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ProjectsMunby 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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London borough loses judicial review over A&E department closure Six-year dispute comes to a close as clinical commissioning groups defeat legal challenge

LGA consults on draft guidance on locally set licensing fees Guidance takes into account Hemming case, lessons from scrap metal regime, and forthcoming localisation of fees under Licensing Act. See also: LGA backs scrapping of personal licences - subject to safeguards

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

Councils demand power to force private landlords to tackle ASB by tenants

Law firm wins £260k contract for re-procurement of NHS HR system

Islington Council consults on proposals for late night levy

Law Soc urges Government to minimise mistreatment of whistleblowers

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonCosts and compliance - Jackson six months in
It is now just over six months since the Jackson reforms came into effect. Gwendoline Davies and Sue Harris look at the latest key cases and consider how the reforms are working in practice.

Data protection monetary penalties - absolutely criminal?
The Information Rights Tribunal recently quashed two "civil monetary penalties" totalling £550,000. Paul Motion and Laura Irvine consider the decisions and argue that such monetary penalties are properly characterised as criminal, with significant consequences.

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
The European Court has ruled that a contracting authority was entitled to seek further information after the PQQ application deadline. Jenny Beresford-Jones looks at the lessons to be learned.

Courts do law, governments do governing
Nicholas Dobson looks at the High Court's findings in the high-profile 'benefit cap' case.

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
A recent EAT case involving a county council highlighted how employers undertaking restructuring exercises must keep employees informed of any changes to positions within the restructured organisation. Colin Godfrey reports.

The Supreme Court on best interests, medical treatment and futility
The Supreme Court has considered the Mental Capacity Act 2005 for the first time. The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street review its ruling.

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School Admissions Policies and Appeals £25.00 This course will provide guidance on the new Schools Admissions Code 2012 and the Schools Admissions Appeal Code 2012 and their associated regulations, which came into force in the 2013-14 academic year.

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Too much information - improving Planning Act document navigation by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the amount of written information that accompanies applications, and the examination of applications, under the Planning Act 2008.

Snap judgement: Are the government's plans to open up committee meetings to videographers, bloggers and tweeters...

  • A welcome move towards greater transparency
  • An impediment to the proper process of decision-making
  • Largely irrelevant - nobody will be taking much notice

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And some you may have missed....

Adult Social Services: Article 5(4) and the incapacitated parent The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street analyse an important European Court of Human Rights ruling on detentions and rights under Article 5(4).

Children's Services: "Normal concerned parent" or "distinctly troublesome"? A recent case concerning the acceptability - or otherwise - of the behaviour of parents with three children at a private school has wider relevance, writes Paul Greatorex.

Employment: Assessing the new TUPE regulations Phil Allen considers the key points arising from publication of the new TUPE regulations.

Governance: Back to basics: why a public authority can't be an HRA victim David Hart QC looks at the reasons why public authorities - such as councils and NHS bodies - cannot claim they are human rights victims, and sets out the alternatives available to them. 

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? The High Court has rejected a legal challenge to the 'benefit cap'. Dean Underwood reviews the ruling.

Licensing: Prosecutions, reviews and the licensing objectives What impact does the Scottish case of Lidl against the CIty of Glasgow Licensing Board have on review hearings throughout the UK? Paddy Whur explains.

Litigation: Tackling exaggerated claims A recent claim against Homes for Haringey shows that the wide-scale issue of fraud is no exaggeration, writes Elaine Ibbotson.

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? A recent case shows that contracting authorities need to be careful when relying on the negotiated procedure without advertisement, write Edward Reynolds and David Hansom.

Property: The abolition of the law of distress In 2014 a new regime will replace a landlord's right to levy distress for rent arrears. Katie Hickman explains how it will work.

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