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ProjectsThree councils unveil business case for 'tri-partnership' with single workforce
Legal and governance to be among those services brought together in first stage

Councils to end joint chief exec deal but shared legal service to remain
Current postholder says two authorities need more capacity

Acting chief exec swaps councils for Assistant Director of Legal Services role
Linda Fisher had taken over at Rochdale after previous chief executive departed in April

Borough council to net £562k from fraudster after POCA confiscation order
Authority, which will also receive £200k in costs, will spend money on apprentices plus further legal and enforcement activities

Government to reconsider funding for local welfare assistance schemes
Move follows legal action supported by charity and London borough

Employment lawyers blast draft law on recovery of public sector exit payments
Provisions are "unclear and ill-conceived" and could lead to seam of litigation, warns Employment Lawyers Association

Council pays £160k in damages for failing to safeguard girl raped by father
Local authority says it is "deeply sorry" for not doing enough to keep her safe

MPs slam Defra over handling of local authority waste PFI projects
Call for greater support for authorities that lack contracting expertise in 'once-in-a-generation' deals

Leading set to run three-month free mediation pilot for ASB disputes
Barristers at Arden Chambers who are also mediators believe mediation is under-utilised in this area
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Halt centralisation of local land charges registers, say district councils
Letter to minister warns of adverse impact on property market if there are problems

Ministers unveils new bid to crack down on unauthorised traveller sites
Proposals include amending planning definition of travellers

Council wins DCLG approval for Art 4 direction after initial rejection, legal threat
Planning Minister agrees to direction on office to residential conversions after predecessor had earlier quashed council's decision

DCLG seeks to end 'pick and mix' regulation with five core housing standards
Standards include introduction for first time of national, cross-tenure space standard that councils and communities could use

Local authority joins creditors in seeking to wind up football club
Council would defer payment if given responsibility for redevelopment of ground

Southampton to consider implementation of late night levy
Move has already received backing from city council's licensing committee

Government consults on 'right to move' for social housing tenants
Right would mean tenants do not have to re-start at back of waiting list for social housing when arriving in a new area

Council in third successful prosecution of same landlord in two years

Mental Health Network issues guide on minimising use of restrictive practices

London universities name seven law firms to £52m panel

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonSetting up local authority property companies
Scott Dorling looks at the opportunities and challenges presented by local authority property companies.

The NPPF - what does it mean?
There has been a recent flurry of decisions relating to the National Planning Policy Framework. Heather Emmerson reviews the judgments.

The last PFI project…but not the end of PFI
With the local authority PFI programme ending, Rob Hann looks back at what has been achieved.

Directly-awarded public contracts and transparency notices
A recent ruling has shown that a pre-contract OJEU transparency notice will only offer protection if used “legitimately”, writes Brendan Ryan.

Disabled employees: Employers need to be proactive
A disabled employee of a London borough who was unable to attend administrative meetings has recently had his claim for disability discrimination upheld. Martin Cheyne and Emma Laing analyse the case and look at the lessons to be learned.

All change?
A recent Employment Appeal Tribunal case shows how the TUPE service provision change provisions are meant to work where subcontractors are involved, writes Simon Lambert.

Are you ready for the Children and Families Act?
Clinical commissioning groups and councils must now work together on commissioning services for children and young people with disabilities and special educational needs. David Owens and Madeline Moore look at the key issues for CCGs in particular.

Going with the flow
Stephen Tromans QC analyses a recent Supreme Court ruling on the rights of discharge of sewerage companies.

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Two days, three consents by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the outcome of three development consent order applications published over a 48-hour period.

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Adult Social Services: Support and the capacity assessment
A recently-published Court of Protection ruling is helpful for capacity assessors as to what is relevant and not relevant when assessing an individual's capacity to make certain decisions. The CoP team at 39 Essex Street reports.

Children: Facebook, FOI and children
A recent Upper Tribunal case involving a local authority concerned the interplay between children's personal data and transparency. Robin Hopkins looks at the outcome.

Employment: Paternity leave and pay
Simon Lambert reports on the first tribunal decision to consider whether it was discriminatory for an employer not to enhance pay for men on additional paternity leave.

Employment: Voluntary early retirement and age discrimination
Was it discriminatory to prevent an employee from changing her mind in respect of the options offered to her whilst at risk of redundancy? Amaya Floyd reports on an Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling.

Governance: Appropriation of land and decision-making
Jacqueline Backhaus and Henry Fitch look at the lessons to be learned – in relation to decision-making and the appropriation of land – from a recent High Court case involving a London borough.

Healthcare: Pregnancies and capacity to make decisions
The Court of Protection has recently issued guidance on obstetric cases for patients with mental disorder, illness or impairment. Stuart Marchant and Hannah Taylor analyse the ruling.

Licensing: Summer-y Justice?
The heat went to the head in the High Court dealing with summary reviews, writes Rory Clarke.

Licensing: Super strength?
Paddy Whur considers the importance of the Superintendent's Certificate when it comes to summary reviews of premises licences.

Litigation: Failure to risk assess is not the full picture
A recent case has shown that a failure to risk assess need not be fatal to defending a stress at work claim, writes Angela Williams.

Management: Local authority ABS or bust?
Azhar Ghose examines the reasons for local authority legal departments to establish an alternative business structure, and examines some of the alternatives.

Planning: The Aarhus Convention, PCOs and private nuisance
Stephen Tromans QC looks at the latest decision on protective costs orders and the Aarhus Convention in private nuisance proceedings.

Planning: The right amount of affordable housing
How much affordable housing can a local planning authority reasonably require? Hugh Flanagan reports on the outcome of an important appeal.

Procurement: Recent procurement guidance and policy
Ruth Smith examines the latest guidance and policy issued by the Government in relation to procurement.

Projects: Public sector capital projects - letters of intent
Huw Morgan looks at some of the thorny issues raised by the practice of issuing letters of intent for public sector capital projects.

Property: Land transfers and implied rights
Earlier this year the Court of Appeal considered the issue of implying rights into a completed transfer of land. Varun Maharaj looks at the outcome and the lessons to be learned.

Regulatory: Binding the Crown
The High Court has confirmed HMRC and other state agents' obligation to produce documents for coroners. Daniel Machover analyses the ruling.

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