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  • The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors is recruiting a Regulatory Counsel (£attractive; London or Coventry; suits lawyer with expertise gained in a regulatory body, the broader public sector or private practice).
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  • The London Borough of Croydon is seekng a SEND Tribunal Offcer (£43,380 - £45,213).
  • One Legal (shared service for Tewkesbury, Cheltenham and Gloucester City): Planning Advocate (£60,000); and Lawyer - Planning (to £42,474).
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  • Shelter: Solicitor (to £39,021) - Closes 22nd December, 2016.
  • Blackpool Council: Legal Practice Manager (from £36,937).


Barnet and Harrow agree new five-year deal for HB Public Law
London boroughs agree to extend their shared legal service, HB Public Law, to deliver legal services to both councils for a further five years

Judges criticise Court of Protection over jailing of woman for contempt
Appeal Coort orders release from prison and voices concern about several aspects to the case

Welsh Government unveils plan to consolidate laws into Welsh legal code
The Counsel General for Wales, Mick Antoniw, announces plans for a major programme to build a distinct body of Welsh law

FOI should still apply when services outsourced: Information Commissioner
The right to know about public services should be independent of the service provider, the Information Commissioner says in response to a wave of outsourcings

Four councils formally launch legal action over Heathrow expansion
Hillingdon, Richmond and Wandsworth councils and the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead formally serve legal papers accusing the Government of unlawfully supporting the expansion of Heathrow
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BDT Legal to set up Thames Estuary regeneration special interest group
TESIG to focus on the challenges and opportunities that the Thames Estuary regeneration presents; launch event in January

Parish council wins High Court planning battle over village needs
East Bergholt Parish Council wins case against Babergh District Council; says may affect planning applications in other rural areas

Local Government Ombudsman issues complaints-handling guidance for combined authorities
LGO sets out key principles as devolution gathers pace.

Court quashes council decision that woman could live with children in India
Central London County Court quashes council decision that an elderly woman was not homeless as she could return to India to reside with her children
Making the Thames Estuary regeneration a success - Thames Estuary Regeneration Special Interest Group
Commercial Masterclass - Freeths (Birmingham and Nottingham - free-of-charge)
Licensing Update Seminar - FTB (London- free-of-charge)

LOCUM JOBS OF THE WEEK: Commercial Property Lawyer (London), Adult Social Care Lawyer (East Midlands), Childcare Solicitor/ Advocate (Locum) (West Midlands), Project Solicitor (London), Childcare Lawyer (Kent), Deputy Chief Legal Officer (London)



Ombudsman raps council over savings for looked-after child
Bridgend Council failed to monitor a looked-after child’s savings accounts adequately and refused to follow a recommendation to compensate the complainant, the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales says

Housing bodies and councils in Sheffield City Region strike agreement
Social housing organisations and councils sign a ‘compact’ to meet housing need and create balanced and sustainable communities

Law on religion working well but misunderstandings "create confusion"
Unhelpful myths have grown up around religious discriminaton law the Equality and Human Rights Commission says

Council to axe law firm panel in favour of £17.5m deal with single provider
The London Borough of Croydon has unveils plans to appoint a single, strategic partner to a £17.5m contract for the provision of legal services over seven years

Bar Standards Board removes minimum CPD hours for experienced barristers
BSB publishes the details of its new CPD regime, effective from 1st January 2017, removing the minimum hourly training requirement for barristers with more than three years experience.

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LGSS Law upgrades technology with practice management software from DPS
Procurement body to set up £50m legal services panel for use by NHS trusts
University to set up panel of three law firms for contract worth up to £1.5m

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Analysis on Local Government Lawyer

The value of expanding the UK’s FOI regime
LexisPSL Public Law speaks to Adam Chapman, partner and head of public law at Kingsley Napley, about the potential expansion of the UK’s freedom of information (FOI) regime

Who pays (No 2)?
Joanne Clement looks at personal injury damages and after-care services under section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983.

Before its time?
Can a local authority use the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 in relation to incidents that occured before the Act commenced? Jonathan Manning reports.

Out of the Blue
Scott Greenwood looks at the ramifications for social landlords' use of suspended possession orders after the Court of Appeal's decision in Cardiff County Council v Lee.


NIC urges 5G action: by Angus Walker
Yesterday, the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) produced its fifth report on a specific study it has undertaken, this time into how the UK should prepare for 5G, the fifth generation of mobile networks.

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Adult Social Services: The meaning of 'ordinary residence'
LexisPSL Local Government, in partnership with Jonathan Auburn of 11KBW, discuss the meaning of and tests for ‘ordinary residence’

Adult Social Services: DoLS and public protection
Alex Ruck Keene examines a judgment highlighting the tensions inherent in depriving someone of their liberty in reliance upon Schedule A1 where the primary reason is not to safeguard them against harm but the public against harm.

Adult Social Services: Participation of P
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Chambers and Nicola Mackintosh QC examine a recent case on the participation of P in proceedings before the CoP.
Adult Social Services: CCTV and care packages
The use of CCTV in packages of care in the community represents a serious risk issue for commissioners, providers and care co-ordinators. Hannah Taylor explains the key issues.

Adult Social Services: Private deprivations of liberty
This LexisPSL Local Government article produced in partnership with Tim Spencer-Lane considers the concept of 'private' deprivations of liberty for the purposes of Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights, involving people who lack the material decision-making capacity.

Children: Criticism of witnesses
A social worker and a police officer who were witnesses in child protection proceedings appealed after they were subject to criticism by the judge. Laura Briggs reports on the outcome.

Children: Radicalisation and state intervention
Tara Vindis examines a recent High Court ruling on parents’ extreme religiously motivated views and whether the state should intervene

Children: Data protection claims arising out of adoption
David Maggs looks at the issues raised where a local authority faces a damage claim over the disclosure of confidential details about adopters.

Dispute Resolution: Commencing proceedings and limitation
A recent decision serves as a timely reminder of the strict approach of the Court to the rules surrounding service of proceedings and limitation, writes Sharon Dysart.

Dispute Resolution: Obvious risks and occupiers' duties
The Court of Appeal recently allowed an appeal by a local authority over an order that it should pay compensation to a claimant injured in a public park. David Williams examines the case.

Dispute Resolution: Experts out of bounds
A recent public law children's case is a reminder of the need to be careful about over-dogmatic experts. The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Chambers reports.

Education: Segregation of sexes in school
What are the obligations of schools under the Equality Act 2010? Mark Blois talks to LexisNexis about how a recent high-profile court case has made no change to the core obligations schools are under.

Education: SEN statements and choice of school
What should happen when parents cannot agree on the choice of school in a statement of Special Educational Needs? Joanne Clement looks at recent guidance from the Upper Tribunal.

Education: The scrapping of the Education Bill
The Education Secretary's decision to drop proposed legislation that would have seen the academisation of all schools in England mirrors the new Government's approach to devolution, writes Frances Woodhead.

Employment: Officers, relatives and apparent bias
A High Court judge has found decisions tainted by apparent bias where an officer’s husband worked for a rival developer. John Hunter reports.

Employment: Reforms to IR35 for public sector engagers
Lizzie Stone and Ben Watson examine the latest developments in relation to the intermediaries rules and the public sector.

Governance: Devolution and local growth: borrowing powers
There have been suggestions that next week's Autumn Statement may deliver greater flexibility for combined authorities when it comes to borrowing. Judith Barnes looks at the benefits this would bring.

Governance: Council functions and the PSED
A court has for the first time explained how the split between a local authority’s executive functions and full council functions affects the discharge of the public sector equality duty and other procedural obligations.Christopher Knight analyses the judgment.

Health: The power to commission PrEP
A Court of Appeal ruling that NHS England had power to commission the anti-retroviral drug PrEP will be welcomed by councils. Monica Blades-Chase explains the judgment.

Housing: The bedroom tax in the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court has handed down its much-anticipated ruling over the so-called 'bedroom tax' or 'spare room subsidy'. John Fitzsimons analyses the outcome.

Housing: Accommodation offers and suitability
The Court of Appeal has recently concluded that a county court judge had failed to apply the guidance in Pieretti v Enfield LBC. Iain Colville and Stephanie Smith explain why.

Housing: Warrants for possession: guidance from the Senior Master
The Senior Master has issued a practice note on the approach that housing practitioners should be taking when applying to enforce warrants of possession, in light of Cardiff CC v Lee. Elizabeth England reports.

Housing: When is a house not a house?
Dean Underwood reports on a recent prosecution of a landlord under a London Borough's selective licensing regime.

Housing: Long residence "of little consequence"
The Court of Appeal has handed down a ruling that will be welcomed by public sector landlords dealing with possession claims against 'failed successors', and cases involving public law defences based on failure to comply with policy, argue Ranjit Bhose QC and Emma Dring.

Housing: Housing benefit, exempt housing and ‘unreasonably high’ rent
What should housing benefit authorities consider when assessing whether eligible rent for 'exempt' housing is 'unreasonably high'? Jonathan Manning and Sarah Salmon report on a recent Court of Appeal ruling.

Information Law: Stay ahead of data protection trends
It has been a busy year for anyone looking to stay on top of data protection and privacy law. What are the key risks and developments that public authorities should be keeping in mind going forward? Andrew Gallie explains.

Information Law: Alternative remedies and the DPA
Public authority data controllers facing Data Protection Act claims in a judicial review will welcome a recent Court of Appeal ruling, writes Christopher Knight.

Licensing: Shisha smoking – a hot topic
Anna Mathias looks at Westminster City Council's approach to controlling shisha smoking and reports on an appeal where the authority has sought to use planning legislation.

Licensing: Licensing and Planning
The operation of premises for licensable activities requires both planning and licensing authorisations. There will be overlaps as issues such as noise nuisance may be considered by both planning and licensing committees when deciding whether to grant authorisations and any conditions to be attached. Prof Roy Light explains.

Licensing: Fabric – a rollercoaster ride of a case
Well-known nightclub fabric recently managed to stay in business after settling its appeal against Islington Council's decision to revoke its premises licence. Paddy Whur, who acted for fabric, sets out how.

Management: Better than ever
Jayne Francis-Ward, head of EMLawShare, sets out the highlights from the legal services consortium's fifth conference.

Planning: Still defying the conventions? Planning and human rights in 2016
The Courts have just considered the first challenge to a neighbourhood planning on human rights grounds. The plan survived but the case served as a timely reminder of a body of law that has enduring relevance to planning, writes Sue Chadwick.

Planning: Retail conditions and redevelopment
The Court of Appeal has rejected a legal challenge to a retail condition relating to the redevelopment of a town centre. James Maurici QC explains why.

Planning: Using planning conditions
Matt Gilks examines a recent Government consultation on improving the use of planning conditions and looks at the Law Society’s response.

Planning: 50% affordable housing in London – really revolutionary?
Sheridan Treger and Tim Hellier examine what the new Mayor’s aspiration for a target of 50% affordable housing in London means in practice for individual planning applications.

Planning: Heritage assets and the determination of planning applications
The Court of Appeal recently considered the weight that a decision maker should attach to the possible effect of a development on listed heritage assets in the overall determination process of a planning application. Gareth Pinwell reports.

Planning: Neighbourhood plans and second homes
A judge has rejected a developer's challenge over provisions in a neighbourhood plan that sought to limit the number of second homes. Mark Lowe QC and Jack Parker report on the ruling.

Procurement: Trends in procurement
Procurement law continues to develop apace. David Hansom and Robert Prater highlight two significant cases over the past 12 months.

Procurement: Fat finger syndrome - demolished!
How should contracting authorities respond when tenders are submitted accidentally, say with the wrong information. Helen Prandy considers a recent Scottish case.

Procurement: Are your contracts working for you?
Alex Lawrence provides some top tips on how local authorities can deliver better value through their contracts.

Procurement: Procurement challenges and damages as an adequate remedy
Joseph Barrett reports on the courts’ approaches to the lifting of automatic suspensions, following a challenge to the procurement of the UK perinatal mortality project.

Projects: Time for a review?
Alex Lawrence provides some top tips on how local authorities can go about evaluating the effectiveness of their alternative delivery vehicles.

Projects: Regeneration X: Failed CPOs
The Communities Secretary earlier this month refused to confirm a compulsory purchase order for a key regeneration scheme in London, prompting Southwark Council to announce a judicial review challenge. Simon Ricketts analyses the minister's decision.

Property: The rise of the place shapers
Chris Plumley examines the resurgence in public sector real estate.

Property: CPO land referencing
Compulsory purchase order land referencing just got a whole load easier, writes Chris Skinner of nplaw.

Property: Managing property development by local authorities
Clive Read sets out nine practical steps local authorities can take to successfully manage their property development.

Regulatory: Accidents and control of premises
James Buchanan and Lewis MacDonald analyse a recent case where the Health & Safety Executive brought proceedings against the freeholders of commercial properties where accidents had occurred.

Transport & Highways: Standards of highway maintenance
This LexisPSL Local Government article, produced in partnership with Nicholas Hancox of Nicholas Hancox Solicitors, examines how the quality of highway maintenance required of those responsible for it depends almost entirely on the expected ordinary traffic on the highway in question.

Transport & Highways: Statutory incompatibility and deemed dedication of highways
Brendon Lee analyses the application of statutory incompatibility to deemed highway dedication following recent developments on such legal principle in a number of village green cases.
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Governance changes introduced by the Localism Act 2011 This webinar looks at key elements of the Localism Act 2011 as they affect and reform the governance of local authorities, including the General Power of Competence, Standards, community empowerment, elected mayors and assets of community value.
Delegation of Functions What problems can local authorities encounter with their schemes of delegation? And what to do if things go wrong? Matt Hutchings looks at the case law.
Governance for Local Authorities This webinar provides an overview of the governance structures of local authorities, their legal underpinnings and the way that they function in practice.
Brexit, Social Care and Housing This presentation looks at how the status of EEA nationals in the UK will be affected by the relationship the UK finally chooses with the bloc and how this will affect their entitlements to support and housing and the obligations owed by local authorities
How will Brexit affect domestic planning and environmental law? This webinar assesses how planning and environmental law and related areas may be affected by the UK’s exit from the European Union.
How will Brexit affect public procurement and state aid? This presentation looks at the possible effects on Procurement and State Aid law of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, before, after and during the process of withdrawal.
Local Government Law Update 2016 Recorded in April 2016, leading barrister Richard Clayton QC outlines and analyses the key local government cases of the preceding 12 months across a range of disciplines. Includes a comprehensive downloadable paper.
CIL and Planning Obligations This presentation considers the past, present and future of the Community Infrastructure Levy in the light of forthcoming reforms to the regime.
Bringing Forward Development Will forthcoming changes to the NPPF, permitted development rights and the Housing and Development bill shift power towards or away from Local Planning Authorities?
Old and New Means of Development This course looks at the various measures being introduced by the Housing and Planning Bill to make development happen beyond the conventional planning permission system.
The LLG Competency Framework To assist local authority solicitors to comply with the new CPD regime, the Lawyers in Local Government group has produced a new competency framework. Helen McGrath, Development Officer for LLG, outlines the main features of the framework and explains how
Neighbourhood Planning: A Legal Perspective John Pugh-Smith and Daniel Stedman Jones look at how lawyers can square the circle of greater localism in the planning system and the need for more housing and infrastructure development.
Housing and Local Plans Peter Village QC and Rose Grogan analyse the key features of the Housing and Planning Bill and outline some of the problems and pitfalls created by Local Plans as identified by recent case law.
Human Rights, the Equality Act and Social Housing This course looks at the arguments faced by public authorities and social landlords when faced with claims based on the Equality Act 2010 or the Human Rights Act 1998 and outlines some of the defences and tactics available to defend them.
Social Housing Eligibility Update 2015 This course looks at which groups of people subject to immigration control are and are not eligible for social housing in the light of changes to welfare and immigration rules and recent case law.
Possession Claims Update 2015 This presentation provides an update on new housing legislation, regulation and case law before going on to look at the issues faced by social landlords as the first flexible tenancies granted under the Localism Act 2011 begin to expire.
Local Government Law Update 2015 Recorded in April 2015, leading barrister Richard Clayton QC outlines and analyses the key local government cases of the preceding 12 months across a range of disciplines. Includes a comprehensive downloadable paper.
The Commercial Council Michael Mousdale and Bradley Martin provide a practical and legal guide for council officers and lawyers looking to establish local authority trading companies.
Information Law Update 2015 Steve Wood, Head of Policy Delivery at Information Commissioner’s Office, outlines and discusses the implications of some of the key developments surrounding Freedom of Information, the Data Protection Act and the Environmental Information Regulations.
FOI and Data Protection Update 2016 This presentation reviews the main changes in the past 12 months in the fields of Freedom of Information and Data Protection, with an extended look at Monetary Penalty Notices and an overview of the latest developments in relation to property search charg

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