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ProjectsRadical 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
Certification means Tesco-linked developer in 'store wars' battle cannot apply for oral hearing. "Classic case" for judgement of planning committee and head of planning, says Mr Justice Mitting

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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  • Leeds: Principal Legal Officer - planning, highways and related legal services. Closing date: 2 June;
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LOCUM OPPORTUNITIES: There are some fantastic posts available across a range of practice areas including: Principal Contracts & Procurement Lawyer, Commercial Property Lawyer, Child Care Solicitor, Litigation Solicitor, Adults Lawyer and Prosecutions Locum.  To see all roles on LGL, click here.

Council and health body rapped over handling of vulnerable young man
He was left to manage his money in two tins and went without bathing facilities for six months, Ombudsman report says

Admin Court quashes decision by council over provision for three year olds
Judge says decision to abolish free full-time education and other provision for three-year-old children was unlawful

City council hails rejection by High Court of Richard III judicial review
Three judges conclude that there were no public law grounds to interfere with decisions of Ministry of Justice, the local authority and the university

District and county slam park Article 4 order on permitted development
Yorkshire Dales authority made order in March removing permitted development rights allowing conversion of barns and other agricultural buildings, but other councils write to ministers amid concern about economic impact

Watchdog urges clarification of scrutiny roles of members and officers
Wales Audit Office also calls on councils to ensure that scrutiny members, and particular chairs, receive training to equip them with right skills

Domestic violence charities in legal action against council after losing funding

Ombudsman publishes complaints stats for adult social care after 130% rise

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NoonCode of conduct v freedom of expresssion
The High Court recently cut the disqualification period imposed on a Welsh Councillor. Nicholas Dobson considers the lessons to be learned from the case for local authorities in England as well as Wales.

Council tax liability and void properties
Andrew Lane looks at a key ruling for housing associations in relation to void periods and council tax liability.

State aid and the revised General Block Exemption Regulation
The revised General Block Exemption Regulation opens up a range of possibilities for authorities when it comes to state aid, write Jonathan Branton and Jay Mehta.

'Ordinary residence' revisited
The Community Care team at 39 Essex Street consider the latest 'ordinary residence' test to reach the Court of Appeal.

Remains of the day
Three judges in the High Court have dismissed a challenge over the reburial of Richard III. Richard Harwood QC analyses the ruling.

Striking answers
Allison Cook considers some of the key legal issues as the local government sector faces up to possible mass co-ordinated national strike action later this Summer.

Teckal and exceptions to mandatory application of procurement procedures
A ruling by the European Court of Justice has provided further clarity on the Teckal exemption in relation to procurement processes, writes Patrick Parkin.

Break dates, rental payments and apportionment
A recent Court of Appeal decision on break dates and rental payments marks a return to express wording for apportionment, says Naomi Chesterman.

A landmark prosecution, a landmark sentence
Andrew Bennett examines the prosecution of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust by the Health & Safety Executive.

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Human Rights Roundup for Local Authorities £25.00 This course identifies, with reference to leading case law, key developments in human rights law in the last 12 months including decisions on data retention by local authorities, religious discrimination at work and detention under the MHA 1983.
Alternatives to Litigation for Public Law Disputes £25.00 This course considers alternative dispute resolution in two contexts: via the statutory route, such as complaints procedures and complaints to the Ombudsman and, secondly, by the use of processes such as mediation and arbitration.

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PINS publishes pre-application prospectus by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the publication of a document describing the Planning Inspectorate's service for prospective applicants under the Planning Act 2008.

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Adult Social Services: Walking a tightrope – contact and sexual relations
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street review a recent ruling that considered issues of capacity and sexual relations in a case involving a 24-year-old man with mild learning disabilities and atypical autism.

Children: Disclosure update
Natasha Taylor 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
Ben Sheppard 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
Robin Hopkins 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 looks at the scope for the public sector to use bond finance for long term capital projects.

Licensing: Primary gambling activity: the FTT view
In an important decision that will impact on all betting premises licence applications the First-Tier Tribunal has given a long-awaited ruling on the meaning of 'primary gambling activity'. Gerald Gouriet QC and George Mackenzie analyse the judgment.

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
Nicholas Dobson examines the risks to local authorities pursuing costs savings by dispensing with senior legal talent.

Planning: A boost for neighbourhood planning
A High Court judge earlier this month handed down a decision that will be of interest to all those involved in neighbourhood planning and will encourage those involved in promoting such plans. Martin Carter explains why.

Procurement: Three key issues pre-procurement
Emily Heard and Susie Smith examine various important issues that contracting authorities should consider in advance of the formal procurement process commencing, including preliminary market consultations.

Property: Our “wet winter” and tree root subsidence claims in 2014
The wet weather last winter is unlikely to provide much comfort for local authorities when it comes to tree root subsidence claims, warns Andrew Plunkett.

Regulatory: Dangerous/defective buildings and the role of the local authority
A local authority recently lost its appeal over an order that it should pay substantial compensation following the closure of a pier on safety grounds. Samuel Townend looks at the options available to councils when dealing with dangerous structures.

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