Local Government Lawyer
Editor's blog: Goodbye JR?

The list of Queen's Counsel to have signed a letter to the Daily Telegraph this week decrying the Government's proposed limits to legal aid for judicial review is undoubtedly impressive. Read more...

JOBS JUST IN: Oxford City Council is hiring two lawyers for its legal team. Meanwhile the closing date for the Senior Litigation Officer role at Welwyn Hatfield BC is 2 June. There are a range of locum posts too: Senior Contracts Solicitor, Criminal and ASB LawyerSenior Childcare Lawyer and Planning Lawyer. To see all roles on LGL, click here.

Events latest: Charities and empty rates - the PSCT case (FTB; 12 June); Governance - a survival guide for senior managers (Public Law Partnership; 13 June); Commercial Property including the Community Right to Bid (Legal & Contingency; 19 June); After Mid-Staffordshire: Whistleblowing and the Law (Pavilion: 27 June); The dark shadow of Corporate Manslaughter (DAC Beachcroft; 4 July); and Delivering housing development (Maples Teesdale; 8 July).

News headlines

ProjectsCouncil faces £2m bill after losing landmark appeal on funding regulation Local authority eyes Supreme Court after Court of Appeal rules in favour of sex shop owners. Judgment said to have huge impact on funding of regulatory activities

Political party banned from taking legal action over council decisions without leave High Court judge imposes order after nine cases brought against London borough, but leader of party vows to appeal

Police watchdog rules out investigation into ex-council leader IPCC says it will not investigate allegation of misconduct in public office related to regeneration scheme

NCP sues for £600K+ after council decides to take back running of car parks Local authority wants to cut prices and attract visitors away from other towns

Ninety QCs urge withdrawal of planned limits on legal aid for judicial review Signatories to letter say they are "gravely concerned" that practical access to judicial review now under threat

Welsh Government set to end two-year intervention in running of council Minister accepts recommendation from commissioners after substantial improvements

Former council lawyer sets up specialist planning enforcement practice Solicitor worked at three London councils before obtaining MBA

Five lords justices designated to hear appeals arising out of Jackson reforms At least one of the group will be on bench for all appeals arising out of reforms to civil litigation costs regime

New statutory code for LA health and safety inspections comes into force But LGA describes as "misleading" claims councils have been imposing unnecessary burdens

Kent CC solicitor stands for junior lawyer rep on Law Society Council

Councils net new powers as Mobile Homes Act 2013 comes into force

Scottish local authorities name 12 law firms to £4m framework

Warning over impact on high streets of relaxed permitted development rights

See all of our most recent news stories

New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonCare home finances and local authority responsibilities
Following a number of business failures in the sector, the Government has put forward new proposals on the financing of care homes and the responsibilities of local authorities. Anna Tkaczynska looks at the key measures.

One of a kind
Claire Booth reviews the recent High Court ruling where a local resident sought to challenge a council's outsourcing programme.

The impact of wind farms on heritage assets
Emyr Thomas examines a recent High Court ruling on a decision to grant planning permission for a wind farm near heritage assets.

Private care homes and the HRA
Jonathan Auburn and Benjamin Tankel examine a 'home for life' case that touched on the application of the Human Rights Act to private or semi-private care homes.

Local authorities and recycling collections
A High Court ruling on co-mingled recycling collections has been welcomed by local authorities. Ruth Murray explains why.

Insurance proposal forms and material inaccuracies
A judge has ruled that a housing association was unable to claim on an insurance policy after a builder it had hired became insolvent. Stephen Homer analyses the judgment.

Judicial review and best interests decisions under the MCA
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street looks at an Administrative Court judge's ruling where a litigant in person sought to use judicial review proceedings to challenge a best interests decision made under the Mental Capacity Act.

The latest blogs...
IMF wants streamlined infrastructure consenting by Angus Walker
This entry reports on what the IMF's assessment of the UK means for infrastructure.

Snap judgement: What is your view of the proposed changes to Legal Aid for judicial review cases?

About time – there are too many hopeless claims being made

They won't make much difference to the volume of judicial review challenges

They represent a serious danger to the rule of law

Click here to vote now

And some you may have missed....

Adult Social Services: Accommodating people with community care needs The Supreme Court earlier this month handed down a key ruling on accommodation of people with community care needs, but many questions remain, argues Jonathan Auburn.

Children's Services: Home from home? Satnam Virdi looks at some of the difficult issues raised for local authorities surrounding home education.

Community Safety: Gang injunctions, ASBOs and 'the closest fit' The Court of Appeal handed down an important ruling on applications for gang injunctions. Jonathan Manning and Sarah Salmon explain the judgment. 

Employment: Sticking tape The Government's proposed overhaul of TUPE as part of its red tape challenge raises some concerns for the Employment Lawyers Association. Adam Leith reports.

Governance: Best value revisited Nicholas Dobson looks at the issue of Best Value and analyses the High Court's recent ruling on the Barnet outsourcing.

Housing: An issue of destitution The High Court found to be lawful a local authority's decision on whether or not a family was destitute. Ros Foster explains the ruling.

Licensing: Controlling residential objectors Paddy Whur reports on a recent licensing sub-committee hearing that provided a prime example of the frustration residents often feel when they find it difficult to focus their objections on matters which the authority can rightly take into consideration when determining an application.

Litigation: Costs following settlement of judicial review proceedings Jonathan Auburn and Benjamin Tankel review recent cases on the recovery of costs following settled judicial review proceedings.

Planning: Heritage reform and the Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act 2013 New legislation looks set to speed up the process of applying for listed building consent, writes David Merson.

Procurement: The public sector equality duty and procurement What is the interplay between the public sector equality duty and procurement? Richard Auton examines the relationship and recent guidance from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

ProjectsHighway to CIL Government proposals to reform further the Community Infrastructure Levy have a focus on highway works. Matt Gilks analyses the measures.

Property: Business rates and the Public Safety Charitable Trust ruling In a recent High Court ruling, the Public Safety Charitable Trust lost its case against three local authorities which contested its claim for charitable relief on unused business premises. Virginia Lloyd analyses the judgment.

Regulatory: Major changes on the way to health and safety? Legislation that could see significant reform to health and safety recently received Royal Assent. Amy-Jo Campbell and Roy Woollard consider the implications.

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Senior Litigation Officer
Welwyn Hatfield is looking for an experienced Litigation Lawyer to work 22 hours per week, spread over three days (additional hours may be available). Fixed-term contract to 31 March 2014. CLOSING DATE: 2 JUNE.

Oxford City Council is looking for two flexible and confident lawyers to join its in-house legal team. The authority has particular need for expertise in civil and criminal litigation, and the law and practice relating to housing and fraud.

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Senior Contracts Solicitor
A public body within an easy commute from Central London is looking for a Contracts Lawyer for an initial six to twelve months.
Planning Lawyer
A pivotal role has arisen for an experienced Planning Lawyer at a public sector body in the South West. 

Enforcement and Civil Litigation Lawyer
A public body in East London is looking for an Enforcement and Civil Litigation Lawyer.

Property Locum
An interesting opportunity for a Conveyancing Locum has arisen within a very successful local authority in the South West for three days a week.

Commercial Property Lawyer
A local authority in Gloucestershire is looking for a Commercial Property Lawyer to work three days a week.

Planning and Contracts Lawyer
A lawyer with a proven background in local government is require for this East Midlands authority.

Contracts Lawyer
A local authority in East London is looking for a Contracts Lawyer.

Local Government Solicitor/CILEx
A prime opportunity has arisen for a Qualified Solicitor or CILEx to handle contract and procurement matters for a forward-thinking body in the South West.

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A local authority in the West of England is looking to recruit a Childcare Locum.

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