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26 February 2021

Publish date: 26/02/2021

LLG was a flurry of activity this week thanks to our online training and networking provision. We were joined by Jacqui McKinlay from the Centre for Governance and Scrutiny on Wednesday for our LLG Brief on the Path to Governance Failure who focused on 'governance risk characteristics' and shared details of soon to be published research aimed at statutory officers. Jacqui was joined by Bethan Evans who explored the lessons learnt from authorities such as Croydon and provided advice on avoiding 'significant failings in leadership and management'.

Thursday, our newly appointed National Lead for Employment, Felicia Epstein, hosted an employment meeting which saw Doug Mullen from Anthony Collins present on pensions (including the thorny issue of disputed nominations upon death) together with the employment considerations of working from home. Following a useful breakout session where we listened to our members views, we are now putting together a focused webinar on covid-19 vaccinations and employment duties for the 3rd March (next week!)- so do book-on via our training pages. Thursday also saw the East Midlands Branch virtual meeting with two break out rooms for training provision on governance from Olwen Brown and Matthew Gregson at Anthony Collins aimed at Monitoring Officers and Amardeep Gill and Louis Sebastian from Trowers and Hamlins aimed at junior lawyers. We were delighted with the membership engagement from all these events reaching nearly 500 members live and of course, if you missed them, you can catch up on our website either within our on-demand webinars or within the national lead or branch pages.

On the subject of membership engagement, we are very excited to announce the date of our LLG Awards 2021 virtual ceremony on 15th July 2021. This year will see something a little different, which looks to recognise significant achievement, dedication and resilience during the pandemic. Details will be released very soon so start thinking about who has gone the extra mile to support your legal service or your community. Have you driven through a project despite the obstacles of covid-19? Did you volunteer in your community? We want to find the real champions of 2020-2021 despite the adversity. Last year's event was a real tonic and following the popularity of the best pet in lockdown, we will certainly be running further competitions to inject a bit of fun into the evening.

Best wishes

Helen McGrath

Head of Public Affairs

Helen@llg.org.uk