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Supreme Court sets out why it quashed offer of housing 50 miles away
Supreme Court gives its reasons why it unanimously upheld a homeless mother of five’s appeal over a London borough's offer of accommodation near Milton Keynes

Judge sets out approach where risk of children travelling to ISIS countries
High Court judge sets out core principles (for lawyers and clients) in cases where it is proposed to make young people at risk of travelling to ISIS countries, and particularly Syria, wards of the High Court and remove their passports

Law Society issues guidance on deprivation of liberty safeguards and the law
Guidance, which runs to 136 pages and was commissioned by the Department of Health, intended to "help solicitors and frontline health and social care professionals identify when a deprivation of liberty may be occurring in a number of health and care settings". See also: New Practice Directions for Court of Protection come into force

County council faces second judicial review challenge over libraries plan
Local authority insists issued identified in 2014 High Court ruling have been addressed as activists launch new proceedings

Demolition of house hidden by straw bales moves step closer
Latest stage of long-running enforcement battle sees Communities Secretary Eric Pickles reject inspector's recommendation and require demolition

Housing association appoints city council and 14 law firms to £1.4m panels
City West Housing Trust selects legal team at Manchester City Council for a four-year framework agreement

TfL applies to High Court for binding determination on taximeters
Transport for London has applied for a declaration on taximeters, after Licensed Taxi Drivers Association invites Magistrates' Court to withdraw summonses for breach of the private hire taximeter prohibition

National Procurement Service in Wales fires gun on £100m solicitors panels
Framework agreement for solicitors’ legal services worth between £60-100m to cover 11 lots

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New rules mean health and care providers must display CQC ratings
Providers who fail to display Care Quality Commission ratings on their premises and websites could face fixed penalty notices

Trading Standards Institute issues guide on new Consumer Rights Act
Businesses have until 1 October 2015 to implement and educate staff about changes

Gambling Commission consults on changes to guidance to local authorities
Amendments reflect changes in legislation since guidance issued in 2012, as well as emphasis on partnership working

Judiciary in High Court diversity boost with selection exercise
Judicial Appointments Commission is to hold a selection exercise for 14 Deputy High Court fee paid (part-time) posts which for the first time does not require previous fee paid judicial experience. Judiciary also launches support scheme in drive for diversity

Bar regulator approves 15 new lawyer-owned business entities
Bar Standards Board gives green light to businesses providing advocacy, litigation and expert legal advice service; plans to obtain licensing authority status for alternative business structures

Newham Mayor blasts threshold on private rented sector licensing schemes

Sir Robin Wales sharply criticises the Government's decision to require councils to obtain ministerial approval for licensing schemes covering more than 20% of local privately rented homes. Newham says its scheme has seen 25 landlords banned

Trowers & Hamlins promotes public sector commercial associate to partner

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New webinars on Local Government Law TV


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Procurement Masterclass - The Tyranny of the "Sausage Machine" £25.00 Michael Bowsher QC provides a personal view of some of the problems that the process-focused approach to public procurement is creating, and suggests some ways that lawyers can help achieve some of the social benefits it was intended to provide.
New Delivery Models: Managing Governance in a Diverse Landscape £25.00 Weightmans As the number of new, and proposed, models for the delivery of public services continue to multiply, this course looks at the governance issues they create and how local authority lawyers and senior managers can manage an increasingly diverse landscape.

New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonKey changes to EIA and CIL
Important changes in relation to environmental impact assessments and the community infrastructure levy came into force this week. Victoria Hutton explains their signficance.

Legal challenges to charging policies
A disabled adult recently brought a successful High Court challenge to aspects of a county council's policy on charging for adult non-accommodation services. Jonathan Auburn looks at the implications for local authorities.

Data retention and human rights
A recent Supreme Court ruling has significant implications for public bodies' data retention policies and practices, writes Emma Godding.

Age disputes and leaving care obligations
The Court of Appeal has considered local authorities’ obligations to migrant children and young persons turning 18, in the context of age disputes. Eirwen Pierrot reports.

QOCS and fundamental dishonesty
Chris Booth reports on one of the first cases where qualified one-way costs shifting was disapplied after the court found that the claimant's claim was on the balance of probabilities "fundamentally dishonest".

Record keeping and challenge risk
Ruth Connorton and Tim Dennis consider the new reporting and documentation requirements imposed by the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and the care required in the creation of documents throughout a procurement process due to the risk of disclosure in subsequent legal challenges.

The rule against penalties: top tips
Gwendoline Davies and Daniel Newbould examine some of the thorny issues around the rule against penalties in commercial contracts.

Do we really have to? Afraid so!
The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 impose an obligation to post contract award information for below-threshold contracts on the Contracts Finder website. Jenny Beresford-Jones examines the requirement and the likely consequences of a failure to comply.


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Lessons learned from 50 preliminary meetings by Angus Walker
Over 50 preliminary meetings have now been held under the Planning Act 2008 regime. What can we conclude about them?
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Adult Social Services: Unlawful detention and nominal damages
When will nominal damages alone be awarded in relation to unlawful detention? The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Chambers examine a recent Court of Appeal ruling.

Children: Re S: care cases and costs in the appellate court
The Supreme Court has recently examined the principles and law in relation to costs in the appellate court in cases concerning children. Kate Makepeace Grieve analyses the ruling.

Children: Re L: Practice guidance
Andrew Venables summarises recent guidance from the Family President on bundles and translating documents.

Community Safety: Use of closure notices and orders
Kate O'Brien looks at the use of closure orders since the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 came into force last October.

Employment: Out with the DIP, in with the IP
The Communities Secretary has unveiled a new regime for the disciplining and dismissal of senior staff, to replace what he called the "unnecessary and costly bureaucratic process" that currently applies. Olwen Dutton analyses the key issues for councils.

Employment: First strike
The Unite union has laid down the gauntlet to a future Conservative government. Paul McFarlane examines the union’s reaction to Tory plans to limit further the ability to call on members to take part in industrial action.

Governance: Combined authorities and regional devolution
Are combined authorities the key to unlocking greater regional devolution? Angelica Gavin considers the key issues.

Governance: Going into 'purdah'
Olwen Dutton sets out some of the key issues in relation to local authority decision-making during the pre-election period.

Healthcare: Forthcoming NHS pensions changes
In a move to bring NHS pension benefits in line with state pension age, how does the new 2015 scheme differ and how does this link with salary sacrifice arrangements? Catherine Charlton explains.

Housing: ASB and the new civil injunction
Civil injunctions, the last of the six new powers for dealing with anti-social behaviour brought in by the Government, have come into force. Steven Eccles and Kate O'Brien examine the new regime.

Licensing: The Home Office and summary reviews
Has the Home Office abdicated responsibility on giving guidance on summary/expedited reviews? asks Paddy Whur.

Litigation: The Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 and judicial review
The Government’s judicial review reforms had a troubled passage through Parliament. Now that the legislation has received Royal Assent, what will the changes mean for public bodies? Alison Oldfield and Trish D’Souza explain.

Planning: Planning conditions - a cautionary tale for planning officers
A recent Planning Inspector's decision has highlighted the need for planning officers to draft conditions with care. Polly Reynolds reports.

Procurement: Extremism, social division and best value
Graeme Creer questions the Communities Secretary's proposed use of the best value statutory guidance to make it clear that councils should not fund extremist organisations.

Procurement: Tackling Teckal decisively
Stephen Round examines the impact of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 on the so-called Teckal test in relation to procurements.

Property: Section 123 Local Government Act 1972...again!
Nathan Holden analyses why the latest Administrative Court case relating to s. 123 of the Local Government Act 1972 was an unusual one.

Regulatory: Commencing criminal proceedings correctly
All criminal cases begin in the magistrates' court however serious the offence. The LexisPSL Corporate Crime team set out the correct steps that need to be taken when commencing proceedings in these ways.

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