In March 2015, Sandwell Council commissioned an independent investigation by Gowling WLG (formerly Wragge & Co) about land sales and other matters.

Following the completion of the report, legal opinion on its findings was sought from Mr James Goudie QC.

In the interest of transparency and accountability, and to demonstrate how seriously Sandwell Council takes these matters, both reports have been published after a ruling in the High Court.

Download the Gowling WLG report

Download the QC’s opinion

Please note it is essential that both reports are read together as Mr Goudie – whose legal opinion is accepted by Sandwell Council in full – agrees with some but not all of the findings in the Gowling report.