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Editor's blog: Curbing your enthusiasm?

Local government solicitors who have been pressing the Solicitors Regulation Authority for some time to lift the restrictions in the Handbook on charging charities appear to have been successful - to a degree. Read more...

JOBS UPDATE: HB Public Law, a local government legal practice with a very big future ahead of it, is growing. The service is looking to hire lawyers at various levels of seniority across a range of different practice areas.

Last chance to apply: the closing date for the County Solicitor role at Cardiff Council is today (31 January). There are a whole host of other top roles on the site as well: Assistant Solicitor - Derbyshire DalesSenior Contracts Lawyer - Ealing (to £53k); and Commercial/Procurement Lawyer - Staffs and West Mids Probation Trust (to £39k). And don't forget all the locum roles on our searchable database such as this role for an Interim Principal Legal Officer. Please let them know you saw the advert on Local Government Lawyer.

Last call for the Town and Village Green Roadshow with 12 College Place and Durham County Council on 7 February.

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News headlines

ProjectsSRA set to relax curb on local authority solicitors charging charities Move would open door to advising academies without need for waiver, but local government lawyers warn that the proposal does not go far enough

Council loses Court of Appeal bid in case of £420k+ award for discrimination Dispute described by Lord Justice Mummery as "a 21st century version of a 19th century Chancery saga"

National law firm Cobbetts set to file for administration ahead of sale of business Blame put on "difficult trading conditions" in professional services sector

Senior judge warns on separate representation before Court of Appeal President of Family Division expresses dismay at separate representation of parties in care proceedings who stand together in the same interest before the Court of Appeal, warns that lawyers may have to "explain their position" 

Tribunal to hear landmark case over council policy on CCTV in taxis Local authority challenges ICO enforcement notice over policy of requiring continuous audio-recording in all licensed taxi cabs

Council loses High Court battle with restaurant over outside tables Westminster sought to quash inspector's ruling that restaurant was entitled to lawful development certificate

Court of Appeal agrees to hear Doncaster libraries case Judges to examine balance of power between an elected mayor and an authority's elected councillors

MPs call for statutory code going beyond general power of competence Code would set out relations between local and central government, replacing 1,300 statutory duties imposed on councils

Law Society hails Supreme Court ruling on legal professional privilege Majority of 5:2 concludes that privilege only applies to members of the legal profession

Pickles vows to close council tax referendum loopholes Communities Secretary warns authorities using loopholes in the rules over council tax increases and the requirement to hold a referendum "will lose out next year"

MoJ reforms to see bailiffs banned from using force against debtors Government response to consultation also says they will not be able to enter homes when only children are present

Code of practice on age restricted products sees end to routine test purchasing Authorities will also no longer be able to target businesses without evidence that they are selling products to under-age customers

Whitehall "must do more" to understand impact of funding cut decisions National Audit Office report calls on DCLG and other departments to improve understanding as more councils struggle with cuts

CQC reveals rise in Mental Health Act detentions, community treatment orders

Usage of temporary labour in legal up by 31% over same period 12 months before

Council agrees payout after LGO report on housing association policy mix-up

See all of our most recent news stories

New courses on Local Government Law TV

Name Price (ex-VAT)   Description
Licensing Update £50.00
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Prof Roy Light reviews and analyses the major changes to the licensing regime being implemented or proposed by the government, and the effect of judicial decisions on the day-to-practice of licensing authorities and the lawyers that advise them.
Disclosure in Commercial Litigation £50.00
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This course is made up of two presentations examining the law and practice surrounding the rapidly-changing disclosure process involved in commercial litigation, with a particular focus on e-disclosure.
Adoption Orders - Tips and Traps £50.00
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This presentation looks at the process of applying for an adoption order and outlines the practical issues that often occur along the way through the analysis of recent case law and recent amendments to the Adoption Agencies Regulations.
Package: Supporting Young People £125.00
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This package comprises courses on Age Disputes, The Duty to Provide Accomodation under the Children Act, Responsibilities towards to those leaving local authority care and Inter-authority disputes.

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

Departmental subscriptions from £495 + VAT for 12 months unlimited access.
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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonTwo standard problems
Stephen McNamara looks at solutions to thorny issues relating to disclosable pecuniary interests and members wishing to express strongly held views before regulatory committees or attend campaign meetings.

Tally Ho!
Current and former ministers joined MPs recently in attacking the performance of some monitoring officers. The appropriate place to deal with these issues was back at base and not in Parliament, argues Nicholas Dobson.

Prayers answered
The Court of Appeal has concluded that the rule in Monk is compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. Andy Lane and Dean Underwood, who opposed the 'leapfrog' appeal against a possession order, explain why.

Ordinary residence and public services
David Lawson reports on the most recent case on ordinary residence. He then goes on to give a summary of the current position and the key starting points for practitioners advising on the question.

Legal advice privilege - the adviser's status or her function?
The Supreme Court has ruled that legal professional privilege should not be extended beyond lawyers. Mark Surguy, Isabelle Makeham and Gareth Hill examine the ruling.

Zero sum game
Are zero hours contracts a flexible solution or a false economy? Graham Richardson considers the key issues and sets out some of the traps organisations need to avoid.

Fair deal or no fair deal
The Fair Deal is one element of public service pension provision under review by the Government following the Hutton Report's recommendations in March 2011. Zoe Lynch reviews the latest developments.

Legal services - a perfectly designed system....
Paul Gilbert examines a key 'road block' in the relationship between law firms and in-house teams and considers how it can be overcome.

An effective enforcement tool or a sledgehammer to crack a nut?
Paddy Whur looks in detail at s. 53A of the Licensing Act 2003, focusing on the key elements that should be considered prior to this type of review being launched, as well as the other relevant stages of the process.

The latest blogs...
High Speed 2 - the Government proffers two fingers to the North of England by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the Government's unveiling of the first draft of the northern continuation of the high speed railway currently planned from Euston in London to the West Midlands. 

Snap judgement: Do you think that the Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis's comments that monitoring officers are providing poor advice to their authorities underlines the need for monitoring to be legally-qualified?

Yes - A proper understanding of the law is essential to do the job to the required standard

No - A focus on legal technicalities can prevent MOs from taking a wider view

Click here to vote now

And some you may have missed....

Adult Social Services: The inherent jurisdiction: where are we now? Alex Ruck Keene looks at the status of the High Court's inherent jurisdiction after the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and examines the uncertainty caused by recent rulings.

Children's Services: Reporting restriction orders and care proceedings The Sun newspaper recently claimed success in relation to an application for a reporting restriction order covering care proceedings. Rosalind English examines the High Court's ruling.

Community Safety: Dealing with anti-social behaviour - the proposed new tools Following publication of the draft Anti-Social Behaviour Bill, Donna McCarthy looks at the tools that are to be made available.

Employment: The Mid-Staffs public inquiry - whistleblowing, bullying and harassment In the second of a two-part series, Jodie SinclairCarlton Sadler and John Moore look at the issues raised by the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust public inquiry in relation to whistleblowing, bullying and harassment.

Governance: Equalities: due regard duly paid Nicholas Dobson reports on a High Court ruling in a case where it was claimed that a council had breached the public sector equality duty when giving planning permission for the development of a school. 

Housing: Housing Revenue Account reform - what next for local authorities? David Isaacson looks at the options open to local authorities in the new housing finance landscape.

Licensing: Licence reviews - proof of breach not required A High Court judge has held that it is not necessary upon a review to prove that the licence was breached. Philip Kolvin QC explains the background.

Litigation: A friend in need - how to manage litigants in person and McKenzie Friends Sarah Mumford provides some top tips on how to manage a claim brought by a litigant in person and how to handle communication with someone acting as the LiP's lay adviser or 'McKenzie Friend'.

Planning: The LPA as landowner and how to tackle s106s Caroline Bywater discusses the quagmire that surrounds securing s. 106 obligations where the local planning authority is the landowner.

Procurement: Health and social care commissioning: the procurement implications Emma Trundle outlines the application of the public procurement regime to health and social care contracts and how forthcoming changes impact local authorities. 

Projects: Licence Lite: Too heavy for most? "Licence Lite" is an arrangement which can be made under an electricity supply licence condition allowing interested parties - such as local authorities - to supply electricity without having to sign up to the industry codes in full. Adam Davidson looks at what it involves, as well as other options for those organisations looking to get into the energy supply market.

Property: Happy New energy certificate requirements! Bill Chandler warns that on 9 January 2013 the Display Energy Certificate regime for public sector buildings was significantly extended, requiring many local authorities and other public bodies to obtain additional energy certificates for previously exempt buildings.

Regulatory: Relying on an unlawful act to found a prosecution Can a public authority rely on its own unlawful act to found a criminal prosecution? David Merson reports on a recent High Court ruling involving a caravan site.

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Jobs of the week

HB Public Law is among the vanguard of a new wave of local government legal practices. The service, which is hosted by Harrow Council, is looking to recruit lawyers at various levels of seniority and across a range of practices, including social care and education, planning and regeneration, housing, litigation, property and contracts.


Assistant Solicitor
Derbyshire Dales District Council is looking for an enthusiastic and capable Solicitor to deal with legal matters across the whole of the authority's legal services.

County Solicitor
Cardiff Council is looking for a County Solicitor to translate its vision and priorities into a set of aligned and effective strategies for legal services. CLOSING DATE: 31 January.

Commercial/Procurement Solicitor or Barrister
Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation Trust is looking for a solicitor or barrister with a minimum of three years' experience in procurement and contract law. 15-month fixed term contract. Salary: £34,677 to £39,424.

Senior Contracts Lawyer
Are you an experienced and highly skilled contracts and procurement lawyer looking for a new challenge? If so, the London Borough of Ealing wants to hear from you. Salary: £50,931-£53,796 pa inclusive.

Litigation and Prosecutions Solicitor
A small public sector body with a close knit legal team is looking for a Litigation and Prosecutions Solicitor with up to two years' pqe.

Contracts Solicitor
Our client, a local authority in Essex, is urgently seeking a Contracts Solicitor.

Solicitor 2 PQE
A public sector body in the North West is looking for a lawyer with experience of working in local government on planning law or landlord and tenant matters.

Planning and Contracts Solicitor
A local authority in the East Midlands requires a non-contentious solictor to assist with planning and commercial contract matters.

Legal Officer
An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Legal Officer to join a public sector organisation in Suffolk for three months with scope for extension.

Litigation Lawyer
An opportunity has arisen in the West Midlands for a Litigation Lawyer with previous experience of working for a local authority.

Other featured jobs

Planning Locum
A local authority in London is seeking an experienced planning lawyer to join on a locum basis.

Contracts and Procurement Locum
An excellent opportunity for a Commercial Contracts and Procurement Lawyer to join a local authority in the East Midlands.

Planning Lawyer
An opportunity has arisen for a Locum Planning Lawyer in the East London area.

Employment Lawyer
An experienced Employment Lawyer of four years' pqe is sought for a 6-12 month contract.

Property Solicitors
A large local authority requires two Commercial Property Solicitors to assist with an influx of work.

Education Locum
We are currently seeking an Education Locum to join a local authority in the West Midlands.

Senior Adult Social Services Lawyer
This three-month locum role will require the successful candidate to handle a varied adult social services caseload.

Prosecutions Locum
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Prosecutions Locum to join a local authority in South Wales.

Senior Adult Lawyer
An opportunity has arisen for a Senior Adult Lawyer to join a reputable local authority in the West London area.

Childcare Locum
We are currently recruiting for a Childcare Locum to join a local authority based in the North West.

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