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The Care Bill is now an Act and with its implementation imminent, Local Government Lawyer, in association with DAC Beachcroft, are conducting a survey of local authority lawyers and other professionals to assess the potential impact of the Act and local authorities' state of readiness for its key provisions.

If you are a social care, litigation or procurement lawyer, or another community care professional, we would be delighted to get your perspective on the potential effect of the Act. Completing the survey will take about 15 minutes and you can remain anonymous if you prefer.

The survey results and analysis will be published in summary on Local Government Lawyer later in the year. However, those that compete the survey will receive an advance copy of the results in full ahead of publication, providing you with a valuable tool for benchmarking your authority's readiness against other councils and identifying those areas that are likely to have the greatest impact.

Survey respondents will also be entered into a draw for a £50 John Lewis voucher. Additional research should not be required to complete the survey and you are free to skip any questions you are unable to answer. The results will only be published in aggregated form - no individual responses or organisations will be identified.

The survey can be completed online at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/careact

Many thanks in advance for your assistance.

Philip Hoult, Editor


ProjectsTower Hamlets warns Communities Secretary of judicial review over investigation
London borough claims Eric Pickles lacked reasonable grounds to hold the inspection

Council defeats claim that £14.4m loan was unlawful state aid
Football club and its owner challenged loan given to stadium management company part-owned by local authority

Local authority appoints lawyer amid claims of bullying by councillors
External solicitor to interview senior figures and invite staff to voice concerns anonymously

Supreme Court rejects challenge to rule in Monk on notices to quit: report
Lord Neuberger tells court on third day of hearing that judges minded to grant permission to appeal but then to dismiss appeal itself

Review officer can substitute less favourable decision: Court of Appeal
Circumstances had changed for homeless applicant after original decision by local authority

Electoral Commission issues guidelines in wake of election count delay
Recommendations following review of delays at Tower Hamlets count for May's local and European elections

LGO in second report on council that rejected recommendations
District refused to pay fees of planning consultant hired by complainants

Mystery shopper service sees 270 complaints over public procurement
Continuing concerns over pre-qualification questionnaires, particularly in relation to financial requirements

Revised mandatory licensing conditions issued dealing with drinks promotions
Amendments on 'irresponsible' promotions to take effect on 1 October

Have you put in a submission for the first Local Government Legal Awards? You have just one week left – the deadline is 11 July. Find out more here
TIME FOR YOUR NEXT MOVE: The deadline for the post of Legal Services Manager at Guildford Borough Council – running a newly formed unit – is 4 pm TODAY (4 July). The authority is now also hiring a Senior Planning Lawyer, a Senior Lawyer - Regeneration, and a Lawyer - Contracts/Corporate. The deadline for these roles is 18 July at 4 pm.

There are plenty of other excellent roles (but closing dates are approaching fast):


Third union sees local government members vote for strike action
Unite joins GMB and Unison in day of action in July predicted to be second biggest dispute ever. See also: GMB becomes second union to vote in favour of strike action in July

Challenge to 'bedroom tax' over impact on sanctuary schemes gets go-ahead
High Court judge rejects arguments from Department for Work and Pensions that claim should be dismissed

Scottish Government to set up legal services panels worth £30-40m
Prior information notice issued ahead of supplier engagement meeting

Use social value to deliver innovation and savings: Social Enterprise UK
Local authorities and housing associations should "not just [see it] as the creation of positive social outcomes or, worse, compliance to Public Services (Social Value) Act"

LGA warns on funding 'black hole' as demand soars for adult care

Publican famed for selling £125 burger evicted from council house

Council and police raid 25 properties in 2 weeks in rogue landlord crackdown

See all of our most recent news stories
LOCUM OPPORTUNITIES: There are some fantastic posts available, including: Planning Solicitor, Education Lawyer, Commercial Property Lawyer, Housing Lawyer and Child Care Solicitor. To see all roles on LGL, click here.

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonWinning more business
How do local authority legal teams win work traditionally undertaken by large private practice firms? Chris Skinner looks at the challenges.

Automatic suspensions, American Cyanamid and cross-undertakings in damages
What can a decision of the High Court of Ireland tell us about EU procurement law and whether the UK approach to the lifting of automatic suspensions of contract awards is compliant with it? Brendan Ryan reports.

Mediation and arbitration after Mitchell
Do mediation and arbitration hold greater appeal following the Court of Appeal ruling in Mitchell? Belinda Moore and Andrew Clarke consider the options.

Article 8, the Equality Act and summary hearings
How should Article 8 and Equality Act 2010 arguments be treated when raised at a summary hearing? Senga Howells reports on a recent case.

What you need to know about district heat networks
Mark Routley looks at the opportunities and challenges for local authorities presented by district heat networks.

High Court guidance on commercial service charges
The High Court has recently provided some useful guidance on commercial service charges, anticipated expenditure and apportionment, writes David Bird.

Governance and the LGPS
Gary Delderfield reports on a Department for Communities and Local Government consultation on draft regulations for governance of the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Judicial review, proportionality and s.178 direct action
A senior Court of Appeal judge has rejected an argument that proportionality was a matter for the Court on an application for judicial review of a planning authority's decision to take direct action to remove travellers. David Lintott reports.

Recent appeals decisions under the Licensing Act
There have been a number of interesting appeal decisions under the Licensing Act recently, writes Paddy Whur.

LexisNexisRaise £5 for charity in 15 minutes. Complete this short survey and Lexis Nexis will donate £5 to the current Reed Elsevier Charity Partner, the International Rescue Committee. We want to find out more about the daily challenges you face when drafting and reviewing legal documents.

The weblink to the survey is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HMSP8QF

New courses on Local Government Law TV

All courses are CPD-qualifying. Your first course is FREE.

Name Price (ex-VAT)   Description
Procurement and State Aid £25.00 This presentation explores recent developments on how an unlawful selective advantage might arise in a given context, with particular reference to developments in respect of transport, infrastructure and land transactions.

Departmental subscriptions from £249 + VAT for 12 months unlimited access (LLG members). Click here for details.

Been away? Features on Local Government Lawyer recently include:

Adult Social Services: Costs in welfare proceedings
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street report on a rare award of costs in welfare proceedings.

Careers: Paying dividends
Elizabeth Warhurst explains how her council teamed up with a law firm to deliver a recruitment model to help shape a newly qualified solicitor into a public sector asset.

Children: Capacity in relation to children
A High Court judge recently ruled on a 13-year-old's capacity in relation to whether to continue with or terminate a pregnancy. The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street examine the case.

Employment: Draft equal pay audit regulations published
Earlier this week the Government published the draft Equal Pay Audit Regulations. Daniella McGuigan and Khurram Shamsee consider their impact.

Governance: Speaking up
The High Court ruled earlier this year in a case where a non-planning councillor spoke at a controversial planning committee meeting. Mary Tate examines the ruling.

Housing: Challenges to the ‘bedroom tax’ and DHPs
Jed Meers analyses the recent High Court ruling in Rutherford and the evolving role of Discretionary Housing Payments.

Housing: Local authorities, notices to quit and undue influence
The Court of Appeal recently examined whether a notice to quit was procured by the undue influence of a housing officer employed by a council. Jonathan Manning and Amy Knight explain the judgment.

Licensing: Durham - an enlightened approach to reviews
Paddy Whur approves of the approach taken to a premises licence review in Durham.

Litigation: Late services of notices and 'trivial errors'
Was a council's late service of a notice by two days a 'trivial' error? Gordon Exall reports on a High Court decision.

Management: Sleepwalking into oblivion
Is time running out for local government lawyers? Hugh Peart, Director of HB Public Law, looks at the responses available.

Planning: The local authorities’ perspective on fracking
David Brammer discusses the role local government has to play in awarding fracking rights and regulating the industry.

Procurement: Don’t be shy: Spot the risks and engage
Sophie Kavanagh considers important developments in contracting authorities' ability to consult the market pre-procurement.

Procurement: Lifting automatic suspensions
In what circumstances will the Court lift an automatic suspension on contract award? Edward Reynolds reports on a recent case.

Property: New services from the Land Registry
Bill Chandler highlights several significant recent developments from the Land Registry which affect all local authority lawyers involved with land and property, whether dealing with residential properties or complex commercial premises.
The latest blogs...
80 local impact reports submitted by councils by Angus Walker
This entry examines the 'Local Impact Report', a key document that forms part of the Planning Act 2008 regime.

Snap judgement: Will the SRA's decision to remove the 16 hour minimum training requirement...?

...reduce the amount of training I do as budgets are cut and time for training is reduced
...make little difference - I do the training I need to practice regardless of the minimum requirement
...enable me to do more relevant professional development activities as the need to take CPD accredited training is removed

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Local Government Law.tv

We are pleased to announce the introduction of an annual corporate subscription that will provide access to a full year of CPD accredited legal training for your lawyers and your client departments

What is included

  • unlimited access to the full library of webinar content for 12 months
  • the option to purchase DVD copies of the webinar training
  • discounted rates offered to attend LGG training courses
 Who can take the training?
  • lawyers and other professionals within your team, each of whom will be provided with personal login to enable them to earn and keep a record of their individual CPD credit.
  • members of your client departments, such as the child protection team, trading standards officers, planners, procurement professionals or social workers. On purchasing a corporate subscription, a client account login will be provided for use by your client departments to view online content at no extra charge.
What is the cost?
  • the cost relates to the numbers of individual registered users per authority, excluding those who use the client account.  These users will be registered for the full year of the subscription with the option to replace a registered user if somebody leaves the authority during the year of subscription.  Option 1 below
  • a DVD option will supply a DVD for every webinar booked – Option 2 below
  • in addition to option 1 a DVD can be purchased for an individual webinar at an additional £15 + VAT if required.  This can be ordered when booking the webinar
  • for a shared legal service serving more than one authority area, references to the number of registered users are to the combined aggregate number of users from the relevant authorities
  • registered users of a corporate subscription will benefit from discounted offers to attend LGG training events during the 12 months.
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Individual subscriptions can be purchased online at www.localgovernmentlaw.tv.
To set up a corporate account please contact Derek Bedlow on 0207 239 4917 or derek.bedlow@localgovernmentlaw.tv giving details of your authority, the number of users you would like to register and if you would like to take the DVD option for all booked webinars.
We will then contact you within 24 hours to confirm this subscription has been set up.  The corporate subscription members will then be able to register on the site and instantly access the webinar training.
Alternatively, if you would like to pay-as-you-go for webinar training by setting up a corporate pay-as-you-go account for your authority a monthly invoice will be produced and a 10% discount will be applied to all purchases by members of your authority.
There is also the option to take a free trial of a webinar (which includes CPD credit).  Register as a user on www.localgovernmentlaw.tv  and add your preferred course to the cart. During the checkout process, enter FREE TRIAL in the box where indicated (don't forget to click 'Submit'), and the cost of your course will be reduced to zero. Complete the process and your course will be instantly available to view and you can watch it as many times as required for 30 days, from any computer or most mobile devices.

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HB Public Law

Legal Services Manager
Closing date: 4 July

Senior Lawyer - Planning
Senior Lawyer - Regeneration
Lawyer - Contracts / Corporate

Legal Executive - Property
Closing date: 6 July

Tewkesbury Borough Council

Planning Lawyer

Projects Lawyer

Senior Legal Assistant (Property)

Scarborough BC
Scarborough Borough Council
Local Government Lawyers

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Edulaw Chambers
Edulaw Chambers provides specialist advice, advocacy and training in education law. We regularly act for local authorities and schools/academies.
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Ivy Legal
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Jordan Publishing
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Laird Assessors
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Legal Document Translation
Legal Document Translation provide you with a proven, trouble free translation process. We work for local authorities and solicitors UK wide.
Lextox Drug and Alcohol Testing
A specialist hair drug and alcohol testing laboratory established by experts to provide the most reliable results and most responsive customer service.
LGG delivers an extensive annual CPD training programme that is ultimately designed to provide the public sector legal practitioner with a one-stop shop.
Local Government Law TV
Local Government Law.tv combines the experience of the leading local government legal training provider with the immediacy of an online news service to provide a comprehensive selection of up-to-date webinars
MBL Seminars
With over 80+ years of collective CPD experience we have provided learning and development to over 30,000 lawyers and other professionals to date.
Professor Tony Monk
Professor Tony Monk is an eminent Architectural Expert Witness and is accredited to act in legal disputes covering design, technical and professional defects in the architectural and building industry.
TRL's widely respected Incident Investigation and Reconstruction Group consists of expert scientists, engineers and technicians, who specialise in the forensic investigation of incidents involving road traffic, the road environment and road user behaviour.
WeatherNet Ltd
With 15 years experience, WeatherNet can provide complete forensic legal weather reports or witness statements for a range of civil and criminal cases.
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