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JOBS OF THE WEEK: Tower Hamlets is a vibrant inner-London borough with a range of exciting development and high-performing services. We are looking for a Head of Legal Operations (£65,808 - £73,602) and a Principal Lawyer - Development (£57,111 - £59,982).
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

NEW YEAR, NEW ROLE? There are some great jobs this week: INTERIM ROLES: Prosecutions Lawyer, Planning Lawyer and Criminal and Civil Litigation Lawyer. To see all roles on LGL, click here.

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

NoonArticle 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.

New courses on Local Government Law TV

All courses are CPD-qualifying. Your first course is FREE.

Recent Planning Changes £25.00 This presentation identifies and outlines the potential effects of a number of key planning changes, including the government's technical consultation on planning, the conversion of offices to residential accommodation and changes to the NSIP regime.
Recent Developments in Information Rights Law and Practice 2014 £25.00 In this presentation, the Deputy Information Commissioner Graham Smith provides an update on some of the key issues in freedom of information and data protection law.

Departmental subscriptions from £249 + VAT for 12 months unlimited access (LLG members). Click here for details.

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

Adam Hartrick 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
William Brierley 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
James English 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
Paddy Whur 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 reports.

Procurement: Trading tips for local authorities
Azhar Ghose provides his top ten trading tips for local authorities.

Local Government Law.tv

We are pleased to announce the introduction of an annual corporate subscription that will provide access to a full year of CPD accredited legal training for your lawyers and your client departments

What is included

  • unlimited access to the full library of webinar content for 12 months
  • the option to purchase DVD copies of the webinar training
  • discounted rates offered to attend LGG training courses
 Who can take the training?
  • lawyers and other professionals within your team, each of whom will be provided with personal login to enable them to earn and keep a record of their individual CPD credit.
  • members of your client departments, such as the child protection team, trading standards officers, planners, procurement professionals or social workers. On purchasing a corporate subscription, a client account login will be provided for use by your client departments to view online content at no extra charge.
What is the cost?
  • the cost relates to the numbers of individual registered users per authority, excluding those who use the client account.  These users will be registered for the full year of the subscription with the option to replace a registered user if somebody leaves the authority during the year of subscription.  Option 1 below
  • a DVD option will supply a DVD for every webinar booked – Option 2 below
  • in addition to option 1 a DVD can be purchased for an individual webinar at an additional £15 + VAT if required.  This can be ordered when booking the webinar
  • for a shared legal service serving more than one authority area, references to the number of registered users are to the combined aggregate number of users from the relevant authorities
  • registered users of a corporate subscription will benefit from discounted offers to attend LGG training events during the 12 months.
  Lawyers in Local Government  (LLG) member authorities Non-LLG Members
Individual subscription £99 (+VAT) £199 (+VAT)
Local authority with up to 10 registered users £249 (+VAT) £495 (+VAT)
Local authority with 11 – 30 registered users £495 (+VAT) £995 (+VAT)
Local authority with more than 30 registered users £649 (+VAT) £1295 (+VAT)
Law firms with up to 20 registered users n/a £1750 (+VAT)
Law firms with 20+ registered users n/a £2495 (+VAT)
 How to register for a corporate subscription
Individual subscriptions can be purchased online here

To set up a corporate account please contact Derek Bedlow on 0207 239 4917 or by email giving details of your authority, the number of users you would like to register and if you would like to take the DVD option for all booked webinars.
We will then contact you within 24 hours to confirm this subscription has been set up.  The corporate subscription members will then be able to register on the site and instantly access the webinar training.
Alternatively, if you would like to pay-as-you-go for webinar training by setting up a corporate pay-as-you-go account for your authority a monthly invoice will be produced and a 10% discount will be applied to all purchases by members of your authority.
There is also the option to take a free trial of a webinar (which includes CPD credit).  Register as a user and add your preferred course to the cart. During the checkout process, enter FREE TRIAL in the box where indicated (don't forget to click 'Submit'), and the cost of your course will be reduced to zero. Complete the process and your course will be instantly available to view and you can watch it as many times as required for 30 days, from any computer or most mobile devices.

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