Branches

North East Branch

Welcome to the North East branch of Lawyers in Local Government (LLG)!

We cover local authorities in:

  • Tyne & Wear;
  • Northumberland;
  • Durham; and
  • Teesside

What we do:

As one of the most active LLG branches in the country, we run a variety of training events for our members. These feature speakers from leading local and national law firms, along with barristers' chambers. We also host a biennial conference. This year's plans have been disrupted by COVID-19, but we look forward to arranging the event when matters have settled down. Our 2018 conference at Gateshead International Stadium was a fantastic event; thank you to all who attended!

Since then we have organised further training events, both across our wider membership and within our special interest groups. If you would like to see training on a particular topic, please get in touch. We also have regular email contact with our members, providing details of job opportunities, training events and legal updates. To advertise a job at your authority, please email: llgnortheast@gateshead.gov.uk.

The branch also hold executive meetings to organise and discuss branch business. If you are interested in becoming more involved with the branch, we would love to hear from you! (Please contact one of the branch officers via the details below)

Branch Officers

Our officers for 2019/20 are:

Tim Briton Branch Chair and LLG Board Representative

Tim is National Lead for the SAA covering Litigation & Licensing and is active both locally and nationally in organising as well as speaking at events. He is a solicitor at Gateshead Council where he manages the litigation team.

Email: timbriton@gateshead.gov.uk

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Suzanne Gamble, Branch Secretary

Suzanne is a commercial lawyer at Gateshead Council, advising on a range of EU procurement and contract law areas.

Email: suzannegamble@gateshead.gov.uk

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Alison Symon, Vice-Chair

Email: alison.symon@newcastle.gov.uk

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Natalie Baldwin, Treasurer

Email: nataliebaldwin@gateshead.gov.uk

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Kieran McGaughey, Communications Officer

Kieran joined the committee in 2018. He manages the branch's Twitter account (@LLGNorthEast), LinkedIn page and communications to members. He also oversees organising events, and co-ordinates branch attendance at careers fairs. In his day job, he is a solicitor and part of the commercial law team at Newcastle City Council.

Email: kieran.mcgaughey@newcastle.gov.uk

Connect with Kieran on LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/kieran-mcgaughey-29383b...

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Colette Longbottom Immediate Past Chair

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LLG North East Branch SAA Group Leads

From time to time, you may have queries or issues you would like to discuss with colleagues in a similar position. There may be questions of national significance which you want raised with LLG at a national level. Making the right connections can help you deal with these difficult legal issues.

These are your local contacts if you have a query, or wish to raise an issue nationally via the LLG Board:-

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Locum Working

Contact us if you are seeking a position and we will contact local authorities in the area.

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Are you interested in becoming a (better) local government lawyer?

The current LLG Brochure is shown in our Documents and contains useful links.

Financial help to support training and qualifications may be available from the Local Government Legal Society Trust.....see details on our pages.

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Work placements

Please contact us if you are seeking a work placement, and we will try and help you gain experience with a local authority in the North East.

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Any Ideas?

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have an idea to share! If you have a contact, or an interesting issue that could be the basis for a training event, then please let us know.

Thanks!

Your Branch Team