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Law of Consultation: Two-day Masterclass (in-house)

CPD/APC Credits : 50

This exclusive, two-day, Masterclass provides a detailed insight into a rapidly evolving environment that makes organisations vulnerable to legal challenges by campaigners alleging breaches in the Law of Consultation. It takes advantage of the extra time available to delve into greater detail and study a wider range of situations where the law has affected public bodies’ ability to act.

Participants have several opportunities to consider and discuss the implications of various Court judgments and meet practising lawyers specialising in public law. The Course dinner is a particular highlight and is an outstanding networking occasion.

Who is it for?
Designed primarily for Senior Managers and Senior Legal Advisors in the Civil Service or in public bodies required to undertake public consultation. It is also relevant to organisations facing political or legal challenge and where detailed knowledge of the law can strengthen staff confidence in dealing with controversial issues. This includes NHS, planning consultancies and companies working on infrastructure or other projects in the public realm.

Course Aim
• To equip participants with a comprehensive understanding of the current state of the Law of Consultation
• To explore and discuss 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 anticipate future developments in the law and their likely implications

Key Learning Points
• Statutory requirements to consult
• The doctrine of legitimate expectations, and its application
• The status of Guidelines and the role they have played in key High Court decisions
• The Four Gunning Principles and the cases that have shaped their interpretation
• The problem of single options following Moseley v Haringey
• Legal challenges and the process of judicial review

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