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Details of lead QC in Lancashire Council events probe
LEADING London barrister Tim Kerr will head up the investigation to look into the events leading up to the suspension of Lancashire County Council chief executive Phil Halsall.
The Queen Council from 11KBW chambers, founded by former Labour Lord Chancellor Lord Irvine in 1981, was chosen by the authority’s employment committee as the ‘Designated Independent Person’ to conduct the probe.
The appointment has been agreed by Mr Halsall, suspended in September after it was alleged that favouritism was shown towards BT in the bidding process for the council’s £5million fleet maintenance service contract.
He denies any misconduct and has vowed to fight for his job.
Mr Kerr is a leading lawyer in local government law, education law, administrative law and sports arbitration.
He sits as a Recorder in criminal, civil and specialist Chancery cases.
Mr Kerr regularly chairs arbitration panels in the public and sports sector.
He has undertaken 10 confidential disciplinary investigations into alleged wrongdoing for local and central government bodies, acting as a statutory ‘designated independent person’ charged with investigating and reporting on alleged disciplinary violations.
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