JOBS OF THE WEEK: North Hertfordshire District Council is hiring a Solicitor/Barrister/Legal Executive to join its small, proactive team and lead on property transactions. Closing date: Noon on 12 August.
EVENT OF THE WEEK: 12 College Place: Environment and Planning Law Conference, London, 3 October.
Solicitors Regulation Authority grants licence to first council-owned ABS
Green light for business set up by Buckinghamshire County Council and Milton Keynes Fire Authority. Projected £1.7m profit over five years
Top CoP judge sets out 'streamlined' approach to cases post- Cheshire West
President of Court of Protection gives preliminary ruling on how courts can deal with significant rise in workload in "timely but just and fair way"
See also: Ministers urged to provide full funding for impact of Cheshire West ruling
Pickles hails new 'right to report', raps councils for resistance to openness
No excuse for councils not to allow filming, tweeting and blogging on meetings, claims Communities Secretary
Council acted outside its powers on council tax reduction scheme: High Court
Judge says authority could not impose two-year residence requirement
ICO warns legal profession over data security after multiple breaches
Watchdog receives reports of 15 incidents within the last three months alone
Council policy on supporting families with no recourse to public funds "unlawful"
High Court judge says standard rates applied by borough were flawed
Supreme Court agrees to hear case on eviction and disability discrimination
Last-minute reprieve after Court of Appeal refused to stay eviction proceedings
Challenge to appropriation of recreation ground for school extension fails
Land had been given to council's predecessor body "to ever be used as a public pleasure ground"
Four bailed as police probe allegations of improper awarding of council contracts
Contracts given to property management company worth £18m over ten years
Cornerstone Barristers boosts housing and public law practice with double hire
Andrew Lane and Dean Underwood join from Hardwicke
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QC cuts review of law on industrial disputes over "politicised environment"
Team led by Bruce Carr QC will make no recommendations amid concerns over evidence and lead-up to general election in 2015
Grandmother to receive £20k from county council over care for grandson
Claimant received no support but professionals admitted that child should be classified as 'looked after'
NHS Litigation Authority links up with CEDR to launch mediation service
Real potential to "revolutionise" way in which disputes with the NHS are resolved
New Commission guidelines in force on state aid and companies in difficulty
Brussels sets out key changes as 2004 guidelines replaced
Cabinet Office and LGA name next 20 councils for One Public Estate scheme
Programme intended to boost collaboration between local and central government, and release excess land
Investigators at London council find £11.9m in fraud in 2013/14
Borough recovers 63 illegal sublet council properties thanks to investigation team and tenancy amnesty
ALMO to pay out £77k after prosecution over collapsed walkway
NW council names chambers to £468k childcare advocacy contract
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New articles on Local Government Lawyer
Judicial review and the new regime for school exclusions
Thomas Ogg looks at the lessons to be learned from the first judicial review under the new regime for school exclusions.
Supporting people with no recourse to public funds
A High Court judge has ruled that a council's policy on support for those with no recourse to public funds was unlawful. Shu Shin Luh and Noel Arnold explain why.
A tale of torn envelopes
A ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union should give contracting authorities confidence in their ability to reject tenders where confidentiality cannot be guaranteed, writes Anita McEleney of Bristol City Council.
Warehouse to new house: further planning reforms
The Department for Communities and Local Government has unveiled further proposals in its drive to create a more flexible planning system. Matt Gilks highlights some of the key announcements.
Severe obesity as a disability
Does EU law protect obese employees from discrimination? Victoria McMeel reports on a recent Opinion provided by the Advocate General which confirms that the effects of severe obesity may mean that disability legislation comes into play.
Post-adoption contact - recent developments
Martin Kingerley considers the issue of applications for post-adoption contact in light of the Children and Families Act 2014.
The difficult line – the MCA and the MHA
The Court of Protection recently handed down an important ruling on the line between the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act. The CoP team at 39 Essex Street analyse the judgment.
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Click and collect and one-stop-shops by Angus Walker
This entry reports on a lengthy and wide-ranging planning consultation, including questions about the Planning Act 2008 regime.
An Taisce loses Hinkley Point case at Court of Appeal but may fight on
Been away? Features on Local Government Lawyer recently include:
Adult Social Services: Deputies, undue influence and the CRPD
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street
analyse a a CoP case involving the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and undue influence.
Children: Approaching cases of Fictitious or Induced Illness
highlights the key guidance and forensic considerations in cases of Fictitious or Induced Illness.
Children: Enforced academisation
James Goudie QC
analyses the outcome of a recent High Court challenge to the Education Secretary’s decision to convert a school into an academy.
Employment: Giving references - data protection and legitimate expectations
When to give references, and what to say in them, has always been a topic of concern for employers. This is particularly when the reference is provided whilst the employee is or has been subject to disciplinary proceedings. Mark Stevens
analyses a recent case on the issue.
Governance: The latest on cuts - the Lincolnshire libraries case
Mr Justice Collins has handed down judgment in the latest case borne out of government cuts. The judgment provides useful learning to local authorities in particular on how to comply with new duties in relation to expressions of interest under the Localism Act 2011, writes Leon Glenister
Governance: Consultation and expressions of interest
gives his views on the Lincolnshire
Governance: Media strategy for local councils - beyond the parish notice board
Will the National Association of Local Councils' guidance to town and parish councillors not to talk to journalists without prior consent have a chilling effect on public life? Eleanor Hoggart
, assistant practice director of Legal Services Lincolnshire, looks at the lessons for local authorities.
Healthcare: Data protection, compulsory audit and the NHS
Mandatory ICO data protection audits are likely to be introduced for the NHS by the end of the year. Claire Bentley
, Emma Godding
and Jane Bennett
look at the background and the key issues.
Housing: Damages for disrepair - Long leasehold properties
Morayo Fagborun Bennett
considers the principles of disrepair claims and how the compensation freeholders may owe to leaseholders is determined.
Licensing: Mid Year Licensing Update
At the half year mark Paddy Whur analyses the substantial, and tinkering, changes to the licensing landscape.
Litigation: Weathering the storm
reports on a recent successful appeal which will bring welcome relief to highways authorities forced to suspend their inspection programmes during extreme weather conditions.
Planning: CIL – a reminder on s106 and s278 restrictions
looks at what will happen if local authorities do not have a charging schedule in place for the Community Infrastructure Levy by April 2015.
Planning: Planning authorities and under-performance
Ministers have revised the criteria on under-performing planning authorities and when developers can submit applications directly to the Planning Inspectorate. James Garbett
and Philippa Plumtree-Varley
Procurement: Procurement case law update: Travis Perkins, DWF
examines recent court rulings in procurement cases concerning the drafting of a claim form, amendment of a statement of case and lifting the automatic suspension.
Procurement: Funding charities
A Charity Commission intervention and a recent VAT Tribunal case highlight the need for local authorities to consider their legal position carefully when giving funding to charities, writes Richard Auton
Projects: Public sector capital projects - letters of intent
looks at some of the thorny issues raised by the practice of issuing letters of intent for public sector capital projects.
Property: Trigger happy?
and James Garbett
look at additional trigger events to prevent applications to register town and village greens.
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