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3 April 2020

Publish date: 03/04/2020

In a first for LLG, we held our Annual General Meeting this lunchtime via a virtual platform. Following a steep learning curve, the meeting proceeded with relative ease and I am delighted to announce the appointment of our new President; Quentin Baker, Chief Legal Officer at Herts CC. Congratulations must also go to Rachel McKoy from Tower Hamlets, elected Deputy Vice President. All appointments will be available to view on the news section of the LLG website. Whilst the outgoing President, Phillip Horsfield will remain on the board as the Immediate Past President, LLG moved to thank him for his great contribution and efforts throughout the past year.

I am delighted to advise that LLG has been collaborating at pace with ADSO and NALC to produce guidance on the newly laid regulations - 'The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020'. This guidance, which is currently in final review, will be available very soon. We will then move to produce guidance on electronic sealing and the execution of documents. We are also planning a webinar next week to discuss both these issues together with updating you on the work we are undertaking with the LGA to produce a virtual hub covering everything from technological provisions, conducting a virtual meeting and case studies.

The forum continues to be populated and I would urge you all to use this central platform to enable information to be shared with the entire membership. If you have not yet followed us on Twitter, you can find us at @LLGLegal as we do post breaking government announcements as they happen.

This morning we hosted a webinar with Trowers & Hamlins on employment and commercial considerations stemming from the coronavirus. Whilst 500 people signed into that, if you missed it, it will be available on our website very soon.

LLG remain committed to providing you with the support and information you need to adapt at this time. Please do not hesitate to contact us with the issues you are facing. We are pulling all these together and rolling them into our workstreams.

With very best wishes

Helen McGrath

Head of Public Affairs

Helen@llg.org.uk