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ProjectsTower Hamlets to seek oral hearing for judicial review of audit decision as report looms
Communities Secretary tells MPs that PwC report due "in matter of days"

Councillor banned from speaking to female officers, has phone taken away
Panel concludes member had used phone for premium rate sex chat lines and to send "inappropriate" text messages, but councillor rails at "character assassination"

Surveillance watchdog warns on knowledge among magistrates of RIPA
Public not well served if magistrates not equipped to exercise oversight responsibility, says report

MoJ defends judicial review reforms, attacks impact of challenges on development
Response rejects allegations that changes will let unlawful conduct go unremedied or undermine rule of law

Law Commission to review Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards in their entirety
Department of Health asks law reform advisory body to widen review

CPRE concern at council decisions on greenfield land being overturned
Research shows planning inspectors overturned - in cases where there was no defined land supply - nearly three quarters of decisions by councils on applications for major housing developments on greenfield land over two year period

Family President allows woman access to adoption records for father in 1930s
Sir James Munby said there was "almost astonishingly" no direct authority on question of applicant's access to court file

Borough obtains injunction to assess property for potential fire hazards
Croydon believes it to be the first action of its kind

Leading set Arden Chambers to open premises in Birmingham
Chambers says opening in Midlands is "logical move"

APPLY TODAY: The closing date is 14 September for the following opportunities at Christchurch and East Dorset: Property and Contracts Lawyer; Principal Planning Lawyer; and Litigation and Regulatory Lawyer - Part-Time.

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INTERIM POSITIONS: There is a wide range of posts available including: Senior Planning Lawyer, Governance Lawyer, Commercial Property Lawyer, Legal Team Manager, Contracts Lawyer, Education Solicitor and Planning Lawyer. To see all roles on LGL, click here.

High Court grants permission for judicial review of cuts to transport service
Council took decision to withdraw service used by disabled claimant two days a week

Local authorities making little use of communications data powers: report
Powers used by only 132 councils in 2013, according to Commissioner

Kerslake issues call for evidence in Birmingham corporate governance review
Permanent Secretary at DCLG will examine issues such as size and structure of council, clarity of leadership and direction, and managerial capacity

County axes contract with home care provider just months after award
Powys will also partner with Social Services Improvement Agency to carry out independent review of commissioning process

Municipal Bonds Agency expected to issue first bonds in April 2015
More than £4.5m contributed by 38 councils ahead of launch

Council in mandatory training vow after two data breaches in four months
Local authority undertaking after investigation by Information Commissioner's office

Half of adult gaming centres and betting shops "fail age test purchases"
Failure in many cases to ask test purchaser to prove their age

City council prosecutes landlady for unlawful eviction and harassment
Defendant refused to replace fuses she had removed after entering house without permission of the tenant

West Midlands areas to trial 'right to rent' checks ahead of country-wide rollout
Landlords face fines if they fail to check right of prospective tenants to be in country

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NoonLocal authority ABS or bust?
Azhar Ghose examines the reasons for local authority legal departments to establish an alternative business structure, and examines some of the alternatives.

Land transfers and implied rights
Earlier this year the Court of Appeal considered the issue of implying rights into a completed transfer of land. Varun Maharaj looks at the outcome and the lessons to be learned.

Pregnancies and capacity to make decisions
The Court of Protection has recently issued guidance on obstetric cases for patients with mental disorder, illness or impairment. Stuart Marchant and Hannah Taylor analyse the ruling.

Summer-y Justice?
The heat went to the head in the High Court dealing with summary reviews, writes Rory Clarke.

Super strength?
Paddy Whur considers the importance of the Superintendent's Certificate when it comes to summary reviews of premises licences.

Paternity leave and pay
Simon Lambert reports on the first tribunal decision to consider whether it was discriminatory for an employer not to enhance pay for men on additional paternity leave.

Voluntary early retirement and age discrimination
Was it discriminatory to prevent an employee from changing her mind in respect of the options offered to her whilst at risk of redundancy? Amaya Floyd reports on an Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling.

The Aarhus Convention, PCOs and private nuisance
Stephen Tromans QC looks at the latest decision on protective costs orders and the Aarhus Convention in private nuisance proceedings.

The latest blogs...
How short can NSIP examinations get? by Angus Walker
This entry looks at the time examinations of nationally significant infrastructure project applications are taking.

Offshore NSIPs can shrink

New courses on Local Government Law TV

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Recent Developments in Information Rights Law and Practice 2014 £25.00 In this presentation, the Deputy Information Commissioner Graham Smith provides an update on some of the key issues in freedom of information and data protection law.
The Duty of Patient Involvement in DNACPR Decisions £25.00 The recent decision of the Court of Appeal in Tracey, R (on the application of) v Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust & Ors [2014] EWCA Civ 822 that doctors have a legal duty to involve patients in decisions about Do Not Attempt CPR notice

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Adult Social Services: Deprivation of liberty – some fog clears about children’s homes
Government guidance on deprivations of liberty issued to providers of children's homes and residential special schools has created significant concern. A recent High Court ruling providing clarification on a key element is welcome, write the Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street.

Children: Family cases and parties with disabilities
Nora Owusu-Yianoma of Essex Legal Services outlines recent Court of Appeal guidance on family cases involving parties with disabilities.

Employment: Trade union detriment and costs
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed the correct test in trade union detriment cases and made a surprising costs award, reports Michael Halsey.

Governance: Submitting to a data protection audit
The Information Commissioner’s Office must ensure parity of treatment when it comes to local government data protection audits, writes Jonathan Baines.

Healthcare: Preparing for the new fundamental standards
Carlton Sadler considers the key issues and recent changes in relation to the fundamental standards that will apply next year to the health and social care sector. ceedings.

Housing: Capacity and tenancy agreements
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street review one of the very few publically available judgments in which the elements of the capacity to enter into a tenancy agreement are considered.

Licensing: Changes to the Mandatory Conditions
John Gaunt reviews the Home Office's guidance on imminent changes to the mandatory conditions applying to all licensed premises.

Litigation: Failure to risk assess is not the full picture
A recent case has shown that a failure to risk assess need not be fatal to defending a stress at work claim, writes Angela Williams.

Litigation: Raising allotment charges
A city council recently lost a judicial review in the High Court of its decision to double the rents charged to a group of allotment holders. Christopher Baker examines why.

Planning: Demolition and implementation of planning permissions
A recent High Court ruling has shown that demolition may not implement a planning permission, writes Estelle Dehon.

Procurement: Development projects, cross-border interest and advertising
Advertise development projects that may attract cross border interest or risk losing some of your grant funding, writes Richard Auton.

Property: When a business tenancy “ought not” to be renewed
In two recent cases the Court of Appeal has considered the issue of opposition to lease renewals based on a tenant's breach of covenant. Mark Shelton and Paul Moorcroft analyse the rulings.

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