Munby sets out next steps towards transparency in family courts and COP Will include looking at issue of the documents to which media can have access
Improve public sector decision making rather than cut JR, says Law Society In submission to MoJ consultation Chancery Lane says number of judicial review case is "comparatively small"
Barnet publishes second key contract from outsourcing programme Ten-year, £154m contract relates to establishment of joint venture with Capita to run council's development and regulatory services
Licensee to pay £72k in costs after losing appeal on restrictions District judge upholds imposition of early closing hours
District is first to be put in 'special measures' over planning delays Applicants for major development can choose to take application to Planning Inspectorate
DCLG looks at combined authorities for North East and West Yorkshire Consultation over plans to create bodies dealing with transport, economic development and regeneration
London borough names 17 law firms to £5m-plus legal services panels Framework to be made available to other public bodies in vicinity
Council rapped after appropriating land designated as public open space Officers unaware that site - part of its HQ - had been designated in 1941
Woman jailed for three months after exaggerated claim against council Defendant had been found guilty of contempt of court over £750k claim
Government publishes revised Housing Transfer Manual New approach will apply to all housing transfer applications. See also: Statutory guidance issued on right to transfer from council landlord
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National standards for expert witnesses in family courts published Compliance expected to be requirement in all children's proceedings from April 2014
Gove hints at wider role for third party providers in child protection Current 'monolithic' model of provision must change, says Education Secretary
DWF bolsters public sector practice with senior procurement partner hire
Watchdog warns on "patchy" detection rates for local government fraud
Warning of crisis of confidence in Whitehall use of external contractors
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Data protection monetary penalties - absolutely criminal?
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Second bites at the (planning enforcement) cherry
The High Court recently considered whether a planning inspector had been entitled to find that the local planning authority had 'purported to take' enforcement action. David Merson analyses the ruling.
Requesting information after the PQQ application deadline
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Courts do law, governments do governing
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Breach of procedure not fatal to prosecution
The Divisional Court has ruled that a single breach of a procedural requirement upon which a prosecution depends does not automatically mean that the prosecution will fail. Rory Clarke analyses a high profile case where the defendant was accused of operating a private hire vehicle without a licence.
Ignore an invitation to mediate at your peril
Last month the Court of Appeal penalised a party in costs for ignoring an invitation to mediate in a £1.9m dispute over dilapidations. Katie Hickman analyses the judgment.
Redundancy: alternative employment and evolving job descriptions
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Adult Social Services: Article 5(4) and the incapacitated parent
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street
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Children's Services: "Normal concerned parent" or "distinctly troublesome"?
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Governance: Back to basics: why a public authority can't be an HRA victim David Hart QC
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Healthcare: A challenging task for CCGs
How should clinical commissioning groups approach the commissioning of community care for individuals with challenging behaviour? Jane Bennett
and Will Pickles
look at the key issues.
Housing: Cap in hand?
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Licensing: Prosecutions, reviews and the licensing objectives
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Planning: When a decision-maker gives retro-reasons David Hart QC
analyses a Court of Appeal ruling in a case where a local authority sought to adduce evidence contradicting its own official records.
Procurement: Where's the evidence?
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