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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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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 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)

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

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

Fly Tipping – Cradle to Grave
Blaby (Leicester) 29th November 2018
Plymouth 5th December 2018
Newark & Sherwood (Notts) 12th December 2018
Preston 16th January 2019
Huntingdonshire 17th January 2019
Malvern Hills (Pershore) 24th January 2019
Chichester (Sussex) 5th February 2019
Stockport 7th February 2019

Housing Regulation - Civil Penalties
(Civil vs Criminal Evidence, Civil Penalties, Rent Repayment & Banning Orders)
Rushcliffe (Nottingham) 21st January 2019
Craven (Skipton) 28th March 2019
Ashford (Kent) 21st May 2019

Unlawful Encampments
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
Doncaster 4th February 2019
Adur & Worthing 5th March 2019
Mendip (Somerset) 20th March 2019
Preston 14th May 2019
Huntingdonshire 27th June 2019

Statutory Nuisance
Adur & Worthing (Shoreham) 18th January 2018
Derby 8th March 2018
Leeds 25th June 2018
Central Bedfordshire (Shefford) 28th June 2018
Malvern Hills (Worcs) 12th July 2018
South Derbyshire 11th February 2019
Dacorum (Hemel Hempstead) 7th March 2019
Medway (Kent) 26th March 2019
North Warwickshire (Atherstone) 16th May 2019

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
East Northamptonshire (Thrapston) 29th January 2019
Crawley 6th March 2019
Welwyn Hatfield 27th March 2019

Prosecution Case Work
Training developed within a Mock Trial
Bristol 14th August 2018
Crawley 25th September 2018
Blaby (Leicester) 4th October 2018
Blackpool 21st November 2018
Thanet (Margate) 27th November 2018
Harlow (Essex) 6th December 2018
Northampton 12th February 2019
Hertsmere (Borehamwood) 19th March 2019
Mendip (Somerset) 21st March 2019
South Derbyshire 25th March 2019
Doncaster 1st April 2019
Chichester (Sussex) 2nd April 2019
Blackpool 12th July 2019

Patrolling & FPN
(inc. littering from vehicles)
Mendip (Somerset) 3rd October 2018
Nuneaton & Bedworth (Warks) 16th October 2018
Folkestone & Hythe (Kent) 14th November 2018
Newark & Sherwood (Notts) 23rd January 2019

Licensing of Animals 2018
Northampton 1st August 2018
Hinckley & Bosworth 2nd August 2018
North Warwickshire 7th August 2018
Durham 9th August 2018
Chelmsford (Essex) 10th August 2018
Bristol 13th August 2018
Medway (Kent) 22nd August 2018
Preston 23rd August 2018

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