Cornerstone on Councillors’ Conduct and Standards in Public Life (Second Edition)

13 Dec 2023

Local Government, Public Law and Judicial Review

From Jackie Weaver to Partygate, concern about standards in public life – at all levels of government in the UK – has played a key role in shaping political events in the past few years.

It is therefore an excellent time to update Cornerstone on Councillors’ Conduct and to expand its remit more broadly to the subject of Standards in Public Life.

Cornerstone on Councillors’ Conduct and Standards in Public Life, published by Bloomsbury Professional, is now available for order.

It is a practical guide for anyone involved in the field of standards in public life in the United Kingdom, from parish councils to Parliament.

This completely revised Second Edition explains the law and practice regulating holders of public office in the UK:

  • Section 1 provides a comprehensive review of local government standards in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
  • Section 2 addresses other standards regimes including the Ministerial Code, the House of Commons and the House of Lords, Police and Crime Commissioners, members of Combined Authorities and “Metro Mayors” and the Senedd Cymru, Scottish Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly.
  • Section 3 contains a detailed discussion of standards issues that tend to arise in practice, such as official capacity, freedom of speech and bias and predetermination.

This book – the only text dealing specifically with the subject of councillors’ conduct and standards in public life – will be essential reading for holders of public office and anyone with responsibility for regulating their conduct.

It is the latest addition to the highly successful Cornerstone on … series and is authored by a team of expert contributors from Cornerstone Barristers’ Public Law team.

The book is edited by Matt Lewin, who is recognised as a “rising star” and is among the top-ranked barristers in local government law. He is a particular specialist in the area of standards in public life and is regularly called on to act as an external investigator into allegations of misconduct by holders of public office, most recently by the Greater London Authority in relation to controversial comments about “far-right” ULEZ protestors made by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

Other contributors to the book include: James Findlay KCCatherine Rowlands, Robin GreenAndrew Lane, Clare Parry, Sarah Salmon, Alex Campbell, Alistair Cantor, Rowan Clapp, Jack Barber, Verity Bell and Sam Kharabanda Groom.

Order here.