About

The Consortium

The Consortium is made up of organisations that wish to collaborate in the procurement and commissioning of quality legal services. They wish to maximise efficiencies and increase the effectiveness of the external legal support they require to supplement their in-house provision.

To this end, following a rigorous procurement exercise, through its lead authority Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council , the Consortium has entered into Framework Agreements with external solicitors firms for the provision of legal advice and support. It also has contracts in place with Barristers Chambers for the provision of advocacy and advice via the Barristers’ Portal.

Building upon these successful collaborations, the Consortium members have also increased inter-authority working and co-operation in the interests of increased efficiency and effectiveness.

This Consortium website allows the Consortium members to commission work from appointed firms and barristers and provides the means by which information, advice and views can be shared with others.

The Consortium also provides a bespoke annual training programme for its members with a range of courses on offer to meet identified training gaps and needs. Courses are free to unlimited number of delegates from member organisations, carry CPD hours and are all provided within the North West region.

Current members of the Consortium

The following organisations are currently realising the benefits of being part of the Consortium

  • Preston City Council
  • Burnley Borough Council
  • South Lakeland Council
  • West Lancashire Borough Council
  • South Ribble Borough Council
  • The Office for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside
  • Merseytravel
  • Chorley Borough Council
  • Pendle Borough Council
  • Carlisle City Council
  • Warrington Borough Council
  • Cheshire West and Chester Council
  • Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Trafford Borough Council
  • Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Bury Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Halton Borough Council
  • Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Liverpool City Council
  • The Office for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire
  • St Helens Borough Council
  • Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Wyre Borough Council
  • Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Lake District National Park Authority
  • Cumbria County Council
  • Cheshire East Council
  • Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Lancaster City Council
  • Allerdale Borough Council
  • Blackburn with Darwin Borough Council
  • Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Barrow Borough Council
  • Blackpool Council
  • Eden District Council
  • Copeland Borough Council
  • The Office for the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales
  • The Office for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire
  • Stockport Homes
  • The Office for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria
  • Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority
  • Salford City Council

The Consortium has adopted arrangements for making decisions and keeping all participating authorities informed about developments.

NWLC Management Board

The NWLC Management Board is made up of representatives from member organisations and provides a good geographical spread across the North West region as a whole. The current Board members are:

  • Jayne Hammond from Bury Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Terry Broderick from West Lancashire Borough Council
  • David McCullough from Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Karen McIlwaine from Cheshire West and Chester Council
  • Anne Wright from Warrington Borough Council
  • Shamim Lindsay from Cumbria County Council

Steering Group

The Steering Group is made up of the NWLC Management Board and a representative from each of the Partner firms. These are:

  • Simon Goacher from Weightmans LLP
  • Sarah Swan from Hill Dickinson LLP
  • Eve Gregory from Beachcroft LLP
  • Tiffany Cloynes from Geldards LLP

PR and Web Group

The PR and Web Group is made up of representatives of participating authorities who are particularly interested in the development of the Consortium website to maximise the benefits to members, ensuring a flow of information to all Consortium members as well as promoting the Consortium and its benefits to others.

It currently comprises:

  • Fiona Gilmore from Trafford Council
  • Rosalind Thorpe from Stockport Council
  • Matthew Jones from West Lancashire District Council
  • Julie Watling from Merseytravel
  • David Talbot from Burnley Borough Council