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The Royal Borough of Greenwich is seeking a Senior Planning Lawyer (£42,030 - £44,766) to assist with a substantial and wide-ranging regeneration programme and to take on a high profile planning caseload.

Suffolk County Council is looking for two lawyers to advise and represent the county and other organisations: a Principal Planning and Environment Lawyer (£45,486 - £50,728) and an Advocate (Lawyer) (£45,486) to appear in Child Protection hearings and to provide advice on the Children Act 1989 and the Adoption and Children Act 2002.

Vicar wins High Court battle over £125 costs of council tax summons
Judge declares £125 costs order made by magistrates for council tax summons to be unlawful, following challenge by retired vicar and anti-poverty campaigner
Challenge to trading standards cuts dismissed but council reviews structuring

High Court dismisses legal challenge to Liverpool City Council’s decision to cut its trading standards service, but local authority undertakes to review service’s structuring

District council seeks solicitors to advise on major development agreement
Three Rivers District Council is looking to hire solicitors to advise on achieving its obligations under major development agreement for South Oxhey area; experience of £120m schemes essential

BMA sets up legal practice to advise members and wider health profession
British Medical Association launches alternative business structure offering legal advice to its members and wider healthcare profession

Borough defeats High Court challenge to selective licensing in four areas
Rotherham successfully defends decision to introduce mandatory selective licensing in four areas, despite overview and scrutiny committee recommending voluntary scheme

Faith school wins judicial review over adjudicator findings on admissions
High-profile faith school wins High Court judicial review over Schools Adjudicator’s finding that its admission arrangements for 2014 and 2015 were unlawful

Claimant guilty of contempt of court over pothole compensation bid
Borough council establishes contempt of court against claimant who said he fell off his moped as a result of pothole in road

Borough council re-prints 130,000 ballot papers after delivery van stolen
Eastbourne Borough Council to re-print 130,000 ballot papers for Parliamentary and borough elections after delivery van was stolen

Supreme Court to rule next week on test of vulnerability and the homeless
Key ruling on 13 May on proper test local authority should apply when assessing whether homeless person is "vulnerable" for purposes of Housing Act 1996
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Council mulls enforcement notice requiring demolished pub to be rebuilt

Planning applications committee at Westminster to consider issuing enforcement notice requiring developer within 18 months to rebuild pub that it demolished

Welsh Ministers and NHS board face judicial review over secure placements
Lawyers for 21-year-old woman with learning difficulties and autism to seek permission for judicial review of Welsh Government’s provision of secure placements for patients

Borough council to make £10m loan to independent housing provider
Council to make £10m loan to independent housing provider in order to increase number of affordable properties available in its area

Manchester landlord fined £15k after HMO licensing breach
Opera-singing landlord ordered to pay more than £15,000 after he failed to comply with licensing regulations for houses of multiple occupation

Supreme Court requires preparation of new air quality plans by end of year
Supreme Court unanimously orders Government to submit new air quality plans to European Commission by no later than end of the year

Updated guidance issued on reporting restrictions in criminal courts
Fourth edition of guidelines on open justice and reporting restrictions in the criminal courts published, covering cases involving those under 18 and female genital mutilation

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Options for local government trading
Interest in the opportunities presented by local government trading has never been higher. Rob Hann examines the various delivery models and the challenges they bring.
The Supreme Court and Hemming
The Supreme Court has overturned the Court of Appeal ruling in Hemming on licensing enforcement charges. David Matthias QC analyses the judgment.
Planning obligations and infrastructure
What contribution can planning obligations still make to funding infrastructure? Christopher Cant explains.
Civil justice reforms in the public sector
Two years after implementation of the civil justice reforms, what has the impact been on claims within the public sector and the claims industry overall, and what is likely to happen next? Sarah Swan reviews the emerging picture.
Whistleblowing protection – when is a disclosure in the public interest?
Graham Richardson considers the implications of a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal decision on the meaning of “in the public interest” in the context of whistleblowing legislation.
The High Court on selective licensing
A council has successfully defended a High Court challenge to its decision to implement mandatory selective licensing in certain areas of the borough. Jonathan Manning and Justin Bates explain why.
Part B RIP
Sarah Lines examines the new ‘light touch’ procurement regime that replaces the rules governing Part B services.
Local authorities and Aarhus
The Court of Appeal has upheld the High Court’s ruling that the Aarhus costs cap protection applies to local authorities. Christopher Stanwell and Tim Stansfield consider how long this might apply.
Legal highs and licensed venues
Paddy Whur looks at the issues related to the use of drugs – including legal highs – in licensed premises.

The latest blogs...
Another DCO JR is a day late - or is it? by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the outcome of the judicial review of the Clocaenog wind farm development consent order.

What the air quality judgment means for NSIPs

New webinars on Local Government Law TV

Achieving Better Ethics Across Public Service Provision £25.00 David Prince CBE, independent member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, outlines his organisation's proposals for ensuring that outsourced providers of public services are subject to the same ethical standards as public sector organisations.
Procurement and State Aid Reforms – The Commercial Impact £25.00 This course investigates how the new procurement rules and changes to the state aid regime will practically affect local authorities investors in public service delivery, trade in services or generally act as a catalyst in economic development.
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Adult Social Services: Deprivation of liberty at home
A second High Court judge has sought to distance the factual circumstances of a deprivation of liberty case from the Supreme Court ruling in Cheshire West. The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Chambers review the judgment.

Adult Social Services: Marriage, civil partnerships and safeguarding the vulnerable adult
Edward Bennett reviews the options for local authorities when it comes to forced marriage and vulnerable adults.

Children: Age disputes and leaving care obligations
The Court of Appeal has considered local authorities’ obligations to migrant children and young persons turning 18, in the context of age disputes. Eirwen Pierrot reports.

Children: How not to conduct care proceedings
The wise lawyer does not build his house upon the sand no matter how established the beach is: senior family judges have issued a timely reminder on evidence, threshold and compliance, writes Stephanie Townsend.

Children: Deprivations of liberty and children
When is a deprivation of liberty not a deprivation of liberty? When the parents of a 15 year old agree to it. Bridget Dolan and Sarah Simcock analyse a recent High Court ruling.

Education: The General Election and schools
As the General Election nears, Graham Burns analyses what the main political parties are proposing in relation to education.

Education: International students: staying onside
The LexisPSL Immigration team look at the impact of changes to the regime governing Tier 4 (General) sponsors and review the case law around revocation action by the Home Office.

Employment: Historic warnings and employee dismissals
The Court of Appeal has said employment tribunals should consider historic warnings, so should you? Phil Allen reports.

Employment: General Election: employment law proposals
Graham Richardson looks at the key proposed changes to employment law that the different major political parties have indicated in their election manifestos that they would intend to introduce were they to be in government following the general election.

Governance: Pray continue
Last month the Local Government (Religious Observances) Act received Royal Assent. Graeme Creer looks at the latest development in relation to council prayers.

Governance: Localism and intervention
Paul Feild considers recent developments regarding intervention and peer review and argues that certain legislative changes are of major significance to localism, governance and standards.

Healthcare: Patients in mental hospitals and voting
With the forthcoming General Election, issues are likely to arise regarding the ability of patients to vote. Andrew Parsons summarises the Statutory Regulations.

Housing: No second bite at the cherry
A defendant to possession proceedings failed in a High Court challenge to a decision on capacity. Dean Underwood explains why.

Housing: Out of borough placements: the Supreme Court view
Last month the Supreme Court handed down a major ruling on a London borough's offer of housing to a homeless mother of five 50 miles away. Trevor Watt considers the ramifications.

Information Law: The Secret(-ish) Diary of Andrew Lansley (aged 58 1/4)
The Department of Health has lost an appeal to the Upper Tribunal over an Information Commissioner’s Office order that it disclose most of the information it withheld from a former Secretary of State’s ministerial diary. Christopher Knight examines the ruling.

Litigation: QOCS and fundamental dishonesty
Chris Booth reports on one of the first cases where qualified one-way costs shifting was disapplied after the court found that the claimant's claim was on the balance of probabilities "fundamentally dishonest".

Litigation: Woodland v Essex CC – the case continues
In the Woodland case the Supreme Court ruled that a local authority could owe a non-delegable duty of care in relation to the conduct of school swimming lessons. Malcolm Johnson reports on what happened next in the case.

Planning: Good faith and planning enforcement
Does good faith still have a role within planning enforcement? David Bird analyses a recent High Court ruling.

Procurement: The rise of the public sector companies
Azhar Ghose considers the factors which make the difference between a public sector company succeeding and failing.

Procurement: Automatic suspension of contracts
Ruth Connorton and Alistair Robertson set out the six things the court suggests defendant contracting authorities can learn from a case involving the procurement of domestic violence support services.

Projects: What the manifestos say about infrastructure and planning
Angus Walker reports on what the manifestos of the main parties say about infrastructure and planning, and issues such as airports, onshore wind, HS2 and planning appeals in particular.

Property: Searching questions
An Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union has issued an opinion in the key case on local authorities' ability to charge for the provision of property search information. Timothy Pitt-Payne QC looks at the ramifications.

Property: Vacant building credit – the latest position
Uncertainly remains around vacant building credit despite recent changes to the National Planning Practice Guidance, write Christopher Stanwell and Tim Stansfield.

Regulatory: Commencing criminal proceedings correctly
All criminal cases begin in the magistrates' court however serious the offence. The LexisPSL Corporate Crime team set out the correct steps that need to be taken when commencing proceedings in these ways.

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