Lawson Lucas Mendelsohn has this week been retained by the Local
Government Association (LGA) to handle its public affairs and lobbying
on an initial six-month contract.
LLM will help the association establish itself as a leading force for
change in local government legislation and make the case for a local
government bill to be included in the next Queen’s Speech.
In particular, the LGA is keen to push for a reform of local government
finance and for measures to renew democracy and probity, including
initiatives such as placing ballot boxes in supermarkets.
The agency, which worked for the association on a project basis earlier
this year, will also conduct an external audit to measure how the
association is perceived by key political audiences.
Ben Lucas, director of LLM, said: ’We’re very proud to be working for
the LGA; it is a very exciting challenge to help them win the case for
an autonomous local government that is more accountable to voters.’
LLM will report directly to Brian Briscoe, the association’s chief
The LGA represents most English and Welsh local councils as well as
fire, transport and police authorities.