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ProjectsCouncillor gets go-ahead for legal action over standards regime and ECHR Admin Court gives permission to apply for judicial review challenging compatibility of revised standards regime with Convention rights

Lawyers in Local Government echoes concerns over standards regime Representative body backs claims made by Committee for Standards in Public Life

Councils "breaching guidance on interviews for children who go missing", says charity Children's Society urges Government to strengthen guidance

London borough launches consultation after decision to move to committees Local authority gears up to introduction of new governance system next year

MoJ axes legal aid reforms affecting payment for permission in JR cases But ministers plan to introduce alternative option as part of crackdown on funding of weak claims

Solicitors Regulation Authority calls for full independence from Law Society Submission to MoJ urges structural - not just operational - independence from Chancery Lane

Freeth Cartwright boosts local government practice with Dobson hire

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TOP JOBS: The London Borough of Hackney is looking for an experienced Barrister or Child Care Solicitor-Advocate for a one-year, fixed-term contract (£51,381). To see all roles on LGL, click here. Locum roles include Commercial Projects Solicitor, Senior Commercial Property Locum, Legal Practice Manager and Governance Locum. Please tell them you saw the advert on LGL


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Council secures £33m payout from contractor as busway dispute settles Company claimed Cambridgeshire should have paid extra £43m in addition to £117m already paid

ICO warns councils over home working by social services employees ICO fines authority £100k after information on social services involvement with individuals published online

Stratford fails to stop development near Anne Hathaway's Cottage High Court challenge to inspector's grant of permission for 800-home development ends in failure

Betting operator wins tribunal case over "primary gambling activity" Successful appeal against decision by Gambling Commission to revoke non-remote general betting operating licence

Union wins High Court battle with Pickles over collecting union subscriptions DCLG to meet £90k bill in legal costs in row over 'check-off' system

City council seeks income boost through new trading company

Calls grow for presumption in favour of data sharing for local health bodies See also: Judicial review of data sharing between hospitals and Home Office to go ahead

Council in Surrey issues Art 4 direction over permitted development reforms

North Yorkshire housing providers in alliance to tackle fraud

Landlord fined £12k after renting out illegal outbuilding

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonSales of the Edited Register
Councils have recently come under fire for sales of the edited electoral register. Emma Godding looks at the key issues for electoral registration officers and local government lawyers.

Discussing hoarding, DOLs, lack of capacity and charging
In an update on recent developments in adult social care and mental health, Carolyn Whaymand looks at hoarding, DOLs, lack of capacity and charging for care home fees.

Sterilisation and best interests
Salma Kantharia explains why a High Court judge ruled that it was in the best interests for a 36-year-old man to be sterilised.

Time to take notice
Roy Light analyses the lessons for local authorities from a case concerning proper notice for review proceedings under the Licensing Act 2003.

D Day for (FOI) Datasets
New open data rights have come into force. Ibrahim Hasan assesses what this means for authorities.

Housing development: relevance of the New Homes Bonus
An inspector hearing a s. 78 appeal recently considered whether New Homes Bonus money from a development could overcome a failure to provide necessary contributions. David Lintott examines the decision.

Post-termination conduct and compensatory awards
Can a claimant's conduct after termination of their employment contract be taken into account when assessing a compensatory award? Allison Cook looks at a recent EAT ruling.

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The latest blogs...
Light touch review of infrastructure planning guidance ends by Angus Walker
The final revised guidance document associated with the Planning Act 2008 regime has been published.

First amendment to a Development Consent Order
This entry reports on the first time that a Development Consent Order has been amended.

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And some you may have missed....

Adult Social Services: Best interests and annulment of a voidable marriage A High Court judge recently ruled that P's best interests dictated that no steps be taken to annul a voidable marriage. The Court of Protection at 39 Essex Street look at the lessons for local authorities.

Children's Services: The duty to give former looked after children assistance with education A local authority has failed to overturn a ruling on former relevant children and the grant of educational expenses. Rachel Kamm examines the Court of Appeal's findings.

Employment: Dismissing employees - what standard must local authorities reach? Two Court of Appeal employment law cases highlight the distinction between the judicial process and internal disciplinary procedures. Andrew McDonald analyses the rulings.

Governance: The ICO's subject access code of practice: the key points The Information Commissioner's Office received more than 6,000 complaints in the last year alone about organisations' handling of subject access requests. Anya Proops reviews the watchdog's new code of practice.

Housing: Anonymity and hearsay - Court of Appeal clarity In a social housing case the Court of Appeal has provided important guidance regarding the use and weight of anonymous hearsay evidence, writes Karl Anders.

Licensing: From Soho with love A recent High Court case has sent shockwaves through local authorities' licensing and regulatory decisions. Mirza Ahmad analyses why.

Litigation: Pressurising a witness - the extent of judicial proceedings immunity The Court of Appeal has recently considered the extent of judicial proceedings immunity in an employment dispute where an ex-headteacher alleged that undue pressure had been placed on a witness. Gareth Edwards examines the ruling.

Planning: Out of bounds The High Court has quashed planning permission for a five-star golf course and spa development. Douglas Edwards QC and Sarah Sackman explain why.

Procurement: A gritty tale A Scottish court has recently considered the extent of a bidder's knowledge of a breach and when the clock started to tick for a procurement claim. Jenny Beresford-Jones analyses the ruling.

Projects: A quiet revolution John Pugh-Smith looks at the quiet revolution that is gathering pace in the legislation and other initiatives affecting the variation of section 106 obligations as the Government encourages a more pro-active approach towards stalled development.

Property: Barn conversions and permitted development Martin Goodall analyses a potentially significant proposal concerning changes in the use of existing agricultural buildings to residential use.

Regulatory: Challenges to decisions to prosecute and staying criminal proceedings Only in exceptional cases should magistrates' courts stay criminal proceedings to allow challenges to the decision to prosecute, the Divisional Court has ruled. David Lamming analyses the court's ruling in a food hygiene case.

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Featured courses and events

Family Law Conference - Atlantic Chambers - 16 September - Liverpool

Introduction to state aid and EU procurement - Anthony Collins - 18 September - Birmingham

Conducting a care case - MBL - 24 September - Bristol

Contract drafting in the public sector - MBL - 25 September - Manchester

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Public Land Law Update - 12 College Place - 27 September - London and 5 November - York

Preventing Procurement Risk: Public Sector Challenges - Gateley and Hays Legal - 3 October - Manchester

Property Law Conference - Atlantic Chambers - 14 October - Liverpool

Housing Law Update Seminar - Temple Court/Five Paper - 17 October - Cardiff

Adoption and guardianship matters - MBL - 23 October - London 

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