Top award for District Council’s legal team

Derbyshire Dales District Council has received the Team of the Year prize at the prestigious 2020 Lawyers in Local Government (LLG) Awards.

Announcing the decision on Thursday (2 July) the LLG said "there could be no other winner".

The award recognised the high quality work of the District Council's small legal team, whose work in recent times has included negotiating contracts to ensure the authority's aim of a clean and green environment is delivered.

Other important work has included a land transfer associated with a newly negotiated waste contract and involvement in finalising a land transaction for a major property project in Ashbourne.

In July last year the District Council was commended by HM Land Registry after becoming the first Local Authority in England and Wales to register all of its freehold land assets.

The legal team, which at this time comprised only two qualified solicitors assisted by a locum, worked closely with MH Land Registry to identify all parcels of land that required registrations and came up with a streamlined system to process the registration.

The District Council's Chief Executive Paul Wilson said:
"I am proud of this recognition delighted for our legal team, particularly Legal Services Manager Lee Gardner and Solicitor Kerry France. They have been under extreme pressure of late to deliver results for the Council in challenging times and the department's work typifies the 'one-team' ethos of this authority."

Pictured above are the District Council’s Legal Services Manager Lee Gardner and Solicitor Kerry France (photo taken prior to social distancing rules).
Derbyshire Dales District Council has received the Team of the Year prize at the prestigious 2020 Lawyers in Local Government (LLG) Awards.

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