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Editor's blog: LiP service

Judges have long sought to be very understanding of the position of the litigant-in-person. Back in Victorian times, a newsvendor (a Mr Cleave) was tried in the Court of Exchequer on a government information and conducted his own case. Read more...

Management SupplementRead our latest management supplement containing the results of a survey of heads of legal, plus a report on a shared services roundtable and interviews with Manchester/Salford and the North West Legal Consortium.

Jobs latest: An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Commercial Lawyer at Liverpool City Council. Check out our database here for some great locum roles too.

Coming soon: De Smith's Judicial Review (7th Edition), available in print, eBook and online - order now.

It is almost the last call for our Careers Survey - it will take a maximum of ten minutes and all answers will be treated anonymously. You will also be entered into our draw to win a £50 John Lewis voucher.

Book now: Property Law Update (Hill Dickinson, London, 23 April)  Highways Law - Basic Survival Guide (LGG, London, 29 April), Legal issues when buying and selling local authority land (MBL, multiple dates) and Contract drafting in the Public Sector (MBL, multiple dates).

News headlines

ProjectsSuper-regulator tells SRA to review "quickly" restriction on charging Legal Services Board says review of employer's area restriction on local government solicitors charging charities particularly needed in context of Localism Act. Also calls for timescale for wider review of in-house rules

ICO to pursue data breach cases against successors to axed NHS bodies Senior official says watchdog needs to ensure lessons are learned by those taking over accountability and legal liabilities from disbanded organisations such as primary care trusts

ICO revises guidance on safe space exemption for policymaking Updated document on s. 35 part of blizzard of guidance covering issues such as information in the public domain, the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 and information about the deceased

Watchdog criticises lack of understanding of Mental Capacity Act and DoLS Report by Care Quality Commission reveals 27% rise in number of applications to use safeguards

Coroner in tower block fire inquest urges action by council and DCLG Rule 43 letters containing series of recommendations sent after jury returned narrative verdicts in Lakanal House case. See also: Lakanal House fire victims' families sue council, contractor and fire brigade

Former local government solicitor and environmental health specialist husband set up food law ABS Solicitors Regulation Authority granted licence for business intended to be one stop shop

Court gives claimants permission to bring JR over so-called "bedroom tax" Claims that new housing benefit regulation discriminates against disabled 

Bar Council publishes new guide for Litigants-in-Person Publication aimed at helping those unable to obtain legal representation after cuts to legal aid

Government announces new funding to combat social housing fraud Move comes ahead of implementation of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013

SOLAR names North Ayrshire legal chief as president

Capsticks moves into social housing with acquisition of Coffin Mew team

North of England NHS collaborative selects eight law firms for framework

See all of our most recent news stories

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonNPPF: A year on - the winners and losers by sector
To coincide with the recent anniversary of the National Planning Policy Framework, the cornerstone of the government's pro-growth agenda, Suzan Yildiz revisits the NPPF's substantive policies and considers its impact on retail, office and residential sectors.

Fighting talk
A recent dispute between a developer and a city council involved allegations of deceit, fraud and a lack of transparency. Jon Hainey summarises the case and discusses how organisations can safeguard themselves against similar challenges in the future.

ECO sounding
Elizabeth Cooper, David Hutton and Patrick Sweeney set out what local authorities and registered providers need to consider before they deliver ECO schemes for their housing stock.

The right prescription?
James Larmour looks at the new NHS Provider licence and the controversy over competition in the NHS.

Nullity points
Richard Harwood examines the issues of nullity, validity and the circumstances in which planning challenges can be brought.

Professional approach
Jill Mason considers a recent Court of Appeal case involving the discharge by approved mental health professionals of their duties.

Empty feeling?
A recent case highlighted key issues in relation to empty properties, business rates and occupation by charities. Nathan Holden and Robert Nieri examine the lessons.

Automatic for the people
Have contracting authorities lost their automatic injunction protection? Deborah Ramshaw analyses a recent procurement ruling.

The latest blogs...
Three infrastructure regulations about to change by Angus Walker
This entry reports on changes to three sets of regulations under the Planning Act 2008 coming into force this Saturday (6 April). 

Snap judgement: What's the best approach to libellous bloggers?

Ignore them and deny them the oxygen of publicity

Try to engage with them

Apply the full force of the law

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And some you may have missed....

Adult Social Services: Talking tough Matt Hutchings analyses the impact on local authorities of the Prime Minister's announcement about putting a stop to the allegedly "soft touch" approach to housing and benefits for immigrants.

Children's Services: Inter-authority recoupment and special educational needs New regulations are about to come into force covering whether one local authority should contribute towards the costs of a SEN statement for which another authority has responsibility. Rachel Kamm explains the changes.

Employment: How to avoid maternity discrimination claims Bhavesh Prajapati explains what local authorities and other public bodies can do to reduce the risk of maternity discrimination claims.

Governance: Charges under Reg 8 EIR: a power cut for local authorities The First-tier Tribunal has handed down an important ruling on whether local authorities can properly charge for non-disbursement costs under regulation 8 of the Environmental Information Regulations. Christopher Knight analyses the judgment.

Housing: The name is Bond, Social Impact Bond - SIBs and social housing Jon Coane explains the background to advising registered provider St Mungo's on a groundbreaking payment-by-results contract that included a social impact bond.

Licensing: What happens if conditions might be appropriate, but not needed? Paddy Whur examines a recent licensing committee hearing where the police sought a condition in a "gold ASB location" that a door supervisor be employed at the premises for all of the trading hours.

Litigation: The need to refer cases to the Court of Protection A recent case where the parents of a 21-year-old woman with Down's syndrome wanted her to undergo a sterilisation procedure highlights the need for medical practitioners to know when to refer cases to the Court of Protection, says the team at 39 Essex Street..

Planning: Localism in planning: myth or reality? A High Court judge has considered the implications of the Localism Act on the role of the Secretary of State in planning decisions. Simon Goacher analyses the case and what it means for local authorities.

Procurement: The use of Teckal company structures in public service delivery: part 2 - mutualisation Amy Auton-Smith and Simon Thomas look at some of the legal issues arising in relation to using a Teckal company to kick-start a move towards public service mutualisation, with a focus upon private companies limited by shares as the preferred vehicle.

Property: Love you to death? A watershed moment for community empowerment, or another bureaucratic burden for local authorities and landowners? Six months on after its introduction, Bill Chandler assesses the Community Right to Bid.

Regulatory: How to prosecute a breach of an enforcement notice Jack Smyth provides a practical guide to the prosecution of planning enforcement notices.

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Commercial Lawyer within the Commercial & Projects team at Liverpool City Council. Salary: £38,961-£43,351.

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Commercial Contracts Locum
We are currently recruiting for a Commercial Contracts Locum to join a local authority in the Cumbria area.

Senior Solicitor: Contracts and Procurement
A local authority in the Northern Home Counties is looking for a Senior Solicitor specialising in Commercial Contracts and Procurement.

Housing Litigation Lawyer
This public sector organisation in London is looking for a Housing Litigation Lawyer.

Local Authority Locum
A highly regarded local authority in Gloucestershire is looking for a general Locum to undertake a varied range of complex case work.

Property Lawyer
Our public sector client is looking for a Property Lawyer to undertake work in connection with compulsory purchase schemes and regeneration.

Interim Senior Property and Planning Lawyer
A borough council in Bedfordshire is looking for an Interim Senior Property and Planning Lawyer on a locum basis. 

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Property and Planning Locum
Our client, a public sector organisation in Kent, is looking for an experienced Property and Planning Lawyer to join on a locum basis. 

Childcare Lawyer
This public body in South East London needs a Childcare Lawyer to join its busy team.

Locum Planning and Regulatory Lawyer
An interesting opportunity has arisen for a Locum Planning & Regulatory Lawyer within a local authority in the South West.

Legal Executive Locum
A forward thinking local authority is urgently seeking a qualified Legal Executive Locum for an ongoing assignment in its Children's Services team.

Legal Assistant
An opportunity has arisen for a temporary Legal Assistant to join a local authority in the Durham area on a three-month contract.

Commercial Property Locum
We are currently recruiting for a Commercial Property Lawyer to join a local authority in the south of Wales.

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