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There is a range of legislative powers on commercial and trading that local authorities can use to deliver better services. However, they are often complex and require much thought beforehand.

Our Understanding Commercial and Trading Law course for local authorities gives you the necessary training to navigate through the legal complexities associated with commercial practice.

Gain a better understanding of charging and trading powers, develop real insight into the legal nature of forming companies and work with external organisations, such as charities.

Leave the day with better corporate governance structures in place and overcome the common legal pitfalls of commercial practice.

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Peter Collins
Partner - Sharpe Pritchard

Peter is a corporate lawyer who specialises in creating commercial delivery structures for public sector clients including through subsidiary companies, collaboration arrangements, partnerships and joint ventures. He regularly advises clients on public/private sector joint ventures relating to property assets in the context of land development and regeneration.

Peter also acts for clients on company acquisitions and disposals, private equity investments, fundraisings, group reorganisations and corporate governance.

As part of his corporate work, Peter advises clients on public procurement and State aid matters. He is regularly asked to advise accountable bodies on the terms of ...

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Learning Outcomes

  • Understand charging and trading powers
  • Gain a firmer understanding of the legality of setting up companies
  • Identify and overcome the challenges to corporate governance
  • Develop your insight into relevant legislation, such as the Procurement Bill and Teckal Law
  • Take back an action plan to comply with necessary legislation
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

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0800 542 9414
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09:25 - 09:30


09:30 - 10:00

Trainer’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:45

Overview of Charging and Trading Powers

  • Gain an understanding of a brief history of charging and trading powers
  • Examine where local authorities can act commercially on its own right using charging and other powers
  • Understand when a corporate entity is needed – Peters v Haringey revisited
  • Examine the different types of local authority powers
10:45 - 11:00


11:00 - 12:30

Workshop: Setting Up Companies

  • Gain an overview of when corporate structures are used, looking specifically on the in house (Teckal) exemption, companies for commercial trading and project-specific companies
  • Review the implications of the incoming Procurement Bill, specifically in relation to the in house (Teckal) exemption
  • Understand contractual arrangements between local authorities and their companies
  • Staffing and resources in local authority companies
12:30 - 13:00

Workshop: Legality of Working with Charities

  • Understand the relationship between local authorities and charities set up to delivery functions
  • Utilise the RR7 guidance relating to local authority control over charitable organisations
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:00

Workshop: Corporate Governance

  • Understand the basics of company law in the local authority setting, including an analysis of directors’ duties under the Companies Act 2006 and equivalent contractual duties for LLPs
  • Identify and overcome governance challenges, including how to deal effectively with conflicts of interest
15:00 - 16:00

Workshop: Action Planning

  • Choosing the right vehicle for your commercial activity
  • Ensuring good governance
  • Take back an action plan to comply with necessary legislation
16:00 - 16:15

Round-Up and Key Takeaways