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Editor's blog: Soft shoe shuffle

The focus during any reshuffle in government is unsurprisingly on the winners and losers at Cabinet level. So the continued presence of Eric Pickles as Communities Secretary would suggest little change in the overall direction for local government. But sometimes the real impact of a reshuffle is on the tiers below. Read more...

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News headlines

ProjectsPickles stays as Communities Secretary but ministerial team sees shake-up Prisk in as Shapps promoted from Housing Minister to Conservative Party Chairman. Boles joins DCLG as Clark heads to Treasury

Developer takes borough to High Court over restrictions on retail park use Council refuses to lift conditions but Peel Holdings claims that cumulative effect of planning permissions means it is no longer bound

MoJ urges agencies to co-operate as new squatting offence comes into force Guidance issued over criminal offence of squatting in residential building. But see also: Legal challenge launched over anti-squatting legislation

Directors of Children's Services fear shift in tone in guidance on safeguarding Concerns that changes could see narrow focus on local authorities and social workers

Cabinet Office claims progress in negotiations over EU procurement reforms National oversight bodies plan scrapped, while proposals for mandatory division into lots for SMEs watered down

Teachers take legal action after being left in limbo when free school opened Dispute between council and free school over who was responsible for staff from two closed schools sees union bring action

TPP Law to use alternative business structure to help expansion Managing Director Mark Johnson also targets greater market share through collaboration

Costs protection for environmental JRs likely in December 2012 Change from original proposals means application of regime not dependent on permission having been granted

Local authority suspends street entertainment policy after JR launched Council insists it always intended to carry out a review

Councils to need approval from magistrates for surveillance from 1 November Commencement order for key part of Protection of Freedoms Act approved last month

Partnership working by authorities sees man jailed for illegal money lending Birkenhead man sentenced to 16 months' prison

Ministers urge councils to get tough on rogue landlords and "beds in sheds" Guidance sets out powers available to local authorities to deal with problem

Employers and unions back changes to Local Government Pension Scheme 

Cabinet Office issues guide and clauses for tackling off-payroll contractors 

Gambling Commission launches legal services tender worth up to £5m

Ombudsman raps council over SEN statement delay

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonTooth and claw
A business rate liability case of considerable public interest involving the Public Safety Charitable Trust is on its way to the High Court. Victoria Lloyd charts its progress.

The European Dynamics effect
What did European Dynamics ever do for us? Helen Prandy sets out ten lessons in procurement basics.

Steel yourselves
Paul Verrico sets out the lessons to be learned by local authorities from the prosecution of Lion Steel, which was recently convicted of corporate manslaughter. 

Tackling problem premises
Paddy Whur provides a practical example of the use of the summary expedited review to tackle problem premises.

Referred pain
Justine Thornton examines why our judges appear so reluctant to refer environmental cases to the European Court.

Safety net
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street report on an important High Court case involving a forced marriage with an incapacitated British woman.

Check mate
Juli Lau looks at how to draft contractual provisions requiring service providers to obtain CRB checks.

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The latest blogs...

What the reshuffle means for infrastructure by Angus Walker
Yesterday's reshuffle, supposed to be the only major one during the lifetime of this government, saw changes in all four infrastructure planning-related government departments and a new appointment from outside Parliament to lead infrastructure at the Treasury.

Snap judgement: Is your authority likely to increase its use of ADR in the foreseeable future?
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  • Yes, but only in limited cases - 25%
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Adult Social Services: Personal injury and the Court of Protection Simon Edwards looks at the complex interplay between personal injury claims and Court of Protection proceedings.

Children's Services: Abuse in care cases and withdrawal of legal aid More people are taking action over abuse in care ahead of the withdrawal of legal aid in 2013, writes Tony Hall

Community Safety: Police security clearance and public law powers The Administrative Court recently found that a police authority could not alter the fundamental public law nature of security clearance functions by considering them to be mere private law contractual matters. Nicholas Dobson reports.

Employment: Clear as day? A recent Employment Appeal Tribunal case considered whether terms for a pay increase were sufficiently clear as to be enforceable. Allison Cook review the ruling.  

Governance: It's good to talk The Cabinet Office has revamped its guidance on consultation. Nicola Williams and Owain Morgan assess the likely impact of the changes.

Housing: Attempts to prevent eviction Following a recent  judgment, Andrew LaneSimon Allinson, Dean Underwood and Laura Tweedy discuss the increasing use of public law and Article 8 arguments in attempts to prevent eviction in mandatory possession cases.

Licensing: Selective approach The Court of Appeal has ruled that there should be "severe" sentences for Selective Licensing offences, but no confiscation under proceeds of crime legislation. Matthew Paul analyses the case.

Litigation: Tripping up the claimant A recent tripping dispute shows that cases do not necessarily need to be settled simply because there is no statutory defence, writes Nick Holgate.

Planning: A coach and Aarhus through the planning system? David Hart QC reviews two challenges before the Aarhus Compliance Committee on the operation of the planning system and third party rights.

Procurement: Part B services: the end of the road? Ed Reynolds and David Hanson look at the European Commission's proposal to remove the distinction between Part A and Part B services in procurement.

Projects: Screen test The Court of Appeal has confirmed the correct test for screening decisions in relation to environmental impact assessments, writes Polly Reynolds.

Property: Give me a break Julie Roberts looks at recent court cases that examined the obligations imposed by break clauses. 

Regulatory: Emergency ahead! Works in progress Michael Salau reports on a significant ruling for local authorities seeking to persuade owners of derelict buildings to carry out repair works.


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Lawyer Business Improvement (Property)
£38,070 - £40,716. Merton and Richmond shared legal services are looking to recruit two Assistant Property lawyers to the Business Improvement Team.

Assistant Solicitor
£32,800-£36,313 (pro rata). Derbyshire Dales DC is looking for an enthusiastic and capable Solicitor or Barrister with at least two years' pqe to deal with legal matters across the whole of the council's core services.

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A public sector body is looking to hire a Head of Litigation on a permanent basis. 

Contracts Lawyer
A six-month locum role for a Contracts Lawyer has arisen at this local authority in South London. 

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An experienced paralegal is required for a local authority in the Home Counties to manage a caseload comprised mainly of planning and highways matters. 

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A local authority based in the Home Counties is seeking to recruit an experienced Childcare Solicitor. 

Adult Care Lawyer
This local authority based within a 50-minute commute of Central London is seeking an Adult and Community Care Lawyer. 

Criminal Regulatory Lawyer
A public lawyer with either a criminal or regulatory background is required for a part-time, ongoing locum assignment. 

Childcare Locum
A large local authority in East Anglia is looking for a Childcare Locum for three months, with possible extension. 

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Considered one of the top 50 UK firms, this team has a requirement for an experienced Solicitor to join its busy employment practice for 12 months. 

Housing Lawyer
A housing association in the North West is keen to hire a Housing Lawyer on a locum basis. 

Childcare Solicitor
A reputable local authority in the East London area is looking to recruit a Childcare Solicitor. 

Litigation Paralegal
An excellent opportunity has arisen for a paralegal to join a local authority based in East Anglia. 

Childcare Solicitor
A public sector client needs a Solicitor to represent them in proceedings under the Children Act 2002. 

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This niche personal injury firm in Kent is keen to find an experienced Solicitor to join them on an interim basis to cover a busy period. 

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