Local Government Lawyer
News headlines

ProjectsJudge rejects challenge to maximum expenditure policy on adult care Clamant sought judicial review over consultation and public sector equality duty

Court of Appeal backs tenant forced to move out for years of repairs Local authority had let flat to another tenant after repairs took five years to complete

Kent Legal Services delivers record £3.7m contribution to county council Figures for 2012/13 see profit of £2.42m against £12m turnover, plus £1.3m savings from Evolution scheme

Doncaster slams legal flaws in DfE plan to outsource children's services Local authority took counsel's advice on model for independent trust

Lawyers in Local Government names lead officers for special activity areas Appointments after "vibrant competitive process"

UKIP candidate charged with making false statements in nomination form Cambridgeshire candidate to appear before Cambridge Magistrates' Court on 5 September

Parish fails to derail grant of planning permission for waste recovery centre Judge rejects all five grounds of challenge to decision by county council

TOP JOBS ON LGL: HB Public Law, the innovative shared legal service, has eight jobs across a range of practice areas and levels of seniority (including Team Leader for Adults & Litigation and Senior Lawyer - Contracts, Procurement & Information). 

Last chance to apply: the closing date for the role of Property Lawyer at Central Bedfordshire is today (16 August).

To see all roles on LGL, click here. Locum roles include Interim Head of Legal, Experienced Planning Lawyer and Adult Services Lawyer. Please tell them you saw the advert on Local Government Lawyer

NEW ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT LAW TV: Data Sharing, Town and Village Greens and Bringing and Defending Procurement Challenges.

FEATURED SUPPLIER: Laird Assessors provide motor engineers and expert witness services across the country.

DON'T MISS: 2nd Annual Local Authority Law Conference from St Philips - Birmingham 27 September; Housing Law Update Seminar from Temple Court Chambers - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff - 17 October (9.30 am to 2 pm);

More news stories....

ICO issues new code of practice on subject access requests Watchdog received more than 6,000 complaints in last year alone

Disclosures of data in error to blame for more than half of breaches: ICO Some 335 incidents reported in first quarter of 2013/14

Council to fight on over hospital downgrades after permission for JR refused London borough to seek oral hearing in the High Court

Pickles accuses officers of "washing their hands" on illegal travellers sites New DCLG summary of powers available to councils

MPs tell Department of Health to review Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Report talks of extreme variation in use of DOLs and " profoundly depressing and complacent approach"

Yorkshire and Derbyshire councils latest to pursue combined authority DCLG consults on plans for joint decision making in areas such as transport and economic development

National Secular Society defers JR threat after council amends parking policy

Council, police force and Home Office put on FOI monitoring list

New surveillance camera code of practice comes into force

Council involves ICO over practice of collecting phone data via waste bins

See all of our most recent news stories

New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonAll for one? Nash v Barnet LBC in the Court of Appeal
A local authority has successfully defended a high-profile procurement on time limits, but the Court of Appeal chose not to deal with the requirements to consult. John Houlden, Chris Jackson and Ian Tucker analyse the key issues.

Anonymity and hearsay: Court of Appeal clarity
The Court of Appeal has provided important guidance regarding the use and weight of anonymous hearsay evidence. Whilst the case relates to social housing litigation, the evidential principles and Court of Appeal clarity should also be of interest to those involved in civil litigation generally, writes Karl Anders.

Emerging from the shadows
What are the practical implications of a recent High Court decision on shadow licences? Paddy Whur explains.

From Soho with love
A recent High Court case has sent shockwaves through local authorities' licensing and regulatory decisions. Mirza Ahmad analyses why.

More good news for developers
The High Court has ruled that a long-term agreement for services to a building, entered into before a landowner has granted any leases, is not subject to the statutory consultation requirements. Michael Donnellan and Douglas Rhodes analyse the lessons for registered providers.

A quiet revolution
John Pugh-Smith looks at the quiet revolution that is gathering pace in the legislation and other initiatives affecting the variation of section 106 obligations as the Government encourages a more proactive approach towards stalled development.

The new policing system - employment issues
In the last article of a four-part series on the new policing system, Mark Fletcher and Patricia Critchley look at the employment issues raised.

LGL in figures - unique visitors in June 2013: 22,264 (up 44% on June 2012).

New courses on Local Government Law TV

Name Price (ex-VAT)   Description
Local Government Case Law Update 2013 £25.00 Leading public law barrister Richard Clayton QC identifies and analyses the key decisions affecting local authorities in the past 18 months, including important decisions in the fields of community care, education, planning, housing, procurement and JR.
Caldicott 2: To share or not to share? £50.00
You Save: 50.00%
The aim of this course is to outline and explain the main recommendations on data sharing made by Dame Fiona Caldicott to enable local authorities, public and private healthcare providers and contractors to prepare for their expected implementation.

All courses are CPD-qualifying. Your first course is FREE.

Departmental subscriptions from £495 + VAT for 12 months unlimited access. Click here for details.

The latest blogs...
MIEU publishes first habitats evidence plan for infrastructure projects by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the publication of the first evidence plan by the Major Infrastructure and Environment Unit.

Snap judgement: How safe is your organisation's data?

  • Safe as houses - our procedures are watertight
  • Only as good as the people on the ground
  • Dangerously exposed

Click here to vote now

And some you may have missed....

Adult Social Services: Best interests decisions and future choices The Court of Protection has made it clear that a best interests decision is a choice between available options at the time and cannot bind P if a different choice arise in the future.

Children's Services: Costs consequences Stephen Jarmain examines the first reported decision in which a local authority has been ordered to pay costs in a private law case despite not having been a party to proceedings

Employment: Misconceived employment claims and costs awards Mark Hammerton reports on a case involving a council where a huge costs award was made by the EAT against an unrepresented claimant of little means, despite the absence of a costs warning.

Governance: Charging for parking - and for other services In the light of Barnet Council losing a High Court case over its parking charges, Graeme Creer considers the legal background to local authorities charging for services.

Governance: Small council, big burden Is the size of the organisation relevant to whether a freedom of information request is vexatious? Jon Baines reviews a recent ruling of the First-tier Triburnal relating to a parish council.

Housing: What the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013 means in practice Byron Britton previews the imminent coming into force of new legislation aimed at tackling social housing fraud.

Licensing: Review proceedings and police evidence Recent licensing cases stress the need for the police to produce robust evidence when going before a committee or court on appeal, writes Jonathan Hyldon.

Litigation: Disclosure and redaction: life after Dunn v Durham Garry Dover and Jonathan Clay look at the key lessons for local authorities from a Court of Appeal ruling on document disclosure in civil litigation.

Planning: Time ticks away Martin Goodall looks at the lessons to be learned by local authorities from a case where an enforcement notice served out of time was quashed.

Procurement: A gritty tale A Scottish court has recently considered the extent of a bidder's knowledge of a breach and when the clock started to tick for bringing a procurement claim. Jenny Beresford-Jones analyses the ruling.

Projects: A question of integrity Gordon Nardell QC examines the latest case in which the CJEU analysed the integrity test under the Habitats Directive.

Property: The new policing system - land and property arrangements In the third in a four-part series on the new policing system, Frances Woodhead looks at land and property arrangements.

Regulatory: The curious case of losing, rather than gaining, pounds from ice cream An ice cream seller's long-running battle with a unitary council over the need for a street trading consent has some important lessons for local authorities, writes Andrew Lawson.

Transport: The road to clarity The Court of Appeal has delivered important guidance on the status of the Code of Practice, Well Maintained Highways. Mark Fowles and Lorna Herring analyse the judgment and its implications for local authorities.

Local Government Law.tv

We are pleased to announce the introduction of an annual corporate subscription that will provide access to a full year of CPD accredited legal training for your lawyers and your client departments

What is included

  • unlimited access to the full library of webinar content for 12 months
  • the option to purchase DVD copies of the webinar training
  • discounted rates offered to attend LGG training courses
 Who can take the training?
  • lawyers and other professionals within your team, each of whom will be provided with personal login to enable them to earn and keep a record of their individual CPD credit.
  • members of your client departments, such as the child protection team, trading standards officers, planners, procurement professionals or social workers. On purchasing a corporate subscription, a client account login will be provided for use by your client departments to view online content at no extra charge.
What is the cost?
  • the cost relates to the numbers of individual registered users per authority, excluding those who use the client account.  These users will be registered for the full year of the subscription with the option to replace a registered user if somebody leaves the authority during the year of subscription.  Option 1 below
  • a DVD option will supply a DVD for every webinar booked – Option 2 below
  • in addition to option 1 a DVD can be purchased for an individual webinar at an additional £15 + VAT if required.  This can be ordered when booking the webinar
  • for a shared legal service serving more than one authority area, references to the number of registered users are to the combined aggregate number of users from the relevant authorities
  • registered users of a corporate subscription will benefit from discounted offers to attend LGG training events during the 12 months.
  Option 1
Online only
Option 2
Online + DVD
Individual subscription £199 (+VAT) £349 (+VAT)
Local authority with up to 10 registered users £495 (+VAT) £945 (+VAT)
Local authority with 10 – 30 registered users £995 (+VAT) £1750 (+VAT)
Local authority with more than 30 registered users £1295 (+VAT) £2295 (+VAT)
Law firms with up to 20 registered users £995 (+VAT) £1750 (+VAT)
Law firms with 20+ registered users £1500 (+VAT) £2495 (+VAT)
 How to register for a corporate subscription
Individual subscriptions can be purchased online at www.localgovernmentlaw.tv.
To set up a corporate account please contact Derek Bedlow on 0207 239 4917 or derek.bedlow@localgovernmentlaw.tv giving details of your authority, the number of users you would like to register and if you would like to take the DVD option for all booked webinars.
We will then contact you within 24 hours to confirm this subscription has been set up.  The corporate subscription members will then be able to register on the site and instantly access the webinar training.
Alternatively, if you would like to pay-as-you-go for webinar training by setting up a corporate pay-as-you-go account for your authority a monthly invoice will be produced and a 10% discount will be applied to all purchases by members of your authority.
There is also the option to take a free trial of a webinar (which includes CPD credit).  Register as a user on www.localgovernmentlaw.tv  and add your preferred course to the cart. During the checkout process, enter FREE TRIAL in the box where indicated (don't forget to click 'Submit'), and the cost of your course will be reduced to zero. Complete the process and your course will be instantly available to view and you can watch it as many times as required for 30 days, from any computer or most mobile devices.

Click here to see all courses on Local Government Law.tv (119)

Employment Locum (East Midlands)

Litigation Solicitor (South East)

Planning Lawyer (South West)

Litigation Solicitor (Basingstoke)

Contracts, Planning & Property Lawyer (Northern Home Counties)

Adults and Community Care Lawyer (London)

Adult Services Solicitor (North West)

Interim Planning Solicitor (South West)

Planning Solicitor (Cheshire)

Senior Solicitor - Planning, Property & Development (North West)

Childcare Solicitor (West Midlands)

Housing Legal Executive (Cheshire)

Childcare Locum (North West)

Search all jobs 


Services Directory

1KBW has a pre-eminent reputation in family law, both nationally and internationally. Our barristers have been at the cutting edge of the development of family law and have been in most of the groundbreaking cases over the last two decades.
Cadogans is a group of engineers and scientists distinguished by its breadth of experience and ability to tackle problems that combine more than one discipline.
Easton Bevins
Easton Bevins is a leading independent Chartered Building Surveying Practice with a vastly experienced team of Expert Witnesses
Edulaw Chambers
Edulaw Chambers provides specialist advice, advocacy and training in education law. We regularly act for local authorities, schools/academies, as well as parents and young people.
Francis Taylor Building
Francis Taylor Building is a long established leading public law set, with particular expertise in planning, land valuation, infrastructure, environmental, public law, licensing and regulatory law.
Gibbins Costs Lawyers
Gibbins has grown to become one of the North’s largest independent firms of Costs Lawyers and Consultants with over 25 staff, including 7 Costs Lawyers, serving Solicitors and Legal Practitioners nationwide.
In Real Time Translation
In Real Time Translation, a UK Company, provides document translation services, language interpretation services as well as sign language, Braille and other services for those with visual or hearing impairments.
Ivy Legal
Ivy Legal Ltd is an innovative planning enforcement law firm that specialises in supporting local authorities.
Joanna North Associates Ltd
Training & therapeutic consultancy for children, adults & families. Expert witness and Ofsted inspected adoption support agency
Jordan Publishing
Under our two brands, Jordans and Family Law, we publish practitioner books, looseleaf services, journals and law reports in both print and online format covering the entire range of legal practice and regulation.
Laird Assessors
We provide an expert witnesses service that is second to none. We have highly qualified, experienced & well trained motor engineers positioned strategically throughout the UK providing accident investigation and supporting services to every major UK city.
Lextox Drug and Alcohol Testing
A specialist hair drug and alcohol testing laboratory established by experts to provide the most reliable results and most responsive customer service to family law solicitors and child care proceedings.
LGG delivers an extensive annual CPD training programme that responds to changing needs, creatively identifies training requirements and is ultimately designed to provide the public sector legal practitioner
Local Government Law TV
Local Government Law.tv combines the experience of the leading local government legal training provider with the immediacy of an online news service to provide a comprehensive selection of up-to-date webinars
MBL Seminars
With over 80+ years of collective CPD experience we have provided learning and development to over 30,000 lawyers and other professionals to date.
Professor Tony Monk
Professor Tony Monk is an eminent Architectural Expert Witness and is accredited to act in legal disputes covering design, technical and professional defects in the architectural and building industry.
TRL's widely respected Incident Investigation and Reconstruction Group consists of expert scientists, engineers and technicians, who specialise in the forensic investigation of incidents involving road traffic, the road environment and road user behaviour.
WeatherNet Ltd
With 15 years experience, WeatherNet can provide complete forensic legal weather reports or witness statements for a range of civil and criminal cases.
Wilkin Chapman Goolden
At Wilkin Chapman Goolden we offer a high level of expertise with the support of a full range of specialist lawyers offering expert advice on the complete range of legal services.

Copyright © 2013 Local Government Lawyer, All rights reserved.