Local Government Lawyer
Editor's blog: How safe is your data?

Does the legal profession have something of a problem with data protection? Take a look at the Information Commissioner's Office enforcement casework statistics for 2012/13. Read more...

DON'T DELAY: The deadline for the roles at Oxford City Council is today (14 June). Central Bedfordshire is meanwhile looking to recruit experienced local government lawyers to be a Legal Services Manager - People or a Legal Services Manager - Commercial. Avon and Bristol Law Centre is also hiring a Housing Solicitor/Caseworker. There are a range of locum posts too: Interim Head of Legal, Interim Constitution and Corporate Governance Manager and Adult Social Care Lawyer. To see all roles on LGL, click here. Please say you saw the role on Local Government Lawyer.

Looking for a supplier? Check out Local Government Lawyer's new Services Directory. If you would like to advertise in the directory, contact Derek Bedlow by email

News headlines

ProjectsSupreme Court issues key ruling on care orders and 'significant harm' Judges consider application of the criteria for making a care order under s. 31 of the Children Act 1989

Barnet swaps QC to secure early Court of Appeal date for contract challenge Move means hearing over controversial outsourcing will take place in July rather than October

ICO doubles data protection enforcement casework in 2012/13 Health sector generates most cases, followed by local government

EHRC develops plans for s. 16 inquiry into Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Formal inquiry would examine policy and practice in care homes and hospitals

Government launches code of conduct for PPP/PFI deals in savings drive Public and private sector signatories to make eight key commitments each

Family President clarifies when use of expert is 'necessary' in proceedings Comments follow change to Family Procedure Rules in January

Home Affairs Committee slams failings over child sexual exploitation MPs accuse Rotherham and Rochdale councils of being "inexcusably slow"

Age of unaccompanied migrant children "too often disputed", says MPs Concern that UK is falling short of its UN obligations

Consumer Rights Bill welcomed despite fears on trading standards notice plan Officers would be required to give reasonable notice to businesses when carrying out routine inspections

Local authorities obtain 126 confiscation orders in 12 months: research Around £13.7m recovered, says Association of Chief Trading Standards Officers

ICO fires warning on fax use after fining NHS trust £55,000

WYLAW councils and York select 23 law firms to legal framework agreement 

Civil Justice Council becomes latest to question legal aid for JR reforms

Council to pay £4k after woman and children housed in one room at B&B

WLGA warns of legal action as senior officer pay controls loom

See all of our most recent news stories

New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonA call to (direct) action
Direct remedial action is an under-utilised tool when it comes to planning enforcement. Izindi Visagie explains its advantages.

Navigating section 123 and land disposal duties
Recent case law has clarified local authorities' duties when it comes to land disposals and compliance with s. 123 of the Local Government Act 1972, writes Sarah Lines.

The Growth and Infrastructure Act and TVGs
Just how effective will the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 be in protecting against town and village green registration? Antonia Murillo reports.

Age disputes, the SSHD and local authorities
Jonathan Auburn and Benjamin Tankel examine the interaction of the Secretary of the State for the Home Department and local authorities in age dispute cases.

Limiting disclosure in the Court of Protection
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street examine an important ruling on the limited disclosure of documents and the use of confidentiality rings.

Dealing with unauthorised occupiers
Daniel Hall looks at the options open to public bodies faced with unauthorised occupiers of their land.

One year on from the amended guidance
Andy Woods questions whether we are forgetting that the Licensing Act 2003 relies heavily on partnership.

Vicarious liability and local authorities
The law of vicarious liability is on the move. Lucy Harris looks at the implications for local authorities.

The latest blogs...
Hazardous waste national policy statement finally gets laid by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the laying before Parliament of the ninth National Policy Statement.

Snap judgement: What is your view of the proposed changes to Legal Aid for judicial review cases?

About time – there are too many hopeless claims being made

They won't make much difference to the volume of judicial review challenges

They represent a serious danger to the rule of law

Click here to vote now

And some you may have missed....

Adult Social Services: Private care homes and the Human Rights Act Jonathan Auburn and Benjamin Tankel examine a 'home for life' case that touched on the application of the Human Rights Act to private or semi-private care homes.

Children's Services: When is guidance 'statutory' and does it matter? Allan Norman analyses the status of 'guidance' and the wider implications of a 2012 High Court ruling, including for the childcare field.

Community Safety: Anti-social behaviour - the future Andy Lane reviews the latest developments as the Government seeks to reform the approach to tackling anti-social behaviour. 

Employment: Banding together Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis recently made some important announcements about the future of the Local Government Pension Scheme. John Hanratty looks at some of the main challenges.

Governance: The new role for local authorities in public health Lee Parkhill summarises the key elements of the new legal framework for public health and highlights some key issues for local authorities to consider.

Housing: An issue of destitution The High Court recently found to be lawful a local authority's decision on whether or not a family was destitute. Ros Foster explains the ruling.

Licensing: Local authorities, licensing fees and the Hemming case Paddy Whur looks at the implications of the recent judgment in the Hemming case and what this may mean for local authorities when considering the setting of their licensing fees.

Litigation: Do I want your opinion? Gordon Exall discusses the use of opinion evidence in lay witness statements. He looks, in particular, at two recent decisions which discuss opinion evidence.

Litigation: You have been warned The courts are beginning to issue clear warnings about breaches of the Civil Procedure Rules in the aftermath of the Jackson reforms. Kella Bowers examines two recent cases.

Planning: Heritage reform and the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 New legislation looks set to speed up the process of applying for listed building consent, writes David Merson.

Procurement: Unleashing localism in procurement: it's really best value Mark Cook examines the increasing significance of social value and community consultation in the light of recent legislation and case law.

Procurement: State aid and revising the General Block Exemption Regulation The European Commission has published proposals for a revised General Block Exemption Regulation. Matthew O' Regan and John Houlden consider the main changes and the implications for local authorities.

Property: Breaking point The High Court has handed down an important ruling on tenant break clauses. Peter Hall examines the judgment.

Local Government Law.tv

We are pleased to announce the introduction of an annual corporate subscription that will provide access to a full year of CPD accredited legal training for your lawyers and your client departments

What is included

  • unlimited access to the full library of webinar content for 12 months
  • the option to purchase DVD copies of the webinar training
  • discounted rates offered to attend LGG training courses
 Who can take the training?
  • lawyers and other professionals within your team, each of whom will be provided with personal login to enable them to earn and keep a record of their individual CPD credit.
  • members of your client departments, such as the child protection team, trading standards officers, planners, procurement professionals or social workers. On purchasing a corporate subscription, a client account login will be provided for use by your client departments to view online content at no extra charge.
What is the cost?
  • the cost relates to the numbers of individual registered users per authority, excluding those who use the client account.  These users will be registered for the full year of the subscription with the option to replace a registered user if somebody leaves the authority during the year of subscription.  Option 1 below
  • a DVD option will supply a DVD for every webinar booked – Option 2 below
  • in addition to option 1 a DVD can be purchased for an individual webinar at an additional £15 + VAT if required.  This can be ordered when booking the webinar
  • for a shared legal service serving more than one authority area, references to the number of registered users are to the combined aggregate number of users from the relevant authorities
  • registered users of a corporate subscription will benefit from discounted offers to attend LGG training events during the 12 months.
  Option 1
Online only
Option 2
Online + DVD
Individual subscription £199 (+VAT) £349 (+VAT)
Local authority with up to 10 registered users £495 (+VAT) £945 (+VAT)
Local authority with 10 – 30 registered users £995 (+VAT) £1750 (+VAT)
Local authority with more than 30 registered users £1295 (+VAT) £2295 (+VAT)
Law firms with up to 20 registered users £995 (+VAT) £1750 (+VAT)
Law firms with 20+ registered users £1500 (+VAT) £2495 (+VAT)
 How to register for a corporate subscription
Individual subscriptions can be purchased online at www.localgovernmentlaw.tv.
To set up a corporate account please contact Derek Bedlow on 0207 239 4917 or derek.bedlow@localgovernmentlaw.tv giving details of your authority, the number of users you would like to register and if you would like to take the DVD option for all booked webinars.
We will then contact you within 24 hours to confirm this subscription has been set up.  The corporate subscription members will then be able to register on the site and instantly access the webinar training.
Alternatively, if you would like to pay-as-you-go for webinar training by setting up a corporate pay-as-you-go account for your authority a monthly invoice will be produced and a 10% discount will be applied to all purchases by members of your authority.
There is also the option to take a free trial of a webinar (which includes CPD credit).  Register as a user on www.localgovernmentlaw.tv  and add your preferred course to the cart. During the checkout process, enter FREE TRIAL in the box where indicated (don't forget to click 'Submit'), and the cost of your course will be reduced to zero. Complete the process and your course will be instantly available to view and you can watch it as many times as required for 30 days, from any computer or most mobile devices.

Click here to see all courses on Local Government Law.tv (119)

Featured jobs

Legal Services Manager - People
Legal Services Manager - Commercial
Following a review of the Legal Services Team, Central Bedfordshire is looking for innovative, ambitious and experienced local government lawyers to lead its newly created People and Commercial teams.

Oxford City Council is looking for two flexible and confident lawyers to join its in-house legal team. The authority has particular need for expertise in civil and criminal litigation, and the law and practice relating to housing and fraud. CLOSING DATE: 14 JUNE

Housing Solicitor/Caseworker
Avon and Bristol Law Centre is looking for an experienced Housing Solicitor/Caseworker with a proven track record.

Jobs of the week

Interim Head of Legal
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an interim Head of Legal to join a public sector organisation based in Kent.

Adult Social Care Lawyer
A public sector organisation in East London is looking for an Adult Social Care Lawyer.

Litigation Locum
An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Litigation Locum to join a local authority in the West Midlands for at least four months. High possibility of extension.

Planning Locum Lawyer
A pivotal role has arisen in Cornwall for an experienced Planning Lawyer to handle a busy caseload. A long-term position (3-6 months) and an immediate start date.

Commercial Contracts Locum
An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Contracts and Procurement Lawyer in the North West.

Locum Lawyer
A public sector organisation in London is looking for a Locum Lawyer to join their team to assist with a review of their constitution.

Senior Childcare Lawyer
A local authority in London is looking for a Senior Childcare Lawyer to join on a locum basis and manage a team of seven.

Commercial Lawyer (North West)

Planning Lawyer (SE London)

Litigation Locum (Northern Home Counties)

Senior Local Government Lawyer (West Midlands) 

Housing Solicitor (West Midlands)

Commercial Contracts Locum (Northern Home Counties)

Locum Solicitor (North West)

Childcare Legal Assistant (Yorkshire)

Legal Assistant (London)

Search all jobs 


Copyright © 2013 Local Government Lawyer, All rights reserved.