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Editor's blog: More ICO fines on the way?

The Information Commissioner's Office will no doubt have breathed a huge sigh of relief this week after its framework for fining organisations responsible for data breaches withstood its first major test. And all the signs are that there are going to be plenty of hefty fines in 2013. Read more...

LAST CALL: Kent County Council is hiring a Senior Solicitor for its Planning & Highways Team and a Senior Solicitor/Barrister for its Social Services Team. Salary: £48,635-£54,496 per annum. The deadline is 12 pm today (17 January).

There are plenty of other great roles on LGL as well: County Solicitor - Cardiff (£120k); Group Manager - NE Lincs (£60k); Senior Contracts Lawyer - Ealing (to £53k); and Procurement/Employment Lawyer - Staffs and West Mids Probation Trust (to £39k). Don't forget to say where you saw the role.

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Other newly added courses include:  Shared Services, Community Care Case Law Update, Adoption Orders - Tips and Traps and Judicial Review from a Local Authority Perspective.

News headlines

ProjectsRutland defers decision on defamation claim but authorises legal action Go-ahead given to seeking injunction to prevent harassment, plus other measures

NHS trust fails in first ever appeal over ICO fine for data breach First-tier Tribunal upholds £90,000 fine in test of Information Commissioner's approach to monetary penalties

Watchdog issues technical guidance on public sector equality duty 
Equalities and Human Rights Commission says it should be "invaluable" for lawyers looking to understand law in depth and apply it in practice

Manchester CC legal department next to face major savings target Budget proposals require £300,000 in savings to be found by legal team over next two years as council seeks £80m reduction overall

Local authority launches judicial review over Environment Agency permit decision for eco park Council expresses concern over pollution and safety issues arising out of waste recycling centre plans

Warning of confusion and litigation after ECHR ruling on religion at work Equalities and Human Rights Commission expresses concern over Strasbourg ruling

Survey suggests widespread ignorance of Public Services (Social Value) Act Nearly half of council staff and strategists tasked with implementing change to public services admitted to not knowing about incoming legislation, according to Guardian research

Welsh Government looks to improve security of tenure for gypsies and Travellers Greater protection from unfair eviction by local authorities

LGA briefs on public health and licensing ahead of new role for councils Explanation on how to ensure effective engagement with licensing regime

DfE consults as councils take on new responsibilities for children on remand Proposed changes to care planning regulations

Council obtains £33k confiscation order over unlawful car park in Green Belt

Ministers rule out devolving 'stopping up' order process to local level

Food Standards Agency urged to better understand challenges councils face

Philip Kolvin QC wins standing counsel role with Gambling Commission

Political affiliation key to councils sticking with lifetime tenancies: research

Bar Council wins FSA approval for client money service

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonThe use of Teckal company structures in public services delivery
Shared services, spin-outs and 'in-house procurement' - Amy Auton-Smith looks at using a Teckal company structure to deliver public services.

Equalities: due regard duly paid
Nicholas Dobson reports on a High Court ruling in a case where it was claimed that a council had breached the public sector equality duty when giving planning permission for the development of a school. 

Reporting restriction orders and care proceedings
The Sun newspaper recently claimed success in relation to an application for a reporting restriction order covering care proceedings. Rosalind English examines the High Court's ruling.

Disclosure of social work records and litigation
Those dealing with disclosure questions about sensitive records, in particular in relation to social work, need to take notice of a significant Court of Appeal ruling, writes Robin Hopkins.

The numbers game
Andy Woods looks at the increasing reliance by responsible authorities on numerical statistics and argues that these must be subject to a comprehensive examination for them to be relevant in licensing hearings.

The public sector equality duty, homelessness and the Pieretti principles
A county court judge recently considered the application of the public sector equality duty in a case where a council concluded that a tenant had made herself intentionally homeless by reason of her failure to pay the rent. Arthur Moore reports on the outcome.

Relying on an unlawful act to found a prosecution
Can a public authority rely on its own unlawful act to found a criminal prosecution? David Merson reports on a recent High Court ruling involving a caravan site.

The Mid-Staffs public inquiry - staff recruitment, standards and engagement
In the first of two articles, Julian Hoskins and Jodie Sinclair examine some of the workforce and employment law themes arising out of the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust public inquiry.

Licence Lite: Too heavy for most?
"Licence Lite" is an arrangement which can be made under an electricity supply licence condition allowing interested parties - such as local authorities - to supply electricity without having to sign up to the industry codes in full. Adam Davidson looks at what it involves, as well as other options for those organisations looking to get into the energy supply market.

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Paterson moots credits for newts by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the Environment Secretary's suggestion to offset environmental harm from infrastructure developments. 

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Adult Social Services: Detention in a care home and Article 8 The Court of Protection has approved arrangements for safeguarding the Article 8 rights of a man detained in a private care home. Richard Mumford examines the ruling.

Children's Services: Establishing new faith schools A High Court judge has rejected a legal challenge by the British Humanist Association to plans for two new Catholic schools in Richmond. Holly Stout analyses the outcome.

Community Safety: Outright or suspended The Court of Appeal has considered the correct approach to be taken in discretionary residential possession cases involving previous incidents of anti-social behaviour. Andy Lane analyses the implications of the judgment.

Employment: On call hours - the legal issues Graham Richardson considers the legal issues that arise from "on call" working, especially in relation to the National MInimum Wage and the Working Time Regulations.

Governance: The practical implications of the Localism Act 2011 Olwen Dutton provides a checklist of the most significant Localism Act provisions which local authority lawyers should now have put in place, or should be considering putting in place, within their authorities. 

Housing: Housing Revenue Account reform - what next for local authorities? David Isaacson looks at the various options open to local authorities in the new housing finance landscape.

Licensing: Testing times Paddy Whur looks at who can be liable for committing an offence under s. 146 of the Licensing Act in relation to underage sales, as well as the defences under that section.

Litigation: Costs and environmental JR claims The Ministry of Justice has published its proposals for a costs regime in environmental judicial review claims. Rose Grogan assesses the plans.

Planning: History in the making Richard Harwood analyses the important heritage reforms contained in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill 2012 that is currently progressing through Parliament.

Procurement: The use of 'take or pay' clauses The High Court has provided further confirmation that a 'take or pay' clause can be a penalty, writes Mark Alsop.

Projects: Son of PFI Will PF2 give a new boost for infrastructure? Craig Elder assess key aspects of the Treasury's new model, including the procurement guillotine and proposals on reward sharing.

Property: Due diligence on property disposals How should public sector organisations disposing of sites approach replying to buyers' enquiries? Phil Lawrence outlines some of the issues that need to be considered.

Regulatory: Is consumer protection failing? Alan Conroy asks whether or not the current consumer protection regime is up to the job.

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Jobs of the week

Kent County Council

Senior Solicitor/Barrister
Senior Solicitor
Join the award-winning and entrepreneurial team at Kent County Council. The authority is looking for childcare advocates and a planning and highways specialist. LAST CALL: Deadline is midday today (17 January)

County Solicitor
Cardiff Council is looking for a County Solicitor to translate its vision and priorities into a set of aligned and effective strategies for legal services. Salary: £120,000.

Group Manager, Legal & Democratic Services
Following a restructure, North East Lincolnshire Council has created the new role of Group Manager, Legal & Democratic Services. Salary: £60,000.

Procurement/Employment Solicitor
Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation Trust is looking for a solicitor or barrister with a minimum of three years' experience in procurement and employment law. 15-month fixed term contract. Salary: £34,677 to £39,424.

London Borough of Ealing


Senior Contracts Lawyer
Are you an experienced and highly skilled contracts and procurement lawyer looking for a new challenge? If so, the London Borough of Ealing wants to hear from you. Salary: £50,931-£53,796 pa inclusive.

Senior Local Government Specialist
A public sector organisation in the North West is looking for a senior local government specialist to join a public sector organisation on a locum basis. 

Regulatory Lawyer
An exciting new opportunity has arisen for an accomplished advocate to join a highly regarded public body in London.

Senior Planning Locum
An excellent opportunity for a Senior Planning Locum has arisen in the Northern Home Counties for a successful local authority legal team.

Employment Locum
A local authority in London is seeking an Employment Solicitor to join its legal services team on a locum basis.

Childcare Solicitor
An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Childcare Solicitor in Thurrock. 

Other featured jobs

Senior Legal Services Officer
Bournemouth University is looking for a Senior Legal Services Officer with a very strong background in non-contentious commercial contracts law.

Contracts Locum
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Contracts Locum to join a university based in the West Midlands. 

Childcare Locum
An excellent opportunity for a Childcare Locum in East Anglia.

Senior Solicitor - Governance
A local authority in East Sussex is recruiting a Senior Solicitor to support the head of legal.

Locum Adult Lawyer
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Adult Lawyer to join a local authority based in London on a locum basis.

Interim Employment Solicitor
This London firm is looking to recruit an ambitious solicitor with up to three years' pqe to work within their small but busy employment law team.

Commercial Property Solicitor, Devon
This large regional law firm with clients across the private and public sectors is looking for a Commercial Property Solicitor with three years-plus pqe.

Litigation Lawyer
A local authority in the East of England is looking for a Litigation Lawyer.

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