We offer free services to our members including Legal Advice, on the ground support, HR advice and technical advice on planning matters.

Other services listed are offered at specially negotiated Member prices - please contact the providers directly.

Free Initial Legal Advice

Wellers Hedleys Solicitors

Specialising in Parish, Town and Community councils for over 40 years. 

As part of WALC membership we have a retainer agreement with Wellers Hedleys for free initial legal advice on all aspects of Parish, Town and Community council business. 

  • Local Government procedures and practices
  • Governance
  • Common land
  • Footpaths & rights of way
  • Village greens
  • Charitable trusts
  • Cemeteries and burial grounds
  • Allotments
  • Acquisition, disposal, leases and transfer of community assets
  • Contracts and procurement
  • Judicial review
  • Employment matters

 To access this service please raise a ticket via the helpdesk.

On the Ground Support

  • Mentoring Service for new Clerks – to go through their role.
  • Assist with Procedural and Financial Matters – this can assist both the clerk and the Chairman.
  • Relationship Problems within Councils.
  • Provide guidance on health and safety issues.
  • Any other assistance which is best provided face to face.
  • Free desk top legal advice service

The first two hours per enquiry per council of this service is FREE TO MEMBER COUNCILS every year of your membership.

To access this service please raise a ticket via the helpdesk. New Clerks will be automatically contacted to recieve 2 free hours of mentoring.

Technical Planning Advice

Requests for WALC funding for the Planning Consultant are made by the Clerk after an agenda item has been approved and minuted for the cCouncil to resolve to make this request.

APS has a proven track record of public sector clients including several parish and town councils in Warwickshire.

  • Responses to planning applications.
  • Queries on Planning Authority Procedures.
  • Representing at public meetings.
  • Advising council representatives attending planning committees and hearings.
  • Negotiating with developers on behalf of the council.
  • Assistance with Neighbourhood Area Applications.
  • Assistance with Neighbourhood Development Plans.
  • Any other planning related matter.

To access this service please raise a ticket via the helpdesk.


The first two hours per enquiry per council of this service is FREE TO MEMBER COUNCILS every year of your membership

HR Service

Councils who employ more than 2 members of staff have direct access to the HR consultant.  

  • General Employment Law Advice.

  • Disciplinary and grievance matters.

  • Redundancy and restructuring.

  • Recruitment.

  • Local Government Terms and Conditions.

  • Coaching, mentoring and mediation on employment issues.

  • Appraisals, and performance management including capability issues.

  • Sickness and absence management including stress risk assessments.

  • HAY Job Evaluation.


The first two hours per enquiry per council of this service is FREE TO MEMBER COUNCILS every year of your membership
To access this service please raise a ticket via the helpdesk.
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