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The decision by Sandwell Council to appoint law firm Ashfords as its strategic ally on an exclusive basis represents a significant departure from the recent trend towards legal services frameworks and multiple panels. Read more...
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Judge says award of children's services contract to Virgin Care did not comply with law - but refuses to halt process Outsourcing to go ahead even though process did not initially meet public sector equality duty
Suspended director of law cleared but leaves in management restructure Ex-Wirral legal chief had "no case to answer" after investigation into award of highways contract
Sandwell MBC names Ashfords as its sole legal provider Council hands law firm exclusive deal as strategic ally for minimum three year period
Birmingham loses Supreme Court bid to strike out equal pay claims Majority verdict rejects attempt to move claims from the High Court to the Employment Tribunal
Growth Bill sees town and village green reforms as well as planning overhaul Defra predicts millions will be saved in TVG shake-up, particularly on legal costs
DCLG appoints peer to lead independent review of "contradictory" planning guidance Lord Taylor and review team to look at streamlining 6,000+ pages of guidance
Councils must become "more business-orientated" in managing housing stock Commission led by leading housing silk Jan Luba QC delivers report to Southwark
Disabled claimants launch legal action over DWP plan to close Independent Living Fund Fears over users having to be reliant on local authority adult care services
City council first to use POCA against landlord for HMO licence breaches Defendant ordered to pay more than £53,000 after failure to comply with conditions
State aid challenge to Birmingham over ultra-fast broadband roll-out Council expresses disappointment at challenge by BT and Virgin Media over EC decision to approve its investment
High Court injunction forces council to re-open port to live animal exports Interim injunction obtained by Dutch companies will remain in place until judicial review is held
London councils demand power to intervene in failing academies and free schools Group representing all 33 authorities in capital also says academies and free schools must publish same data as other schools
Local Government Ombudsman makes headway in cutting delayed cases Also promises to publish all decisions on its website in transparency drive
Borough Council withdraws JR over incinerator project to focus on inquiry Local authority ends challenge over minister's award of PFI credits
NHS Gloucestershire in outsourcing u-turn Plans to transfer services to social enterprise will no longer be pursued after legal action earlier in 2012
Electoral Commission urges law change to prevent disenfranchisement Aim to avoid repeat of problems of people waiting or queueing outside polling stations after 10 pm
Authorities slated for "patchy" record in tackling harassment of the disabled
Enfield receives highly commended award at Law Society Excellence Awards 2012
Government announces CIL change to avoid double charging
North Herts pays out "six-figure sum" in asbestos-related settlement
Council pays £7,500 over failures to investigate care home injury
Decision-making process criticised by LGO over cancellation of audio books
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Why electoral law needs urgent reform
In its submission to a Law Commission consultation, the Electoral Commission argued that electoral law is very much in need of reform. Its Legal Counsel, Bob Posner, explains why.
Don't ask the expert?
The High Court has handed down an important judgment on the role of expert evidence in procurement challenges. Colin Ricciardello assesses the ruling.
Home is where the heart is
A High Court judge went against the views of an independent expert and all the professionals in deciding that an elderly woman had capacity to make decisions on her residence and care. The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street examine why.
Heading for certain breakdown?
Break clauses in leases can trap the unwary landlord or tenant. Marie-Louise Gobbi reviews the recent case law.
Take it with you
Is the portability of casino licences the next step towards localism? Ewen Macgregor looks at the latest developments.
The Information Commissioner has published important guidance on the data protection issues surrounding cloud computing. Anya Proops highlights some of the key points.
As I please
A recent High Court judgment on contractual discretions has shown again that judges do not like implied terms, writes John Bryant.
Green Deal - the issues
Bill Hull sets out some of the current legal issues that are key to registered providers of social housing delivering the best outcome from the Green Deal scheme for their residents and communities.
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What the Growth and Infrastructure Bill does for infrastructure by Angus Walker
The Government has taken the first step towards implementing the planning reforms announced in the 6 September statement by Eric Pickles by introducing the Growth and Infrastructure Bill in the House of Commons.
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Adult Social Services: To disclose or not to disclose
The Court of Appeal has provided important guidance in cases where it is contended that sensitive information should not be disclosed to one party because of its potential impact on another. The ruling is relevant to Court of Protection as well as family cases, write barristers at 39 Essex Street
Children's Services: Local authorities and international adoptions Ayeesha Bhutta
analyses local authorities' duties and the potential pitfalls they face in cases of international adoption and children being brought illegally into the UK.
Community Safety: The failure to stop disability harassment
The European Court of Human Rights has recently ruled that a state's failure to stop disability harassment amounted to inhuman treatment. Maria Roche
analyses a very significant ruling.
Employment: Slot machine
A case before the Employment Appeal Tribunal involving an NHS trust has highlighted again the importance of employers following their own procedures when reorganising, writes Phil Allen
Governance: Dispensations and Dispensations
Just as there are different species of dog and cat, so there are different species of dispensation. For whilst there are dispensations, there are of course also.... dispensations. Nicholas Dobson
Housing: A perfect match?
Kent County Council recently launched what is thought to be the first county-wide Local Authority Mortgage Scheme. Hilary Palmer
explains how it was put together.
Licensing: Late nights and early mornings
The regulations covering the late night levy and early morning restriction orders have finally been published. Andy Grimsey
reviews what they say.
Litigation: A matter of record
A recent tripping dispute shows that if cases are to be defended as a result of an inconsistent medical record, then the writer of the record needs to be called as a witness for that evidence to have any weight, says Tracey Meredith
Planning: Trial and error
The Planning Inspectorate has reinstated its compensation scheme for costs caused by its errors. Richard Harwood
explains the background to the decision.
Procurement: Trading places
The European Court of Justice recently found that the Netherlands was in breach of the procurement rules in respect of award criteria. Elizabeth Gibson
examines the case.
Projects: The stuff of dreams
A plan to regenerate the famous Dreamland site in Margate shows the usefulness of a key power in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, writes Martin Edwards
Property: It's our asset and we'll bid if we want to
The Government's regulations on the Community Right to Bid - particularly in relation to compensation - will have a massive impact on the vast majority of local authorities, warns Olwen Dutton
Regulatory: Where next for the contaminated land regime?
Local authorities and the development industry need to be aware of significant changes that have been made to the contaminated land regime, write Alison Ogley
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