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EVENT OF THE WEEK: 12 College Place: Town and Village Greens and Assets of Community Value, West Midlands, 10 October.

ProjectsHB Public Law secures alternative business structure licence from SRA
Shared legal service between Harrow and Barnet Councils now able to follow the legal work as services are outsourced, says head of legal practice

Enter today - lawyers urged to apply for Lawyers in Local Government awards
Closing date for submissions is today (15 August)

Council to appeal tribunal defeat over 'spare room subsidy'
Couple won First-Tier Tribunal challenge to decision to cut their housing benefit

Executive head of legal leaves borough after corporate re-organisation
Departing officer played "pivotal role" in helping council move away from Cabinet system, says chief executive

City council sees legal costs reach £440k in battles over local airport
Five-year dispute since permission given in 2009 to build freight distribution centre

Councillor charged with seven offences including pretending to be a barrister
Allegation that she constructed false letters outlining qualifications she did not hold

DCLG issues new cap on charges to leaseholders for improvement works
Directions will apply to councils and housing associations when works are wholly or partly funded by government

Cornwall to set up £1.5-3m external legal panel for South West public bodies
Contract to be let in six lots and last for an initial two years

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LGO criticises council over limited consultation on sale of housing complex
But Ombudsman acknowledges that sale could have gone through anyway even if proper consultation held

London borough and campaigners lose latest High Court case on HS2
Council to seek permission to appeal over safeguarding directions and strategic environmental assessments

Supreme Court grants permission to appeal in disability living allowance case
Charity welcomes decision in case over loss of DLA when in hospital

Councils slam claimant lawyers 'leeching' money for roads, schools
LGA attacks "minority of opportunistic lawyers", calls for further reform to no-win, no-fee regime

Council secures its highest fine under Housing Act 2004 for unsafe HMO
Landlords ordered to pay £65k between them after prosecution

Law Society names Dixon as its next chief executive
Chief executive of NHS Litigation Authority to replace Des Hudson

Make public health the fifth licensing objective, say MPs and peers
All Party Parliamentary Group said it would enable councils to make decisions based on local population health need and density of outlets

See all of our most recent news stories

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonThe effect of disclaimer in rating
Can land be neither owned nor occupied for non-domestic rating purposes? That was the question which came up recently before the High Court by way of case stated. Judith Jackson QC analyses its findings.

Exploring the new state aid exemptions
Huw Williams and Bethan Lloyd examine how councils can take advantage of the new state aid exemptions for cultural, heritage, sports and infrastructure projects.

Capacity and tenancy agreements
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street review one of the very few publically available judgments in which the elements of the capacity to enter into a tenancy agreement are considered.

The right amount of affordable housing
How much affordable housing can a local planning authority reasonably require? Hugh Flanagan reports on the outcome of an important appeal.

Demolition and implementation of planning permissions
A recent High Court ruling has shown that demolition may not implement a planning permission, writes Estelle Dehon.

Preparing for the new fundamental standards
Carlton Sadler considers the key issues and recent changes in relation to the fundamental standards that will apply next year to the health and social care sector.

Facebook, FOI and children
A recent Upper Tribunal case involving a local authority concerned the interplay between children's personal data and transparency. Robin Hopkins looks at the outcome.

'Hearing' the child in Family Proceediings
Jacqueline Matthews-Stroud looks at the philosophical, yet important practical, issue of how and when to hear from children themselves.

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 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.
Procurement and state aid £25.00 This presentation will explore recent developments on how an unlawful  selective advantage might arise in a given context, with particular reference to transport, infrastructure and land transactions.

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The latest blogs...
Statements of common ground - efficent or distracting? by Angus Walker
This entry discusses the concept of statements of common ground in the Planning Act regime.

Which NSIPs use the Planning Act regime?

Been away? Features on Local Government Lawyer recently include:

Adult Social Services: Supporting people with no recourse to public funds
A High Court judge has ruled that a council's policy on support for those with no recourse to public funds was unlawful. Shu Shin Luh and Noel Arnold explain why.

Children: Post-adoption contact - recent developments
Martin Kingerley considers the issue of applications for post-adoption contact in light of the Children and Families Act 2014.

Employment: Severe obesity as a disability
Does EU law protect obese employees from discrimination? Victoria McMeel reports on a recent Opinion provided by the Advocate General which confirms that the effects of severe obesity may mean that disability legislation comes into play.

Governance: The latest on cuts - the Lincolnshire libraries case
Mr Justice Collins has handed down judgment in the latest case borne out of government cuts. The judgment provides useful learning to local authorities in particular on how to comply with new duties in relation to expressions of interest under the Localism Act 2011, writes Leon Glenister.

Governance: Consultation and expressions of interest
Nicholas Dobson gives his views on the Lincolnshire ruling.

Governance: Media strategy for local councils - beyond the parish notice board
Will the National Association of Local Councils' guidance to town and parish councillors not to talk to journalists without prior consent have a chilling effect on public life? Eleanor Hoggart, assistant practice director of Legal Services Lincolnshire, looks at the lessons for local authorities.

Healthcare: The difficult line – the MCA and the MHA
The Court of Protection recently handed down an important ruling on the line between the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act. The CoP team at 39 Essex Street analyse the judgment.

Housing: Damages for disrepair - Long leasehold properties
Morayo Fagborun Bennett considers the principles of disrepair claims and how the compensation freeholders may owe to leaseholders is determined.

Licensing: Mid Year Licensing Update
At the half year mark Paddy Whur analyses the substantial, and tinkering, changes to the licensing landscape.

Litigation: Judicial review and the new regime for school exclusions
Thomas Ogg looks at the lessons to be learned from the first judicial review under the new regime for school exclusions.

Planning: Warehouse to new house: further planning reforms
The Department for Communities and Local Government has unveiled further proposals in its drive to create a more flexible planning system. Matt Gilks highlights some of the key announcements.

Procurement: A tale of torn envelopes
A ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union should give contracting authorities confidence in their ability to reject tenders where confidentiality cannot be guaranteed, writes Anita McEleney of Bristol City Council.

Projects: Public sector capital projects - letters of intent
Huw Morgan looks at some of the thorny issues raised by the practice of issuing letters of intent for public sector capital projects.

Property: Trigger happy?
Emma Porritt and James Garbett look at additional trigger events to prevent applications to register town and village greens.

Local Government Law.tv

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