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ProjectsCouncil loses landmark Supreme Court case over scope of duty to pupils Appellant successful in battle over non-delegable duty of care and responsibility for outside contractors. See also: The Supreme Court ruling in Woodland v Essex County Council: the reaction

Law Society names Islington Council lawyer as in-house solicitor of the year Recognition also at Excellence Awards 2013 for lawyers from Lewisham Council and Olympic Delivery Authority

Judge orders ex-chairman of developer to pay council £2m in legal costs Guarantee had been provided during court battle over arena development rights

Local authority chief execs slam Government plans on procurement and SMEs Warning that proposals are 'anti-localist' and could end up benefitting larger businesses 

Council defeats appeal over listing of pub as asset of community value Hearing before Judge Warren thought to have been first of its kind since ACV regime brought in under Localism Act

Referendum on neighbourhood plan to go ahead with judicial review looming Developers had threatened to obtain injunction but strike deal with council on timetable of future legal action

Executive member at county resigns over incomplete declaration of interests Failed to say her husband was involved in property development

District council hits out at Ombudsman over planning complaint report Local authority claims LGO refused to include various points it made

Trading Standards Institute fires warning as council mulls 80% cut to service Forecast that more businesses will fall foul of law, food fraud will grow and number of rogue traders will increase

DON'T MISS: Court of Protection & Adult Social Care Update by 37 Park Square in York from 3-5 pm on 4 November. Speakers include Taryn Lee QC and Michael Burdon.

NEW JOBS THIS WEEK: Think all local authority legal departments are the same? Kent County Council is hiring a range of lawyers: Senior Solicitor/Barrister - Childcare (£49,121 to £55,041), Solicitor/Barrister - Childcare (£36,443 to £49,120) and Solicitor - Employment
 (£36,443 to £49,120). Apply today!

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To see all roles on LGL, click here. Locum roles include Deputy Head of Legal, Legal Services Manager, Commercial Property LawyerLocal Government Lawyer, Data Protection + FOI Legal Officer, Housing Lawyer and Prosecutions Lawyer.

More news stories....

Council chiefs call for review of "woefully out-of-date" licensing system LGA says many parts should be reviewed and scrapped or simplified

No 'one-size-fits-all' approach to protecting social housing assets: HCA Regulation committee indicates proposed changes to framework to ensure it is 'fit for purpose' in era of greater complexity and risk 

Equalities watchdog calls for statutory code for public sector equality duty Best way to reduce bureaucracy and over-engineering of compliance, says Commission

Council fends off legal challenge to HMO licensing scheme Judge dismisses landlords association's application for judicial review

Treasury issues model for public sector equity participation in PF2 projects Also publishes standard legal documents to be used as a template

Ministry of Justice fined £140k after serious data breach at prison Government department with responsibility for data protection legislation is latest to receive monetary penalty notice from Information Commissioner

Welsh housing association names 13 law firms to framework agreement

Landlord handed £75k confiscation order after admitting planning breaches

MPs demand greater transparency from councils on parking revenues

See all of our most recent news stories

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonBusiness rates, Booth and the fairness of costs
A recent Administrative Court ruling should provide reassurance on costs to local authorities when bringing cases for unpaid National Non-Domestic Rating, writes Anthony Jones of Camden Council.

Fountain of common sense
The Court of Appeal's rejection of a personal injury claim brought by a young boy against a local authority caught the media and public's imagination. Robin Churchill explains why.

Fair Deal: Out with the old, in with the new
Gary Delderfield outlines the key points from the Government's new Fair Deal guidance, including in relation to procurement.

Who should take the strategic decisions?
Concerns are growing that the duty to cooperate placed on local authorities in relation to planning is not working. David Brock looks at the problems.

A better view from the Berg?
Local planning authorities looking to develop depressed areas should welcome a recent ruling on the issuing of a s. 215 TCPA notice, write Chris Woodthorpe and Donna Radcliffe.

Watch your online reputation
With social media like Twitter and Facebook, not to mention the venerable e-mail (with its sometimes fatal 'reply-all' button), we're all frequently our own publishers and broadcasters. Which is good news, but also bad news, writes Nicholas Dobson.

The end of the personal licence?
Andy Woods comments on the Home Office consultation document in which the Government set out its proposals to scrap personal licences.

Cumulative impact areas and the grant of an off-licence
A magistrates' court has allowed an appeal by Sainbury's against a refusal of a premises licence in a cumulative impact area. Philip Kolvin QC explains the background to the ruling, including an extended argument on costs.

No educational funding for care leaver
Legal actions over local authorities' refusal to fund education for care leavers after 21 are increasing following the Kebede case. Bryan McGuire QC looks at the latest High Court ruling.

DID YOU KNOW? There were a record number of unique visitors to Local Government Lawyer in September 2013: 23,142 (up 32% on June 2012).

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The latest blogs...
Strike price agreed as Hinkley challenges loom by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the agreement of a 'strike price' for nuclear energy and the latest on judicial reviews.

Final light touch review document published as 2014 review readies

Snap judgement: How safe is your organisation's data?

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And some you may have missed....

Adult Social Services: The Cheshire case - a beginner's guide The Supreme Court has been hearing two landmark cases on deprivations of liberty. Lucy Series explains what is involved.

Adult Social Services: Home truths - local authorities and the commissioning of home care Olwen Dutton and Clare Taylor look at the key findings in an Equality & Human Rights Commission report that reviewed how local authorities commission home care.

Children's Services: Resistance is futile? Che Fung Choi of Kent Legal Services examines the ability of local authorities to resist a court's decision on the appropriate order for a child, in the light of a major Court of Appeal ruling.

Children's Services: Services for former relevant children: recent caselaw Jonathan Auburn and Benjamin Tankel analyse some important recent cases concerning former looked after children and the services that local authorities are required to provide.

Employment: Determining the trigger for collective redundancy consultation Graham Richardson looks at the lessons to be learned by local authorities and other public bodies from a recent EAT ruling on collective redundancy consultation.

Governance: Power game - council v executive Who calls the budget shots on executive arrangements? Council or executive? Can full council require an elected mayor to spend additional budget provision as the council dictates, even if that directly contravenes an existing mayoral policy decision? Nicholas Dobson reports on a major Court of Appeal ruling.

Housing: The evictions of homeless applicants accommodated pending inquiries Do the decisions in Manek and Desnousse continue to bind the Court of Appeal in the light of the Supreme Court rulings in Pinnock and Powell? Vaughan Jacob reports on the Court of Appeal's conclusion.

Licensing: Digging for victory A district judge has ruled that a key part of a council's house in multiple occupation licensing policy was unlawful. Suzanne Ornsby QC and George Mackenzie explain the background to the judgment.

Litigation: Moving from safeguarding concern to instituting proceedings The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street examine two rulings highlighting the importance of a critical and early rigorous analysis of the evidence available to support contentions advanced before the court.

Planning: Only connect The High Court has for the first time upheld a non-food retail condition preventing open A1 use. Saira Kabir Sheikh explains an important planning judgment.

Procurement: Disclosure in public procurement challenges Calum Lamont considers the thorny issue of the approach to be taken to disclosure in procurement challenges.

Property: Environmental assessment - recent cases: part 2 In the second in a two-part series, Stephen Tromans QC continues his round-up of recent case law on environmental impact assessment. This time he covers issues including need, enforcement, SEA and appropriate assessment.

Regulatory: Safety law applies in the firezone The High Court recently handed down an important ruling for all emergency response organisations. Matt Kyle and Lloyd Nail analyse the judgment.

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