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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 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.

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You can also read more about David's background by clicking here

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.

Case Update - CPN Third Party Liability Download
Staffs Moorlands v Caroline Sanderson Download

Importent Update on Section 108 - Court Restriction Download
Walker v Chelmsford CC (2020) Summary Download

Corona Virus Legislation. The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020

The Corona Virus Act 2020 click here to download

Harassment and Eviction - Coronavirus Updated click here to download (Power Point)

Government advice to suspend non-urgent proactive work and focus on tenant protection
click here to download

The Health Protection (Coronavirus,Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 click here to download

Updated (27/03/2020) Guidance on the Coronavirus Powers
a short presentation by David Armstrong, LL.B, barrister at Law.

Guidance on the Coronavirus Powers
a short presentation by David Armstrong, LL.B, barrister at Law.

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 for true specialist Counsel's Advice and Advocacy where appropriate.

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.

Data Protection.
Please note that it is a fundamental function of the support network that members and their officers shall be able to assist each other in training and other relevant functions. Accordingly, it is a fundamental condition of use of any of our services that users agree to the company’s retention of their business contact details, where provided, solely to further those objectives. The company will only use these contact details to further the objectives of membership or to keep officers informed of significant developments or training events.
The company will not sell these details, or otherwise provide any of these contact details to any parties outside of the support network without consent from those concerned.
If you wish to delete your contact details from our records, then this will be done on request. Simply contact us at

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

Training Academies (All CPD Accredited) - All currently postponed up to end of August

Places cost £75.00 (+vat) per person (non-members). Free Places available for Member Authorities

Environmental Crime
East Northamptonshire 13th March 2020
East Hampshire 13th May 2020
Ashford 10th June 2020
Bromsgrove 22nd June 2020
Wakefield 6th July 2020

ASB 2020
Gateshead 6th March 2020
Chelmsford 27th March 2020
Bromsgrove 27th April 2020
Wyre 1st May 2020
Wakefield 8th June 2020
Merton 17th June 2020
Hertsmere 30th June 2020
Northampton 21st September 2020

PACE & Case Preparation
Blackburn 17th March 2020
Wyre Forest 4th May 2020
Mole Valley 9th June 2020
Chelmsford 11th June 2020
York 29th June 2020
Cherwell 10th July 2020

Statutory Nuisance
Rotherham 20th March 2020
Wyre 28th April 2020
Bournemouth 5th May 2020
Bromsgrove 11th May 2020
Watford 1st July 2020
Northampton 8th July 2020

Court Skills (Limited to 2 places per authority on each event)
Mansfield 2nd March 2020
Hertsmere 14th May 2020
East Herts 15th May 2020
Cherwell 12th June 2020
Staffordshire Moorlands 15th June 2020
East Hampshire 18th June 2020
Wyre 26th June 2020

Witness Evidence Essentials - Civil & Criminal (Practical)
Watford 4th July 2019
Gateshead 9th September 2019
Norwich 26th September 2019
Bournemouth 22nd November 2019
Hinckley & Bosworth 11th December 2019
Bristol 23rd January 2020
Malvern Hills 3rd March 2020
Swale 26th March 2020

CPN & Nuisance
(inc. Air BnB, hoarders, street drinkers, beggars, vehicle nuisance etc.)
Folkestone & Hythe (Kent) 11th July 2019
York 16th September 2019
Newark & Sherwood 7th October 2019
Central Bedfordshire 20th November 2019
East Hampshire (Havant) 5th December 2019
Croydon 21st January 2020
Gateshead 27th January 2020
Mendip (Somerset) 6th February 2020

Illegal Evictions
Rugby 12th September 2019
South Tyneside 27th September 2019
Welwyn Hatfield 13th November 2019
Knowsley 26th November 2019
South Somerset 3rd December 2019
Bexley 14th January 2020

Environmental Crime & Scrap Metal
East Northamptonshire (Thrapston) 29th January 2019
Crawley 6th March 2019
Welwyn Hatfield 27th March 2019
Bournemouth 10th September 2019
Harlow (Essex) 17th September 2019
Broxtowe 30th September 2019
Gateshead 25th November 2019
Knowsley 10th December 2019
Adur & Worthing (Shoreham) 22nd January 2020
Northampton 28th January 2020
Mendip (Somerset) 5th February 2020

Caravan Sites
(Licensing legislation in relation to caravan sites, applicable planning exemptions, and other legislation available to both to ensure safety and adequate standards, and also to prevent harassment and nuisance of those living in such accommodation).
West Norfolk (Kings Lynn) 13th September 2019
Ashford (Kent) 3rd October 2019
Daventry 18th November 2019
Malvern Hills 16th January 2020
Blackpool 10th March 2020

Neighbourhood Nuisance
(inc. hoarders, mental health, vehicular nuisance, PCN & FPN)
Erewash (Derbyshire) 28th February 2019
Hart (Fleet) 9th April 2019
Welwyn Hatfield 15th May 2019
Ashford (Kent) 22nd May 2019
Malvern Hills (Pershore) 11th June 2019
Chorley (Lancashire) 2nd July 2019

Places cost £75.00 (+vat) per person (non-members). Free Places available for Member Authorities