LGA urges Pickles to lift barriers to use of general power of competence Plea for easing of restrictions on trading and charging as councils face prospect of 10% funding cut
Resident wins High Court battle over increases to car parking charges Judge says 1984 Act did not authorise council to use powers to charge for parking in order to raise surplus revenue for other transport purposes
Refusal of 'shadow' licence for nightclub "unlawful", says High Court judge Rejection of narrow interpretation of s. 16 of Licensing Act 2003 contended for by borough council
New guide published on EU procurement and land deals British Property Federation links up with LGA and Local Partnerships to tackle perceived barriers to redevelopment
Council to offer voluntary redundancy to all non-teaching staff Plan to significantly reduce size of workforce in drive to deliver savings, increase commissioning
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DCLG publishes final regulations for 'right to transfer' in social housing New right will come into force in the autumn
Council fails in Court of Appeal bid to overturn kinship carer fees ruling London borough did not show 'cogent reasons' for departing from statutory guidance
Pickles gives council green light to introduce spitting byelaw DCLG approval highlights robustness of byelaw and its enforcement
Government produces "clearer" Regulators Code in bid to change culture Claims that delivery under current Regulators' Compliance Code is "inconsistent"
District council to challenge award of planning permission for gypsy pitches Legal action launched over planning inspector's decision
Watchdog attacks 'ring of steel' camera policy in Hertfordshire town Enforcement notice sent by ICO to police over policy of placing seven automatic number plate recognition cameras in six locations
Public interest corporation among options for revamped Courts Service Letter to judges says outsourcing model is ruled out
City council bans payday loan ads from billboards and bus shelters
Number of claims management companies falls 30% after referral fee ban
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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.
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A recent case involving a city council shows that there is great pressure on unsuccessful bidders to describe their claims accurately, say John Houlden and Michael Barlow.
The end of PFI, the beginning of PF2
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Re-allocating housing stock
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The amended Home Office guidance under the Licensing Act
Andy Woods reports on the Home Office's new amended guidance under s. 182 of the Licensing Act 2003.
A question of integrity
Gordon Nardell QC examines the latest case in which the Court of Justice of the European Union analysed the integrity test under the Habitats Directive.
Putting assets in the right place
In the first of a four-part series on the new policing system, Nigel Sternberg looks at the impact on ICT and commercial agreements.
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Nothing earth-shattering in fracking guidance by Angus Walker
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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 arises in the future. The CoP team at 39 Essex Street
examine the case.
Children's Services: Judicial review of FTT in UT: what costs rule applies? Paul Greatorex
considers an Upper Tribunal ruling over whether a local authority had acted unreasonably so as to justify an award of costs.
Employment: Zero hours - zero obligations?
The use of 'zero hours' contracts by employers has once again been under the spotlight in the media in recent months - but why? Lee Rogers
analyses the issues.
Governance: When an expectation becomes legitimate
A High Court ruling on a claim from a group of police officers has emphasised how public bodies need to take on board the doctrine of legitimate expectation, writes Nicholas Dobson
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analyses some of the key cases affecting social housing, including two rulings on under-occupation.
Licensing: Interim steps and a human touch
A High Court judge has ruled that interim steps remain in force pending an appeal. Rory Clarke
reports on a key judgment for licensing lawyers.
Litigation: Experts and their duty to the court
A solicitors' firm was held liable for a failure to ensure that their expert was aware of his duty to the court and for continuing to rely on patently unreliable expert evidence. Stephen Homer
examines the ruling.
Planning: All that glitters...?
The Government has unveiled some significant relaxations to the permitted development regime. John Pugh-Smith
analyses the measures.
Procurement: Penalty - not such a dirty word after all!
The attitude of the courts to liquidated damages clauses in contracts is shifting. Vanessa Barnett
and Mark Alsop
look at recent cases and how to minimise the risk such clauses will be seen as a penalty.
Projects: Selling public sector land with clawback Phil Lawrence
provides some top tips on imposing overage on a sale of public sector land.
Property: Local authorities and fracking
What legal rights do local councils and homeowners have in opposing fracking? Who owns gas buried under their land? Brie Stevens-Hoare QC
and Alexander Campbell
set out some of the key issues for local authority lawyers.
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