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The Socio-Economic Duty in Wales comes into force on 31 March 2021.

The duty will be a key mechanism in supporting the most vulnerable in our society and something which will be extremely important when we recover from the current crisis.

Christian J Howells and Rhodri Williams QC, both Barristers from 30 Park Place chambers, joined Legal News Wales for an online event (9 September 2020) to explore:

  • the duty coming into force in Wales;
  • what it means;
  • who it will apply to, and;
  • what it requires.

The free, online event attracted legal sector delegates from a variety of backgrounds, including local government lawyers, lawyers specialising in administrative & public law, Welsh Government lawyers as well as public bodies in Wales and charities & campaign groups.

The slide decks from Rhodri and Christian’s talks can be found below.

Catch up on the event

(Please note, this is a live recording of the event)


  • To download the slides from Christian J Howells’ presentation, click here.
  • To download the slides Rhodri Williams QC’s presentation, click here.

Speaker profiles

Rhodri Williams QC, Barrister & Head of Public Law, 30 Park Place

Rhodri specialises in Local Government and Administrative Law and EU Law. He is recommended in the areas of local government law (Chambers & Partners), public procurement (Chambers & Partners) and public and administrative law (Legal 500).

He deals with cases involving both local and regional government, including advising the Welsh Government and other Government Departments and local authorities, in England, Wales and in Northern Ireland. In 2000, he was appointed to the Attorney General’s list of approved Counsel and to the list of the Counsel General to the National Assembly for Wales and has represented the United Kingdom Government on several occasions before the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxemburg. He was called to the Bar in Northern Ireland in 2009. He took silk in 2010. He was made a bencher of Gray’s Inn in 2015. Click here for Rhodri’s full profile.

Christian J Howells, Barrister, 30 Park Place

Christian is a public law specialist. He is on the Attorney General’s Regional A Panel and the Counsel General for Wales’ B Panel. He is ranked in the Legal 500 as a leading junior in public law, described as ‘tenacious with a very sharp intellect’.

He has extensive experience in the higher courts, including the Administrative Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. He is instructed on behalf of claimants, local authorities, health boards, police forces, the Home Department, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Defence and several charities. For Christian’s full profile, please click here.

With thanks to:

Emma Waddingham

Emma Waddingham

Editor, Legal News

Emma Waddingham is the Editor & Founder of Legal News. She is a seasoned legal editor and journalist and experienced marketing & events consultant, working almost exclusively with the UK legal sector.