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We are delighted to be able to offer a return to the ADSO Annual Conference this year which will take place virtually using GoTo Webinar (see ‘Important note’ below).

Running over two half days, the conference offers a range of presentations and the opportunity to submit questions to our esteemed panel in the Question Time session on day 2.

The inclusive cost for both days are as follows:

ADSO member:  £70 plus VAT per person
ADSO non-member:  £95 plus VAT per person

To book your place, please complete the booking form below.  You will need to provide a Purchase Order number at the time of booking.  Our full terms and conditions can be accessed here:

ADSO Conference 2021 – Terms and Conditions 

extension: pdf

ADSO Awards Ceremony
The ADSO awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 25th November at 6pm and will celebrate the winners of the Rookie of the Year and Distinguished Service awards. We also look forward to congratulating all of our completing certificate and diploma learners, so if you’re coming to the end of your ADSO studies, please make sure you have submitted everything in plenty of time to ensure that we can celebrate your success on 25th November. One of you will also be crowned as the Learner of the Year.

The Awards Ceremony is free for members to attend.  Please use the link in the programme below to register to attend.


Day 1:  Thursday 25th November 2021 – 09:30 – 13:10
09:30 – 09:40:  Opening Remarks and Introduction
John Austin, ADSO Chair

09.40 – 10:40:  Members and Social Media – the risks and the opportunities!
Bethan Evans, Bethan Evans Governance Training and Consultancy

10:55 – 11:55: Tiers of Complexity – Reflections on the role of Monitoring Officer in different tiers of council
James McLaughlin, Director of Corporate and Customer Services (and Monitoring Officer), Derbyshire Dales District Council and John Austin, ADSO Chair

12:10 – 13:10: We need to talk about Governance
Catherine Staite, Emeritus Professor of Public Management, University of Birmingham

17:00 ADSO AGM 18:00  2021 ADSO Awards Ceremony –  please register to join:

Day 2 – Friday 26th November 2021 – 09:00 – 13:00
09:30 – 10:30: Communicating with Charisma
Ian Golding, Glow Training

10:45 – 11:45: Caselaw Update – You be the Judge
Simon Goacher, Weightmans

12:00 – 13:00: Question Time
Chaired by Peter Stanyon, Chief Executive, AEA
– Nick Golding, Editor of the Local Government Chronicle
– Colin Copus, Emeritus Professor at De Montford University and ADSO Non- Executive Director
– Councillor Jane Corbett, Deputy Mayor of Liverpool City Council
– Councillor Nesil Caliskan, Leader of Enfield Council

The ADSO Annual Conference will be produced virtually by Lawyers in Local Government* (LLG) as agents for ADSO under a service provision contract. In consequence, data and information regarding delegates will be shared with LLG for the purposes of producing the conference. By booking onto the conference, you are giving your consent to ADSO to share your details with LLG for this purpose. LLG will delete all information held in respect of your conference data once the service provision has been completed and all relevant data has been transferred to ADSO.

* Lawyers in Local Government is a limited company registered in England and Wales

Registered Number: 8379439

Registered Office: Sycamore House, Sutton Quays Business Park, Sutton Weaver, Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 3EH


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