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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...

Apply today: Thanks to rising workloads, Staffordshire County Council has seven - yes, seven - roles available in its highly regarded legal team. They are recruiting Senior Solicitors and Lawyers in various disciplines.

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ProjectsJudge 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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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonWhy 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.

Cloud busting
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.

The latest blogs...
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. 

And some you may have missed....

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 explains.

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 and Josh Kitson.

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Staffordshire County Council
Legal Executives/Solicitors/Barristers/Lawyers
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Senior solicitors
Staffordshire County Council has fantastic new opportunities for experienced Contracts Procurement Solicitors to join a well regarded Lexcel accredited Legal Services Unit within an equally well regarded local authority.

Legal Officer, Kirklees
Locum basis to cover short-term sickness leave. This role will involve dealing with a range of property matters, you will have previous experience dealing with Right to Buy issues and also light Commercial Property matters.

Housing Locum, West Sussex
This friendly, West Sussex based firm requires an adaptable and experienced locum to join their team from the 1st November to cover a period of leave.

Prosecutions Locum!
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Prosecutions locum to join a busy legal services team in a local authority based in the North West. This position is for a solicitor/ barrister, with at least 3 years PQE.

Commercial Lawyer- Public Sector
5+PQE. North-west. This individual will have experience in complex commercial transactions, have knowledge of procurement law and be able to take responsibility and take the lead on major projects.

Public Sector Solicitor
This well regarded defendant insurance practice has created a new role within their Public Sector Police Team in Liverpool.

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Adult Social Services Lawyer
A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an Adult Social Services Lawyer to join a local authority based in London on a locum basis.

Regulatory Lawyer 4+
The role is to provide specialist legal advice and know how to support design and delivery of regulatory interventions.

Civil Litigation/Debt Recovery Locum
An excellent opportunity has arisen for Civil Litigation/Debt Recovery Locum to join a Local Authority based in the Midlands.

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