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ProjectsJudges warn of "chilling effect" of fee hikes for judicial review cases Proposed fee levels will make only small contribution to savings, say judges

Court of Appeal rules on neighbourhood forums and exclusion of key sites Council's decision to exclude sites from forum's area is upheld

Police and Crime Commissioner in legal action over housing development Judicial review against district council over grant of planning permission for 4,250 home site with PCC warning on increased demand for policing

Judgment reserved in libel row between councillors over Del Boy depiction Case in part centred on the likening of a political rival to character from Only Fools and Horses in leaflet

Battle over whether skate park is village green heads for High Court Campaigners also hail decision by council to uphold listing of Southbank site as asset of community value

Standardisation of legal apprenticeships could see qualification as solicitor Legal apprenticeships become part of second phase of Government's 'Trailblazers' scheme. NW council to hire legal apprentices for property and civil litigation teams

Council did not have power to ban live animal exports, says judge District council faces having to make significant payout to exporters after High Court ruling, as judge questions lack of separate legal advice over decision

Government publishes model T&Cs for major services contracts To be used for contracts worth £10m+ and particularly for business process outsourcing and IT deals

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Councils "must learn lessons of past" in handling children with SEN Warning from Local Government Ombudsman ahead of changes in Children and Families Bill

Guidance issued for children's homes on deprivations of liberty President of Court of Protection and Ofsted publish document for children's homes and residential special schools

Silk Commission urges phased approach to devolution of justice in Wales Recommendations include further devolution by various divisions of HIgh Court sitting in Wales on regular basis to hear cases that arise in Wales

Birmingham puts NEC Group up for sale but with claw-back rights Key asset to be sold off following strategic review

Ex-miner "deprived of his liberty" when prevented from dying at home Joint Ombudsmen report criticises five different public bodies

Guidance issued for councils on fee setting as park home enforcement regime looms DCLG also publishes guidance for site owners on new enforcement tools

Cabinet Office starts legal process for North East combined authority

Islington becomes first London council to back late night levy

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NoonNeighbourhood forums and the exclusion of key sites
In a landmark ruling the Court of Appeal has rejected a legal challenge to a council's decision to exclude key sites from a neighbourhood forum's area. Suzanne Ornsby QC, Morag Ellis QC and Isabella Tafur explain the judgment.

The High Court on in-house arrangements and Teckal
When is an in-house arrangement a Teckal company? David Hansom looks at an important High Court ruling involving a council and an ALMO.

Active case management post-Jackson - avoiding sanction
Three recent cases have again emphasised the importance of active case management. Sarah Appleby of Hertfordshire County Council outlines the lessons to be learned.

The cap fits?
In the first in a two-part series analysing Court of Appeal judgments on key elements of the Government's welfare reforms, Dean Underwood looks at a ruling that rejected a challenge to the 'benefit cap'.

Religion or belief discrimination: key case law
What amounts to a protected 'philosophical belief' under the Equality Act 2010? Graham Richardson assesses a recent Employment Tribunal decision and analyses the case law.

Core stability
The High Court recently upheld a district council's core strategy. Paul Shadarevian and Emma Dring explain the importance of the ruling.

Why reasonable matters
A recent adverse High Court ruling against a council over its decision to terminate a claimant law firm's lease is a salutary reminder of the need for authorities to justify their public law decisions, writes Stephen McNamara.

Social care obligations to travellers
Jonathan Auburn and Benjamin Tankel consider the issues raised by a recent High Court ruling on the social care obligations of councils to travellers.

FOIA disclosures: 'motive blindness' and risks to mental health
In the light of a recent tribunal ruling, Robin Hopkins considers the question of 'motive blindness' in relation to the Freedom of Information Act regime.

The sound and the fury
Andy Woods looks at a ground-breaking deal in which a nightclub has ensured that a 41-storey tower block development nearby implements its own noise control measures to prevent complaints from residents.

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Employment Tribunals: The New Rules and Fee Changes £25.00 This course outlines the changes to the employment tribunal system which were introduced in the Summer of 2013 and provides practical advice to local authorities on dealing with employment tribunal claims under the new regime.
The Effective Defence of Major Discrimination Claims £25.00 Discrimination claims are typically complex and costly to fight. This course provides practical advice on the effective defence of dishonest and ill-founded complaints.

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The latest blogs...
All Planning Act  judicial review decisions appealed by Angus Walker
This entry is an update on the status of judicial review decisions under the Planning Act 2008.

Four years of Planning Act 2008 applications

It's the NSIPpies!

Snap judgement: Is the 'risk-based' approach to legal services being proposed by Middlesbrough Council....

...the future role of local authority lawyers - it's not practical to scrutinise every proposal in the current environment

...a false economy - the resultant claims and reputational damage will outweigh any savings

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Adult Social Services: The Care Bill, eligibility criteria and consultation
Jonathan Auburn and Benjamin Tankel examine the introduction through the Care Bill of new eligibility criteria and consider whether local authorities will need to consult and conduct equalities impact analysis.

Careers: The Greasy Pole....
Frustrated at the lack of senior positions available in local government legal practice? Nicholas Dobson gives advice on how to boost your career. 

Children: A “child in need” … Or not?
Tom Amraoui looks at the issues raised by a High Court ruling on whether a local authority was entitled to conclude that a family without immigration status was not destitute.

Employment: Flexi-time schemes, unused hours and termination
Claire Deane analyses a key Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling for local authorities and other public bodies that operate flexi-time schemes.

Governance: The Mayor and TfL adverts: not so proud
Elsa Hadley looks at the recent Court of Appeal ruling which could see London Mayor Boris Johnson joined to proceedings over the pulling of a bus advert put together by a Christian charity.

Healthcare: Who pays?
Stuart Marchant and Jane Bennett look at who is responsible for commissioning and funding mental health aftercare.

Housing: Fixed term tenancies: How hard can it be for a social landlord?
Arthur Moore analyses some of the key legal issues surrounding the nature and content of fixed term tenancies, with a particular focus on those granted by housing associations.

Licensing: Procedural defects and licence review proceedings: the Funky Mojoe case
In the Funky Mojoe case the High Court has ruled that procedural defects did not invalidate licence review proceedings. Gary Grant explains why.

Litigation: Don’t let the tale wag the dog
Magnus Boyd looks at the key issues that arise for local government bodies when trying to manage their reputation during litigation.

Planning: To permit or not to permit? Part Two
The publication of PINS guidance on whether permitted development rights apply to dwelling houses used as houses in multiple occupation has failed to deal with a troubling issue, writes John Pugh-Smith.

Planning: Applying the sequential test
Clare Hardy reports on a High Court case where it was claimed that a local authority had misunderstood or failed to apply the sequential test when granting a planning permission.

Property: Constraints on selling public land - the Crichel Down Rules
The Crichel Down Rules can affect the ability to sell public land. Gary Philpott examines their impact.

Regulatory: Legal highs and injunctions
Can civil enforcement powers provide a solution to controlling – not stopping – the sale of legal highs? Alan Conroy explains.

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