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Editor's blog: Shared vision

Although details are fairly sketchy at the moment, there are some notable features of the prospective shared legal service between the London boroughs of Newham and Havering. Read more...

Major opportunities just in: The London boroughs of Newham and Havering are hiring a Director of Legal and Governance (to £120,000) and Head of Legal and Democratic Services (to £100,000) respectively. Other local authorities hiring at the moment are West Sussex County Council and Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council. To see all the roles on LGL, click here. Locum posts include: Environmental and Planning Lawyer, Principal Solicitor and Employment Solicitor

Looking to develop your career? Get a post-graduate qualification at the University of Nottingham in Procurement Law or an LLM at Northumbria University in Information Rights Law and Practice or Planning and Environmental Law.

Book now: 11KBW's first annual Community Care conference In London (22 May), a Commercial Property seminar in Birmingham (also on 22 May) or this event on Contract Drafting in the Public Sector (multiple dates).

News headlines

ProjectsLondon boroughs to hire senior lawyers ahead of shared legal service in 2014 Newham to appoint Director of Legal & Governance who will lead joint service; Havering to recruit Head of Legal & Democratic Services

Barnet hails defeat of High Court challenge to £320m outsourcing Judge rules that claim was brought out of time, but criticises local authority for lack of consultation 

Judge awards council £2m in interim costs as arena battle rumbles on Developer shrugs off order as it confirms bid to take case to Court of Appeal

Justice Secretary calls for review of transparency in Court of Protection Grayling asks President of Family Division to extend work on transparency in family courts, citing "media attention" to work of CoP

Supreme Court to hand down landmark social services ruling next week Judgment to consider scope of duty to provide residential accommodation to vulnerable adults in need of care and attention

Local authorities see 9% year-on-year rise in use of locums Research also reveals average hourly pay by region

Independent review of LGO calls for single chief ombudsman Report acknowledges Local Government Ombudsman is independent and accountable, but calls for strengthened corporate governance

Council pays five-figure sum to settle 'failure to remove' case Local authority denied its decisions were wrong but said it had settled claim on legal advice

Care companies launch libel action against council and leader Claimants argue they lost business over comments made by leader; council and leader vow to defend case

BBPA fails in legal action over planning guidance on protecting pubs Association sought to challenge interim guidance adopted by city council in October 2012

Schools that illegally exclude children should face heavy fines: Commissioner

Ombudsman urges council to review policies on complex child neglect cases

Office of Head of International Family Justice sees cases double in two  years

Two councils added to Information Commissioner's FOI watchlist

Anti-social behaviour officer wins payout from employer council after dog attack

See all of our most recent news stories

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonThe road to clarity
The Court of Appeal has delivered important guidance on the status of the Code of Practice, Well Maintained Highways. Mark Fowles and Lorna Herring analyse the judgment and its implications for local authorities.

Caldicott 2: to share or not to share
Dame Fiona Caldicott's report on service user confidentiality in the health and social care system was published last week. Eleanor Tunnicliffe explains how the findings affect all organisations working in the health and social care sector.

Disclosure of documents in procurement disputes
Bidders who miss out on a procurement will often want to get hold of documents to see if they can bring legal action. Helen Prandy looks at the issues this raises.

Highway to CIL
Government proposals to reform further the Community Infrastructure Levy have a focus on highway works. Matt Gilks analyses the measures.

Nuisance: the danger with delay
Gwendoline Davies review a recent High Court ruling - in a nuisance case involving local authority land - that is consistent with recent reforms to cost and case management in civil litigation.

Controlling residential objectors
Paddy Whur reports on a recent licensing sub-committee hearing that provided a prime example of the frustration residents often feel when they find it difficult to focus their objections on matters which the authority can rightly take into consideration when determining an application.

Age assessments and the Home Secretary
Jonathan Auburn and Benjamin Tankel analyse a recent High Court case on whether the Home Secretary had been entitled to proceed on the basis of a Merton-compliant age assessment.

Best interests, medical treatment and quality of life
The Court of Appeal has handed down a key ruling on best interest decisions, medical treatment, quality of life and the patient's wishes. The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street consider the judges' reasoning.

The latest blogs...
Introducing the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 by Angus Walker
The Growth and Infrastructure Bill has finally completed its passage through Parliament. This entry reports on what the legislation does. 

Snap judgement: How is the post Localism Act standards regime working in practice?

An improvement on the previous regime

Needs more sanctions

Too early to tell

Bring back Standards for England!

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And some you may have missed....

Adult Social Services: Closure of the Independent Living Fund - planning for March 2015 The Government has successfully defended a judicial review challenge to the process behind its decision to close the Independent Living Fund. Lee Parkhill analyses the ruling and considers the significant issues which closure of the ILF in March 2015 will present to local authorities.

Children's Services: The duty to consult with parents A High Court judicial review on the duty to consult cautions against the policy of local authorities to make unilateral decisions about children. Clare Ciborowska looks at the lessons to be learned.

Employment: Long-term sick leave, short-term absence of policies and dismissals The Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled that it was not reasonable to require an NHS trust to make an adjustment to its absence management policy and exempt a disabled claimant. Gareth Edwards considers the implications.

Governance: In a blaze of publicity The Department for Communities and Local Government is seeking power to direct local authorities' compliance with the Publicity Code. The move raises significant issues, write Olwen Dutton and Peter Keith-Lucas.

Healthcare: Professional approach Jill Mason considers a recent Court of Appeal case involving the discharge by approved mental health professionals of their duties.

Housing: Don't look down The Court of Appeal has looked at whether a homeless applicant with a fear of heights could refuse an offer of accommodation the local authority considered suitable. Alexander Campbell assesses the implications.

Licensing: The case of the taxi prosecution and the missing records A Magistrates' Court ruling on a council's apparent procedural failures has delivered a bombshell for taxi licensing authorities, writes Philip Kolvin QC.

Litigation: Fighting talk A dispute between a developer and a city council involved allegations of deceit, fraud and a lack of transparency. Jon Hainey summarises the case and discusses how organisations can safeguard themselves against similar challenges.

Planning: Ministerial statements - material considerations or trivial pursuits A recent High Court judgment considered the sometime murky question of whether ministerial statements amount to material considerations in the determination of planning decisions. Suzan Yildiz and Adam Baker consider the relevant practice points raised for practitioners.

Procurement: The reasonably well informed tenderer A Scottish court has applied a "reasonably well-informed and normally diligent" tenderer test to assessing procurement award criteria. Rachel Bickler explains the ruling.

Projects: Enterprise culture Is the future of regional development in England in the hands of local enterprise partnerships? Jon Coane looks at the key issues.

Property: How relevant today are section 106 agreements? The role of section 106 agreements is being challenged by reforms such as the Community Infrastructure Levy and changes in the Growth and Infrastructure Bill. Chad Sutton analyses the latest developments.

Regulatory:  Social security fraud and cohabitation Joseph Millington considers the thorny question of prosecuting a co-habiting partner in benefit fraud cases. 

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Featured jobs

Your remit will include Monitoring Officer responsibility plus a strategic leadership role that will require engagement and customer focus capabilities as you play a key role in developing a new shared services organisation that is aligned to both councils and their respective customers.

You will lead the London Borough of Havering’s legal and democratic services function and you will be the Monitoring Officer for Havering. You will also be involved in the management and delivery of the joint services through the design, structure and effective transition stages.

West Sussex County Council is looking for a solicitor or barrister ideally with post-qualification practice in public law child care litigation.

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council is looking for a Solicitor for a 12-month fixed term post to provide advice principally on employment, civil and criminal litigation matters.

Jobs of the week
Property Locum
A public sector body in the South West is keen to find an immediately available Commercial Property Lawyer. 

Litigation Lawyer
An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Criminal/Civil Litigation Lawyer to join a local authority in the Northern Home Counties.

Principal Solicitor
A local authority in the North West requires a Principal Solicitor to work flexi-time on overseeing land and development issues related to high worth projects. 

Planning Lawyer
An opportunity has arisen for a Locum Planning Lawyer to join a local authority in Lancashire. 

Adult Social Services Lawyer
This London borough needs an Adult Social Services Lawyer urgently. Potential to become permanent 

Other featured jobs

Assistant Lawyer (Prosecutions)
A public body in North East London is looking for an Assistant Lawyer (Prosecutions) to report into the Head of Litigation. 

Employment Locum
An excellent opportunity has arisen for an Employment Locum Solicitor to join a local authority in East Anglia. 

General Locum
A local authority in the South West is looking for a General Locum for an immediate start on a range of complex case work. 

Property Locum
This large public body on Merseyside requires a Property Locum. 

Property and Contracts Lawyer
A local authority in Hampshire is recruiting a Commercial Property and Contracts Solicitor.

Community Services Solicitor
A public sector body in South London is seeking to recruit a Community Services Solicitor. 

Prosecutions Locum
An opportunity has arisen for a Locum Prosecutions and Litigation Lawyer in Essex. 

Planning Lawyer
A highly regarded local authority in the West Midlands needs an experienced Planning Solicitor. 

Housing Litigation Lawyer
A public sector organisation in London is looking for a Housing Litigation Lawyer. 

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