I specialise in regulatory, governance and information law. I provide advice, training and support to various public bodies including local government, NHS Trusts, NHS CCGs, National Park Authorities, and Housing Associations, as well as to private and third sector bodies.
My practice includes advising on vires and constitutional issues; conduct and ethical standards; complaints and investigations; information law (DPA/GDPR, FOIA, EIR and RIPA); governance and the democratic process (including technical elections issues); senior officer disciplinary and departures; and governance around shared services and outsourcing.
Prior to joining Bevan Brittan I worked for a local authority for almost 13 years, the latter 6 of which I was the Deputy Monitoring Officer and Senior Information Risk Owner. During this time I frequently delivered advice requiring a high degree of political awareness and sensitivity, and advised upon and resolved many technical and contentious issues.
My in-house experience means that I speak the same language as our public sector clients and am able to give practical advice reflecting both political context and the day to day issues experienced within the sector.
David Kitson is an exceptional lawyer and an authority on all matters local government. The advice is solid and moreover David is calm and measured when dealing with a client calling him with a complex matter and manages to bring my blood pressure down! David is accessible and will always call me back if cannot take my call. Great pragmatic lawyer.
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