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ProjectsLGA 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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RECORD NUMBER OF 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). Also making multiple hirings is Portsmouth City Council - it is bolstering its Commercial, Procurement and Projects team with a Principal Lawyer (to £52,509 pa), Senior Lawyer and Assistant Lawyer. There also roles for Senior Property Lawyer and Assistant Property Lawyer. Sandwell MBC meanwhile has a varied and interesting role for a Senior Solicitor - Commercial Property (to £41,616 pa). 

Other authorities hiring are Cheshire East (Head of Legal and Monitoring Officer - deadline 5 pm on 2 August), Central Bedfordshire (Property Lawyer) and Welwyn Hatfield (Senior Conveyancing Officer and Conveyancing Officer).To see all roles on LGL, click here

LOOKING FOR A TRAINING CONTRACT? Portsmouth and the South and Central Wales Legal Partnership are recruiting trainee solicitors. If you are offering training contracts, advertise them for free through us.

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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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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonTime 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.

Keeping a close eye on the detail of procurement claims
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
Rob Hann looks at the latest developments in relation to PF2 and what it means for local authorities and other public bodies.

Re-allocating housing stock
The Court of Appeal has given guidance on possession orders requiring suitable alternative accommodation to be provided. Jack Parker reports.

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.

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

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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.
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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.

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The latest blogs...
Nothing earth-shattering in fracking guidance by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the issuing of planning guidance on shale gas extraction and a consultation on tax incentives for it.

Ninth National Policy Statement designated as transport policy inches forward
A report on the designation of the ninth NPS, on hazardous waste, and movement on transport policy.

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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.

Housing: Social housing case round-up Sarah Pearson 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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