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ProjectsLocal 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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LOCUM JOBS: Great roles include: Senior Property Solicitor, Civil Litigation Lawyer, Senior Contracts Locum, Childcare Locum and Housing Solicitor. To see all jobs, click here.


New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonPreventing 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.

Are you ready for the Care Act 2014?
Local Government Lawyer, in association with DAC Beachcroft, is conducting a survey of local authority lawyers and other professionals to assess the potential impact of the Care Act and councils' state of readiness for its key provisions. Completing the survey will take about 15 minutes and you can remain anonymous. Respondents will be entered into a draw for a £50 John Lewis voucher. The results will only be published in aggregated form.
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New courses on Local Government Law TV

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Mitchell Revisited: The Conjoined Appeals in Denton v White £25.00 This course outlines and analyses the Court of Appeal's judgment in Denton v White Ltd which sought to clarify the controversial approach to costs sanctions established by the Mitchell v News Group Newspapers decision of the High Court.

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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
Gary Delderfield 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?
Simon Goacher 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
Sue Chadwick 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 reports.

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?
Emma Porritt and James Garbett look 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.
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Armitt publishes Bill and Labour endorses it by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the latest developments with the Armitt Review of infrastructure planning.

DIRFT III is 20th DCO decision

Snap judgement: Will the SRA's decision to remove the 16 hour minimum training requirement...?

...reduce the amount of training I do as budgets are cut and time for training is reduced
...make little difference - I do the training I need to practice regardless of the minimum requirement
...enable me to do more relevant professional development activities as the need to take CPD accredited training is removed

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