Shropshire head to Eversheds

Cyril Dixon reports

THE HEAD of Shropshire County Council's legal department has left to join the public sector unit of Eversheds' East Midlands office.

Stephen Matthew, formerly county secretary and solicitor, has joined partner Nigel Sternberg's team at the Nottingham-based unit.

Matthew, who has been a public sector lawyer for 15 years, including a spell as

adviser to West Mercia Police Authority, began his new job last week.

He said one of his main tasks would be to establish a mechanism for supplying in-house lawyers with news of legal issues.

"The legal issues facing local government at present are wide-ranging and diverse," he said.

"Having been on the inside, I know how important it is to have high-quality information and advice."

Matthew has experience of major privatisation and out-sourcing projects from his time at Shropshire. Eversheds said the unit has earned a strong reputation in the education sector.

v Langbaurgh-on-Tees Borough Council in Cleveland has appointed Francis Hayes, currently deputy chief executive, as its new director of law and administration.

Hayes held the deputy's job for 13 years and has previously worked as assistant solicitor for Teesside Council.

He was articled with Preston Council.