Richard Auton

  • Consultant
  • Energy, Infrastructure & Government
Richard Auton - Director, Energy, Infrastructure & Government at Walker Morris LLP.

Richard is an experienced public sector lawyer. He joined Walker Morris from Norwich City Council where he had been the City Clerk and Monitoring Officer. He headed up the legal team, had responsibility for the Council’s governance arrangements and functions such as Licensing, Elections and Property. He was deputy to the Chief Executive and a member of the Management Team. He had previously worked for Norfolk, North Yorkshire West Glamorgan and Devon County Councils. This has given him first-hand experience of advising on the full range of local authority functions and of the political and management dimensions involved.

Richard specialises in public law, particularly, local government law. He regularly advises on matters such as powers, governance arrangements and shared services models, state aid and has conducted a number of investigations into standards matters and other complaints. He has also advised on a range of strategic partnerships and other PPP arrangements.

His other key specialism is procurement law where he advises a wide range of bodies throughout the UK including local authorities, purchasing consortia NHS bodies, RSLs, colleges and schools and also advises private sector contractors on procurement matters.

In their words

"I have been privileged to spend my career working with the public sector. In-house, I saw my job as finding the best way through the maze of legislation and case law to achieve what was wanted. I still see that as the task, but now I get to work with authorities throughout the UK."