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Issues facing local government

Local authorities operate in a highly pressurized political and financial environment and are continually expected to manage competing priorities. In addition to doing more with less, they must also contend with a widespread agenda of change resulting from new government legislation, social and demographic shifts and drives for community empowerment and diversity of service provision.

Eversheds Sutherland’s local government practices are staffed by experienced layers, many of whom have worked in the sector themselves. As such, we understand the pressures you face. We also appreciate the complexities of working as part of a big organization and the issues that arise when dealing with political process and the general public. Whatever your needs, we are on hand to help.

Experienced local government sector lawyers

Eversheds Sutherland’s local government team has more than 300 lawyers who have worked directly with local authorities on all aspects of their operations including police, fire and national park authorities. We also advise other organizations, including non-departmental public bodies, on their powers and governance frameworks, including judicial reviews.

Our lawyers deliver clear and concise legal advice in a commercial context. They look for solutions instead of problems and take pride in their ability to translate complex legal issues into plain English. Whilst we recognize that you have your own in-house legal teams, Eversheds Sutherland is here to provide experienced external support, top-up services and independent advice.

We can provide briefings and information on developments in policy, legislation and case law for local authorities on a general and bespoke basis. We also run regular local authority law seminars around the UK.

Contact our local government team

If you would like any further information or need advice on matters related to local government, please contact our legal team.