Kent County Council to pursue joint venture and ABS for legal services Authority will seek commercial partner to provide capital injection and other resources. Staff at Kent Legal Services would transfer to ABS
DCLG consults on making it easier to set up town and parish councils Proposals to reduce restrictions in relation to community governance reviews
Dept of Health suggests action to take following Supreme Court DoL ruling Letter to health and social care bodies sets out revised test and need to review care and treatment plans
Lap-dancing clubs lose battle over refusal of sexual entertainment venue licence But further judicial review in the offing as battle rumbles on over policy of cutting number of permitted venues from six to four
Council changes policy on support to destitute families after court order Legal challenge over support given by London borough under Part 3 of the Children Act
New procurement directives published in Official Journal Directives will come into force this month with UK expected to implement rules shortly
London borough to use s. 106 agreements to tackle 'buy-to-leave' homes Proposals for a financial contribution where new dwellings are left unoccupied
DCLG sets out approach to power to direct compliance with Publicity Code Pickles to decide "as soon as possible" whether to exercise new power in force from 30 March
Developer agrees £2m costs settlement after failed procurement claim Council says it is satisfied, based on legal advice, that it was a good deal for taxpayers
Campaigners net hearing over planning permission for QPR training ground Oral hearing over granting of permission and award of 200-year lease to take place in June
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Are local authorities bound by Ombudsman recommendations?
A High Court judge recently ruled that a council's decision to pay a developer only 20% of the £250,000 recommended by the Local Government Ombudsman was lawful. Nicholas Dobson analyses the case.
The Planning Court comes into being
Richard Harwood QC analyses the introduction this week of a Planning Court and outlines the key changes.
Transactional decisions - a European perspective
In a significant ruling for trading standards law and practice, the Court of Justice of the European Union has clarified the meaning of a 'transactional decision' by a consumer. Jonathan Spicer examines the judgment.
The Duty of Candour - and general transparency
The Department of Health has published details of the proposed statutory duty of candour for health and adult social care providers, as well as a new general transparency duty. Corinne Slingo, Tracey Longfield and Belinda Dix examine the key points.
Local authority control of charities - what are the limits?
The ties between a local authority and a charity were the subject of a recent Charity Commission report. Rachel Tonkin looks at the issues raised and the lessons to be learned.
Re B and what followed - the end of the story
Last year the Supreme Court handed down a key ruling on placing a child in an adoptive placement. Hannah Markham reviews recent developments following the case.
Lap dance no more
In two recent decisions the courts have affirmed the wide powers enjoyed by licensing authorities to refuse renewals of licences for lap dancing clubs. Ranjit Bhose QC, Philip Kolvin QC and Josef Cannon review the judgments.
The Better Care Fund - what is in it for housing providers?
What opportunities does the Better Care Fund offer housing providers? David Owens explains.
Retrospective validation, exceptional circumstances and the Whitley principle
The High Court recently upheld approvals for Cardiff's Energy from Waste scheme. Simon Bird QC analyses the case.
Further chinks in the armour of town and village greens
Polly Reynolds analyses the likely impact of a key Supreme Court ruling on rectification of the register of town and village greens.
Social value and public procurement - a legal guide
Gayle Monk reports on a new guide to the Public Services Social Value Act 2012 and the opportunities the legislation provides to authorities.
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Adult Social Services: Damages for deprivation of liberty
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street
consider what can be learned from two damages settlements for deprivations of liberty.
Children: Migrant children: s. 17 support for members of extended family
The High Court has dealt firmly with three arguments commonly relied upon in requests by NRPF individuals for support and accommodation under the Children Act 1989. Jonathan Auburn
and Ben Tankel
review the ruling.
Children: European children, BIIR and reporting restriction orders
considers recent guidance from the President of the Family Division and issues surrounding reporting restriction orders, European children, BIIR and the Vienna Convention.
Employment: Avoiding increased risk on dismissal procedures
analyses a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling on the so-called 'Johnson exclusion zone' and an employer's ability to make amends.
Governance: It's a sin to tell a lie
looks at the data protection issues raised by councils' use of voice risk analysis when benefit claimants are on the telephone.
Housing: Refusing accommodation because of a misunderstanding
The Court of Appeal has upheld an appeal from an applicant who rejected an offer of accommodation while under a misapprehension that only came to light after the refusal. Emily Orme
analyses the case.
Licensing: Business Against Crime schemes: second bite
Licensing authorities looking to encourage business crime reduction schemes can take comfort from a High Court ruling, writes Philip Kolvin QC
Litigation: The Inquiries Act 2005 - fit for purpose?
This month saw the publication of a Lords select committee report on the law and practice relating to public inquiries into matters of public concern and, in particular, the Inquiries Act 2005. Emma Ireton
looks at the findings and recommendations.
Planning: Demolition - under permitted development rights or planning permission?
A recent case involving one of the Essex districts sparked questions about the primacy of planning permission against permitted development rights in relation to demolition. Jacqueline Millward
and Matthew Fox
Planning: Application forms and lawful uses
The High Court recently considered whether a local planning authority had lawfully substituted - under s. 191(4) of the TCPA 1990 - a lawful use of another description for that claimed in the application form. Peter Wadsley
considers the case.
Procurement: Procurement breaches and remedies: the BT/NHS Scotland case
looks at the lessons to be learned from communications giant BT's challenge to the award by NHS Scotland of a £110m contract to Capita.
Property: Storeyville: houses in multiple occupation
The High Court has confirmed the scope of the licensing regime for houses in multiple occupation. Suzanne Ornsby QC
and George Mackenzie
look at the key points.
Regulatory: Confiscation and local authorities: resolving a tension
Following a recent decision in Norwich Crown Court, Andrew Campbell-Tiech QC
and Richard Heller
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