SLG suffers in-fighting over training

Solicitors in Local Government (SLG), the professional body representing the 4,000 local government lawyers in England and Wales, has become embroiled in a spat over the future of its training unit.

Protracted negotiations over the future of the unit broke down last year when its manager Peter Godper broke away from SLG to launch his own company to run the unit.

The breakdown has caused SLG chair Maria Memoli to threaten legal proceedings in order to secure the unit’s future. Memoli has retained Pinsents to deal with the dispute.

“We repeat that we will not allow the training unit to close and we will take appropriate action, including legal proceedings, to protect the interests of our members and the employment rights of the staff of the training unit,” Memoli wrote in an open letter to SLG members, which includes all solicitors and trainees employed in local government.

Godper could not be reached for comment.