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Radical joint working plan to see four councils no longer directly employ staff
Report suggests that Leaders' proposition could save the authorities £55m over four years
Claim made by developer "totally without merit": Planning Court judge
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PCC fails to get planning permission for 4,250-home development quashed
High Court judge rules in favour of district council and rejects Police & Crime Commissioner's challenge despite acknowledging issues over way contribution towards policing of development was dealt with in s.106 agreement
Supreme Court to hear case on damages payable by council for unlawful eviction
Court of Appeal substantially cut amount payable after local authority re-let accommodation when secure tenant was abroad
Landowner wins appeal over time limits for village green application
Church Commissioners win at Court of Appeal over applicant only finally fulfiling registration requirements months after the relevant time limit
Voters require NW council to axe cabinet model and return to committees
Referendum followed petition signed by more than 5% of voters that called for change
Give councils power to set tougher standards for taxis, says Law Commission
Report says authorities should have ability to impose more demanding requirements once new national ones come into force. Commission also calls for retention of taxi and PHV distinction
TfL to ask High Court to clear up dispute over smart phones and taximeters
Transport for London to ask judge to resolve whether use by private hire drivers of smart phones with GPS technology and Uber app is equipping of vehicle with ‘taximeter’
Council sets terms of reference for inquiry into failed waste project
Former Leader will review range of issues including how authority came to enter contract, and relationship between members and officers
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State aid and the revised General Block Exemption Regulation
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'Ordinary residence' revisited
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Teckal and exceptions to mandatory application of procurement procedures
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Break dates, rental payments and apportionment
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The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street
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Children: Disclosure update
examines the key elements of the Protocol and Good Practice Models for disclosure of information in cases of alleged child abuse and linked criminal and care directions hearings.
Employment: Co-operating for mutual benefit
looks at how the Government is making it easier to set up and run co-operative and community benefit societies, as part of its drive to encourage the contribution of mutuals to the UK economy.
Governance: Legal professional privilege and the EIRs
anaylses a recent Upper Tribunal ruling on the interplay between legal professional privilege and the Environmental Information Regulations.
Housing: A new dawn for public sector bonds
In the light of the recent North Tyneside PFI Housing Project, Paul McDermott
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Litigation: Changes to Civil Procedure and the County Court system
A number of significant changes to civil procedure and the County Court system came into force on 22 April. Naomi Chesterman
highlights the key changes.
Management: Death by spreadsheet - Local government brain drain
examines the risks to local authorities pursuing costs savings by dispensing with senior legal talent.
Planning: A boost for neighbourhood planning
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Procurement: Three key issues pre-procurement
and Susie Smith
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Property: Our “wet winter” and tree root subsidence claims in 2014
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