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Law of Consultation (in-house)

CPD/APC Credits: 40

Public bodies have never been more vulnerable to legal challenge. This comprehensive, regularly-updated course covers all aspects of the Law of Consultation and draws upon
160 plus judicial reviews as Judges have increasingly intervened on behalf of consultees.

Participants have the use of specially-prepared case notes to highlight key messages from the cases discussed in the course and the subject-matter is entertainingly delivered by
focusing on relevant issues and challenges faced by consultation professionals in all sectors.

Who is it for?
Anyone who has to organise a public consultation that might prove controversial. This includes civil servants, local government officers, NHS Managers or staff from any public body that must consult. Although aimed primarily at a lay audience, it is also suitable for legal teams, Senior operational Directors, policy-makers and even political decision-makers
(e.g. Council Cabinet members)

Course Aim
• To equip participants with enough knowledge to avoid the most obvious pitfalls
• To illustrate legal principles through real case-law and relevant examples of legal challenges
• To strengthen participants’ knowledge of best practice as developed in recent Court decisions
• To help participants identify when to seek formal legal advice

Key Learning Points
• Statutory requirements to consult
• The doctrine of legitimate expectations
• The legal enforceability of Guidelines
• The Four Gunning Principles – and the need for a fifth
• Cases on the lawfulness of single options
• Legal challenges and the process of judicial review

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