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Data ProtectionCouncil blunder sees info on witnesses handed to defendants in anti-social behaviour case Islington admits to breach of data protection rules as paperwork identifies complainants

Court of Appeal judge questions approach to age assessment disputes Lord Justice Aikens asks whether there is a better way in case where age of asylum-seeker determined five times

Judicial review over increased controlled parking zone charges to go ahead Court of Appeal gives permission for hearing later in 2012

Local authority ends village green battle, blames mounting legal fees Bristol to stop contesting challenge over Ashton Vale development

ICO hits first NHS organisation with monetary penalty for data breach Watchdog warns other bodies in sector to "stand up and take notice" of £70,000 fine

Council loses bid to have equal pay claims dismissed on procedural grounds Court of Appeal refuses to overturn EAT ruling

LGA launches consultation on procurement pledge for local authorities Association presses ahead with own draft, rejecting Cabinet Office version for public sector

Councils to benefit as LASPO gains Royal Assent, claim ministers But Law Society warns of impact of legal aid cuts on vulnerable

Woman jailed for 8 months after using false passport to get social housing Joint investigation by local authority and housing association leads to guilty plea

Ministers launch taskforce aimed at tackling 'beds in sheds' Councils urged to make greater use of legal powers

Browne Jacobson boosts public law team with double hire

NSPCC calls for new guidance on returning children home from care

Bill to suspend Sunday trading laws during Olympics gains Royal Assent

Committee grants strip club a licence - but council as landlord blocks use

DBIS chooses food manufacturing for first Focus on Enforcement review

Leading claimant human rights law firms join forces

Borough rapped over failure to act as corporate parent for disabled girl

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

Public healthSex, drugs and alcohol - the new public health role for local authorities
The controversial Health and Social Care Act 2012 has finally received Royal Assent. Jennifer Richardson looks at the new public health role for local authorities.

Two steps forward?
The Supreme Court has handed down two landmark decisions on age discrimination. Phil Allen analyses what they will mean for employers. 

Arrested development
Ireland and Northern Ireland have been a fertile source of cases for procurement law practitioners. Jack Hayward examines the latest judgment, where a Government department was found to have breached the regulations.

Powers of restraint
A recent case has given some helpful guidance on the use of restraint powers under the Mental Capacity Act 2005, writes Oliver Donald.  

Making the link
The High Court has given useful guidance on the construction of the EIA Regulations for functionally interlinked development under separate planning applications, says Ned Helme.

Failing to assess SEN
The Upper Tribunal has handed down a significant ruling in refusal to assess SEN cases. Tom Cross explains why the judgment is likely to be relied upon by appellants.

Control test
Many organisations own or lease buildings which may contain asbestos. Anyone responsible for the maintenance or repair of such premises should be aware of the incoming changes to legislation, argue Tim Hill and Katharine Vickery.

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BlogsThe latest blogs...

Certification, Belgians and other developing Planning Act practice by Angus Walker
Today's entry reports on some developing practice under the Planning Act regime that will be of interest to those involved in live and forthcoming projects (I hope).

Snap judgement: Are 'Regional Hubs', as suggested by Kent CC's Geoff Wild, the future for local government legal services?

...Yes, economies of scale are crucial

...No, councils need their own legal teams

Click here to vote now

And some you may have missed....

Charging, trading and the Localism Act 2011
Rob Hann considers the impact of the Localism Act 2011 - and in particular the General Power of Competence - on the ability of councils to charge for services.

Calling time on benefit fraud
Ian de Prez analyses a particular problem that can arise in some of the benefit fraud cases which inevitably form part of the caseload of a prosecuting lawyer working for a district or unitary council.

Proceed at your own peril
A recent High Court ruling emphasises how officers and members should think very carefully before they look to employ procedural shortcuts when holding consultations on planning issues, writes John Pugh-Smith.

Two codes go to war
The DCLG has published an 'illustrative text' of what a local authority code of conduct might look like. The LGA and other stakeholders have also drafted a code. So how do they compare? Peter Keith-Lucas reviews the documents.

Quick to the draw
The regulatory frameworks covering lotteries and prize competitions are very different but the dividing line between them can sometimes be difficult to spot and is often hotly disputed, writes Andrew Woods.

Throwing a spanner in the works
The High Court's recent dismissal of a claim that a council's sale of a community facility site breached the Public Contracts Regulations is welcome news for local authorities, writes Anna Sweeney.

More light on Article 8 - exceptions to the rule
Catherine Rowlands examines the circumstances where a successful defence relying on Article 8 might arise.

Starter tenancies survive
The Court of Appeal has enabled housing associations to operate starter tenancies with greater confidence. Andy Lane and Daniel Skinner explain why the court's conclusions are important.

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Charnwood Borough Council is looking for a solicitor to join its Legal team, which provides advice and support across all of the Council’s services. The job will therefore offer experience in a broad range of local government law.


Senior Employment Law Locum
A senior employment locum is required to provide advice and assistance on employment matters to all Divisions of the Council. 

Commercial Property Solicitor
A fantastic Commercial Property Solicitor role with a leading East Midlands based firm for those who are at least three yrs+ pqe.

Prosecutions Lawyer
An opportunity has arisen for a Solicitor or Barrister on a temporary basis to fill a vacancy in the Environmental Legal Team. 

Head of Legal
Our client, a public sector organisation, is looking for a pragmatic Head of Legal to lead the internal team through what is an exciting period.

Property Lawyer
An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Property Locum to join a local authority in East Anglia for a contract with potential to extend for up to six months.

Projects Solicitor
A leading, top 100 firm is keen to find an experienced solicitor to join their health projects team on a fixed term basis for up to 1 year.

Contracts Lawyer
This public sector organisation requires an additional lawyer with experience in commercial contracts and public sector procurement.

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Our client is a dynamic London based public sector organisation that needs an experienced Planning Lawyer to join its team as soon as possible. 

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Principal Childcare Lawyer
An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Principal Childcare Solicitor at a large council in the East of England.

Litigation Lawyer
Our client is seeking to recruit an experienced Civil Litigation lawyer with three years PQE.

Adult and Community Care Lawyer
An opportunity has arisen for an Adult and Community care Lawyer in the South London area. 

An in-house client requires a Conveyancer to join the team to assist with a specific project.

Civil Litigation Solicitor
This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced civil litigation locum to join a respected firm in Yorkshire.

Housing Lawyer
A Housing Solicitor is urgently required to join a friendly and well known local authority based in the North West of England.

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