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ProjectsCouncil and watchdog in standoff over lawfulness of libel claim indemnity Local authority says legal advice from leading QC backed grant of indemnity to chief executive

Four-borough legal partnership formally opens for business in London South London Legal Partnership hosted by Merton takes flight

BIrmingham CC and unions agree to settle post-2008 equal pay claims Council says move will avoid lengthy and costly tribunal hearings affecting approximately 11,000 cases

Disabled woman wins human rights challenge over cut to housing benefit Tribunal rules that appellant was unable to share bedroom with husband and therefore flat was not under-occupied. See also: Battle over under-occupancy charge heads to Court of Appeal

Borough eyes zoning, 'one strike' policy in new licensing plan London council will also look at introducing late night levy and early morning restriction orders

LGPS board to tap QC over tobacco investment and public health conflicts Issue over reconciling fiduciary duty as scheme manager with new public health duties

London council to ban companies found to have blacklisted construction workers Emergency motion said it would be "unacceptable" for any company in contractual relationship with council to engage in blacklisting

Gove accepts alternative proposal from Doncaster MBC for future of children's services Education Secretary scraps plans to strip children's services from council

RECORD NUMBER OF JOBS: Southampton City Council has made a conscious decision to bring back in-house the vast majority of its Legal Childcare Team, so it is looking for a Senior Solicitor/Barrister (up to £48,112) to act as Team Leader, and has three posts for Solicitors/Barristers (up to £43,266). The closing date for the Senior Solicitor - Planning and Environment role (to £48,112) at Southampton is 6 October.

Also hiring this week are:

To see all roles on LGL, click here. Locum roles include Head of Legal & Democratic Services, Senior Commercial Property LocumCommercial Contracts and Procurement Lawyer and Property, Planning and Regeneration Lawyer. Please let them know you saw the role on Local Government Lawyer.

DON'T MISS: Essential Legal Update for Local Authority Lawyers - Matrix Chambers - London - 5 November. Speakers include Helen Mountfield QC, Aidan O'Neill QC and Hugh Tomlinson QC.

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Council reviews vehicle crossover policy and appeals regime after LGO report Highways authority had refused permission for construction on grounds previously rejected by planning inspector

Major reforms to town and village green registration come into effect Trigger and terminating events, landowner statements and other changes introduced

Tribunal cancels monetary penalty after ICO and council reach deal Negotiations result in agreement that there was no need to issue an enforcement notice

SCIE issues report on putting Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards into practice Includes role of clinical commissioning groups and wider local authority governance

Law Commission calls for proposed areas of reform for 12th programme Public sector and other lawyers urged to provide input

New apprenticeship in legal services in bid to open up profession Level 3 apprenticeship equivalent to A-Level standard launched by CILEx and Skills for Justice

Residents at North East council vote to retain system of elected mayor Voters reject option of moving to Leader elected by councillors

Councils net new powers as scrap metal licensing regime comes into force 

LGO censures council over bid to force vulnerable girl to move schools

See all of our most recent news stories


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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonExercise of treaty rights by EU nationals
What are local authorities' social care obligations to non-UK EC and EEA nationals? Jonathan Auburn and Ben Tankel review recent caselaw on the issue.

Environmental assessment - recent cases: part 1
In the first in a two-part series, Stephen Tromans QC rounds up recent caselaw on environmental impact assessment, screening, conditions, sub-division and salami-slicing.

Changes to the consumer credit regime: what you need to know
Significant changes to the consumer credit regime are on the way. Adam Kendall and Michael Shreeve look at the key implications for local authorities and housing associations.

Striking answers
With teachers striking this week and further industrial action expected before Christmas, Allison Cook considers the key legal issues for schools.

The HSE bares its teeth
The Health and Safety Executive has announced plans to prosecute Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust under the Health and Safety at Work Act. The regulator's new teeth will be sharp, write Chris Baranowski, Sally Roff and Tracey Longfield.

Equal pay and same employment
Fatim Kurji considers the meaning of 'same employment' within the equal pay legislation.

The final word?
Has the High Court given a definitive ruling on the position of interim steps and summary expedited reviews? Perhaps not, writes Paddy Whur.

Travel concession schemes and reimbursement
Clare Hardy reports on a recent judicial review of a decision by an integrated transport authority to reduce a reimbursement paid under its travel concession scheme.

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Neighbourhood planning slow and becoming anti-development by Angus Walker
This entry reports on progress with neighbourhood planning, introduced by the Localism Act 2011.

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Adult Social Services: Moving from safeguarding concern to instituting proceedings The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street examine two rulings highlighting the importance of early, rigorous analysis of the evidence available to support contentions advanced before the court.

Children's Services: Transparency - a lesson from the Family Division Most of us are unequivocally and absolutely in favour of transparency, writes Nicholas Dobson. We rejoice in the powerful purgative disenfectant of daylight, considering it a thoroughly 'good thing'.

Employment: TUPE - changes on the horizon The Government has recently published its response to a consultation on proposed amendments to TUPE, including in relation to service provision changes. Graham Richardson considers the revised reforms.

Governance: Members' interests and trade union membership - Big Julie reopens Pandora's box Graeme Creer analyses the decision by the Department for Communities and Local Government to require councillors to disclose trade union interests.

Governance: Councillors - rights of access to information How much information are councillors entitled to? David Merson examines the legal background.

Housing: Eviction of homeless applicants accommodated pending inquiries Do the decisions in Manek and Desnousse continue to bind the Court of Appeal in the light of the Supreme Court rulings in Pinnock and PowellVaughan Jacob reports on the Court of Appeal's conclusion.

Licensing: Betting offices - location, location and location A Magistrates' Court recently considered the relevance of location to a refusal of a betting office licence. Philip Kolvin QC explains its finding.

Litigation: The requirements of social work evidence The Court of Appeal - through the President of the Family Division - has set out what is to be expected of social work evidence in care proceedings. Che Fung Choi comments on key guidance.

Management: Progression through investment - setting the local government standard A larger team, enhanced expertise and greatly increased income - Rachel Howe from the legal services department at North West Leicestershire District Council explains how they have developed a more commercial operation.

Planning: Abolition of conservation area consent Richard Harwood QC sets out how the Government has approached the abolition of conservation area consent, which will become effective from 1 October 2013.

Procurement: Public sector mutuals - the future for local government services? Simon Randall outlines the development in the role of public sector mutuals in the delivery of local government services, dealing with the implications of the proposed new EU Public Procurement Directive.

Property: Modifying a restrictive covenant The Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) has partially modified a covenant to permit the use of a property as a mosque and madrassah, but - following objections from a council - has imposed new conditions on the use of the property. Justin Bates explains the ruling.

Regulatory: Food for thought The Supreme Court has given a definitive ruling upon the issue of the requirements of the offence of selling food after the expiry of a 'use by' date. The judgment represents a welcome return to certainty in such prosecutions, writes Adam Pearson.

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