This webinar provides an overview of the governance structures of local authorities, their legal underpinnings and the way that they function in practice.
Course level: Introduction
Running Time: 44 minutes
Date of recording: 29th June 2016
• The statutory basis of local government
• Governance models of local authorities
• Executive and council functions
• Decision-making and scrutiny
• Urgency procedures
• Overview and Scrutiny Committees
o Relationship with Executive
o Relevant partner authorities
o Other requirements/powers
o reports to authority or Executive
• Councillors’ rights to information
Damien's practice concentrates on two areas of Public Law: governance, powers, and decision-making in local authorities and public organisations; and, Information Law (Data Protection, Freedom of Information, and the Environmental Information Regulations or "EIR").
He is ranked as a leading Junior for Administrative and Public Law in the Legal 500 2015, and for Data Protection in Chambers and Partners 2015.
Damien came to the Bar in 2001 following a career in local government. This gives him a unique understanding and background knowledge from which his public authority clients benefit in addition to his legal expertise.
Damien has authored a number of articles for publications such as Westlaw UK Insight, the Freedom of Information Journal and Jowitt's Dictionary of English Law. He also provides training for lawyers and practitioners in areas such as local authority governance, councillor conduct, and information law.