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EVENT OF THE WEEK: 39 Essex Street is holding a Local Government Law Conference in London on 27 January. Five QCs are among the presenters.
Supreme Court judges to hear landmark licensing fees battle next week
Key issue is whether local authorities and other bodies can include in fees the costs of enforcing against unlicensed operators
Council sees off attack from neighbour on permission for urban extension
Claimant authority was looking to secure higher amount of affordable housing
Surrey authorities name law firms and chambers to £20m legal panels
Consortium selects eight law firms and 10 barristers’ chambers to framework
Islington community services lawyer wins CBE in New Year’s Honours List
Council lawyer recognised for services to children
Judgment published where court rejected attack on conduct of election
High Court rejects all allegations made by independent candidate over May 2014 poll
Councillor jailed for fraudulently claiming childcare costs
Member claimed £1,693 for childcare costs while serving as a member of authority
Rule changes to make it easier to set up new town and parish councils
Threshold lowered for signatures to trigger community governance review
Top QC advises borough council against legal action over hospital changes
Borough told not to bring legal proceedings at current time over transfer of services from hospital
High Court judge quashes decision by council to shut village school
Welsh authority failed to comply with requirements of statutory decision-making process that has applied since October 2013
Pickles launches pilot on bringing statutory notices "into 21st century"
Call for "innovative ways" to publish and promote notices
Watchdog raps Welsh council over covert surveillance of employee
ICO says authority did not have sufficient evidence to warrant authorisation
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Law Society issues practice note on contaminated land
Chancery Lane urges all solicitors involved in property transactions to take heed
District fends off judicial review attack on neighbourhood plan decision
Developer challenged lawfulness of making of neighbourhood plan for market town
DCLG to cut time for considering application for neighbourhood area
Councils to have just 13 weeks to consider a community’s application for designation of a neighbourhood area
Care home providers win High Court battle with council over payments
Judge highlights "significantly flawed" economic modelling
Ministry of Justice hails impact of FOI legislation on 10th anniversary
More than 400,000 information requests have been made to monitored central Government bodies alone
Ombudsman warns councils on impact of changes to school transport policy
City council argued that letter promising free transport to boy was not legally binding
Purchasing body for health sector to set up legal panels worth up to £90m
Public bodies name 11 law firms to pensions legal advice panels
NHS trust fined £180,000 after patient burned by overheated mattress
DCLG issues planning 'Plain English Guides' on system and free schools
Tribunal fees deterring employees from bringing claims: Citizens Advice
Review calls for changes to detention provisions in the Mental Health Act
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New articles on Local Government Lawyer
Article 8 challenges and possession orders
The Court of Appeal has dismissed an Article 8 challenge over the making and enforcement of a possession order. Jon Holbrook explains why.
The wrong name of appellant
In a judgment that will be of interest to all practitioners involved in licensing appeals, the High Court has dismissed a nightclub’s judicial review. Gary Grant reports.
Realising the jigsaw does not resemble the picture on the box
In the second article in a two-part series, Shaun Spencer analyses two significant Court of Appeal rulings in relation to adoption.
Not like Cranmer
The test for capacity to consent to sex has changed. Bryan McGuire QC explains a recent High Court ruling.
Did I agree that!?
In a series of articles Stephen Brown and Sappho Dias of 4-5 Gray's Inn Square will look at the principles of interpretation of contracts, consider the pitfalls and provide some drafting tips.
Access to justice in the employment tribunal
Last month UNISON lost the latest stage of its judicial review challenge in relation to employment tribunal fees. Susan Belgrave examines the ruling.
Zero hours contracts and the Public Sector
The use of zero hours contacts in the public sector is greater than it appears. David Widdowson considers some of the issues they raise.
The Counter Terrorism and Security Bill and local authorities
Nicola Bennison and Frances Woodhead analyse the impact on local authorities and educational institutions of proposed legislation aimed at helping prevent individuals being drawn into terrorism.
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The latest blogs...
Ten infrastructure planning predictions for 2015 by Angus Walker
This entry makes ten predictions for the Planning Act 2008 regime for 2015.
First gas pipline NSIP consent issued
Final National Networks NPS published
Been away? Features on Local Government Lawyer recently include:
The most-read articles of 2014
Local Government Lawyer has received more than one million unique page views in the last 12 months. But what were the most-read news stories and feature articles by practice area?
Adult Social Services: Analysing the true cost of care
and Philippa Doyle
report on the settlement of a recent dispute between care home providers and councils in Yorkshire over what constituted a fair price for the provision of care.
Adult Social Services: Habitual residence – the latest word
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street
examine an important ruling on the issue of habitual residence
Children: Local authority duties under s. 20 Children Act
writes about an important recent case turning on the question of the extent of local authority duties under The Children Act 1989.
Children: Removal of children from the care of their parents
A High Court judge has given guidance on cases where a local authority seeks to remove children living at home under a care order. Jason Hughes
outlines the ruling.
Community Safety: Boys, toys and unprecedented High Court injunctions
Earlier this month a group of local authorities in the Black Country obtained a ground-breaking injunction banning car-cruising. Joseph Giret QC
and Anya Newman
explain what was involved.
Employment: Twitter and Unfair Dismissal
analyses what is thought to be one of the first cases where the Employment Appeal Tribunal has considered the use of Twitter.
Governance: Hail the Chief (Finance Officer)
The Chief Finance Officer plays a vital role in administering a local authority’s affairs. However, their functions are set by statute and are limited; there can be no prospect of a coup d’etat by the Chief Finance Officer. Sappho Dias
and Lee Parkhill
examine the role.
Housing: Selective licensing, consultation and the whole borough
The High Court has held that a council acted unlawfully when designating the whole of its area as subject to additional and selective licensing under the Housing Act 2004. Jonathan Manning
and Justin Bates
explain the ruling.
Licensing: Powers of Entry Code and new closure powers
looks at recent developments in relation to powers of entry and the new closure powers.
Litigation: The E-Courtbundle has landed
“You had better get used to it as it appears to be the future,” said one judge. Geoff Russell
reports on the piloting of E-Courtbundle in childcare proceedings in Nottinghamshire.
Planning: Local plans, housing supply and the NPPF
A “radical” change in the National Planning Policy Framework has rendered a council’s housing figures unsound, the Court of Appeal has ruled. Zack Simons
Procurement: Trading tips for local authorities
provides his top ten trading tips for local authorities.
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