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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.

On 14 June 2018 we hosted our #NELegalConf18 at Gateshead International Stadium. This was a fantastic event; thank you to all who attended! This is a biennial conference hosted by the branch, and we look forward to seeing you again in 2020.

Since then we have organised further training events with presentations by Anthony Collins Solicitors and DWF. 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. The branch also hold executive meetings to organise and discuss branch business. To advertise a job at your authority, please email: llgnortheast@gateshead.gov.uk.

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 2018/19 are:

Tim Briton Branch Chair and LLG Board Representative, Gateshead Council

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.

Email: timbriton@gateshead.gov.uk

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Suzanne Gamble Branch Secretary Gateshead Council

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

Email: suzannegamble@gateshead.gov.uk

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Alison Symon Vice-Chair, Solicitor, Middlesbrough Borough Council

Email: alison_symon@middlesbrough.gov.uk

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Natalie Baldwin Treasurer, Solicitor/Data Protection Officer for Schools, Gateshead Council

Email: nataliebaldwin@gateshead.gov.uk

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Kieran McGaughey, Communications Officer (Commercial Solicitor at Gateshead Council)

Kieran is part of the commercial legal team at Gateshead Council, having previously been employed at Northumberland County Council. He joined the branch committee in 2018 and is the LLG's Brexit working group lead for the North East. He also manages the branch's Twitter account @LLGNorthEast.

Email: kieranmcgaughey@gateshead.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