Local Government Law

Steel & Shamash have acted for the Labour Party since 1990.

The Labour Party has set up a service for its’ councillors providing legal advice.  All members of the Association of Labour Councillors are entitled to contact the Local Government lawyer by phone post or email in the first instance through a hotline, and will receive a response to each separate query raised.

The Scheme is funded through a levy to the Association of Labour Councillors. Members may be able to receive further advice and/or representation, in exceptional circumstances depending upon the case.

This ‘hotline’ covers:

  • advice for councillors who have been referred to local government’s standards regimes, and
  • advice on matters relating to local government law e.g. eligibility to stand, council constitutions, declarations of interests.

Support is likely to be given:

  • If a member is at risk following constructive whistle blowing
  • If a member has a test case e.g.: needs defence in matters of political significance such as a public interest case, or
  • If a member has acted inadvertently through poor advice or inexperience.

Support is unlikely to be provided where the member appears:

  • to have acted knowingly e.g.: failing to declare an interest, or failing to retain qualification to be a councillor through a change in employment
  • to have committed fraud or been referred for an alleged criminal offence
  • to have been bullying or aggressive, or
  • to have undertaken other inappropriate behaviour.

If support cannot be provided under the scheme then given our expertise in this area we are happy to discuss representing you on a private basis.

To contact the hotline

  • Telephone 0870 890 3778 between 11 am and 1 pm Monday to Friday, or
  • Email Frances.Randle@steelandshamash.co.uk
  • Post to Ms. Frances Randle, Steel & Shamash, 12 Baylis Road, Waterloo. London SE1 7AA.

We are recommended in Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 for our work in this area

...Frances Randle works primarily with the Labour Party, bringing together experience of local government and political understanding in her representation of party members in conduct hearings. (Chambers and Partners 2013)
..Solicitor Frances Randle has successfully represented Labour Party councillors in conduct hearings across the country (The Legal 500 2014)
Frances Randle at Steel and Shamash is the Labour party's local government solicitor and specialises in conduct matters (The Legal 500 2014) 

Our Local Government lawyer is

Ms. Frances Randle,     Email frances.randle@steelandshamash.co.uk

Other sources of advice within the Party