Local Government Law CPD – Overview
Local Government Law refers to the laws governing how local authorities use the multiple governmental organisations to deliver services to a town, county or borough. It is UK law which dictates the extent of delegated powers within local government, and while local government still has to uphold UK law it is also responsible for sanctioning county or town planning.
If you are a lawyer working in the area of local government law, then you are required to keep yourself updated by attending CPD (continuing professional development) training courses which are run at various venues across the UK and in several format options.
CPD Training in Local Government law – Course Information
Management Course Stage 1 - For Local Authority and Public Sector Lawyers – CPD hours 7
This Local Government CPD course addresses the fact that legal knowledge alone is not sufficient enough to maintain a prominent position in today’s competitive legal environment. Aimed at Public Sector solicitors, the course examines various management techniques. It is compulsory for solicitors working in legal practice or in employment and will need to have been completed by the end of your 3rd CPD year.
The course is conducted as workshop based training and covers such areas as:
• how to manage a legal services department within a local authority, and
• the administering of office and case management systems
It also spends some time on how to manage client relationships, starting from how to establish and agree on a client’s requirements and moving onto meeting specifications, assuring quality and handling complaints.
The issue of managing information is another important area covered and includes:
• how to communicate effectively to obtain and evaluate information, and
• the ways to effectively present information and offer advice based upon evaluation
Managing People is a crucial aspect of a local authority lawyer’s remit and will be discussed with an emphasis on developing individuals through:
• job descriptions
• setting objectives
• allocating work, and
• developing effective and efficient teams
Managing finances is also important and must include ways of measuring performance and maintaining profitability in addition to the efficient control of working capital and human resources.
Flood Risk Management for Local Authority Professionals – Webinar – CPD hours 1.5
The management of flood risk within England and Wales has been changed by the Flood and Water Management Act, which has given increased powers to the Environment Agency and has changed the roles of Unitary Authorities and District Councils. This act has given a number of new powers and responsibilities to all local authorities in the UK.
This Local Government Law CPD webinar will provide public sector lawyers with an understanding of the legislative issues raised by this new act.
Public Procurement - A-Z Conference – CPD hours 6
This Local Government CPD conference serves as a in depth review of the public procurement process and is aimed at keeping lawyers working in the public procurement area, aware of recent developments and issues of relevance.
The conference is conducted by experts in this field who will discuss public procurement and the reform of EU procurement rules. It looks at the minimum requirements needed to secure the award of a public contract and the framework of such agreements as well as joint ventures and public relations.
CPD Course Providers and What They Offer
A wide range of CPD courses can be found that cover every area of legal expertise, and you are advised to think carefully about how to use your annual CPD hours to get the most from them. Local government law CPD training courses can be undertaken online or classroom-based offering maximum flexibility. Depending on the expertise of your chosen course provider, you can plan your CPD easily and efficiently without wasting time or money.