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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...
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Cornwall 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
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Outright 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.
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.
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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.
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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
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
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
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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