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JOBS OF THE WEEK: Bristol City Council requires an experienced Litigation Lawyer (part-time) for a varied caseload including commercial disputes, education, adult social care and housing. Closing: 19 December
EVENT OF THE WEEK: DAC Beachcroft's national Safety, Health and Environment team is holding a series of workshops in January on 'Managing a Major Accident'. These are in: Leeds (15/1); Bristol (19/1); Manchester (20/1); Newport (21/1); Newcastle (22/1); London (23/1); and Birmingham (23/1).

Council eyes 'next generation' model and retained organisation with just 150 staff
A number of bodies to be spun out from direct council control

Developer loses court challenge over sending neighbourhood plan to referendum
Judge says statutory provisions are complex and not well drafted but rejects claimant's challenge

Supreme Court to hear key challenge to test on homelessness and vulnerability
Test in Pereira comes under scrutiny as interveners claim local authorities are wrongly refusing help

High Court judge quashes selective licensing scheme over consultation failings
London borough vows to take "disappointing" ruling to Court of Appeal

Councillors reverse ban on them accessing buildings without appointment
Blanket approach seen as not appropriate for member conduct issues

European court to hear key case on charging for property search information
Hope that ruling will clear up widespread uncertainty about extent to which local authorities can charge

Ombudsman issues special report on common faults of councils over planning
LGO investigated 1,631 complaints about planning in 2013/14, with 14% rise in complaints about enforcement

Taxi driver to pay £800 for refusing to take blind woman and guide dog
Local authority bases prosecution on 1847 Town Police Causes Act

Council to impose restrictive covenant in leases barring sale of legal highs
Borough will also ask commercial landlords to include clause in new lettings

TOP JOBS - DON'T MISS OUT: INTERIM ROLES: Principal Property Lawyer, Senior Contracts Lawyer, Commercial Property Lawyer, Elections Manager/Senior Lawyer, Contracts and Commercial Lawyer and Prosecutions Lawyer. To see all roles on LGL, click here.

Council defends claim over social worker failings and abuse by foster parents
Judge rules that social workers responsible for claimant's care had not been negligent

Review calls for improvement panel at Birmingham for "robust challenge"

Kerslake report says council's size acts as "a badge and a barrier", but DCLG Permanent Secretary shies away from recommending break-up

Care watchdog settles legal action brought by former deputy chief executive
Regulator pays £60k and will meet some of legal costs over manner in which her name was released following report into NHS trust

Councils angry at paying for legal and other costs of academy conversions
LGA research suggests £22m paid between 2011/12 and 2013/14

High Court "rejects challenge over timing of transport to and from school"

Claim that pupil with statement of SEN should be provided support with transport home from after-school clubs

Law Commissions urge reform to "fragmented" legal framework for elections
Call for single, consistent approach over range of different types of election

Claimants lose challenge to decision to shut Independent Living Fund
Attack on minister's retaken decision to transfer funding to local authorities fails

Union withdraws judicial review challenge over new probation bodies

Borough consults on planning measures to tackle buy-to-leave properties

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonCare plans and 'dual planning'
The Court of Appeal has issued some gentle reminders for local authorites about care plans and given its explicit approval to 'dual planning'. In the first in a two-part series, Shaun Spencer explains the ruling.

Evictions and disability discrimination
Could disability discrimination-linked eviction cases erode the case management powers of county courts? Jonathan Hulley reports on a Supreme Court case being heard this week.

Employment law roundup
Susan Belgrave rounds up some important employment law cases, including a ruling that provides a salutary reminder of the proper role of the Employment Tribunal and the risk of bias.

Statutory damages for eviction
Michael Paget discusses the recent Supreme Court decision on the calculation of statutory damages for unlawful eviction under the Housing Act 1988.

The new absolute ground for possession
Mari Roberts analyses the key elements of the new absolute ground for possession brought in under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Changes to the use of s. 106 planning obligations
Philippa Plumtree-Varley considers the newly-introduced s. 106 exemptions and allowances, which offer the opportunity for small-scale developers, custom-builds and self-builds to avoid incurring certain planning obligations.

Trading tips for local authorities
Azhar Ghose provides his top ten trading tips for local authorities.

Guardianship and Cheshire West
In what circumstances can guardianship give rise to a deprivation of liberty? The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street look at a recent tribunal ruling post-Cheshire West.

Timing a contribution claim
Following a case between a police force and a local authority, Tom Baker and David Williams examine the impact of Part 36 and negotiated settlements on the time for bringing contribution claims.

Out of bounds?
A long-running battle over a controversial hotel and golf development in the Surrey Hills has finally come to an end. James Findlay QC looks at the key points arising out of the litigation.

New courses on Local Government Law TV

All courses are CPD-qualifying. Your first course is FREE.

Recent Planning Changes £25.00 This presentation identifies and outlines the potential effects of a number of key planning changes, including the government's technical consultation on planning, the conversion of offices to residential accommodation and changes to the NSIP regime.
Recent Developments in Information Rights Law and Practice 2014 £25.00 In this presentation, the Deputy Information Commissioner Graham Smith provides an update on some of the key issues in freedom of information and data protection law.

Departmental subscriptions from £249 + VAT for 12 months unlimited access (LLG members). Click here for details.

The latest blogs...
NIP tucks in before Autumn Statement but NPS delayed by Angus Walker
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Adult Social Services: JS Mill strikes back
Earlier this month a High Court judge called for the Supreme Court to revew its position on deprivations of liberty within the home. Alex Ruck Keene analyses his ruling.

Careers: Faith, hope and clarity
Nicholas Dobson extols the benefits for local government lawyers in writing on topical legal issues facing the sector.

Children: Nothing else will do revisited
Anthony Hand reports on two important High Court and Court of Appeal judgments in relation to adoption.

Employment: Ill-health absences and disability
A recent case saw the EAT consider a disabled employee's claims of failure to make reasonable adjustments in relation to a final written warning and unfair dismissal for sickness absence. Anne Palmer reports.

Governance: What makes a trading company a success?
John Layton sets out the key factors that can determine whether a trading company formed by a local authority pays off.

Healthcare: Giant leaps or gentle steps?
Kevin Jaquiss examines some of the key issues around mutualisation in the NHS and considers what types of services it would most suit.

Housing: Allocation and reasonable preference
The Court of Appeal has ruled that part of an allocation scheme for social housing adopted by a London council was unlawful. Andy Lane examines the judgment.

Licensing: Character and taxi/PHV drivers
The task of licensing authorities to make decisions about the character of taxi/private hire drivers and applicants is a tough one. Ian De Prez examines the issues involved.

Litigation: Challenging an error of fact
Leon Glenister considers the issues arising from judicial review challenges based on a claim that there had been an error of fact.

Litigation: Hazard warnings
A recent Court of Appeal case involving a local authority will be of interest to practitioners who handle slip-and-trip claims, writes Vaughan Jacob.

Planning: Affordable housing: evidence and bad bargains
Jonathan Darby analyses the provisions in the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 in relation to affordable housing, viability reviews and s.106 obligations.

Planning: Aarhus: domestic troubles
David Hart QC looks at why domestic Aarhus rules are not wide enough to comply with the Convention.

Procurement: Removing red tape or creating more?
New reforms to help SMEs bid for public contracts will not work, writes Mark Cook.

Property: Building with 'golden bricks'
Ian Graham, Mike Gaskell and Joseph Acton examine the use of ‘golden brick’ arrangements by registered providers of social housing.

Regulatory: Challenging HSE enforcement notices
Gerard Forlin QC and Mike Appleby explain why there is now greater scope for challenging prohibition and improvement notices and argue that the decision whether to appeal or not is now more significant than ever before.

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