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ProjectsCounty council and fire authority join forces to establish ABS Changes to local government landscape cited as application to set up alternative business structure is submitted to Solicitors Regulation Authority 

Councillor loses bid to have code of conduct decision judicially reviewed High Court judge rules that interference with Article 10 ECHR rights was proportionate, but member vows to go to Court of Appeal

Court of Appeal refuses blogger permission to appeal in libel case High Court judgment - which ordered payment of £25k damages to chief exec following counterclaim - stands, bar one finding where claimant already had leave to appeal

DCLG sees off councils over relaxed office-to-residential rules Challenge to process for handling applications for exemptions


DfE to tackle "unnecessary" out-of-area residential care placements New regulations will require Director of Children's Services to have robust processes in place for challenge and scrutiny. Government also sets out proposed definition of distant placements

Statutory guidance issued on housing allocations and local connections Pickles "strongly encourages" all housing authorities to adopt a residency requirement and says period of at least two years would be reasonable

Group of London councils fails in bid to stop fire station closures High Court judge rejected challenge to adoption of Fifth London Fire Safety Plan


Council set to raise savings target by £25m after insolvency warning Additional sums required on top of amount identified only in October; finance team recommends ceasing expenditure on all but absolutely essential items for remainder of 2013/14

London council secures £310k confiscation order against landlord Defendant sought to argue that benefit from his conduct ought to have been cut to take into account notional income he would have received from renting

Black Country councils set to seek injunction over car cruising Approval sought for High Court proceedings

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Council to improve planning processes after beauty spot development Independent review finds authority met statutory obligations in handling planning application for student flats but concludes improvements could be made

Call to scrap proposed discretionary ground for possession for riot-related ABS MPs and peers say criminal law, not civil law, should deter offences and administer sanctions

Equality and Human Rights Commission names new chief legal officer Former CEO at LawWorks will have responsibility for watchdog's legal team and activities

Greater Manchester Combined Authority launches governance review Root and branch review to develop new deal between member authorities

Electoral Commission calls for proof of ID after 2015 elections Also demands sustained action from electoral registration officers and returning officers in areas at high risk of electoral fraud

Councils "must use powers to improve private rented sector" Think tank also suggests setting up community housing agencies to compete with private letting agents

Citizens Advice warns of rise in social housing rent arrears cases


DCLG gives £4m to councils to tackle 'beds in sheds'

NHS commissioners spent £5m+ on competition lawyers, says Labour

NHSLA issues guidance encouraging trusts to apologise

39 Essex Street silk receives OBE for planning law contribution

Scottish councils name law firms to £4.3m legal services framework

South West housing association names four firms to £600k framework

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonStandards and free speech
A High Court judge recently rejected a councillor's bid to have an adverse code of conduct decision judicially reviewed. Nicholas Dobson reviews the ruling.

Charging and trading - a new dawn
Nathan Holden examines the impact of the Localism Act on charging and trading by local authorities.

The 'forced C-section case' - what actually happened
The team at 39 Essex Street look at the key Court of Protection issues arising from the high-profile 'forced Caesarean section' case.

Rejecting non-compliant bids
Justin Mendelle reviews a High Court ruling on whether a contracting authority was able to reject a non-compliant bid.

Restrictions at retail parks
Robin Purchas QC and Saira Kabir Sheikh explain the background to a recent Court of Appeal ruling that dismissed a challenge by a major developer over restrictions at a retail park.

Collective conscience
A Christian care home worker who refused to work on Sundays recently lost her constructive dismissal claim against a council. Sarah Maddock looks at the lessons from the Court of Appeal's judgment.

Disciplinary hearings and injunctions: The Supreme Court's view
The Supreme Court has granted an injunction to prevent a disciplinary hearing from taking place. Guy Bredenkamp and Sean Reynolds examine the ruling.

Service charges - something for nothing?
Following a recent Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) case involving a borough council, Stephen Liddle analyses the ability of a landlord to claim for pure overheads in the management of its leasehold estate.

Freedom of Information - Caselaw Roundup
Ibrahim Hasan reviews the latest FOI caselaw, including in relation to third party employees, personal data and section 40, and information on the deceased.

When is a reason a good reason
Gael Scott analyses two High Court rulings on extensions of the time limits for appeal under s. 204 of the Housing Act 1996.

Succession and allocation policies
The Court of Appeal has recently upheld a widow's public law defence to possession proceedings because the local authority failed to consider granting her a new tenancy of the property in accordance with their allocation scheme. Bethany Paliga reports.


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Tenants in Trouble £25.00 This course sets out the remedies open to public sector landlords when faced with commercial tenants in rent arrears or other breaches of their lease conditions and provides practical advice on when they are suitable and how they should be exercised.

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The latest blogs...
Ten infrastructure planning predictions for 2014 by Angus Walker

An Taisce loses challenge to Hinkley Point C consent
This entry reports on the National Trust for Ireland's unsuccessful judicial review of the grant of development consent for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.
 

Snap judgement: Are Alternative Business Structures...

...the future for local authority legal practices in an outsourced world

...only suitable for specific situations

...the beginning of the end for in-house teams

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And some you may have missed....

Adult Social Services: The Court of Protection and declarations of capacity
When should the Court of Protection decline to make a declaration as to capacity? The CoP team at 39 Essex Street report on an important ruling.

Children's Services: Consent orders and school exclusions
The High Court has provided useful guidance on settlement of school exclusion cases where all parties are agreed on the desired outcome. Alexander Campbell analyses the judgment.

Community Safety: Tenancy agreements and gang membership
Sarah Mansfield considers how tenancy agreements can be amended to prevent tenants being members of a gang.

Employment: Dealing with industrial action short of a strike
With industrial action looming in the fire and rescue services, Allison Cook looks at ten key questions and sets out a checklist of things to consider.

Governance: Changes to defamation law from 1 January 2014
Wesley O'Brien looks at the key provisions in the Defamation Act 2013 for entities that provide public services or perform public functions and who are seeking to protect their own reputation or that of officers and employees, and also for those organisations who receive a defamation claim.

Housing: Contracting out homelessness review decisions
The High Court has held that a local housing authority did not lawfully contract out its homelessness review decisions because the relevant authorisation should have been given by the Cabinet and not the Council. The authority had, however, retrospectively ratified the authorisation. Toby Vanhegan reviews the judgment.

Licensing: Suspension of taxi drivers' licences
Roy LIght looks at the role suspension of a taxi driver's licence plays in the aftermath of a key High Court ruling in 2012.

Licensing: Staying the course?
A High Court judge has granted an urgent 'out of hours' stay to prevent the closure of a lap dancing club in Leeds. Isabella Tafur explains the background to the case.

Litigation: The Court of Appeal rules again on relief from sanctions
The Court of Appeal has issued its first ruling on relief from sanctions following the Mitchell/'plebgate' case. Gordon Exall considers the judgment.

Planning: To permit or not to permit?
John Pugh-Smith addresses the knotty question of whether permitted development rights are conferred on houses in multiple occupation or not.

Procurement: How to succeed in Competitive Dialogue
What are the key issues that contracting authorities should bear in mind when looking to achieve a successful and efficient procurement using competitive dialogue? Craig Griffiths explains.

Procurement: Shared services and public to public cooperation under the new directive
Peter Ware examines the codification of the Teckal case through the new public procurement directive.

Property: Land ahoy
Clive Bleasdale looks at how local authority land can be used as a tool for promoting growth.
 

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