up to 25% without compromising quality.
New members are always welcome, please contact Tim Morel on 0207 113 4020 or email email@example.com