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ProjectsCornwall to lobby for "meaningful sanctions" over conduct breaches Unitary authority urges restoration of pre-Localism Act powers where councils had ability to suspend member for up to six months for serious breaches of code

European Court backs 'static' approach to collective agreements under TUPE Decision, which goes against opinion of Advocate-General , favours transferees

Gambling watchdog disputes analysis by district judge over primary activity In aftermath of Paddy Power case, Gambling Commission issues reminder to councils of powers and sanctions available

Education and children cases stay as number 1 source of complaints to LGO Chairwoman reports on "most turbulent" year in 40-year history of Ombudsman

Allotment holders launch legal challenge over site appropriation Battle looms over decision by Communities Secretary to give consent to appropriation of land for development scheme

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DON'T DELAY: The deadline for the four senior roles at Slough Borough Council (Group Lawyer Contracts & Partnership; Senior Planning and Property Lawyer; Senior Housing Lawyer; and Senior Contracts Lawyer) is fast approaching - you need to apply by 5 pm on 22nd July. Other closing dates include: Senior Conveyancing Officer and Conveyancing Officer (both 21 July) at Welwyn and Hatfield, and Legal Services Managers for People and Commercial (both 24 July) at Central Bedfordshire, which is also recruiting a Property Lawyer (16 August).

Top jobs on LGL: Cheshire East Council is recruiting a Head of Legal and Monitoring OfficerTo see all roles on LGL, click here. Please tell them when applying that you saw the job on Local Government Lawyer.

Private practice opportunities: One of the country's leading social housing law firms, Whiteheads Solicitors, is hiring a Housing Solicitor.

Need CPD? The latest courses on Local Government Law.tv include updates on: Data Sharing, Town and Village Greens and Bringing and Defending Procurement Challenges.

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LGA urges councils to review locally set licensing fees after Hemming ruling Authorities need to ensure that fees no longer reflect costs of addressing unlicensed business activity

Council takes Art 4 route, launches JR over permitted development rights London borough seeks judicial review over 'office to residential' rule and way Government decided on exemptions

Munby issues draft guidance on greater transparency in family and CoP proceedings More written judgments to be made available to journalists, and naming of experts and local authorities would be allowed in more cases, says President of Family Division

Geldards snaps up niche public services law firm TPP Law Part of plan to expand into wider offering for authorities, companies and charities

Law Society consults on amendments to Con29 and Con290 enquiry forms Changes to take into account reforms such as CIL, Green Deal and assets of community value

Home Office to tighten law on drinks promotions, shelves minimum pricing Simplification of what constitutes an irresponsible promotion

Merger of NHS trusts in doubt as watchdog finds loss of patient choice First time Competition Commission has conducted inquiry into such a deal

FSA should have powers to ensure councils carry out food sampling: MPs Committee finds lack of clarity over role of Food Standards Agency in report on horsemeat scandal

National Fraud Initiative to transfer to Cabinet Office in 2015

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NoonInterim steps and a human touch
A High Court judge has ruled that interim steps remain in force pending an appeal. Rory Clarke reports on a key judgment for licensing lawyers.

Local authorities and fracking
What legal rights do local councils and homeowners have in opposing fracking? Who owns gas buried under their land? Brie Stevens-Hoare QC and Alexander Campbell set out some of the key issues for local authority lawyers.

When an expectation becomes legitimate
A High Court ruling on a claim from a group of police officers has emphasised how public bodies need to take on board the doctrine of legitimate expectation, writes Nicholas Dobson.

Interim temporary accommodation, Article 8 and possession
The Court of Appeal has concluded that Article 8 of the ECHR does not require possession proceedings in respect of interim temporary accommodation. Matt Hutchings and Jennifer Oscroft consider the judgment.

Judicial review of FTT in UT: what costs rule applies?
Paul Greatorex considers an Upper Tribunal ruling over whether a local authority had acted unreasonably so as to justify an award of costs.

Best interests decisions and future choices
The Court of Protection has made it clear that a best interests decision is a choice between available options at the time and cannot bind P if a different choice arises in the future. The CoP team at 39 Essex Street examine the case.

Court of Appeal relief for landowners over squatting
The Court of Appeal has found in favour of a landowner in a squatting case. Michelle Bendall says the judgment is a welcome one for public bodies.

Zero hours - zero obligations?
The use of 'zero hours' contracts by employers has once again been under the spotlight in the media in recent months - but why? Lee Rogers analyses the issues.

LGL in figures - unique visitors in June 2013: 22,264 (up 44% on June 2012).

New courses on Local Government Law TV

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Caldicott 2: To share or not to share? £50.00
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The aim of this course is to outline and explain the main recommendations on data sharing made by Dame Fiona Caldicott to enable local authorities, public and private healthcare providers and contractors to prepare for their expected implementation.
Town and Village Greens Update £50.00
You Save: 50.00%
The Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 seeks to restrict Town and Village Green applications being made to frustrate development, but the legislation and case law governing the grant of Town and Village Green status remains highly complex and contentious.

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The latest blogs...
Four years of blogging on the Planning Act 2008 by Angus Walker
A look back on the last four years of blogging on the 2008 Act, and forwards.

Government issues Planning Act costs award guidance
This entry reports on the issuing of new Planning Act guidance, on awards of costs, that is essential reading for all those involved in applications

Snap judgement: How safe is your organisation's data?

  • Safe as houses - our procedures are watertight
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  • Dangerously exposed

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Adult Social Services:  Scrapping the Independent Living Fund, consultation and the PSED Jonathan Auburn and Benjamin Tankel look at the consultation and public sector equality duty issues raised in a challenge to the closure of the Independent Living Fund.

Children's Services: Enhanced criminal records certificates - teachers on trial Two High Court cases have considered issues around allegations against teachers and their inclusion in enhanced criminal record certificates. Anya Proops considers the rulings.

Employment: I Spy? Covert monitoring of employees Covert monitoring of employees is always a tricky area. Sarah Lamont and Sarah Maddock look at the key considerations for public bodies, in the light of a recent EAT ruling.

Governance: Talking bollards and exploding canons Graeme Creer analyses the recent Supreme Court ruling on highways authorities' overlapping powers and the payment of compensation.

Housing: The scope of section 117 after-care and accommodation The High Court has recently looked again at the scope of s. 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983. Lee Parkhill looks at the decision.

Licensing: Review proceedings and police evidence Recent licensing cases stress the need for the Police to produce robust evidence when going before a committee or court on appeal, writes Jonathan Hyldon.

Litigation: Good faith and notices of termination In a recent case the Technology and Construction Court ruled that there was no need to imply an obligation to act in good faith; and even if one were implied, it would not apply to a contractual right to give notice of termination without cause. Mark Alsop examines the judgment.

Planning: Flood zones - the Court of Appeal dives in A recent Court of Appeal case on flood zones should serve as a warning to administrative decision makers to be most careful in the application of their policies to the particular facts, writes Christiaan Zwart.

Procurement: Cleaning up A recent European case on the direct award by a contracting authority of a contract for services to another public body has major implications for local authorities, writes Jack Hayward.

Projects: This little piggy... Rebecca Wakefield assesses the latest Government scheme designed to accelerate the release of public sector land to the market.

Property: They think it's all over(age). It is now! A High Court case involving a city council has emphasised the importance of careful selection of the method of securing 'overage' obligations, writes David Merson.

Property: PFI contracts and savings Have you followed the 11 steps to making savings in operational PFI contracts? Mark Gumbley looks at the action public bodies can take.

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