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ProjectsCourt upholds dismissal of possession proceedings on human rights grounds Council loses Court of Appeal battle to evict introductory tenant

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards must be replaced, says key report Committee says DoLS "not fit for purpose" and tens of thousands of individuals could be deprived of liberty without protection of the law. See also: Supreme Court set to rule in landmark deprivation of liberty cases

Council fights off High Court bid to derail busking licensing scheme Judge says introduction of regime was lawful

Judge adjourns skate park village green case, calls for Government view Treasury Solicitor's Department to be asked for view on impact of reforms in Growth & Infrastructure Act 2013

Allotment holders threaten legal action over decision re-taken by Pickles Challenge to fresh grant of consent for appropriation of land for council-backed hospital expansion and housing scheme

Tribunal statistics show dramatic fall in employment claims Fall of 79% in number of claims compared to same period in 2012, as union blames new fee regime

Planning Minister writes to PINS to "restate very clearly" Green Belt policy Boles "very troubled" by inspector's use of language in recent Local Plan examination

DCLG publishes final version of National Planning Practice Guidance Planning "should not be exclusive preserve of lawyers, developers or town hall officials," says minister

MPs accuse councils of "over-zealous" application of EU procurement rules Regulations used as "self-serving justification for retaining overly bureaucratic approaches", says CLG committee

Council chiefs warn over Land Registry plans for local land charges SOLACE adds voice to concerns over proposed centralisation

TOP JOBS: Essex County Council is looking to hire an experienced, all-round local government lawyer for the role of Corporate Lawyer (to £69,000). South Lakeland District Council is looking for a Property & Planning Solicitor, while law firm Geldards is recruiting a Public Services Support Lawyer.

The deadlines for other great jobs on LGL are fast approaching:

APPLY TODAY: To see all roles on LGL, click here. There are some great locum roles including: Principal Planning Lawyer, Principal Property Lawyer, Employment Lawyer, Commercial Property Lawyer (12-month contract), Adult Services Solicitor, Contracts & Procurement Lawyer, and Planning & Highways Lawyer.

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Children and Families Act nets Royal Assent ahead of key changes in April Legislation includes provision of 26-week time limit for care and supervision proceedings

Council told to pay out £8k+ and instruct barrister over race track noise Ombudsman report found council tried to get residents to agree to increase use of track rather than prosecute for breaches

LGO raps council over handling of homeless teenager from outside area Local authority criticised for failure to carry out assessment of her situation

Ministers attacked for setting up public inquiries with inadequate powers Report from peers attacks failure to use Inquiries Act 2005 enough

Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal strikes off former coroner Solicitor took almost £2m from his clients

Judicial review on burial site for Richard III kicks off in High Court Council and university involved in two-day hearing

London Fire Brigade secures first confiscation order against landlord Defendant also fined for breaches of safety laws

Three members clubs hit as clampdown on unlawful poker continues Brings total since Hackney Council case to ten

Consider 20-mile limit on placements of children away from home, say MPs

Sharp rise in parents fined for taking children out of school: BBC

County council told to pay out nearly £40k after serious injury at depot

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NoonOut with a bang, not with a whimper?
A Court of Protection judge recently approved a one-month trial of home-based care for a dementia campaigner and took the unusual step of naming the parties to the case. The CoP team at 39 Essex Street report on the ruling.

A licence to busk
Camden Council has successfully fended off a High Court challenge to its proposed licensing scheme for busking in the borough. Clive Sheldon QC explains the ruling.

Aarhus compliance: how hard can it be?
Michael Bedford analyses the Court of Justice of the European Union's ruling on the UK's costs regime in 2010 for legal challenges to environmental decisions and assesses the judgment's likely impact on the current framework.

Room for manoeuvre
In the second article in a two-part series looking at recent Court of Appeal rulings on key elements of the Government's welfare reforms, Dean Underwood examines its judgment on the under-occupation charge or 'bedroom tax'.

Direct awards to private non-profit organisations
A recent opinion from an Advocate General points to a narrow interpretation of the Teckal exemption and a refusal to distinguish between private profit and non-profit-making organisations. Brendan Ryan looks at the reasoning.

Smoke without fire: e-cigarettes and the workforce
What approach should public sector employers take towards the use by staff of e-cigarettes? Sarah Lamont looks at the key issues and the available options.

Mass compulsory retirement - is it justifiable?
A recent case considered the decision of a number of police forces to compulsorily retire police officers and, in particular, the discriminatory impact of this decision. Allison Cook reviews the ruling.

FOI requests from heir hunters
How should local authorities deal with freedom of information requests from so-called 'heir hunters'? Ibrahim Hasan explains the options.

Latest courses on Local Government Law TV

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Social Media £25.00 This course addressed how employers should approach the problems created by their employees' use of social media and outlines the policies that employers need to have in place before the event.
The Equality Act - Defences and Compliance £25.00 This course provides an overview of judicial attitudes to challenges to claims made under the Equality Act so far to enable local authorities and other public bodies to assist them to comply with the PSED and to defend claims when they arise.
Zambrano Update £25.00 The Zambrano decision has been challenged and refined on a number of occasions and this course examines the originating and subsequent case law and regulations to provide an up-to-date picture of when Zambrano rights do and do not apply.

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The latest blogs...
Further Welsh devolution and planning divergence proposed by Angus Walker
This entry reports on two infrastructure planning developments in Wales.

Snap judgement: Is the 'risk-based' approach to legal services being proposed by Middlesbrough Council....

...the future role of local authority lawyers - it's not practical to scrutinise every proposal in the current environment

...a false economy - the resultant claims and reputational damage will outweigh any savings

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And some you may have missed....

Adult Social Services: The Care Bill, eligibility criteria and consultation
Jonathan Auburn and Benjamin Tankel examine the introduction through the Care Bill of new eligibility criteria and consider whether local authorities will need to consult and conduct equalities impact analysis.

Careers: The Greasy Pole....
Frustrated at the lack of senior positions available in local government legal practice? Nicholas Dobson gives advice on how to boost your career. 

Children: Social care obligations to travellers
Jonathan Auburn and Benjamin Tankel consider the issues raised by a recent High Court ruling on the social care obligations of councils to travellers.

Employment: Religion or belief discrimination: key case law
What amounts to a protected 'philosophical belief' under the Equality Act 2010? Graham Richardson assesses a recent Employment Tribunal decision and analyses the case law.

Governance: FOIA disclosures: 'motive blindness' and risks to mental health
In the light of a recent tribunal ruling, Robin Hopkins considers the question of 'motive blindness' in relation to the Freedom of Information Act regime.

Housing: The cap fits?
In the first in a two-part series analysing Court of Appeal judgments on key elements of the Government's welfare reforms, Dean Underwood looks at a ruling that rejected a challenge to the 'benefit cap'.

Licensing: The sound and the fury
Andy Woods looks at a ground-breaking deal in which a nightclub has ensured that a 41-storey tower block development nearby implements its own noise control measures to prevent complaints from residents.

Litigation: Active case management post-Jackson - avoiding sanction
Three recent cases have again emphasised the importance of active case management. Sarah Appleby of Hertfordshire County Council outlines the lessons to be learned.

Planning: Neighbourhood forums and the exclusion of key sites
In a landmark ruling the Court of Appeal has rejected a legal challenge to a council's decision to exclude key sites from a neighbourhood forum's area. Suzanne Ornsby QC, Morag Ellis QC and Isabella Tafur explain the judgment.

Planning: Core stability
The High Court recently upheld a district council's core strategy. Paul Shadarevian and Emma Dring explain the importance of the ruling.

Procurement: The High Court on in-house arrangements and Teckal
When is an in-house arrangement a Teckal company? David Hansom looks at an important High Court ruling involving a council and an ALMO.

Property: Why reasonable matters
A recent adverse High Court ruling against a council over its decision to terminate a claimant law firm's lease is a salutary reminder of the need for authorities to justify their public law decisions, writes Stephen McNamara.

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