Local Government

Practice Areas

Planning, development and property

  • Development plans, permissions and agreements
  • Housing
  • Highways and transportation
  • Compulsory acquisition
  • Asset management

Governance and partnership

  • Decision-making
  • Liabilities of agencies, authorities, members and officers
  • Collaborative working and partnership structures
  • Audit, legal and financial accountability, judicial review

Elections

  • Advice in relation to duties of the Returning Officer
  • Election expenses
  • Postal voting
  • Election petitions

Service and spending reviews, income generation and commissioning

  • Obligations and discretions in different service areas, consultation requirements and impact assessments
  • Possible charging vehicles
  • Commissioning opportunities and state agency obligations in procurement

Conduct and complaints

  • Investigation of misconduct allegations
  • Responding to complaints

Access to information

  • Obligations of confidentiality and data security
  • Rights to the disclosure of information
  • Freedom of Information requests, applications for review and appeals to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)

Other

  • Electoral and polling arrangements