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Home Office launches consultation on locally-set licensing fees Minister warns they must not be used to raise extra revenues, while pub association criticises level of caps
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Digital by default: Key considerations
Nathan Evans sets out the key issues that local authorities need to consider in developing websites/mobile applications.
All you ever wanted to know about pothole claims
Robert Ashurst provides an easy reference good practice guide to dealing effectively with claims caused by potholes.
The CQC reports on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street look at the Care Quality Commission’s report on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards for the year 2012/13.
State aid – the new de minimis regulation
The European Commission last month adopted a revised de minimis regulation for state aid. George Peretz summarises the key changes.
The Government has recently relaunched its initiative to make savings in existing PFI and PPP contracts. Mark Gumbley looks at developments.
Local residents have failed in a High Court challenge to a waste transfer station. Paul Shadarevian and Clare Parry explain why.
The Mayor of London 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.
Occupiers, duties of care and employees of contractors
Judgment has been handed down in a High Court case of great significance to occupiers. Nicholas Thorne analyses the ruling.
Interim Possession Orders – the overlooked tool?
Thomas Crockett looks at the potential use of interim possession orders to tackle squatting in commercial premises.
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Adult Social Services: Principles set down for non-disclosure in Court of Protection proceedings
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street
analyse an important decision on the approach to be adopted to the withholding of documentary material from a party to CoP proceedings.
Children: Pre-proceedings process and the Public Law Outline
of Essex Legal Services looks at the pre-proceedings process, the Public Law Outline and what local authorities need to do.
Employment: Expiry of fixed term contracts and collective redundancy consultation
A Scottish court has found that the expiry of fixed term contracts did not count for collective redundancy consultation purposes. Simon Lambert
analyses the ruling.
Governance: The requirement to hold a council tax referendum
The prospect of local authorities holding a referendum on an increase to council tax is becoming more likely. Frances Woodhead
and Clare Hardy
consider the legal background.
Housing: Coming to an area near you - selective licensing in the private rental sector
The number of local housing authorities introducing selective licensing in the private rental sectors is on the rise. Samantha Jackson
looks at what is involved.
Licensing: Fixed odds betting terminals - pressure grows on the betting industry
looks at the Parliamentary debate over fixed odds betting terminals and local authorities' room for manoeuvre.
Litigation: Justice not seen is justice denied?
and John Pugh-Smith
consider two recent planning cases were the costs outcome left a sense of injustice.
Planning: Why do we need the Planning Inspectorate's guidance on planning agreements?
questions the approach taken by the Planning Inspectorate to the important issue of executing documents such as s. 106 agreements.
Procurement: Teckal and exceptions to the mandatory application of procurement procedures
The European Court is currently determining the extent of the application of the Teckal and public authority cooperation exceptions to otherwise mandatory EU public procurement procedures under EU Directive 2004/18. Rebecca Houlden
looks at the Advocate-General's opinion.
Projects: Planning chamber becomes Planning Court in judicial review proposals
reports on the outcome of the second judicial review consultation that took place late last year and in particular on the impact on planning cases.
Property: Building certainty and demolishing guesswork
The Government is consulting on a simplification of the listed building consent regime. Matt Gilks
examines the key proposals.
Regulatory: Fatalities in care homes and sentencing by the courts
of South Kesteven DC looks at recent Crown Court cases brought by district councils involving the fatality of residents in care home and discusses the approach the courts will take when sentencing charities.
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