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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
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Property industry urges better enforcement by councils in private rented sector
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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
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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
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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
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.
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|Recent Developments in Information Rights Law and Practice 2014
||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.
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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
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?
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”?
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
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
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
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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