ELS is a unique legal service, combining exceptional commercial experience with a mature understanding of the values and ethos of the public sector. As one of Essex County Council’s flagship traded services, ELS provides high quality, cost effective legal advice to local authorities and other public bodies across the UK.
A founding member of the Public Law Partnership, ELS provides high quality, cost effective legal advice to local authorities and other public bodies across the UK.
ELS takes pride in working closely with clients to achieve successful outcomes.
A team of more than 100 trusted professionals specialise in legal advice concerning Corporate Governance, Children, Adult, Property, Environment, Projects and Dispute Resolution. Headquartered in Essex, in close proximity to London, with ease of access to most major cities and towns across the country, ELS is valued by customers for its commitment to them, and by its employees as the legal services provider of choice.
For more information call us on 0333 013 9715 or find out more online at essexlegalservices.gov.uk
OUR AREAS OF EXPERTISE
CORPORATE GOVERNANCE ADVICE
Our team is able to provide advice on all aspects of corporate governance, monitoring officer issues, complaints and standards investigations. We can also advise on Freedom of Information and Data Protection Acts, drafting of key corporate documents and Constitutional issues and advice.
All aspects of Children’s Law and Education
Everything relating to Child law matters from initial advice, care proceedings, applications and adoption, with advocacy in courts at all levels and advising to Adoption and Fostering services. We advise schools on all aspects of education law, regularly representing both school and the Council in the HESC Chamber of the First-Tier Tribunal. We offer advice on all aspects of policy, particularly school organization and Special Educational Needs.
All aspects of adult social care, mental health, immigration and deputyship
In the area of adult social care we advise on everything from ordinary residence, safeguarding and Court of Protection to advice on drafting policy and strategy. We are experts in residential care funding, in conducting judicial review proceedings and the Care Act.
Our Mental Health Team advises on all aspects of mental capacity and mental health. We provide comprehensive advice on immigration.
We provide legal support and project management expertise to public authorities. The Projects Team have extensive experience in contract law, public procurement, regeneration, commercial property and local government law and a long history of undertaking cutting edge work on behalf of public authorities.
Some large projects that have benefitted from our advice include Highways Strategic Transformation, Building Schools for the Future, Waste PFI, Children’s Centres, Outsourcing, Slough Libraries, Adults IT and Social Impact Bonds.
The Regeneration Team deals with all aspects of the law relating to regeneration projects ranging from the procurement and strategy for selection of development partners through to planning, compulsory purchase, land assembly, disposal and associated side agreements under S106 Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and S278 Highways Act 1980. Our experience encompasses deep sector knowledge of highways and environmental issues which often affect development.
Highways and Environment Law
The largest legal department in ELS dealing with the work on the environment (highways, planning and waste) and conveyancing which flows from all services across the County Council and other clients. We work in the area of the Commons Registration Authority functions (including searches, new application for registration and applications to vary rights) and modifications of the Definitive Map under Schedule 14 Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. We advise on common land and village greens and applications to vary register, land drainage, coast protections and country parks. This department is skilled in all issues associated with highways law.
We are experts in sales, acquisitions, leases, licences, easements, wayleaves, consents to waive restrictive covenants, indemnities, tenancy advice and Land Compensation Act claims.
Our expertise spans diverse areas of work including: planning enforcement advice, planning advice including policy issues, Section 106 Town and Planning Act Agreements for planning, education and highways clients, interpretation of development agreements, land registry searches for clients, drainage of highways, bridges, dissemination of information relating to case law and statutory reviews, support for committee functions and input to the development plan process. We specialise in commons and village green matters.
We deal with claims in Employment Tribunals with our focus being on proactive interventions to prevent claims. Our work includes providing advice at the earliest stage, giving input into the development of client HR policies, producing and delivering training and advising on new case law and legislation. We also provide general employment advice on TUPE as well as advice on compromise agreements, the new disciplinary and grievance procedures, service level agreements and pensions. The department is particularly skilled in dealing with public authority law matters with a unique practical experience of TUPE (both incoming and outgoing).
This department deals with Advocacy, Enforcement and Childcare. In the area of crime, our work consists of prosecuting trading standards breaches, education matters (non-attendance and exclusions), probation breaches and environment and highways breaches. Clients include Trading Standards, schools and district councils. Public Interest Immunity Law is applied to criminal court orders for disclosure. The department has particular expertise in dealing with Local Authority law matters and work well with the police and the local criminal courts to ensure that proper disclosure is made and that the criminal trials are not hampered. The Childcare Advocates within this team specialise in lengthy, complex and contentious childcare proceedings on behalf of social services. They are experts within their field and hold Rights of Audience in the Higher Courts.
The Claims Handling team has particular expertise in dealing with claims against local authorities including pothole claims, property damage, failure to educate, false imprisonment, Social Service negligence, defamation, malfeasance in public office, tree subsidence claims, vehicle damage and recovery claims. The team provides advice and assistance in relation to all aspects of insurance liability claims.
Personal Injury and Civil Litigation
In this department we have particular expertise in dealing with claims against public bodies including property damage, failure to educate, false imprisonment, Social Services negligence, defamation, malfeasance in public office, tree subsidence claims, vehicle damage and recovery claims. We offer advice and assistance in relation to all aspects of insurance liability claims.
We handle all aspects of civil litigation including judicial review, possession proceedings and litigation and general legal advice arising out of: commercial tendering, company law, contract, environment law, land law, planning, landlord and tenant law, employment law and trust law. We have considerable experience in dealing with judicial review, contract breach and debt recovery. Our experience includes all court forums from local County Courts through to the Supreme Court and European Court.
WORKING WITH YOU
With headquarters in Essex, in close proximity to London, we are smartly located with ease of access to most major cities and towns across the country. Valued by our customers for our commitment to them, and by our employees as an innovative and forward-thinking legal services provider – we are ELS.
After assessing your needs, a dedicated account manager, selected on their experience and knowledge, will ensure you seamless support. ‘On demand’ daytime legal advice will also be available to you as a valued client though our Duty Advice Service. Operated between 9.00am and 5.15pm we commit to respond to your legal
questions within hours, giving you peace of mind and confidence in your decisions.
If you have a matter that you would like to discuss or you feel that ELS has something to offer your organisation simply call 0333 013 9715 and we will help.