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.
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London 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
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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
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Two councils added to Information Commissioner's FOI watchlist
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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
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Children's Services: The duty to consult with parents
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Employment: Long-term sick leave, short-term absence of policies and dismissals
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Governance: In a blaze of publicity
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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
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summarises the case and discusses how organisations can safeguard themselves against similar challenges.
Planning: Ministerial statements - material considerations or trivial pursuits
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Projects: Enterprise culture
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Property: How relevant today are section 106 agreements?
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