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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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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.

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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

Virtual Training Academies 2020/21 via MS Teams (2 hours core training session + 1 hour for extra questions and networking if required)

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

All courses are CPD accredited.

Caravan Sites – Fit and Proper?
22nd June 2021 10.30am -12.30pm

7th July 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

15th July 2021 10.30am -12.30pm

20th July 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

Unlawful Encampments
20th April 2021 10.30am -12.30pm

17th June 2021 10.30am -12.30pm

14th September 2021 10.30am -12.30pm

4th November 2021 10.30am -12.30pm

ASB – The Bigger Picture
22nd April 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

18th May 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

1st July 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

7th September 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

5th October 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

Housing Civil Penalties
27th April 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

10th June 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

13th July 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

9th September 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

7th October 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

Understanding Evidence
15th April 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

25th May 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

15th June 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

8th July 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

21st September 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

14th October 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

29th April 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

8th June 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

16th September 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

19th October 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

23rd November 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

Interviewing for Evidence
11th May 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

24th June 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

28th September 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

21st October 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

18th November 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

Fixed Penalty and Patrolling Work
13th April 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

20th May 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

6th July 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

30th September 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

12th October 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

Environmental Crime
20th October 2020 10.30am-12.30pm

1st December 2020 10.30am-12.30pm

12th January 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

6th May 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

29th June 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

23rd September 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

2nd November 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

13th October 2020 (Pilot) 10.30am-12.30pm

19th November 2020 10.30am-12.30pm

8th December 2020 10.30am-12.30pm

19th January 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

11th February 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

9th March 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

Planning & Nuisance
26th November 2020 10.30am-12.30pm

2nd February 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

11th March 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

Evidence & Investigation – Crime
3rd November 2020 10.30am-12.30pm

3rd December 2020 10.30am-12.30pm

26th January 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

4th February 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

25th February 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

23rd March 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

Evidence & Investigation – Civil
10th November 2020 10.30am-12.30pm

10th December 2020 10.30am-12.30pm

9th February 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

16th March 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

Statutory Nuisance
17th November 2020 10.30am-12.30pm

15th December 2020 10.30am-12.30pm

21st January 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

2nd March 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

5th November 2020 10.30am-12.30pm

17th December 2020 10.30am-12.30pm

5th January 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

28th January 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

23rd February 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

18th March 2021 10.30am-12.30pm

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


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