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EVENT OF THE WEEK: 12 College Place: Town and Village Greens and Assets of Community Value, West Midlands, 10 October.

ProjectsTop judge consults on next steps for greater transparency in Family Court
President of Family Division to look at dislcosure of documents to media and possible holding of hearings in public for certain cases

Civil Justice Council issues new guidance on instructing experts in civil claims
Document set to replace Protocol on experts in Practice Direction 35 of CPR in the Autumn

Unusual FOI requests "include asking about plans for dragon attack": LGA
Councils also asked about exorcisms, freezing of animals, 'ghost investigators', asteroid crashes and more

Council loses judicial review over decision to raise allotment rental charges
City wanted to reduce £133k annual loss to nil

Council and special school warned of legal action over use of 'calm room'
Claimant law firm alleges that two ex-pupils had been "subjected to inhumane and degrading treatment"

Borough in legal action over revocation by DCLG of Article 4 direction
Executive member says challenge is "only option" as battle over office-to-residential conversions continues

Trial over uprooting of tree subject to preservation order collapses
QC for developer successfully argued that proceedings should be stayed as abuse of process
after local land charges search error

District council seals "pioneering" large-scale, self-build housing project
Authority uses Localism Act powers, sets up wholly-owned special purpose company for development of 187-hectare site

Barnet appoints law firm to £5m contract for major regeneration scheme
Legal advice to be given on Brent Cross Cricklewood Project

APPLY TODAY: There are some great roles on LGL: INTERIM POSITIONS: There is a wide range of posts available including: Senior Commercial Property Lawyer, Childcare Solicitor, Property and Planning Lawyer, Procurement Lawyer, and Property Lawyer. To see all roles on LGL, click here.

Chief executive of county council to take temporary period of absence
Position under scrutiny over payments equivalent to employers' pension contributions

Consultation issued on judges hearing data protection and FOI cases alone
Cases on breach of time limits and whether authority holds information could be among those heard without non-legal members

DCLG warns seven councils over compliance with publicity code
Local authorities accused of publishing more frequently than the code allows

Law firm calls for massive cut in London boroughs to boost planning
London council map should be re-drawn along New York lines so there are just five boroughs, while 'metro-regional planning bodies' should be set up outside capital

Businesses fund £25k research into local government structure for county
Crowdfunding allows independent report into current system and whether there should be a move towards unitary authority

Equalites watchdog issues notice on renewing £2m panel of counsel
Equality and Human Rights Commission issues notice with a view to taking advantage of reduced timescales

Government expands Troubled Families programe to cover children under 5

University names three law firms to £1.9m legal advice contract

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonPreparing for the Data Protection Regulation
Local authorities will need to prepare for the burdens likely to be placed on them by the EU's Data Protection Regulation, write Bhavisha Mistry and John McDermott.

'Totally without merit': the Court of Appeal's view
The Court of Appeal has ruled recently on the meaning of 'totally without merit'. Polly Reynolds reports.

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.

Increasing disciplinary sanctions on appeal: can it be done?
Can disciplinary sanctions be increased on appeal? Michael Wright and Philip Farrar report on a recent Court of Appeal ruling.

Award criteria and clarity
David Hansom examines the lessons from a Supreme Court ruling in a long-running procurement dispute.

Recent procurement policy and guidance
Ruth Smith examines the latest guidance and policy issued by the Government in relation to procurement.

The costs of non-compliance
The High Court was left unimpressed recently by a local authority’s failure to file evidence in accordance with deadlines set in family proceedings. The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street review its ruling.

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Procurement and state aid £25.00 This presentation will explore recent developments on how an unlawful  selective advantage might arise in a given context, with particular reference to transport, infrastructure and land transactions.

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Which NSIPs use the Planning Act regime? by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the types of nationally significant infrastructure project using the Planning Act 2008 regime.

Been away? Features on Local Government Lawyer recently include:

Adult Social Services: 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.

Children: 'Hearing' the child in Family Proceedings
Jacqueline Matthews-Stroud looks at the philosophical, yet important practical, issue of how and when to hear from children themselves.

Employment: Preventing and dealing with stress-related sickness absence - ten top tips
How should employers handle the difficult issue of stress-related sickness absence? Graham Richardson provides some guidance for employers and comments on some of the key case law.

Governance: Facebook, FOI and children
A recent Upper Tribunal case involving a local authority concerned the interplay between children's personal data and transparency. Robin Hopkins looks at the outcome.

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.

Housing: Damages for disrepair - Long leasehold properties
Morayo Fagborun Bennett considers the principles of disrepair claims and how the compensation freeholders may owe to leaseholders is determined.

Licensing: Recent appeal decisions under the Licensing Act
There have been a number of interesting appeal decisions under the Licensing Act recently, writes Paddy Whur.

Litigation: Judicial review and the new regime for school exclusions
Thomas Ogg looks at the lessons to be learned from the first judicial review under the new regime for school exclusions.

Litigation: Weathering the storm
Matthew Harpin reports on a recent successful appeal which will bring welcome relief to highways authorities forced to suspend their inspection programmes during extreme weather conditions.

Planning: The right amount of affordable housing
How much affordable housing can a local planning authority reasonably require? Hugh Flanagan reports on the outcome of an important appeal.

Planning: Demolition and implementation of planning permissions
A recent High Court ruling has shown that demolition may not implement a planning permission if you stray too far from the boundaries of that permission, writes Estelle Dehon.

Procurement: Exploring the new state aid exemptions
Huw Williams and Bethan Lloyd examine how councils can take advantage of the new state aid exemptions for cultural, heritage, sports and infrastructure projects.

Projects: Public sector capital projects - letters of intent
Huw Morgan looks at some of the thorny issues raised by the practice of issuing letters of intent for public sector capital projects.

Property: The effect of disclaimer in rating
Can land be neither owned nor occupied for non-domestic rating purposes? That was the question which came up recently before the High Court by way of case stated. Judith Jackson QC analyses its findings.

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