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ProjectsHB Public Law applies for ABS status, seals partnership deal with Bevan Brittan Shared legal service for Harrow and Barnet Councils to set up first local authority-owned alternative business structure

Independent standards committee members mourn lack of sanctions at "dysfunctional" council Report into culture at local authority warns of "siege mentality", distrust between members and between members and public

Administrative Court gets tough on costs disputes after JR settlements Mandatory guidance issued as court complains of significant number of cases that are "poorly considered and prepared by the parties"

Upper Tribunal rejects appeal by NHS trust in first monetary penalty ruling Imposition of £90k fine by ICO and ruling by First-tier Tribunal upheld

Local authority pays out damages for defamation by social services team Claimant law firm says "substantial" damages paid out after information supplied by third party was misunderstood and mis-recorded

Key case on proof of destitution heads to Court of Appeal Many local authorities said to be relying on original High Court ruling

Council to set up wholly-owned company to build homes on own land Initiative aimed at tackling blocks to development

Travellers win permission for judicial review over site provision Council seeking to evict group from unauthorised site on Green Belt, but no additional site provision during 18-month moratorium on enforcement notice

Council fails in bid for 25% cut in costs payable after lost judicial review Claimant "succeeded handsomely" on major issues in battle over exclusive golf development, said High Court judge

Council threatened with judicial review after adopting policy on busking  Borough adopted new regime under Part V of the London Local Authorities Act 2000 


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Council in £1,500 payout after failure to tackle anti-social behaviour Ombudsman report says series of errors meant woman was forced to suffer ASB from a neighbour for more than two years

Housing body warns on higher standard of proof for IPNA Proposed amendments to Injunction to Prevent Nuisance and Annoyance could have "catastrophic results", claims Chartered Institute of Housing

Ombudsman slams failure of councils to deliver on SEN statements Comments after report on local authority's failure to provide specialist speech and language therapy to teenagers

District and Environment Agency named Prosecution Team of the Year Recognition from Attorney General for joint work on tackling site used unlawfully as waste facility

Borough cleared of health and safety charge following death at fair Woman was killed by runaway horse at event organised by local authority

Council pursues sale of Ming Dynasty collection as JR threat withdrawn

Ensure temporary staff are given data protection training, warns ICO

Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham mull £170m merger

City council launches scheme to stop sale of 'super-strength' alcohol

Social housing group names eight law firms to panels

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NoonLosing your Mojoe?
A bar known for appearing in The Only Way is Essex has just lost a battle over the imposition of restrictions on its closing hours. Gary Grant explains why.

Concessions, direct awards and transparency
Rulings from the Court of Justice of the European Union have reminded authorities - including councils - that direct awards of concessions require transparency. Patrick Parkin considers the judgments.

Major housing reforms unveiled in Wales
Byron Britton examines the key proposals in the Welsh Government's Housing (Wales) Bill.

Clarifying entitlement to community care and health services
Will recent guidance on identifying ordinary residence ease the burden on local authorities? David Lawson explores its impact.

NPPF: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Eighteen months from publication of the National Planning Policy Framework, Suzan Yildiz considers its operation in practice.

Affordable housing planning reform - where will it all end up?
Rob Bruce considers recent changes in planning legislation relating to affordable housing and the extent to which the Government is giving the issue priority. 

Varying a decision taken under s. 202 of the Housing Act 1996
The Court of Appeal has overturned a county court ruling that varied a London borough's decision under s. 202 of the Housing Act 1996. Toby Vanhegan analyses the judgment.

Confidentiality of medical information after the death of a patient
There have been two recent Upper Tribunal decisions on the issue of confidentiality of medical information after a patient's death. Robin Hopkins analyses the rulings.

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Child Protection and Safeguarding for Schools £25.00 This presentation explains how schools should formulate and operate lawful and effective child protection and safeguarding policies and how these should be integrated with other policies and procedures that schools are required to implement.
School Admissions Policies and Appeals £25.00 This course will provide guidance on the new Schools Admissions Code 2012 and the Schools Admissions Appeal Code 2012 and their associated regulations, which came into force in the 2013-14 academic year.

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The latest blogs...
Ch-ch-changes - can they be made to infrastructure projects post-application? by Angus Walker
This entry considers the ability to make changes to projects after applications have been made.

Davey takes control of cross-border energy projects

Snap judgement: Are Alternative Business Structures...

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Adult Social Services: Exercise of treaty rights by EU nationals What are local authorities' social care obligations to non-UK EC and EEA nationals? Jonathan Auburn and Ben Tankel review recent caselaw on the issue.

Children's Services: More than a slip 'twixt cup and lip Rosalind English examines the publication of a recent county court ruling in a case where there was erroneous technical evidence suggesting a mother had consumed excessive alcohol.

Employment: Redundancy: alternative employment and evolving job descriptions A recent EAT case involving a county council highlighted how employers undertaking restructuring exercises must keep employees informed of any changes to positions within the restructured organisation. Colin Godfrey reports.

Governance: Data protection monetary penalties - absolutely criminal? The Information Rights Tribunal recently quashed two "civil monetary penalties" totalling £550,000. Paul Motion and Laura Irvine consider the decisions and argue that such monetary penalties are properly characterised as criminal, with significant consequences.

Healthcare: The Supreme Court on best interests, medical treatment and futility The Supreme Court has considered the Mental Capacity Act 2005 for the first time. The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street review its ruling.

Housing: Courts do law, governments do governing Nicholas Dobson looks at the High Court's findings in the high-profile 'benefit cap' case.

Licensing: Prosecutions, reviews and the licensing objectives What does the Scottish case of Lidl against the City of Glasgow Licensing Board have on review hearings throughout the UK? Paddy Whur explains. 

Litigation: Costs and compliance - Jackson six months in It is now just over six months since the Jackson reforms came into effect. Gwendoline Davies and Sue Harris look at the latest key cases and consider how the reforms are working in practice.

Litigation: Ignore an invitation to mediate at your peril Last month the Court of Appeal penalised a party in costs for ignoring an invitation to mediate in a £1.9m dispute over dilapidations. Katie Hickman analyses the judgment.

Planning: Second bites at the (planning enforcement) cherry The High Court recently considered whether a planning inspector had been entitled to find that the local planning authority had 'purported to take' enforcement action. David Merson analyses the ruling.

Procurement: Requesting information after the PQQ application deadline The European Court has ruled that a contracting authority was entitled to seek further information after the PQQ application deadline. Jenny Beresford-Jones looks at the lessons to be learned.

Property: The abolition of the law of distress In 2014 a new regime will replace a landlord's right to levy distress for rent arrears. Katie Hickman explains how it will work.

Regulatory: Breach of procedure not fatal to prosecution The Divisional Court has ruled that a single breach of a procedural requirement upon which a prosecution depends does not automatically mean that the prosecution will fail. Rory Clarke analyses a high profile case where the defendant was accused of operating a private hire vehicle without a licence.

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