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Local authority sees legal costs reach £500k in football stadium loan dispute
Football club owners reportedly planning to appeal after losing state aid challenge at High Court over £14.4m loan
Final extension for submissions in inaugural Lawyers in Local Government awards
LLG says response so far has been "very positive" but sees scope for more applications in some categories. New deadline set of 15 August
County council to "move on" after standoff with watchdog on libel indemnity
Report from senior officers reveals outcome of attempt to gain clarity about legal position from Welsh Government
Local Government Ombudsman records sharp rise in compaints about local authorities
Largest increases seen in complaints regarding adult social care, benefits and council tax, LGO reveals
Council slams ministers for revoking Art. 4 direction on office-to-flats conversions
Planning Minister said revised scheme was still too wide and could not be justified
ICO demands better funding as data protection and FOI complaints rise
Watchdog also wants to be able to audit "any and all" data controllers and public authorities for compliance with information rights laws
Divisional Court rules introduction of legal aid residence test unlawful
Rare three-judge court finds Lord Chancellor did not have power to introduce test by secondary legislation, and that within LASPO system, UK not permitted to discriminate against non-residents on grounds that it might save costs
Philip Kolvin QC named head of Cornerstone Barristers
Licensing expert and regular contributor to Local Government Lawyer to lead chambers
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Health Secretary unveils new inspection regime for care homes and providers
Modelled on special measures regime for failing hospitals, new system to come into effect in October
Ministers shelve Land Registry sale but local land charges transfer survives
Business minister says organisation is going through major period of transformation
London school in multiple breaches of admission code, says adjudicator
High profile faith school made dozens of breaches, report finds
City council refunds motorists after bus lane cameras found to be invalid
Signage was deemed inadequate by parking adjudicator
Housing organisation names seven law firms to panels worth £1.25m to £60m
National body puts wide estimate on level of work because of lack of historical data and uncertainty over demand for legal advice once Part B classification abolished
Nottingham City Council approves introduction of late night levy
Councils to secure powers to close roads for motor races: PM
Building owner to pay £40k+ after failure to comply with enforcement notice
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New articles on Local Government Lawyer
Preventing and dealing with stress-related sickness absence – ten top tips for employers
How should employers handle the difficult issue of stress-related sickness absence? Graham Richardson provides some guidance for employers and comments on key case law.
The Care Act 2014 – changes to section 117 Mental Health Act 1983
Anuara Ali of Islington Council looks at three key changes to be introduced by the Care Act 2014.
Family comes first (even if they’re in Poland)
In a case relating to care and placement orders, the Court of Appeal has issued a reminder to judges and local authorities of the importance of taking their Article 8 duties seriously. Alasdair Henderson reports.
Mid Year Licensing Update
At the half year mark Paddy Whur analyses the substantial, and tinkering, changes to the licensing landscape.
Disclosure of information and the Coroners and Justice Act 2009
Polly Dyer reviews the changes introduced by the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 and looks at the practical considerations.
Changes to UK ‘payment culture’
Ruth Connorton and Alison Walton consider the Government's latest announcements in relation to payment practices in the public sector.
Confiscation orders and A1P1
The Supreme Court has revised a confiscation order via the right to property under Article 1 of the 1st Protocol. David Hart QC analyses the ruling.
A victory for common sense
The High Court has issued a straightforward interpretation of the law when it comes to personal injury capital managed by a Court of Protection deputy and an individual's eligibility for social care provision, writes Donna Holmes.
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Been away? Features on Local Government Lawyer recently include:
Adult Social Services: Costs in welfare proceedings
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street
report on a rare award of costs in welfare proceedings.
Children: Capacity in relation to children
A High Court judge recently ruled on a 13-year-old's capacity in relation to whether to continue with or terminate a pregnancy. The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street
examine the case.
Employment: Governance and the LGPS
reports on a Department for Communities and Local Government consultation on draft regulations for governance of the Local Government Pension Scheme.
Governance: Council meetings - lights, camera, action!
New regulations come into force at the end of this month, leaving local authorities with less than 28 days in which to prepare for their meetings being filmed, tweeted or blogged. Olwen Dutton
explains the changes.
Governance: What happens when the money runs out?
considers what might happen if a local authority proved unable to balance the books.
Housing: For better or for worse
The Court of Appeal has just handed down an important ruling on the scope of statutory homeless reviews. Kelvin Rutledge QC
and Sian Davies
analyse the judgment.
Licensing: Power play
Greater use of existing powers could be made to deal with the consequences of late-night drinking and to target problem customers, writes Gerald Gouriet QC
Management: Winning more business
How do local authority legal teams win work traditionally undertaken by large private practice firms? Chris Skinner
looks at the challenges.
Management: Sleepwalking into oblivion
Is time running out for local government lawyers? Hugh Peart
, Director of HB Public Law, looks at the responses available.
Planning: Sustainable development: the Humpty Dumpty approach
looks at the challenges thrown up by the concept of 'sustainable development'.
Procurement: Automatic suspensions, American Cyanamid and cross-undertakings in damages
What can a decision of the High Court of Ireland tell us about EU procurement law and whether the UK approach to the lifting of automatic suspensions of contract awards is compliant with it? Brendan Ryan
Procurement: Funding charities
A Charity Commission intervention and a recent VAT Tribunal case highlight the need for local authorities to consider their legal position carefully when giving funding to charities, writes Richard Auton
Property: Trigger happy?
and James Garbett l
ook at additional trigger events to prevent applications to register town and village greens.
Property: High Court guidance on commercial service charges
The High Court has recently provided some useful guidance on commercial service charges, anticipated expenditure and apportionment, writes David Bird
Property: Making yourself heard
Telecommunications leases may deliver an additional source of income for local authorities and other public bodies but at what cost? Cynyr Rhys
examines the issues.
The latest blogs...
Armitt publishes Bill and Labour endorses it by Angus Walker
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