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JOBS OF THE WEEK: Guildford Borough Council has three roles: Senior Planning Lawyer, Lawyer - Planning/Corporate, and Lawyer - Contracts/Corporate. This is an exciting time to join Guildford's newly formed legal services unit, which has customer care and quality services at its heart.
EVENT OF THE WEEK: The New Procurement Regulations 2015 at Burges Salmon in London on 2 December. Also: in Bristol on 22 January

LGSS Law eyes trading via alternative business structure "early in 2015"
Hopes that Solicitors Regulation Authority will have processed ABS application by Christmas

Judge attacks social workers for "grossly overstating" case in evidence
Dismissing application for final care order with view to adoption, judge says social workers were "visibly biased" and council's position was undermined

County loses appeal over support for Roma child who moves out of area
Court of Appeal ruling expected to have significant impact on local authorities

Judge urges Supreme Court to reconsider deprivations of liberty at home
Mr Justice Mostyn queries position adopted by majority of Supreme Court in Cheshire West

Deputy leader removed from post after council, fire service bring legal action
Local authority and fire and rescue service bring legal action against member in personal capacity over alleged breaches of housing legislation

Councillor rejects claims by Cornwall he presents risk to chldren
Councillor has denied claims that he represents a potential risk to children after authority wrote to schools and children’s settings

Council mulls Public Spaces Protection Order to tackle skateboarding damage
Authority mulls using new legislation instead of original bye-law it planned

Social enterprise body hits out as DCLG issues £1.47m demand notice
Department claims "serious irregularities" uncovered in accounts
DON'T MISS OUT: Derbyshire County Council requires a Solicitor or Barrister to provide advice in relation to procurement and commercial contracts. This is an exciting development opportunity to gain broad experience in a stimulating environment.

TRAINEESHIPS: Slough Borough Council is looking for three trainees (£19,000 for first year, £20,000 for second year). We advertise training contracts for free: email Derek Bedlow for more information.

APPLY TODAY: Section Leader - Adult Care, Section Leader - Civil Litigation, Senior Legal Officer - Property, Senior Legal Advisor - Civil Litigation, Housing Litigation Lawyer, Commercial Contracts Lawyer - Higher Education, Property Lawyers and Practice Manager. To see all roles on LGL, click here.

Supreme Court to rule next week on damages payable for unlawful eviction
London borough evicted secure tenant who went on long-term trip to Ghana

Minister sets up review of administrative costs across Welsh councils
Public Services Minister in Wales commissions review to get overall picture of expenditure

New duty on schools, councils "to help prevent people being drawn into terrorism"
Duty to be placed on organisations such as schools, colleges, universities, prisons and local authorities, says Home Secretary

Property industry urges better enforcement by councils in private rented sector
Only then will MP's plan to outlaw ‘retaliatory evictions’ work, says British Property Federation, which also attacks area-wide licensing schemes

Professional bodies call on MPs to retain changes to judicial review reforms
MPs urged to back peers' changes to Government’s JR reforms ahead of Monday's vote

Judge rules against NHS England over consultation on commissioning decisions
NHS England acted unlawfully "by failing to properly involve and inform patients about primary care commissioning decisions"

Wales Audit Office seeks legal advisers for up to £500k of work over 4 years

See all of our most recent news stories
KEY EVENT: LGG is holding its 21st Annual Planning Law Conference in association with Landmark Chambers at the Royal College of Surgeons in London on 8 December. See also: Committees - Stage 2 on 8 December in London.

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonGloves off
Graeme Creer examines the Communities Secretary's decision to send commissioners into Tower Hamlets Council and the authority's response.

Procurement challenges: the costs risks
A recent High Court ruling has increased the costs risks for claimants seeking to bring procurement challenges, write Ruth Connorton and Alistair Robertson.

JS Mill strikes back
Earlier this month a High Court judge called for the Supreme Court to revew its position on deprivations of liberty within the home. Alex Ruck Keene analyses his ruling.

The finality of decisions
Richard Harwood OBE QC considers three recent cases on whether planning authorities can issue a second decision on one application.

Faith, hope and clarity
Nicholas Dobson extols the benefits for local government lawyers in writing on topical legal issues facing the sector.

Allocation and reasonable preference
The Court of Appeal has ruled that part of an allocation scheme for social housing adopted by a London council was unlawful. Andy Lane examines the judgment.

What makes a trading company a success?
John Layton sets out the key factors that can determine whether a trading company formed by a local authority pays off.

Drinking during pregnancy – a violent crime?
A council has challenged a decision by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board to refuse compensation to a child born with foetal alcohol syndrome as a result of his mother's heavy drinking. Paul Coppin analyses the case.

Back to front?
Much has been said about the scope of shared services. The real opportunity, writes Vincent King, lies in the reconfiguration of service delivery.

New courses on Local Government Law TV

All courses are CPD-qualifying. Your first course is FREE.

Recent Planning Changes £25.00 This presentation identifies and outlines the potential effects of a number of key planning changes, including the government's technical consultation on planning, the conversion of offices to residential accommodation and changes to the NSIP regime.
Recent Developments in Information Rights Law and Practice 2014 £25.00 In this presentation, the Deputy Information Commissioner Graham Smith provides an update on some of the key issues in freedom of information and data protection law.

Departmental subscriptions from £249 + VAT for 12 months unlimited access (LLG members). Click here for details.

The latest blogs...
The cutting edge by Angus Walker
This entry reports on a visit to see a nationally significant infrastructure project under construction.

Been away? Features on Local Government Lawyer recently include:

Adult Social Services: Sex vs contact: capacity to consent
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street report on a recent case where an individual was found to lack capacity to decide on contact with others but have capacity to consent to sexual relations.

Children: Recent developments on Forced Marriage Protection Orders
Carolyn Whaymand looks at the ability of local authorities to obtain forced marriage protection orders and recent legislative changes.

Community Safety: Anti-Social Behaviour – the new reforms
In this first of two articles Andrew Lane looks at the new ASB “tools” introduced by the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act 2014.

Employment: Binding communications about pay
Can an employer be contractually bound by the communications of an HR consultant? Yes, said the Employment Appeal Tribunal in a recent case involving a local authority, writes Michelle Bowen.

Governance: A strict test for compliance: access to information requirements
The High Court has quashed planning permission for a wind turbine because the council involved failed to make information available beforehand, in breach of its legal obligations. Jon Baines reviews the case.

Healthcare: Giant leaps or gentle steps?
Kevin Jaquiss examines some of the key issues around mutualisation in the NHS and considers what types of services it would most suit.

Housing: What is a “dwelling”?
Matt Hutchings and Nicola Margiotta discuss the recent Supreme Court decision on eviction from 'interim accommodation' provided under Part VII of the Housing Act.

Housing: Out of borough placements: Nzolameso v City of Westminster
The Court of Appeal recently rejected a challenge by a homeless mother to a London borough's offer of temporary accommodation near Milton Keynes. Ian Peacock explains why.

Licensing: Character and taxi/PHV drivers
The task of licensing authorities to make decisions about the character of taxi/private hire drivers and applicants is a tough one. Ian De Prez examines the issues involved.

Litigation: Regulators and alternatives to judicial review
Following a roundtable with leading regulators, James Dunn examines the key issues facing public bodies dealing with judicial review and what steps can be taken to reduce costly challenges.

Planning: S. 106 obligations and later planning permissions
A High Court judge has ruled that section 106 contribution obligations were ousted by a later planning permission and agreement. Phil Taylor reports.

Procurement: Contract variations
The new Public Contracts Regulations 2015 look to codify the law on contract amendments. Katie Bray considers the provisions and principles.

Property: Charging for discretionary leasehold services
The Court of Appeal has rejected a challenge to charges for a council’s discretionary leasehold services. Sebastian Clegg explains why.

Regulatory: Challenging HSE enforcement notices
Gerard Forlin QC and Mike Appleby explain why there is now greater scope for challenging prohibition and improvement notices and argue that the decision whether to appeal or not is now more significant than ever before.

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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.
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  Lawyers in Local Government  (LLG) member authorities Non-LLG Members
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Local authority with more than 30 registered users £649 (+VAT) £1295 (+VAT)
Law firms with up to 20 registered users n/a £1750 (+VAT)
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 How to register for a corporate subscription
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To set up a corporate account please contact Derek Bedlow on 0207 239 4917 or by email 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.
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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 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.

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