Guidance on Remote Meetings: What next for Local Authorities?

The below guidance has been prepared by Lawyers in Local Government (LLG) and the Association of Democratic Services Officers (ADSO) in association with Bevan Brittan LLP for the benefit of its respective membership following the High Court judgment on remote meeting provision in respect of local authorities in England. Many questions have been raised following … Continued

Member Update: – Virtual Meeting Judgement following Post-script

Following the Judgement from the High Court in relation to our Virtual Meeting Judicial Review, the court indicated at the end of that judgement within a postscript, that it would consider references to a meeting being “open to the public” or “held in public”. That judgement was handed down today.   The Court has ruled … Continued

Statement following court proceedings

  Proceedings for a court declaration that virtual meetings can proceed past 6th May 2021 was heard today in the High Court before the President of the Queen’s Bench Division, Dame Victoria Sharp and the Hon Mr Martin Chamberlain QC. ADSO and LLG instructed Counsel, Peter Oldham QC of 11KBW to make submissions and we … Continued

LLG & ADSO OBTAIN PERMISSION TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE COURT DECLARATION ON VIRTUAL MEETING PROVISION BEFORE 6th MAY 2021.

ADSO and LLG (along with Hertfordshire County Council) have received permission to expedite our claim for a declaration in the High Court which will provide certainty for local authorities on whether they can continue to hold meetings remotely past the 6th May 2021 deadline, due to the expiry of the Local Authorities and Police and … Continued

Remote meetings beyond 7 May 2021

You will recall that the LGA (supported by ADSO, LLG and others) recently lobbied the Secretary of State to allow Councils to continue to hold remote meetings beyond the deadline of 7th May 2021 – on the basis that Councils would be able to choose which of its meetings should be held remotely. The LGA … Continued

New date for Code of Conduct Webinar

Due to popular demand a new date has been arranged and is now ready to take bookings for a second LGA Councillor Model Code of Conduct briefing.   The second webinar will take place on Friday 12 February, 14:00-15:00.   For further details and to book click here.    Members who are unable to attend … Continued

Councillor Code of Conduct Webinar ***fully booked***

The webinar covering the Councillor Code of Conduct on Friday 29 January is fully booked. You will be able to watch the recording after the event, but due to the level of interest we are actively looking for a further date to schedule this. We will share further details including the link to the recording … Continued

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