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16th March 2018

Publish date: 16/03/2018

I am currently enjoying the hospitality of our Scottish counterparts 'SOLAR', in the Golden Jubilee Conference hotel in wonderful Clydebank, Glasgow. Their annual conference follows hot on the heels of our own Weekend School which took place last week. It was a fantastic success and I want to express my sincere thanks to the sponsors, exhibitors and delegates who make the event possible and who never fail to engage passionately and with great camaraderie.

I am delighted that we have been able to bring you a special bulletin edition this week covering in detail the entire Weekend School programme with an inside view of events as they happened. My theme this year espoused the key central message of the important strategic role lawyers play in local government; at the heart of their local authorities. The current challenges around governance structures, investment strategies, commercialisation and risk together with the skills required to work effectively in the ever changing public sector were all the subject of intense focus within the programme and something LLG are committed to supporting you through.

LLG were also delighted to announce the launch of the Monitoring Officer Handbook which is free to all full members and can be accessed by emailing membership@lawingov.org.uk. LLG also announced the availability of a £3000 bursary fund award per qualifying member accepted on the MSc Local Government Legal Professional Leadership distance learner course brought in collaboration with Northumbria University. For more information on this please contact Helen@lawingov.org.uk

I am off to hear about the regeneration of communities and view one of Scotland's largest regeneration sites from the iconic Titan Crane. You will be able to read more about my Scottish visit in the news items next week.

Best wishes

Suki Binjal

LLG President