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Who we are - What we do

We are the largest local authority regulatory support network in England, supporting almost half of all local authorities across the country.


Our service is under-pinned by nationally renowned legal expertise and designed to be immediately cost neutral to our members. We provide the highest quality training on the market, together with active email support, network support and web based resources.

Members receive free training, networking, resources and expert email support annually for less than it costs to send a single officer on some courses provided by external providers. Not only are our training Academies free of charge to our members but members also receive discounted bespoke training and consultancy.

Members regularly report both significant increases in income generation but also more importantly substantial efficiency and costs savings arising from better working practices. Contact

Our members may also enhance the continuity of this support by instruction to our in-house expert, David Armstrong, Barrister at Law of Derwent Chambers, for true specialist Counsel's Advice and Advocacy where appropriate.

David Armstrong, "The Wig"
Barrister at Law

Expert representation and advice from a tenacious and true specialist advocate, with unrivalled experience and knowledge of local authority litigation and regulation.

DAVID practices as a Barrister from Derwent Chambers and is widely acknowledged not only as a highly skilled advocate, but also as a national expert on environmental, ASB, waste & regulatory issues. He has acted for authorities throughout the UK and is available for instruction nationally.

David may be contacted via Paul Burtenshaw, Practice Manager at Derwent Chambers -

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What people say about David:-

David Armstrong is available to take on both criminal and civil casework advocacy at all levels.

If you feel you may benefit from David’s vast expertise, his services are openly available and are not restricted to support service members.
Who we are - What we do

We provide a complete support resource for local authorities. Our members may also enhance the continuity of this support by instruction to David Armstrong, Barrister at Law of Derwent Chambers, for true specialist Counsel's Advice and Advocacy where appropriate. Contact:

We are specialists in all aspects of local authority regulation and enforcement from Enviro-Crime and ASB through to Planning Enforcement, Licensing, Food and Health and Safety.

Mallard Consultancy was founded in 1996 and provides a comprehensive training and consultancy service: Mallard has a proven track record of obtaining regular and significant efficiency savings for local authorities.

Our founder, David Armstrong, is widely known to public sector agencies as “the Wig”, the original expert consultant and adviser to Keep Britain Tidy and the Keep Britain Tidy Network, and also regular consultant to Tidy Northern Ireland and Keep Wales Tidy. In other areas David won the first defining case on the scope of Part 1 EPA authorisations. He prosecuted the largest food / local authority prosecution to have been prosecuted in the jurisdiction and also trained the FSA’s Illegal Meat Task Force. He has regularly advised local authorities and police officers in many forms of regulation and enforcement.

Typical Member Feedback:

"David, hope you don't mind feedback; Thanks to your advice on dealing with issues around flats and their waste the situation has really improved – the owners are presenting the bins as per the CPW, and the occupiers are using them correctly as per the s46, so thank you."

Environmental Crime, Croydon.

"David many thanks for the help and advice. Yesterday we commenced action, based around your advice and it appears that the matter will be promptly resolved. Thanks for your help, I find it absolutely invaluable."

Community Safety, Dartford.

"Many thanks for the prompt helpful reply, appreciated. I now have some successful prosecutions of CPN breaches - none of which had an end date. One person was fined £2000 and his stereo equipment destroyed, That was an interesting case as before conviction we obtained a magistrates warrant to enter and seize his equipment as he was continuing to breach his CPN."

Avon and Somerset Police.

"We were fortunate enough to be invited along and what a good day. Since then we have used CPN's on 6 occasions in relation to Travellers and only once have we had to resort to Bailiffs. We are looking to join the syndicate. David also gave me some helpful advice on CBO's, please pass on my thanks to David for a brilliant course and his advice."


"I organised David to speak to over 40 Environmental Health staff in Kent at 2 x 2 day training sessions. Never have I had so much positive feedback from the attendees about a course. His energy and ability to adapt to his audience is impressive. I was enthralled and if I was ever going to be in court, I definitely want him on my side!

Recommended to anyone to go for the “courtroom” role play scenario – really makes you think and gives you a pretty close experience to the real thing."

Annie Sargent,
Environmental Health Manager,
Dartford & Sevenoaks


Traveller Nuisance
Chelmsford (Essex) 17th January 2018
Rushcliffe (Nottingham) 24th January 2018
Durham 31st January 2018
Watford 18th April 2018
Malvern Hills (Worcs) 19th April 2018
Great Yarmouth 26th April 2018
Sevenoaks (Kent) 10th May 2018
South Derbyshire 4th July 2018
Preston 11th July 2018

Anti-Social Behaviour
Erewash (Notts) 7th March 2018
Lancaster (Morcambe) 2nd May 2018
Adur & Worthing (Shoreham) 13th June 2018
Malvern Hills (Worcs) 20th June 2018
Craven (Skipton) 5th July 2018
Tamworth 13th September 2018
Greenwich (London) 27th September 2018

Statutory Nuisance
Adur & Worthing (Shoreham) 18th January 2018
Derby 8th March 2018
Central Bedfordshire (Shefford) 28th June 2018
Malvern Hills (Worcs) 12th July 2018

Regulatory Casework
Lancaster (Morcambe) 25th January 2018
Plymouth 14th March 2018
Adur & Worthing (Shoreham) 15th March 2018
Hinckley & Bosworth 25th April 2018
Durham 4th May 2018
Wychavon (Worcs) 21st June 2018

Environmental Crime
Greenwich (London) 1st February 2018
Wychavon (Worcs) 27th April 2018
Sevenoaks (Kent) 9th May 2018
Knowsley 14th June 2018
Hinckley & Bosworth 27th June 2018
Craven (Skipton) 20th September 2018

Nuisance and Anti-Social Behaviour (inc. Planning & Statutory Nuisance)
Rushcliffe (Nottingham) 5th October 2017
South Tyneside (South Shields) 15th November 2017
Medway 16th November 2017
Bath 29th November 2017
Stockport 30th November 2017

Regulatory Prosecution
Central Bedfordshire (Shefford) 20th September 2017
Stockport 28th September 2017
Norwich 4th October 2017
Warwick 19th October 2017

CPD available. Free places for member authorities
£75.00 (+vat) per person to non-members