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Editor's blog: Careering off track

A headline that certainly grabbed my attention this week ran: “Local government career least popular option for students”.

The story was based on a report commissioned by the UK Centre for Legal Education, which found that just seven out of 805 students responding to an online survey said their preferred career destination was to be a solicitor/barrister in UK local government. Read more...

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News headlines

Anti-social behaviourHome Secretary slashes powers to tackle anti-social behaviour in bid to speed up system Find out about the six powers that will replace the existing 19

And then there were three....NALC publishes template code of conduct "Simple and sensible" road map comes just weeks after LGA version and DCLG "illustrative text"

NHS trust instructs lawyers to challenge £90k fine levied by ICO Health body says it had "no alternative but to bring appeal" in first challenge to monetary penalty levied by watchdog

Minister urges councils to follow stricter rules on paying people "off payroll" Letter to LGA follows Treasury review that found 2,400+ individuals paid in this way by Government departments and arm's length bodies

Local authority rapped for four-year negotiations for land purchase it could never have completed Ombudsman accuses council of "serious failures" in handling ot town centre regenerations scheme

Council to appeal after High Court deals sex shop licence fee blow Judge orders repayment after concluding that enforcement costs could  not be recharge to licensed operators

Local authorities improving timing of care applications, say guardians Cafcass survey also finds that no viable alternative to care proceedings in vast majority of cases

Battle over admission of child with SEN to academy heads for Upper Tribunal  Case should establish whether SEN and Disability Tribunal can hear appeals

Ministers promise clearer role for councils in child performance rules shake-up Streamlined licensing process will also allow more time for inspection and enforcement

Local authority faces legal challenge over 'critical-only' policy for care services Law firm argues that policy is in itself unlawful as breach of Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970

Call for independent reviewing officers to be better protected Claims of intimidation and restraints on independent practice as tensions emerge with authorities that employ them

Accelerate pace of reform to child protection system, urges Monro

Adults with learning disabilities slam consultations over day centre cuts

Senior circuit judge appointed as Chief Coroner to lead reforms

Freedom from council was key driver for academy conversion, say heads

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

Community ChallengeThe Community Right to Challenge edges closer
The Community Right to Challenge is taking shape with the publication of new draft Regulations. Mark Johnson analyses the key elements of the scheme.

Counting the cost

The High Court this month ordered Westminster City Council to repay licence fees to sex shops in Soho. Philip Kolvin QC explains the ruling.

Turning the tables

A relatively unknown piece of legislation gives local authorities and their trading standards teams a rare opportunity to both enforce and gain business approval at the same time, argues Alan Conroy

Warning signs
A recent Court of Appeal ruling shows how the courts will not suffer tenants who fail to heed repeated warnings, write Suzanne Gregson and Sarah Glanville.

Coming to the boil
Victoria Butler-Cole explains the relevance of a European Court of Human Rights case on police ‘kettling’ tactics to Court of Protection work and the Cheshire West ruling in particular.

Redundancy - some recent lessons
Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the economic climate, there have been a number of recent court decisions in relation to the fairness or otherwise of redundancy dismissals. Graham Richardson reviews some of the rulings and draws lessons for employers.

Securing Commons - the Right and the Just?
Robert Leonard examines the useful guidance recently provided by the Court of Appeal on two important issues arising under the Commons Registration Act 1965.

Mock the week
Rachit Buch reports on a High Court ruling that the censure of a councillor for “sarcastic, lampooning and disrespectful” entries on his blog breached his free speech rights.

Suspended animation
Lillian Khan looks at the lessons to be learned by schools from a recent Court of Appeal case where two health sector employees were suspended and the police called.

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BlogsThe latest blogs...

PINS drops national infrastructure guidance by Angus Walker
Before 1 April this year, there were four, or possibly five, categories of non-legislative 'support' for the Planning Act regime (to try and use a neutral word not referring to any particular type).

Snap judgement: Only 1% of law students intend on a career in local government, according to a new survey. Do you regret making your career in local government?

....No, I've loved every minute of it

....Yes, I'd have been better off in the private sector

Click here to vote now

And some you may have missed....

Judicial review, settlement and costs
he Court of Appeal has given clear guidance on the issue of costs in judicial review claims where a settlement is reached before trial, writes Catherine Rowlands.

Guiding hand
In the first of two articles Roy Light examines the changes brought in by the Home Office’s amended Guidance under the Licensing Act 2003 Part 1. 

Control, alt, delete?

The bulk of the First-Tier Tribunal’s most recent decisions under both FOIA and the EIR have concerned local authorities. Adequate searches, deleted emails and hard drives and listed building consent feature prominently. Robin Hopkins sets out some notable points from four of the decisions.

Exclusion zone

Satnam Virdi examines new statutory guidance issued by the Department for Education that will apply to school exclusions from 1 September 2012.

All change at the bar

Some notable changes to the Licensing Act 2003 - particularly in relation to temporary event notices - came into force on 25 April, writes Andrew Woods.

Making the link
The High Court has given useful guidance on the construction of the EIA Regulations for functionally interlinked development under separate planning applications, says Ned Helme.

Battle of the bus lanes
Transport for London secured a High Court injunction after minicab company Addison Lee encouraged its drivers to start using bus lanes. Leanne Buckley-Thomson analyses the ruling. 

A new battle ground?
In what circumstances do local authorities owe a non-delegable duty, say to a pupil, when outsourcing services? Steven Ford QC analyses a significant Court of Appeal ruling.

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