Cornerstone on Councillors’ Conduct - Press Release

Press Release
JUNE 2015

Cornerstone on Councillors’ Conduct

Brand new title to address conduct of Local Government members

Cornerstone on Councillors’ Conduct is the only title to identify and explain the standards that govern the conduct of those elected to Local Government in England and Wales.

This brand new book covers the law subsequent to the Localism Act 2011, which implemented a statutory duty for local authorities to promote and maintain their own high standards of member conduct. As such it addresses local codes, registration and disclosure of interests, investigation of alleged breaches and related sanctions. All these changes are looked at in light of the Seven Principles of Public Life.

Key chapters and sections cover:
• Decision-making, including personal interests, bias and determination, equality and discrimination and elections
• The process for making and handling complaints on conduct issues
• The challenging of authorities on conduct issues including through judicial review, the Ombudsman and by using Freedom of Information
• Offences
• The law in Wales

Appendices contain source material including a digest of relevant cases in the field.

Accessible, unfussy and succinct
Cornerstone on Councillors’ Conduct is entirely practical in its focus and written in a style that is accessible, unfussy and succinct. It contains many useful examples of decision-making in relation to conduct issues, including decisions of the Adjudication Board and the First Tier Tribunal. It also includes Frequently Asked Questions on the topics covered such as “How do I draw up a local standards code?”, “Do I need a local standards committee?” and “How do I go about challenging a member’s conduct?”

Who should read this book?
This book can be used by those who are facing complaints, challenging local authority decisions, weighing decisions about the appropriateness of sanctions and advising over the extent of bias in particular situations. As such it is an essential guide for all local authority monitoring officers, legal advisers and other members such as committee chairs.

About the authors
Cornerstone Barristers is a leading national Chambers specialising in planning, local government, property, housing, licensing and regulatory work, which acts for national and local authorities, the police and the private sector. Headed by renowned licensing practitioner Philip Kolvin QC it is frequently at the cutting edge of developments across its fields of practice.

ISBN: Pub date: June 2015 Format: Paperback
Price: £60 Extent: 200pp


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