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EVENT OF THE WEEK: Francis Taylor Building is holding a half-day Rating Seminar in London on 23 October.

ProjectsLack of understanding of law caused council meeting 'chaos', says investigator
Reports on members' allowances and proportionality had been presented for decision without legal clearance

Lawyers in Local Government unveils shortlists for inaugural awards next month
Five councils named in 'Legal Team of the Year' category

DCLG urged to clarify "contradictory" regulations on recording of decisions
Kent's Director of Law & Governance says two sets of regulations on executive and non-executive decisions are "incompatible and inconsistent"

Denial of legal aid in Court of Protection cases "a false economy", says judge
Mr Justice Baker fires warning after hearing was significantly lengthened as mother and father were unrepresented

Revised transparency code for local government in force next month
Local Government Association expresses concern at short time in which can councils can get ready

Upper Tribunal hands down key ruling on 'bedroom tax'
Judge in Scotland overturns FTT decision, saying it should have applied Court of Appeal decision in MA and not Burnip

DCLG ministers issue guidance aimed at limiting alterations to Green Belt
Boundaries should only be altered in exceptional cases, through the preparation or review of council's local plan, say ministers

Court of Appeal rejects all grounds of challenge to QASA
Opponents of scheme can take some comfort from fact that regulators will review its operation after two years, says Master of the Rolls

Shared service helps council secure end to occupation of flats by protesters
Campaigners occupied block of flats in protest at demolition of estate

London council to set up £1.4m panel for litigated insurance claims
Maximum four participants expected for three-year framework

APPLY TODAY: A rare opportunity has come up to join Manchester City Council's legal team. The shared service is hiring: Legal Officer (Children and Families); Legal Officer (Regeneration); Legal Officer (Property & Regeneration); and Legal Officer (Property and Regeneration) - part-time.

LAST CALL: You don't have long to apply for some of these fantastic roles:
INTERIM POSITIONS: Senior Lawyer Information Governance, Senior Housing LawyerHousing Litigation Solicitor and Adult Social Care Lawyer. To see all roles on LGL, click here.

Ombudsman fires warning over care charging and commissioning
Authorities told not to significantly change contractual funding arrangements for current care home residents because they alter way they commission care

Welsh Government introduces first Planning Bill of its kind in Wales
Measures include requirement for early community consultations on major developments, plus a more effective enforcement system

Coroner removed from Roll of Solicitors after appointing wife as deputy
Wife – who presided over 30 inquests including that for Amy Winehouse – later found not to have requisite qualifications

Judge grants permission for judicial review action over inquest funding and legal aid
Sister had applied for and initially been refused legal aid for inquest into brother's death

Let councils keep 100% of assets and cash seized under POCA, urges LGA
Monies could be spent on further enforcement action at time when trading standards budgets are being slashed

London borough to consider anti-spitting byelaw after consultees back move
94% of respondents to consultation supported introduction of ban

LGA warns on evictions in drive for office to residential conversions

New town councils to be set up in Cumbria from April 2015

Two universities in Midlands to set up £3m legal advice panel

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonThe draft Public Contract Regulations 2015
Last month the Government published the much-anticipated draft regulations for implement the new procurement directives. Emily Heard and Susie Smith examine its approach to the optional provisions.

Closing a care home
A High Court judge has rejected a judicial review challenge brought on behalf of a 101 year old resident over the proposed closure of her care home. Rosalind English analyses the ruling.

Ensuring council pay structures can withstand public scrutiny
What action needs to be taken to address concerns about the pay structures of senior council staff? Gareth Pinwell says a recent report seeks to provide a framework within which local members can appoint senior staff at a pay level which is meaningful and appropriate for the role.

Refusals to mediate: the Northrop Grumman case
A party unreasonably refuses to mediate but recovers all its costs. Gordon Exall explains why the judgment in Northrop Grumman is essential reading.

Control of demolition
The rules around demolition are complex indeed. Martin Goodall looks at the key issues for practitioners and local planning authorities.

Procurements and the minimum or living wage
A new EU decision has called into question minimum wage contract terms in procurements, writes David Hansom.

Time off for dependants - contacting the employer
An employee was fairly dismissed after taking time off because he failed to contact his employer as soon as reasonably practicable, the EAT has ruled. Simon Lambert reports.

Foster care abuse claims and the Woodland duty
Obiter comments in a High Court judgment may lead the way for the Woodland duty to be extended to foster care in the future, writes Sarah Wilkinson.

'Doctors’ orders?'
Ben Troke considers the lessons to be learned from the Ashya King case, and analyses two other key judgments on disputed medical treatment decisions.

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The latest blogs...
Local authority NSIP experience by Angus Walker
This entry reports on local authorities that have had nationally significant infrastructure project applications in their areas.

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Adult Social Services: Deprivation of liberty and due process
Following the Supreme Court decision in Cheshire West, the Courts are struggling to get to grips with the practicalities of the expected deluge of cases. Lord Justice Munby has started to map out the way forward. Ben Troke looks at what the CoP President has had to say.

Adult Social Services: Safeguarding and the CoP – a(nother) salutary tale
A Court of Protection judge has sharply criticised a county council for unlawfully depriving a 19 year old of her liberty and breaching her rights. The CoP team at 39 Essex Street examine the judgment.

Careers: Legal apprenticeships for local authorities
How can the various types of legal apprenticeship help local authority legal departments? Noel Inge explains the benefits and how councils can set up schemes.

Children: Ordinary residence: homeless children
The Community Care team at 39 Essex Street consider the lessons to be learned from a Local Government Ombudsman investigation into a complaint against Doncaster Council.

Employment: TUPE: the latest cases before the EAT
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has been busy shining a light into some of the darker corners of the TUPE Regulations. Sarah Lamont rounds up the recent run of cases.

Governance: Damages for loss of personal data
A £20,000 award in damages for loss of personal data was recently upheld on appeal. Robin Hopkins analyses the judgment.

Healthcare: The way forward for health and social care?
A bold vision for the future of health and social care has been published by the Commission for the Future of Health and Social Care in England, chaired by Kate Barker. Anne Crofts and Judith Barnes look at the key findings.

Housing: The Homes and Communities Agency and intervention
Dean Underwood considers the Homes and Communities Agency’s recent Consumer Regulation Review and the questions it throws up about the threshold for HCA intervention.

Licensing: Changes to the Mandatory Conditions
John Gaunt reviews the Home Office's guidance on imminent changes to the mandatory conditions applying to all licensed premises.

Litigation: Street lighting claim
A court recently considered whether a local authority owed a duty after it failed to maintain street lighting. Sarah Wilkinson reports on the outcome.

Management: Charting a course
These are undeniably challenging times for the public sector but its lawyers should still be upbeat, Lawyers in Local Government President and Director of Essex Legal Services Philip Thomson tells Philip Hoult.

Planning: Cases involving concealment – where are we now?
Steven Bell of nplaw reports on a recent planning inspector's decision that may have clarified some of the key issues in cases of deliberate concealment

Procurement: Dispensing with American Cyanamid?
Is a fresh approach being developed in relation to interim relief in procurement challenges? Calum Lamont analyses the latest case law and the continued role of the American Cyanamid principles.

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

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