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.
What topics will you cover?
– Avoiding obvious pitfalls
– Legal principles through real case-law and relevant examples of legal challenges
– Strengthening participants’ knowledge of best practice as developed in recent Court decisions
– Helping participants identify when to seek formal legal advice
What will you achieve? An understanding of…
… statutory requirements to consult
… the doctrine of legitimate expectation
… the legal enforceability of guidelines
… the Gunning Principles – and the need for a fifth
… cases on the lawfulness of single options
… legal challenges and the process of judicial review
Who is this course for?
This course is 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).
Steve Inett | Associate
• Public Consultation
• Citizenship and human rights