~ Day One - Wednesday, 30 November 2005 ~

 

TIME

~ STREAM A: DRIVING EFFICIENCY ~

~ STREAM B – GENERATING INNOVATION ~

08:00

Registration and refreshments

08:45

 

The changing face of public service legal teams

 

Examining the legal landscape for local and central government

What is driving change in public sector legal services?

What can public sector legal teams expect over the next year?

What can be done to better facilitate inter-governmental collaboration?

How is the role of the public sector lawyer changing?

 

Confirmed:

David Pearson, Director General Litigation Group,

Treasury Solicitors Department

 

09:40

 

Ensuring your legal function is properly integrated into the business as a whole

 

·   To what extent has the Legal Director’s role merged with the “Company Secretary” role?

·   How has this affected the way legal teams operate and contribute towards overall strategy?

·   Raising the profile of in-house legal teams and getting buy-in at board level for added input

·   Changing outdated perceptions of public sector in-house legal teams both internally and externally

 

Confirmed facilitator:

Brian McHenry, Solicitor to the Office of Fair Trading

 

Revolutionising public service legal teams; becoming next generation business advisers

 

·   Describing the evolution from public service to a complex commercial sector

·   Establishing your legal services department as an “in-house” private practice team

·   Facilitating new ways of working and enabling cultural change

·   Competing with private practice for public sector legal work

 

Confirmed facilitators:

Geoff Wild, Head of Legal Services, Kent County Council

Philip Thomson, Head of Legal Services, Essex County Council

 

10:40

 

One-to-one business surgery

 

 

 

 

Networking

11:10

 

One-to-one business surgery

 

 

11:40

 

Balancing the demands of an increased workload with a decreased workforce

 

·     Which factors have contributed towards the imbalance between legal work and resource capacity? Gershon, Better Regulations Agenda etc.

·     Doing more with less resources; finding innovative and creative ways of addressing increased volumes of workload

·     How do you motivate staff who are working harder for the same pay?

 

Confirmed facilitator:

Stephen Mcnamara, Head of Law and Corporate Governance, Bristol City Council

 

Raising awareness of the law and the legal department across the whole organisation

 

·   Raising legal awareness of  employees

·   How does this awareness fit in with the professional skills agenda?

·   Developing training and knowledge-sharing skills in your legal staff

·   Enabling employees to assess whether they need to direct a query to the legal department or deal with the issue themselves

·   Innovative and creative ideas to handle an increased workload with a static workforce

 

Confirmed facilitator:

Steven Bramley, Deputy Legal Adviser, Home Office

12:40

One-to-one business surgery

Networking

13:10

Lunch

14:10

 

Pooling resources and combining services

Sharing and utilising private practice services

Why would anyone want to pool resources; what are the benefits and drawbacks of this approach?

Contributing to best practice and sharing legal expertise across the whole of the public sector

How do you partner meaningfully to provide legal services to complex clients?

What are the challenges of pooled resources and how are they overcome?

 

Confirmed facilitator:

Wendy Hardaker, Director, Legal, Office of Government Commerce                                                         

  

15:10

 

One-to-one business surgery

 

 

 

Networking

 

15:40

One-to-one business surgery

16:10

 

Round-table discussion: working cohesively across the entire public services legal function

 

An interactive session designed for delegates to meet with their peers from all areas of government to discuss ways in which public service lawyers might work more collaboratively in order to deliver more efficient services.

 

Issues to be discussed include:

 

How effectively do we currently collaborate and what are the advantages and disadvantages of the current situation?

How can Central Government and Local Government legal teams collaborate more intelligently?

Promoting a partnership approach to joined up-working

 

Comprising a panel of speakers from across local and central government. Delegate participation is encouraged. Facilitators include:

Mirza Ahmad, Chief Legal Officer, Birmingham City Council

                                                           

17:10

End of day one and drinks reception

 

 

 

~ Day Two - Thursday, 1 December 2005 ~

 

TIME

~ STREAM A – DRIVING EFFICIENCY ~

~ STREAM B – GENERATING INNOVATION ~

08:00

Registration and refreshments

08:45

 

Procuring and managing external legal services

Joint presentation: Central & Local Government

Preparing a clear plan for procurement of external services

How much work and what type of work should you outsource and how much should remain in-house?

Selecting the right partner for the job based on the type and scale of procurement

Managing the key stages of procurement

The role of the LCAT list in relation to central and local government

Identifying the added value services on offer from your private practice partner

Ensuring a cultural fit conducive to partnership working

 

Confirmed speaker:

Julie Murnane, Head of Aviation Legal, Department for Transport

Dave Daycock, Head of Legal and Democratic Services, City and County of Swansea

 

 

09:40

 

Panel discussion: getting best value from your private practice partner

 

Is the initial tender the most efficient measure for best value?

Balancing the need for value for money with the highest level of commitment and the expertise on offer

Identifying the level of involvement required by both parties

Implementing continuous benchmarking performance measurements

 

Comprising a panel of speakers from across local and central government. Delegate participation is encouraged.

Mirza Ahmad, Chief Legal Officer, Birmingham City Council

Mark Hynes, Director of Legal & Democratic Services, Lambeth Borough Council

Stephen Mcnamara, Head of Law and Corporate Governance, Bristol City Council

 

 

10:40

 

One-to-one business surgery

 

 

 

 

Networking

11:10

 

One-to-one business surgery

 

 

11:40

 

Meeting the challenges of being a “sole practitioner” or small public sector legal team

 

·   Making the most of existing resources to produce quality work, cost-effectively, to a deadline

·   Raising the profile of your role/team secure more resources

·   Prioritising workloads so that more time is spent on delivering value services

·   How should the sole practitioner/small team role evolve in order to make it sustainable?

 

Confirmed facilitator:

Anne Harding, Legal Adviser to the Parliamentary & Health Ombudsman

 

Meeting the demands of running a large in-house public sector legal team

 

·                                                                        Managing a diverse team of individuals

·   Looking to private practice for examples of “running a tight ship”

·   Fulfilling your role as a leader and inspiring your staff

·   Creating opportunities that encourage innovation and dynamism throughout your legal team

 

 

 

Confirmed facilitator:

Mirza Ahmad, Chief Legal Officer, Birmingham City Council

12:40

One-to-one business surgery

Networking

13:10

Lunch

14:10

 

Measuring the efficiency of public sector legal teams

 

Justifying in-house legal services; meeting the Gershon challenge

Benchmarking your own team’s achievements against others in local government

Ensuring your legal team contributes towards achieving excellence status for CPA (Comprehensive Performance Assessment)

Identifying opportunities for improvement through Best Value Performance Indicators (BVPI)

 

Confirmed facilitator:

Mark Hynes, Director of Legal & Democratic Services, Lambeth Borough Council

 

 

15:10

 

One-to-one business surgery

 

 

 

Networking

 

15:40

One-to-one business surgery

16:10

End of day two

 

 

For further information / booking, please contact:

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