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JOBS OF THE WEEK: Derbyshire County Council requires a Solicitor or Barrister to provide advice in relation to procurement and commercial contracts. This is an exciting development opportunity to gain broad experience in a stimulating environment.
EVENT OF THE WEEK: The New Procurement Regulations 2015 at Burges Salmon in Bristol on 22 January

Buckinghamshire wins Team of the Year at Lawyers in Local Government Awards
Alison Stuart wins Individual Local Government Lawyer of the Year, while Chloe Karamian was named Junior Lawyer of the Year (see story for full list of winners and shortlisted entries)

Two councils net £1.9m to set up shared professional service including legal

Funds awarded by Department for Communities and Local Government through its Transformation Challenge

Court of Protection judge blasts expense of cases costing £9,000 a month
Mr Justice Peter Jackson says relevant procedural rules are "inadequate" and calls for similar approach to that taken in Family Court

Tenant wins Supreme Court fight with council over damages for unlawful eviction

Lord Wilson suggests Parliament should revisit application of ss27-28 Housing Act 1988 to local authorities after London council told to pay £90k+ in damages

Councils and police secure injunction banning car-cruising across Black Country
Application seen as groundbreaking for breadth of coverage and dispensation of ordinary rules of personal service

Autumn Statement 2014 - by practice area
Local Government Lawyer details some of the key policy decisions set out by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in this year's Autumn Statement. See also: Autumn Statement - sector reaction

Council childcare lawyer sees rise in use of e-Courtbundles after pilot success
Deployment of e-Courtbundle in a case in November thought to be first time system had been used in live care proceedings in UK, authority said

APPLY TODAY: TRAINEESHIPS: Slough Borough Council is looking for three trainees (£19,000 for first year, £20,000 for second year). Advertise training contracts for free: email Derek Bedlow for more information.

INTERIM ROLES: Senior Contracts Lawyer, Planning Lawyer, Commercial Property Lawyer, and Prosecutions Locum. To see all roles on LGL, click here.

NW council loses bid for compensation for girl with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
Local authority sought to establish in Court of Appeal that heavy drinking during pregnancy was crime under Offences Against the Person Act 1861

Home Office sets out process for renewing personal licences
Letter and factsheets for licensing authorities sets out what needs to be done, with Deregulation Bill not due to come into effect until after 10 year anniversary of first personal licences

Competition regulator urges public procurers to stamp out bid-rigging
Competition and Markets Authority publishes “60-second summary” for public sector procurers on how to prevent bid-rigging

Mother loses action over decision by ombudsman not to investigate
Challenge over initial decision by Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman not to investigate loss by hospital trust of daughter's medical records

Claimant seeks to take London incinerator judicial review to Court of Appeal
After last month losing High Court challenge to grant of planning permission, claimant looks to take case to the Court of Appeal

Public sector pension funds agree £10bn partnership
Lancashire County Pension Fund and London Pensions Fund Authority to develop Asset and Liability Management Partnership

NHS trust in Oxford to set up contract for legal services worth up to £1m

See all of our most recent news stories
KEY EVENT: LGG is holding its 21st Annual Planning Law Conference in association with Landmark Chambers at the Royal College of Surgeons in London on 8 December. See also: Committees - Stage 2 on 15 December in London.

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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
This entry reports on the publication of the National Infrastructure Plan.

Planning Act projects pass over purdah

Been away? Features on Local Government Lawyer recently include:

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: Drinking during pregnancy – a violent crime?
A council has challenged a decision by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board to refuse compensation to a child born with foetal alcohol syndrome as a result of his mother's heavy drinking. Paul Coppin analyses the case.

Employment: Holiday pay and overtime
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has handed down an important judgment on the calculation of holiday pay and whether it should include overtime payments. Sarah Lamont looks at the key points.

Governance: Gloves off
Graeme Creer examines the Communities Secretary's decision to send commissioners into Tower Hamlets Council and the authority's response.

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: Regulators and alternatives to judicial review
Following a roundtable with leading regulators, James Dunn examines the key issues facing public bodies dealing with judicial review and what steps can be taken to reduce costly challenges.

Planning: The finality of decisions
Richard Harwood OBE QC considers three recent cases on whether planning authorities can issue a second decision on one application.

Procurement: Procurement challenges: the costs risks
A recent High Court ruling has increased the costs risks for claimants seeking to bring procurement challenges, write Ruth Connorton and Alistair Robertson.

Procurement: Back to front?
Much has been said about the scope of shared services. The real opportunity, writes Vincent King, lies in the reconfiguration of service delivery.

Property: Charging for discretionary leasehold services
The Court of Appeal has rejected a challenge to charges for a council’s discretionary leasehold services. Sebastian Clegg explains why.

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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