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Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire councils launch LGSS Law alternative business structure
LGSS Law will integrate counties’ existing shared in-house legal teams and have 85 lawyers and support staff after securing SRA licence for ABS

Councillor first to be convicted of Localism Act pecuniary interest offence
Former leader of county council had pecuniary interest but "without reasonable excuse" took part in and voted at meeting to discuss core strategy

SRA publishes Competence Statement setting out solicitor practice standards under new regime
Key part of regulator’s overhaul of education and training included in changes made in Version 13 of SRA Handbook. Solicitors who wish to adopt the new approach on a voluntary basis can do so from this week

Legal services to be "future boom area" as councils become entrepreneurial

One in four councils already generating external income from legal services

High Court finds policy on disability living allowance and DHPs "unlawful"
Local authority’s policy of taking into account care component of disability living allowance when assessing amount of discretionary housing payment was unlawful, High Court judge rules

Council fails to have suspension after procurement challenge lifted: report
Local authority loses bid to have automatic suspension on award of contract for domestic abuse support services lifted following procurement challenge, it has been reported

Pickles in court proceedings to enforce direction on newspaper publishing
Dispute heads for High Court after Communities Secretary issues procedings aimed at enforcing direction that Royal Borough publish its newspaper no more than four times a year

Legislation on council prayers receives Royal Assent
Local Government (Religious Observances) Act is intended to ensure all councils have right to hold prayers at start of their meetings

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DCLG in guidance on severance agreements, off payroll and performance
Department for Communities and Local Government issues guidance for local authorities on severance agreements, off payroll arrangements and the performance appraisal of senior staff

Threshold for governance reviews cut after legislative changes passed
Number of signatures required to trigger community governance review lowered from 10% to 7.5% of residents

Institute of Licensing warns over Notifiable Occupations Scheme changes
IoL writes to Home Office to register concern about forthcoming changes to the Notifiable Occupations Scheme and “rumours” surrounding proposed removal of Home Office Circular 006/2006

LGA calls for new banning order in drive to prevent child sexual exploitation
Local Government Association says ‘disruption orders’ could stop predatory men suspected of grooming children for sex

Research suggests growing use of public spaces protection orders
Councils have enacted a range of PSPOs since the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 came into force last October, research by campaign group finds

Healthcare firm and director to pay £335,000+ after care home death
Care home firm and its director ordered to pay more than £335,000 in fines and costs after death of a 100 year-old resident

Consultation on extending LGO remit to larger parish and town councils
The Government is to consult on extending jurisdiction of Local Government Ombudsman to cover larger parish and town councils, with size threshold to be decided

Crown Commercial Service issues four procurement policy notes
Cabinet Office and Crown Commercial Service issue procurement policy notes including on how to develop sustainable skills through major projects, and prompt payment and peformance reporting

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New webinars on Local Government Law TV


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Achieving Better Ethics Across Public Service Provision £25.00 David Prince CBE, independent member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, outlines his organisation's proposals for ensuring that outsourced providers of public services are subject to the same ethical standards as public sector organisations.
Procurement and State Aid Reforms – The Commercial Impact £25.00 This course investigates how the new procurement rules and changes to the state aid regime will practically affect local authorities investors in public service delivery, trade in services or generally act as a catalyst in economic development.

New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonOut with the DIP, in with the IP
The Communities Secretary has unveiled a new regime for the disciplining and dismissal of senior staff, to replace what he called the "unnecessary and costly bureaucratic process" that currently applies. Olwen Dutton analyses the key issues for councils.

Combined authorities and regional devolution
Are combined authorities the key to unlocking greater regional devolution? Angelica Gavin considers the key issues.

Tackling Teckal decisively
Stephen Round examines the impact of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 on the so-called Teckal test in relation to procurements.

ASB and the new civil injunction
Civil injunctions, the last of the six new powers for dealing with anti-social behaviour brought in by the Government, have come into force. Steven Eccles and Kate O'Brien examine the new regime.

First strike
The Unite union has laid down the gauntlet to a future Conservative government. Paul McFarlane examines the union’s reaction to Tory plans to limit further the ability to call on members to take part in industrial action.

Unlawful detention and nominal damages
When will nominal damages alone be awarded in relation to unlawful detention? The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Chambers examine a recent Court of Appeal ruling.

Planning conditions - a cautionary tale for planning officers
A recent Planning Inspector's decision has highlighted the need for planning officers to draft conditions with care. Polly Reynolds reports.


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Revised pre-application and examination guidance issued by Angus Walker
Last week as one of its final acts before the election campaign, the Government replaced two of the guidance notes relating to the Planning Act 2008 regime.
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Adult Social Services: Transparency in the Court of Protection: press should be allowed names
The Court of Protection has clarified the position on revealing the identity of an incapacitated adult where reporting restrictions apply. Rosalind English analyses the ruling.

Children: Re S: care cases and costs in the appellate court
The Supreme Court has recently examined the principles and law in relation to costs in the appellate court in cases concerning children. Kate Makepeace Grieve analyses the ruling.

Children: Re L: Practice guidance
Andrew Venables summarises recent guidance from the Family President on bundles and translating documents.

Community Safety: Use of closure notices and orders
Kate O'Brien looks at the use of closure orders since the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 came into force last October.

Employment: Considering BYOD? Top tips for protecting against security risks
This article from the LexisPSL IP&IT team focuses on the key considerations and potential risks an organisation needs to evaluate when considering whether or not to permit BYOD.

Employment: Age discrimination: new contract discriminatory or justified?
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled that a requirement to enter into a new employment contract was an indirectly discriminatory working arrangement, but in this case it was justified. Simon Lambert reports.

Governance: RIPA powers for local councils
There are three types of surveillance techniques available to local authorities under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA 2000). The LexisPSL Corporate Crime team set out how to use these powers correctly.

Governance: Going into 'purdah'
Olwen Dutton sets out some of the key issues in relation to local authority decision-making during the pre-election period.

Healthcare: The Greater Manchester health and social care deal
Last month groundbreaking plans were announced around the integration of health and social care in Greater Manchester. David Fagan looks at the legal issues that the arrangements could raise.

Healthcare: Forthcoming NHS pensions changes
In a move to bring NHS pension benefits in line with state pension age, how does the new 2015 scheme differ and how does this link with salary sacrifice arrangements? Catherine Charlton explains.

Housing: Relevant facts and s. 191(2) Housing Act 1996
The Court of Appeal has held that a relevant fact under s.191(2) of the Housing Act 1996 had to be an existing fact and could not be a belief in the happening of a future event. David Lintott examines a council's successful appeal.

Licensing: The Home Office and summary reviews
Has the Home Office abdicated responsibility on giving guidance on summary/expedited reviews? asks Paddy Whur.

Licensing: Constitution of licensing sub-committees
Roy Light highlights the dangers for local authorities that fail properly to constitute their licensing sub-committees.

Litigation: The Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 and judicial review
The Government’s judicial review reforms had a troubled passage through Parliament. Now that the legislation has received Royal Assent, what will the changes mean for public bodies? Alison Oldfield and Trish D’Souza explain.

Planning: An Inspector Calls (it wrong)
Sue Chadwick analyses a spate of recent rulings where judges have criticised planning inspectors' decisions.

Procurement: Extremism, social division and best value
Graeme Creer questions the Communities Secretary's proposed use of the best value statutory guidance to make it clear that councils should not fund extremist organisations.

Procurement: Development agreements, variation and procurement
A council's bid to vary a development agreement was recently successfully challenged in the Planning Court on procurement grounds. Ruth Connorton and Alison Walton explain why.

Projects: The Infrastructure Act 2015: key measures
The Infrastructure Act 2015 recently received Royal Assent. Philippa Plumtree-Varley looks at the key provisions.

Property: Section 123 Local Government Act 1972...again!
Nathan Holden analyses why the latest Administrative Court case relating to s. 123 of the Local Government Act 1972 was an unusual one.

Regulatory: Commencing criminal proceedings correctly
All criminal cases begin in the magistrates' court however serious the offence. The LexisPSL Corporate Crime team set out the correct steps that need to be taken when commencing proceedings in these ways.

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Legal Compliance Officer (Solicitor / Barrister)
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Cheshire East Council

Legal Team Manager (Corporate and Regulatory)

Law Officers' Department, Jersey

Legal Adviser - Children's Law Team
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Thurrock Council

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Lawyer - Planning

East Devon District Council

Planning Solicitor

Leicestershire County Council

Solicitor - Child Care (2 posts)
Wiltshire Council

Lawyer within the Adult Care Team

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Ipswich Borough Council

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