- CPS: Senior Crown Prosecutors and Crown Prosecutors. Opportunities across England and Wales. Closing: 3 August.
- Hammersmith & Fulham: Solicitor - Planning & Highways (to £51,117).
- Trafford: Solicitor - Adult Social Care (to £40,858; fixed term to 31 March 2019) and Corporate and Commercial Solicitors x3 (to £40,858).
- Lewes & Eastbourne: Lawyer - Property (to £40,430).
- City of Lincoln: Solicitor - Commercial Property & Regeneration (to £39,378; 2-year fixed term) and Solicitor - Litigation (to £39,378; 1-year fixed term).
- Surrey: Senior Paralegal - Information Governance (to £29,310).
- Hertfordshire: Environment Lawyer and Housing Lawyer (both roles to £44,697 + market forces payment of £2500 p.a. + one off welcome payment of £3,000; pro rata for part time).
- Environment Agency: Senior Lawyer - Environmental Regulation (£43,777; 1-year fixed term; Exeter, Bristol or Birmingham) and Lawyer - Environmental Regulation (to £ 34,330; Leeds).
- Isle of Wight: Lawyer - Criminal/Civil Litigation (to £39,372).
- Legal Services Lincolnshire: Lawyer - Child Care (to £38,052 pro rata; 18.5 to 22 hrs/week).
- Sevenoaks: Principal Planning Lawyer (to £52,021 plus £5k market related payment plus golden hello - 10% of offered salary). Closing: 23.55, 29 July.
- Rotherham: Solicitors - Childcare (to £44,944 incl. 10% market supplement; up to £8k relocation).
Judge to hear challenge this week to £5m cuts by city council to SEND budget
Rolled-up hearing to be held at Bristol Civil Justice Centre over Bristol City Council’s decision to reduce special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) spending by £5m in local area, it is reported
Local government complaints to Ombudsman rose 3.5% in 2017-18
Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman received 17,452 complaints and enquiries about local government in 2017-18, compared with 16,863 in previous year, its annual review of local government complaints - published this week - reveals
MPs slam NHS outsourcing of primary care support services to Capita
NHS England’s outsourcing of primary care support services to Capita Business Services was a shambles and put lives at risk, Public Accounts Committee says. Neither NHS England nor Capita understood the service that was being outsourced, and both misjudged the risks, according to report
Judge refuses permission for challenge to district council HQ relocation plans
High Court judge refuses permission for judicial review of Warwick District Council’s plans to relocate its headquarters; Mr Justice Garnham concluded claim was “not properly arguable” and that council did have regard to its planning policy
Brokenshire “minded to” end government intervention at Rotherham
Government set to end its intervention into Rotherham Council three years after calling in inspectors over serious systemic failures at local authority, Communities Secretary announces
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Setting of a listed building
The Court of Appeal has set out general principles to be applied when considering the setting of listed buildings and the effect of developments. Jacqueline Lean
sets out the key points.
Judges meeting with children
A senior judge has given an update on the issues created by judges meeting children and the correct approach to be taken. Michelle Brown
GDPR and civil claims
analyses areas of concern for local authorities when it comes to GDPR and the handling of civil claims.
Mixed data in the Court of Appeal
The Court of Appeal has considered the correct approach to dealing with mixed personal data. Rupert Paines
analyses its ruling, which is set to be the leading case in this area
Two-stage evaluations and the PCR
Now you can carry out a two-stage phased evaluation under the open procedure and still comply with the Public Contracts Regulation, writes Stephanie Rickard
Minded-to letters and the right to make representations
Are housing authorities required to specify in a “minded-to” letter that applicants may make representations to the reviewer orally at a face-to-face meeting? Robert Brown
analyses a Court of Appeal ruling.
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Catch-up on recent articles on Local Government Lawyer and Public Law Today:
Adult Social Services: A new model of healthcare body
The Administrative Court recently considered a challenge to the creation of a new model for the provision of health and social care in England. Jonathan Auburn
analyses the outcome.
Adult Social Services: Ordinary residence and impaired capacity
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Chambers
examine some recent 'ordinary residence' disputes in relation to those with impaired capacity.
Children: Criminal law and family proceedings
What place does criminal law have in family proceedings? Mark Cooper
reports on a Court of Appeal ruling.
Children: The impact of increasing social worker caseloads
With a more than 10% increase in social worker caseloads, is there an increase in risk? Sarah-Erwin Jones looks at the potential problems.
Children: How legal decisions influence social work practice
The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, retires this month. Naomi De Silva
looks at how his rulings have affected social work.
Community Safety: Gang injunctions, human rights and standards of proof
Dispute Resolution: Bringing it home?
The Court of Appeal recently rejected a legal challenge brought on human rights grounds over a gang injunction obtained by Birmingham City Council. Jonathan Manning and Ayesha Omar explain why.
and Katie Scott
consider conflict management and resolution, and analyse alternatives to litigation for local government in areas such as planning, compulsory purchase and the Court of Protection.
Dispute Resolution: Good expert or bad?
When it comes to historic social care claims, the answer lies in the prep, writes Laura Broadhead
Jeremy Pike and Charles Streeten analyse an important Court of Appeal judgment on applications for permission to appeal, reopening final appeals, and s 31(2A) of the Senior Courts Act.
Education: Dealing with student sit-ins
With the current climate of strikes and further cuts to public services, the number of student sit-ins is again on the rise. Michelle Bendall
considers the options for handling them.
LexisPSL Local Government
, in partnership with Hannah Lynch
of St Pauls Chambers
, considers the key issues around post-19 education for young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
Employment: Employment tribunals and interim relief
What does a claimant have to prove to obtain an order for interim relief from the employment tribunal? Eleanor Boyd
Employment: When can we dismiss for misconduct?
and Phil Allen
look at the lessons to be learned from recent cases involving alleged unfair dismissals.
Employment: Equal pay, comparators and increases in pay
What happens when the pay of a comparator in an equal pay claim changes? Michael Halsey
Governance: Publishing the home address of election candidates
James Goudie QC a
nalyses a recent High Court case over whether there was a requirement to publish a mayoral election candidate's home address.
outlines important guidance and explains local authorities’ duties to ensure they comply with modern slavery legislation.
The High Court has handed down an important ruling on the obligation to discipline councillors under the code of conduct procedure. Richard Clayton QC
and Jonathan Goolden
look at the lessons for local authorities.
Health: Introduction to CTO Recall: Part 2
In the second article in a two-part series, Clementine Robertshaw analyses some of the challenges that the recall process for community treatment orders can bring.
A claimant was recently held in contempt of court for grossly exaggerating a negligence claim against an NHS trust. Lucy Eastwood
Housing: Legal Aid in housing cases
looks into the Government's 'bigger is better' approach to enlarge geographic areas that providers of free legal services defending possession proceedings would be required to operate within, and examines a recent High Court application for judicial review on this issue.
Housing: Lack of succession rights and the HRA
analyses a recent High Court case whereby a council successfully retained a possession order against a mother and son who suffered from a range of medical issues and resided in a three-bedroom property, but had no succession rights.
A recent High Court case focussed on the issue of statutory succession where one of two joint secure tenants had died, then the remaining tenant later died leaving an adult child (the defendant) in occupation. Rebecca Sembuuze reports.
Housing: A pragmatic approach to policies and procedures
takes a look into a specific appeal against a housing association landlord's decision to serve notice on a starter tenant.
The Court of Appeal has handed down an important judgment on the capacity to make a homelessness application. The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Chambers
examine the ruling.
LexisPSL Local Government
, in partnership with Catherine Rowlands
of Cornerstone Barristers
, consider the issues around homelessness and local connection.
Information Law: GDPR: updating privacy notices
Are you caught in a last minute rush to update your privacy notice to comply with the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? Ibrahim Hasan
considers what is involved.
looks at how data controllers can comply with the obligation to produce data protection impact assessment.
Licensing: Cross border hiring and localism
Gerald Gouriet QC
analyses some of the thorny issues that can arise around cross-border hiring of private hire vehicle drivers.
The Home Office has issued revised Guidance under section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003. Is there anything of substance in the changes? Paddy Whur
Licensing: Capping the number of hackney carriages
A Yorkshire council has fought off a Crown Court challenge to the limit it placed on the number of hackney carriage licences. Gary Grant
Management: Local authorities: getting started with legal apprenticeships
One of the great privileges of working with councils to deliver apprenticeships is observing the different approaches legal departments take to deploying and developing apprentice staff, writes Noel Inge
Management: The best of both worlds
Tiffany Cloynes and Gillian Duckworth outline the benefits of the partnership between Sheffield City Council and law firm Geldards for the public and private sector alike.
Management: Striking a balance
At a time when local government legal departments are entering uncharted territory, Helen Edwards
looks at how the expertise in private practice firms can be utilised without breaking the bank.
Planning: Long players: time and money
Is there more that can be done to encourage timely resolution of issues that arise at planning application stage? Simon Ricketts investigates.
Procurement & Contracts: Will the evaluation of social value become compulsory?
The UK government has announced changes to extend the scope of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012, designed to rebuild trust after the collapse of Carillion. Patrick Parkin
considers the implications.
Procurement & Contracts: Digging for victory
A High Court judge recently found that an open cast mine case - where a Welsh council sought specific performance of an escrow account agreement - was open and shut. Matt Hutchings QC
and Shomik Datta
set out why.
Procurement & Contracts: The need for clarity in procurement processes
The High Court recently examined whether it should order a contracting authority to amend its decision and award a contract to the claimant. Melanie Peers
and Tim Care
consider its approach.
Procurement & Contracts: Dealing with abnormally low tenders
How should contracting authorities approach a situation where they believe a tender could be abnormally low? Richard Wilson
, George Lubega
and Graeme Young
offer some pointers.
Projects: The National Infrastructure Assessment and compulsory purchase
examines proposals in the National Infrastructure Assessment for making the process of compulsory purchase simpler and fairer.
Property: Dealing with incursions
Regulatory: Local authorities prosecuting manslaughter
of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council sets out some of the lessons learned from a recent planning enforcement case.
sets out the key considerations in the recent prosecution for manslaughter of a defendant who sold 'fat-burning capsules'.
sets out some new strategies to help local authorities turn the tide on fly-tipping.
Transport & Highways: Highways and inspection systems
A council’s annual inspection system was recently found by a court to be adequate for the purposes of S.58 of the Highways Act 1980 (the Act) when determining liability. Lucie Evans
and Suzanne Milne
Transport & Highways: Installing barriers on public highways
LexisPSL Local Government
, in partnership with Laura Hughes
of Browne Jacobson
, deals with the question of the powers available to a local authority when installing gates or barriers on public highways.