Director of Governance and Law
Geoff leads Kent Legal Services, one of the largest teams of local authority lawyers in the country, operating as an in-house trading practice, and serving over 600 clients nationwide from across the whole of the public sector.
Geoff believes passionately that Kent's 125 public sector lawyers should dispel their image as bureaucratic civil servants and display their talents as entrepreneurs to be measured against the best across the whole of the legal profession.
Roles and responsibilities
Geoff leads one of the largest teams of local authority lawyers in the country, Kent Legal Services, serving over 600 clients nationwide from across the whole of the public sector.
Geoff has worked for the London Borough of Wandsworth, Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council and the Greater London Council. He qualified as a solicitor in 1986, holds an LLB Hons (Bachelor of Laws) and the Diploma in Local Government Law and Practice.
Geoff believes passionately that public sector lawyers should display their talents as entrepreneurs and be measured against the best across the whole of the legal profession.
His team has received several awards, including The Lawyer Public Sector Legal Team of the Year 2005 and 2009, which the judges described as "the clear winner of this award, having revolutionised the face of public sector lawyers by turning them into true business advisers."
The Financial Times featured his team in their Innovative Lawyers Ranking 2007. In 2008, Geoff’s team was shortlisted for The Law Society Awards in the category of 'Excellence in Marketing and Business Development'. The team's most recent success was winning the Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards 2009.
In 2005, the LGC named Geoff as 1 of the 5 top local government lawyers in the country and he is acknowledged as an expert in local government, administrative and public law by The Legal 500. The Lawyer identified him as one of its hot 100 lawyers for 2006, as a lawyer who had “excelled in his chosen field and is shaping the legal landscape”. He was also highly commended in The Law Society Awards 2009 - Solicitor of the Year.
Geoff has recently pioneered a new model of delivering legal services to local government, through a collaboration with top 100 law firm Geldards, with the launch of Law:Public – an innovatory blend of the best of the public and private sectors.
Geoff's salary is £156,000 plus £4,475 County Returning Officer payment.
Geoff's expenses for the past financial year (April 2016 to December 2016) are £436.46.
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None to declare.