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JOBS OF THE WEEK:These are exciting times for the legal team at Buckinghamshire County Council, which recently became the first local authority to secure an alternative business licence (for Buckinghamshire Law Plus). They are looking to hire a Property & Contracts Lawyer, a Planning & Litigation Solicitor/Barrister, and two Paralegals (Childcare Law).


ProjectsCommunities Secretary set to send commissioners into Tower Hamlets
Move follows report from investigators that said council had failed to comply with best value duty over grants, property sales and use of media advisers. See also: Tower Hamlets "failed to comply with best value duty": PwC report

Consider radical 'arms-length' company for legal services: tri-borough report
Review board led by Lord Adonis said certain services lent themselves to a shared service model in the context of the broader London landscape

Tribunal rejects call by FOI requester for names of legal advisers at regulator
Appellant claimed legal advice on de-registration of care agency was "inseparable and indivisible" from identity and expertise of person giving it

Judge may tell council to pay costs of parents in adoption case if no legal aid
Legal aid fund or HMCTS could also be ordered to pay as President of Family Division says state has "washed its hands" in getting advice for parents with learning disabilities

City council ordered to pay £12k to parents over removal of baby
Local authority admitted it breached the rights of parents with learning difficulties

Supreme Court to rule next week on temporary accommodation, notices to quit
Seven justices heard Sims v Dacorum and ZH and CN cases in June

Allotment holders defeat Pickles for second time over major development
Local planning authority failed to tell Secretary of State of major change in project before he made his decision on site appropriation

High Court judge refuses application by Treasury to lift automatic suspension
Judge said if claimant was correct and proposed arrangements were unlawful, then contract for £160m-worth of services would be awarded without tender process

Minister and leaders agree on Greater Manchester having city-wide mayor
First time a mayor would cover more than one local authority arrangements

DON'T MISS OUT: You just have a few days to apply for the role of Deputy Head of Legal (£62,125-£82,833) at the Homes & Communities Agency - the closing date is 10 November.

Other excellent job opportunities at the moment on LGL include:
INTERIM ROLES: Planning Lawyer, Planning and Highways Solicitor, Contracts Lawyer and Construction/Contracts Locum. To see all roles on LGL, click here.

Watchdog lets chief exec settlement go ahead after £52k cut in pay-off
Appointed auditor had issued notice blocking county council from entering agreement amid concerns over unlawful expenditure

Guidance published for litigation friends on workings of Court of Protection
Publication was commissioned by Department of Health for IMCAs, RPRs, other non-legal advocates and family members or friends

County council to pursue care home closures after judicial review withdrawn
Member of the public drops case after receiving advice that there was an unrealistic prospect of success

Pickles refuses plea by councils to cancel Art 4 direction issued by park authority
Yorkshire Dales voted to remove permitted development rights on conversion of barns and other agricultural buildings

Southwark to bring judicial review over plans for 'super-sewer' for London
Concern over choice of site for launch of tunnel boring machines

Number of fly-tipping incidents in England jumps 20% in a year: DEFRA
Sharp rise comes after five years of falls in number of reported incidents

New set of standards to be developed for children social work

Health and care regulator puts £3.2m in legal work up for grabs

GMC and nursing regulator consult on draft guidance for duty of candour

Law firm calls on regulators to adopt 'JR-lite' model to avoid judicial reviews

See all of our most recent news stories
COURSE: Demystifying State Aid by Local Partnerships and King & Wood Mallesons, 26 November.

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonOut of borough placements: Nzolameso v City of Westminster
The Court of Appeal recently rejected a challenge by a homeless mother to a London borough's offer of temporary accommodation near Milton Keynes. Ian Peacock explains why.

Consultation – safe passage across the Grimpen Mire
The Supreme Court recently considered for the first time the public law principles in relation to consultation. Nicholas Dobson examines the outcome.

Childcare proceedings, legal aid and proper representation
Last month the President of the Family Division said the state had "washed its hands" over a lack of legal aid for parents with learning disabilities who faced the removal of their child. Allan Norman analyses the ruling.

Ground (f) appeals and planning enforcement
The Court of Appeal has ruled on the scope of ground (f) appeals in planning enforcement appeals and of the deemed planning permission under s.173(11) in cases of under-enforcement. Landmark Chambers summarises the case.

Shared parental leave and pay
Graham Richardson looks at the new statutory provisions on shared parental leave and pay, due to come into force on 1 December 2014.

Varying a Part 36 offer – All or Nothing?
The defendant in a recent personal injury case successfully varied its part 36 offer, but it is a risky strategy, writes Jamie Whaling.

Insights into evaluating tenders
A London council recently defended a procurement claim over a housing repairs and maintenance contract worth some £177m. Colin Ricciardello analyses the Technology and Construction Court's ruling and considers the importance of careful debriefing.

Capacity and s. 117 MHA: now and in the future
Two county councils recently fought a High Court battle over capacity and s.117 MHA 1983. The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street analyse the ruling and look at the future under the Care Act.

Food, Glorious Food
Aimee Fox provides an update on new regulations on school lunches.

Closing time?
John Gaunt reports on two important measures in the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 that affect the licensing industry.

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Overage - Preserving Value £25.00 This webinar introduces the viewer to the concept and practice of overage, its pros and cons and compares its use with other methods of retaining an interest in the future value of property assets.

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The latest blogs...
Government confirms DCO change simplification by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the result of a consultation on making post-consent changes to development consent orders.

Advice on drafting DCOs published

Been away? Features on Local Government Lawyer recently include:

Adult Social Services: Local authority deputies
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street look at the pros – and a con – of a recent ruling in relation to local authority deputies.

Careers: Legal apprenticeships for local authorities
How can the various types of legal apprenticeship help local authority legal departments? Noel Inge explains the benefits and how councils can set up schemes.

Children: Charge the parent and fail the child?
What are the options open to local education authorities when a parent fails to ensure the regular attendance of their child at school? Alan Conroy looks at the key provisions and the importance of considering education supervision orders.

Community Safety: Anti-Social Behaviour – the new reforms
In this first of two articles Andrew Lane looks at the new ASB “tools” introduced by the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act 2014.

Employment: Pension loss and unfair dismissal
The Court of Appeal has offered guidance to Employment Tribunals regarding the correct basis on which to calculate an employee's pension loss on a claim for unfair dismissal. Mike Smith analyses the key implications of a case involving an NHS trust.

Governance: Trading up
Rob Hann explores how local authorities considering trading can get started on the right track and stay there, and reports on a new pilot scheme from Local Partnerships.

Healthcare: The Nearest Relative and requests for discharge
The Court of Appeal has clarified important issues in relation to the service by a nearest relative of a request for discharge under the Mental Health Act, writes Michael Paget.

Housing: Housing law: recent cases of interest
Andrew Lane highlights the cases of interest in the housing field in recent months.

Housing: The Housing (Wales) Act 2014: key points
Vicky Kells examines a number of the key provisions in the Housing (Wales) Act, including in relation to homelessness and standards for local authority tenants.

Licensing: Super strength?
Paddy Whur considers the importance of the Superintendent's Certificate when it comes to summary reviews of premises licences.

Litigation: Closing a care home
A High Court judge has rejected a judicial review challenge brought on behalf of a 101-year-old resident over the proposed closure of her care home. Rosalind English reports.

Planning: Challenges to Core Strategy sustainability appraisals and reasonable alternatives
The Court of Appeal has rejected a parish council's challenge to the grant of planning permission on a district council's largest housing site. Mark Lowe QC and Asitha Ranatunga explain why.

Procurement: Another procurement consultation: the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill
The Government is consulting on how best to implement the powers in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill to reform the public procurement process in order to help small businesses. Richard Auton reports.

Projects: The national planning policy for waste
Ben Sheppard and Philippa Plumtree-Varley consider the outcome of the DCLG consultation on national waste planning policy.

Property: CIL: the clock is ticking
As new 'deadlines' approach for the introduction of the Community Infrastructure Levy, have councils given themselves a health check? Stuart Shortman of nplaw explains.

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