I joined the firm in 2002 after practising as a lawyer in the public sector for over 20 years. During that time, I worked for four councils as an in-house lawyer, dealing with all aspects of public sector law and managing legal teams. I was a Returning Officer and Monitoring Officer and led major projects, working with cross disciplinary teams and elected councillors along with being a Director of a local government agency in Wales for three years.
I specialise in working with public sector bodies with particular focus on the local government sector to assist on radical changes to the way they deliver services and use assets. I provide advice on joint ventures, shared services and outsourcings, powers and responsibilities, standards and partnerships – particularly in the context of new ways of working involving corporate structures. Additionally, I have advised many clients on issues ranging from investigations into conduct and standards matters, to complex partnering arrangements with other public sector bodies or with the private sector.
I regularly speak on commercialism in the public sector. This includes talking about strategies to assist the public bodies to become more entrepreneurial in their general approach and day-to-day business activities.
I also provide lectures to public bodies on governance issues.