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A merger between Solicitors in Local Government and the Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors has been talked about for years, at least informally. Last week, however, the two organisations backed proposals that will see the launch of Lawyers in Local Government in April next year. Read more...

Last chance to apply: The closing date for this post as a Contracts and Procurement Lawyer at Brighton & Hove City Council is 7 December. There is a wide range of roles on Local Government Lawyer, including a Shared Service Project Consultant, a Senior Planning Lawyer in London and a Childcare Locum in Maidstone and Whitstable. Search our jobs database here

Read our Procurement Law: Special Report 2012 in association with Bevan Brittan, with articles on issues such as avoiding the pitfalls of evaluation, improving access for SMEs and protecting the contracting authority from legal challenges.

New courses on Local Government Law.tv: Support for People from Abroad.  Other recent additions include: Leaving CareAge Disputes - Child or Adult?Inter-authority Disputes, and  s.17 or s.20: Is there a duty to accommodate?, The Care and Support Bill and The Licensing Act 2003.

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News headlines

ProjectsCornwall Council bids to take £4.5m ultra vires case to Supreme Court Unitary seeking to extricate itself from expensive leases entered into by predecessor authorities

SLG and ACSeS give green light to merger plan New organisation providing single voice for lawyers in local government to launch in April 2013

Council slams legal interpretation of public sector equality duty as it launches appeal over care home fees ruling County says it is time to draw line in the sand over future legal challenges and put stop to "excessive, costly and unreasonable bureaucracy"

Legal team at North East council faces 23% cut in staff over next three years Legal services asked to save £379,000 as base budget cut in half

Home Office alcohol strategy plans review of mandatory licensing conditions Ministers also propose minimum unit price for alcohol of 45 pence

SRA warns solicitors not to leave PC renewal to last minute Regulator says fewer than half the expected applications have been completed or are nearing completion

Directors of ticket company that owed council £600,000 disqualified for ten years Cambridge forced to write off monies owed for online ticket sales for folk festival in 2007 and 2008

Government Procurement Service extends legal services framework for third time Problems emerge over backstop date as GPS works on replacement framework

Manchester public law pro bono scheme opens doors for business Free drop-in centre launched to provide advice on disputes with public bodies

Owner of food business fined £20k after killing rat in front of inspectors

Charity brings in lawyers over plan for council to sell Henry Moore sculpture

Council admits defeat in bid to ban live animal exports through port

LGA reaches deal with fundraising association over street funding controls

Admission authorities must do more to comply with code: Schools Adjudicator

See all of our most recent news stories

New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonOutright or suspended?
The Court of Appeal has considered the correct approach to be taken in discretionary residential possession cases involving previous incidents of anti-social behaviour. Andy Lane analyses the implications of the judgment.

Zambrano carers - so near and yet so far
Donald Broatch reviews the latest developments in relation to Zambrano carers, including two sets of regulations and a ruling from the Court of Appeal. 

All in the past?
Nathan Holden sets out some of the key challenges arising from the recent Cabinet Office procurement policy note on taking into account of bidders' past performance.

Testing times
Paddy Whur looks at who can be liable for committing an offence under s. 146 of the Licensing Act in relation to underage sales, as well as the defences available under this section.

The gap with Strasbourg on deprivations of liberty widens
The (relative) flurry of decisions from Strasbourg on deprivation of liberty in the context of care homes continues apace and suggests an increasing divergence from the approach taken by courts in England and Wales. The team at 39 Essex Street review the latest judgment.

FOI and datasets
Ibrahim Hasan runs the rule over the Government's draft code of practice on datasets.

Can't get no relief?
The High Court has handed down another important decision in relation to empty properties rate relief. Niall Murphy analyses the case, which involved a council in the North West.

Remedial action and freak accidents
The Court of Appeal has dismissed a claim from a 15-year-old girl who was injured at school before planned remedial work to a set of doors had been undertaken. Nick Holgate examines the ruling.

The latest blogs...
Two Planning Act consultations launched as certification reduced by Angus Walker
The Government has launched two Planning Act related consultations - one on combining and managing consents other than the main development consent, and the other on the business and commercial field that is to be added to the Planning Act regime. 

And some you may have missed....

Adult Social Services: Approaching the assessment of capacity A High Court judge was recently asked to determine whether a woman with mild learning disabilities had capacity to decide to live with a man she had married while he was in jail for sexual offences. The team at 39 Essex Street analyse the judgment.

Children's Services: Coroners inquests and Article 2 Matthew Hill examines a High Court ruling that there should be no Article 2 inquest over the death by overdose of a 14-year-old boy, despite the failings of a local authority's social services team. 

Community Safety: Deep impact Jeremy Phillips looks at the problems surrounding cumulative impact zones.

Employment: Dismissal and Article 11 rights A recent ruling from the European Court of Human Rights on the dismissal of a BNP councillor from his job as a driver is a significant one for local authorities, says Allison Cook.

Governance: If you will the end, do you will the means? The Prime Minister has claimed he will "call time" on equality impact assessments. Declan O'Dempsey and Catherine Casserley consider what he meant.

Housing: Bringing up the arrears What are housing associations and local authorities' legal options for dealing with rent arrears in light of the Welfare Reform Act 2012? Kane Kirkbride explains.

Licensing: Which policy? A recent case involving an application for a 24-hour licence for a supermarket raised the question of whether later or earlier versions of national guidance and council policy should apply. Philip Kolvin QC explans the ruling.

Litigation: Time for an ad break Local authorities who initiate enforcement action with a 'softly, softly' approach, rather than moving immediately to formal sanctions, will be greatly heartened by a recent decision of the Court of Appeal, writes David Merson

Planning: History in the making Richard Harwood analyses the important heritage reforms contained in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill 2012 that is currently progressing through Parliament.

Procurement: Setting up social impact bonds Essex County Council has been at the forefront of the development of social impact bonds. Richard Curl from its legal team explains what was involved. 

Projects:  Incremental approach Tax increment finance is now law. So what can it do for your project? Nick Maltby reports. 

Property: Ultra vires and Credit Suisse revisted Has the real Ultra Vires now stood up? Nicholas Dobson reviews the Court of Appeal's decision in the Charles Terence Estates case.

Regulatory: Is consumer protection failing? Alan Conroy asks whether or not the current consumer protection regime is up to the job and looks at how local authorities should proceed given current uncertainties. 

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Childcare Locum Solicitor
The post holder should be a qualified solicitor or barrister, preferably with current local authority childcare litigation experience.
Brighton and Hove City Council
Contracts and Procurement Lawyer
This is a new position that recognises the difference we have made to the council’s value for money programme, and will strengthen our team of existing commercial lawyers. CLOSING DATE: 7 DECEMBER

Shared Services Project Consultant
A local authority in the Midlands is looking at implementing shared corporate services and intends to appoint independent consultants to score and evaluate each of the proposals submitted.

Litigation Lawyer
A highly regarded local authority situated in Kent is looking for an experienced public law litigator to join it on a locum basis. 

Senior Planning Lawyer
A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a Senior Planning Lawyer to join a local authority in London. 

Regulatory Lawyer
A talented Regulatory Lawyer is needed for a highly topical and niche organisation.

Adult/Community Care Lawyer
This local authority within a 50 minute commute of central London is seeking an Adult and Community Care Lawyer.

Planning Solicitor (P-T)
An experienced Planning Solicitor is required at a local authority in the North West for three days a week to cover a period of long term sick leave.

Childcare Solicitor
An opportunity has arisen for a Childcare Solicitor to join a reputable local authority in the Cheshire area.

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Litigation Locum
An excellent opportunity for a Litigation Locum to join a local authority in the North Home Counties. The contract is expected to last for three to six months.

Debt Recovery Lawyer
An opportunity has arisen for a Legal Executive or Solicitor to join a local authority on a locum basis in the North West.

Commercial Property Lawyer
Our client, a local authority in the East of England, is seeking a Commercial Property Lawyer. Commutable from London in 25 minutes.

Interim Employment Solicitor
Working on an exciting project within this large, well known organisation, the successful candidate will be dealing with a range of non-contentious employment matters.

Planning and Property Locum
An excellent opportunity for a Planning and Property Lawyer has arisen in the East of England.

Commercial Property Locum
An opportunity has arisen for a Commercial Conveyancer to join a local authority in the East London area.

Commercial Contracts Lawyer
A six month locum role for a Contracts Lawyer has arisen at this local authority in the south of London.

NQ Planning Lawyer
We have a fantastic opportunity for a junior Planning Solicitor to join a local authority in the South West of England.

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