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Neighbourhood 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
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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?
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Religion or belief discrimination: key case law
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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
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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.
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The sound and the fury
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Adult Social Services: The Care Bill, eligibility criteria and consultation
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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?
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
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
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Healthcare: Who pays?
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Housing: Fixed term tenancies: How hard can it be for a social landlord?
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In the Funky Mojoe
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Litigation: Don’t let the tale wag the dog
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Planning: To permit or not to permit? Part Two
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Planning: Applying the sequential test
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