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ProjectsLondon councils form groupings to handle care cases after tri-borough pilot Eight groupings of 26 authorities either sharing legal services or otherwise coordinating their handling of care cases

Standards watchdog in renewed concern about local government regime Issues around leadership, sanctions and independent person arrangements

London boroughs to seek judicial review over fire station cuts Legal action expected should last-ditch appeal to Communities Secretary fail

Equal pay law firm Stefan Cross Solicitors to close: report Founder says work has reached a natural conclusion in England, will focus on cases in Scotland

Latest ICO fine for data breach highlights issues with pivot tables Personal details of more than 2,000 residents released by council online following FOI request

"Are there regulations on keeping a crocodile in the back garden?" council asked Local Government Association names top 10 most bizarre requests to local authority customer services in last 12 months

CPD DEADLINES FAST APPROACHING: New courses on Local Government Law TV include POCA in Planning EnforcementMajor works consultation and dispensation and Data Sharing. Why not take out an individual or team subscription?

LAST CALL - CLOSING DATE TODAY (30 AUGUST): HB Public Law, the innovative shared legal service, has eight jobs in areas such as property, governance, procurement and contracts, litigation, adult and children's services. The London Borough of Hackney is meanwhile looking for an experienced Barrister or Child Care Solicitor-Advocate for a one-year, fixed-term contract (£51,381). To see all roles on LGL, click here. Locum roles include Head of Department, Contracts & Procurement Locum (up to £40 per hour), Interim Principal Legal Officer, Adult Services Solicitor and Employment Litigation Solicitor. Please tell them you saw the advert on Local Government Lawyer

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DON'T MISS: An introduction to State aid and EU procurement from Anthony Collins - Birmingham, 18 September; 2nd Annual Local Authority Law Conference from St Philips - Birmingham, 27 September; Housing Law Update Seminar from Temple Court Chambers - Cardiff, 17 October; Preventing Procurement Risk: Public Sector Challenges - from Gateley and Hays Legal - Manchester, 3 October.

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Government to appeal High Court judgment quashing hospital downgrade Council and campaign group won in High Court, but dispute over scope of trust special administrator regime now heads to Court of Appeal

Councils win permission for JR over withdrawn PFI credits for waste project Authorities seeking reconsideration of DEFRA's decision "on lawful and properly informed grounds"

Ombudsman gives ICO undertaking after details of complainants left in pub Bag belonging to investigator was stolen

Tenants illegally subletting offered two-month amnesty to hand in keys Council then warns it will use full powers contained in Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013

Court imposes injunction order for lifetime of tenancy over gas checks

New guidance to formally open up planning appeal hearings to filming

ICO revises publication schemes ahead of new open data rights on 1 Sept

Legal services framework to be set up for transport authorities in the North

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonOut of bounds
The High Court has quashed planning permission for a five-star golf course and spa development. Douglas Edwards QC and Sarah Sackman explain why.

The ICO's subject access code of practice: the key points
The Information Commissioner's Office received more than 6,000 complaints in the last year alone about organisations' handling of subject access requests. Anya Proops reviews the watchdog's new code of practice.

Pressurising a witness - the extent of judicial proceedings immunity
The Court of Appeal has recently considered the extent of judicial proceedings immunity in an employment dispute where an ex-headteacher alleged that undue pressure had been placed on a witness. Gareth Edwards examines the ruling.

The duty to give former looked after children assistance with education
A local authority has failed to overturn a ruling on former relevant children and the grant of educational expenses. Rachel Kamm examines the Court of Appeal's findings.

Barn conversions and permitted development
Martin Goodall analyses a potentially significant proposal concerning changes in the use of existing agricultural buildings to residential use.

Challenges to decisions to prosecute and staying criminal proceedings
Only in exceptional cases should magistrates' courts stay criminal proceedings to allow challenges to the decision to prosecute, the Divisional Court has ruled. David Lamming analyses the court's ruling in a food hygiene case.

Best interests and annulment of a voidable marriage
A High Court judge recently ruled that P's best interests dictated that no steps be taken to annul a voidable marriage. The Court of Protection at 39 Essex Street look at the lessons for local authorities.

LGL in figures - unique visitors in June 2013: 22,264 (up 44% on June 2012).

New courses on Local Government Law TV

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POCA in Planning Enforcement £25.00 This course explains how POCA can be applied to a variety of planning enforcement situations, including the improper use of property or land for commercial purposes, illegal advertising and heritage protection.
Major works consultation and dispensation £25.00 This course looks at the problem areas and case law created by the consultation requirements contained in Section 20 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 (LTA) and examines the law governing applications for dispensation from them.

All courses are CPD-qualifying. Your first course is FREE.

Departmental subscriptions from £495 + VAT for 12 months unlimited access. Click here for details.

The latest blogs...
Infrastructure judicial reviews slow as consultation planned by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the latest state of play with judicial reviews of infrastructure decisions, and forthcoming proposals to speed up planning judicial reviews.

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And some you may have missed....

Adult Social Services: Deprivations of liberty and prevention of offending A judge has ruled that the deprivation of P's liberty was justified on the basis of preventing offending. The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street examine the ruling.

Children's Services: Costs consequences Stephen Jarmain examines the first reported decision in which a local authority has been ordered to pay costs in a private law case despite not being a party to proceedings.

Employment: The battle of Alemo-Herron v Parkwood The European Court of Justice has handed down a keenly-anticipated decision on TUPE and collective agreements. Graham Richardson looks at the lessons to be learned.

Employment: Dismissing employees - what standard must local authorities reach? Two Court of Appeal employment law cases highlight the distinction between the judicial process and internal disciplinary procedures. Andrew McDonald analyses the rulings.

Governance: Small council, big burden Is the size of the organisation relevant to whether a freedom of information request is vexatious? Jon Baines reviews a recent ruling of the First-tier Tribunal relating to a parish council.

Housing: What the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act means in practice Byron Britton previews the imminent coming into force of new legislation aimed at tackling social housing fraud.

Licensing: Emerging from the shadows What are the practical implications of a recent High Court decision on shadow licences? Paddy Whur explains.

Litigation: What are witness statements for? Gordon Exall, who recently wrote for LGL on the question of opinion evidence in witness statements, looks at a recent case and other useful guidance that has been given to those drafting witness statements.

Planning: Town and village greens - will the gaps in the system be plugged Antonia Murillo looks at town and village greens in the context of planning applications and what constitutes a development plan document.

Procurement: Mixed signals David Hansom examines the lessons from a recent procurement case in the High Court on the issue of specific disclosure in automatic suspension claims.

Projects: Listed buildings, demolition and public benefits Rose Grogan reviews a recent controversial case about the demolition of a listed building which pitted campaign groups against a council and a university.

Property: Will the Church frack? The media took the Church's registration of its historic property interests and linked it to fracking. Brie Stevens-Hoare QC and Alex Campbell go behind the headlines.

Regulatory: The curious case of losing, rather than gaining, pounds from ice cream An ice-cream seller's long-running battle with a unitary council over the need for a street trading consent has some important lessons for local authorities, writes Andrew Lawson.

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