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Failure to instruct lawyers sees council lose £1.88m over planning variation
County council misses out on £1.88m after “serious administrative error” meant it failed to instruct lawyers and correctly document variation to major planning application
South London Legal Partnership and Wandsworth in due diligence on merger
SLLP and the London Borough of Wandsworth are conducting due diligence on merger of their legal teams, it has been confirmed

ICO tells Olympic legacy body to disclose details of concession agreement with West Ham
Information Commissioner orders London Legacy Development Corporation to disclose parts of concession agreement it entered into with Premier League football club

Head of legal slams impact of court closure on council and community
The Head of Legal Services at Dartford Borough Council sharply criticises Ministry of Justice plans to close the local Magistrates’ Court

District council appoints nplaw to £100k contract advising on s.106 agreements
Norwich based public sector legal practice beats off rival bids from 18 applicants for two-year contract

Councils call for sentencing guidelines for Housing Act Offences
Sentencing guidelines for Housing Act offences should be introduced as a priority to ensure consistent and appropriate fines, says LGA. Also calls for 'either way' offence to be brought in for more serious cases
Policy issued on Green Belt protection, intentional unauthorised development
Chief Planner, Steve Quartermain, last month published planning policy statement on Green Belt protection and intentional unauthorised development, which came into force immediately

39 Essex QC named on panel to streamline Local Plan-making
Richard Harwood QC appointed to eight-strong panel of experts tasked by Planning Minister Brandon Lewis with streamlining of Local Plan-making process

Tayler moves to 42 Bedford Row from Hampshire County Council
Trowers broadens out from public sector in South West with Stones deal
Bond Dickinson wins £263k contract to advise district on major redevelopment

BPP to run Legal Trailblazer apprenticeship training programmes
GREAT WORK, OUTSTANDING NATURAL BEAUTY: Cornwall Council is hiring: Senior Planning & Environmental LawyerPlanning & Environmental LawyerPlanning & Environmental Lawyer (PT)Social Care Lawyer; and Legal Assistant (Social Care).

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Tower Hamlets hails progress made against best value action plan

London Borough says in report to the Communities Secretary that it has made significant progress against action plan drawn up to secure its compliance with Best Value duty

Government launches consultation on new statutory duty requiring emergency services to collaborate
Ministers unveil consultation on measures aimed at increasing collaboration between the police, fire service and ambulance service

Councillors "must build links with schools" as academy numbers rise
Ward councillors need to build informal relationships with schools in their area as push towards all maintained schools becoming academies gains momentum and councils left with no levers, Centre for Public Scrutiny says

Local authority ordered to pay £200k after car park death
Council ordered to pay more than £200,000 in fines and costs after man died when his car drove into horizontal swing barrier gate to car park at sports ground

London council spins out risk and insurance trading company
London Borough of Lambeth launches risk and insurance trading company that will provide advice and support to community groups
Lord Chancellor launches review of youth justice system
Michael Gove announces departmental review of youth justice system, which will look at whether current arrangements are fit for purpose
Public confidence in management of conflicts in NHS commissioning “vital”: NAO
Public confidence that conflicts of interest are well managed in new system for NHS commissioning will be vital, the National Audit Office has said following an investigation. CCGs must ensure transparency at a local level. (on Public Law Today)

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SENIOR INTERIM ROLES: Senior Employment and Governance Solicitor (London), Senior Planning Solicitor (Greater Manchester), Senior Childcare Locum (East Midlands), Senior Commercial Property Lawyer (East of England) and Senior Child Care Solicitor (South West).

FEATURED SUPPLIER: Leading sets Dyers Chambers and One Paper Buildings have merged to create Drystone Chambers. The combined set boasts a membership of 87, including 7 QCs. Drystone Chambers will provide enhanced services to its public authority clients across the country.
Learn to REALLY listen with Richard Mullender
LexisNexisLexisNexis would like to invite you to a networking event on 28 September in London for lawyers in the Public Sector. Our guest speaker will be Richard Mullender, a former Lead Trainer at the National Hostage and Crisis Negotiation Unit, Scotland Yard. He will introduce you to listening skills that will help improve your ability to communicate and influence others, whomever you are dealing with. Click here for further information
New articles on Local Government Lawyer

Facebook, social networks and the need for RIPA authorisations
Ibrahim Hasan looks at the key issues where public authorities use social media as part of their investigations.
Trojan Horse and the use of banning powers
The Department for Education has used its banning powers for the first time in a case arising out of the 'Trojan Horse' affair. Keri Tayler analyses the decision.
Local policy making under the Licensing Act
Paddy Whur looks at localised issues such as the length of time allowed at hearings, applicants and authorities not being allowed to ‘finesse’ applications, and Cumulative Impact Polices.
The role of supervisory bodies
Are supervisory bodies meant to be detached authorisers or proactive investigators? The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Chambers analyse a recent ruling on the issue.

Harassment and injunctions
Wesley O'Brien and Jonathan Moore review a recent example of the court's approach to what amounts to harassment in the context of communications with, and criticism of, local authority members and staff
Drones and the housing sector
The use of drones in the housing sector raises data protection concerns, argues Daniel Milnes.
Keeping tender information confidential
Tim Care and Melanie Pears consider a recent ruling which protected tender information from being published.
Decision makers, development plans and findings
Christopher Lockhart-Mummery QC highlights the key issues arising out of a High Court ruling that quashed the Secretary of State’s dismissal of a developer’s appeal.
Unincorporated associations and elections
Aathelstane Aamodt examines the circumstances in which the courts might get involved in the affairs of a political party that, like the Labour Party, is an unincorporated association. 

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Adult Social Services: Deprivations of Liberty: "a complete impasse"?
Ben Troke reports on the latest twist in the Court of Protection and cases of deprivation of liberty in the community.

Adult Social Services: Mental capacity and deprivation of liberty: the Law Commission’s consultation paper
The Law Commission has published its eagerly-anticipated consultation paper on deprivations of liberty. Tim Spencer-Lane, one of the team involved in the project, sets out the key proposals.

Children: Delayed judgments in child care cases
The Court of Appeal recently considered what action a court should take when the preparation and handing down of a judgment in a child welfare case has been very substantially delayed. Lynne Braby-Pavitt reports.

Children: ISIL child brides and the Family Court
Are ISIL child brides set to be a big care problem for the Family Court? Rosalind English reports.

Community Safety: Gangbos and Article 6
Samantha Broadfoot examines a landmark decision on the compatibility of “Gangbos” with Article 6 of the Human Rights Act.

Education: Expert evidence about SEN
The Upper Tribunal has considered how the First-tier Tribunal should approach expert evidence about special educational needs and provision. Rachel Kamm analyses the ruling.

Education: School transport and indirect discrimination
Nicola BennisonTrish D’Souza and Emma Cullen look at the lessons from a successful judicial review challenge against a council’s home to school transport policy.

Education: Schools and finance leasing
Revised statutory guidance sets out how finance leasing is still a no go area for schools, writes Frank Suttie.

Employment: Ill health and TUPE transfers
A recent Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling indicates that employees absent due to ill health might not TUPE transfer, writes Phil Allen.

Employment: The right to be accompanied in investigatory meetings
The High Court has held that a university's refusal to allow an employee to be accompanied by a representative of a professional defence organisation at an investigation meeting was unfair and breached the implied term of trust and confidence. Helen Hughes reports.

Governance: Protecting the reputation of the council
Athelstane Aamodt considers attempts by local authorities to protect their reputation and analyses a recent European Court of Human Rights ruling.

Governance: False statements and election law
Athelstane Aamodt looks at the issues where false statements are made about an election candidate.

Healthcare: Section 49 reports – the thorny issues
Alex Ruck Keene considers some of the issues arising out of the responsibilities to provide s. 49 Mental Capacity Act reports.

Housing: Using the wrong tenancy agreement
The Court of Appeal has held that an agreement for an introductory tenancy, used in error, did not in fact grant an introductory tenancy, as the tenancy was precluded from being introductory by the Housing Act 1985. Jonathan Manning and Sarah McKeown report.
Housing: Setting aside possession orders
When it comes to the setting aside of possession orders, what constitutes a good reason for non-attendance? Will Beetson examines the key rulings.

Housing: The intentionally homeless
Alec Samuels draws together the key principles in relation to councils' duties towards the intentionally homeless. (On Public Law Today) 

Information Law: Subject access requests: motive and proportionality
The High Court recently considered issues of motive and proportionality in the submission of subject access requests. Andrew Gallie examines the outcome.

Information Law: Commercial interests and FOIA
When it comes to commercial interests, where does the balance lie under the Freedom of Information Act? Helen Prandy looks at a recent First-Tier Tribunal ruling.

Licensing: Licensing sex entertainment venues
Dr Ashley Bowes comments on the grant by a licensing sub-committee at a borough council of one of the first sex entertainment venue licences in Surrey.

Licensing: Changes to Sunday Trading?
Robert Botkai sets out the main measures in the Government's consultation on devolving Sunday Trading rules.

Litigation: Are you in time….?
Jessica Swannell examines some of the issues around the three month deadline for claiming legal costs where the paying party is legally aided.

Litigation: Responsibility for floodlights
Elizabeth Bower examines a judge’s rejection of a personal injury claimant’s contention that two councils had a duty to maintain a floodlight under a bridge.

Litigation: Claims over poorly installed cavity wall insulation
Andrew Leakey considers the issues for local authorities and housing associations arising out of mis-sold or poorly installed cavity wall insulation.

Management: Reviewing legal services expenditure
Helen Edwards looks at the steps public sector bodies can take to get the most out of their spend on legal services.

Planning: Noises off
The Planning Court has quashed the grant of residential planning permission after a council failed lawfully to address issues of noise and heritage, and acted irrationally. Tom Cosgrove explains the ruling.

Planning: Solar farms on agricultural land
Stephen Tromans QCPhilippa Jackson and Jon Darby examine current government policy on locating solar PV schemes on agricultural land.

Procurement: Public-public contracts: government guidance
The Government has just issued a procurement policy note on public-public contracts. John HouldenStephanie Rickard and Patrick Parkin set out the key points.

Procurement: Giving reasons to unsuccessful bidders
Issues over debriefing and the giving of reasons were to the fore in the most recent procurement challenge by European Dynamics. David Hansom looks at the lessons to be learned. 

Projects: Interim payment applications
When it comes to interim payment applications: be on time, be late, but don't be early. Louis Foscolo and John Farrell look at the lessons from a recent Technology and Construction Court ruling involving a local authority.

Projects: PFI ‘good faith’ obligations under scrutiny
The Technology and Construction Court has recently issued a ruling on a 'good faith' obligation contained in a PFI contract where a local authority was one of the parties. Leah Horn examines the judgment.

Property: ACV appeals and inspector decisions
Christopher Cant looks at the guidance to be gleaned from Assets of Community Value appeals and Planning Inspectors’ decisions.

Property: Residential service charge recovery
Steven Eccles reviews two important rulings affecting the recovery of residential service charges by local authorities and housing associations.

Property: Top 3 property litigation Q&As
The LexisPSL Local Government service regularly publishes Q&As on property litigation. Here are three of the most popular.

Property: When is 'enough' legally enough?
John Pugh-Smith looks at the application of s.9 of the Limitation Act 1980 to a belated High Court claim to force a local authority to refer a compulsory purchase compensation dispute to the Upper Tribunal.

Property: Listed building prosecutions: a practical guide
Jack Smyth sets out the pitfalls that local planning authorities should avoid when bringing listed building prosecutions.

Regulatory: What the Tortoise taught us....
A recent Administrative Court ruling provides useful guidance on the duty of local authorities when they are alerted to possible unlawful activity, writes Nicholas Dobson.


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The Importance of Judicial Review £25.00 This presentation draws on legal and empirically based research on the use and effects of judicial review (JR) to consider why and how this process matters to local authorities and whether the process improves the quality of decision-making.
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.
Procurement Masterclass - The Tyranny of the "Sausage Machine" £25.00 Michael Bowsher QC provides a personal view of some of the problems that the process-focused approach to public procurement is creating, and suggests some ways that lawyers can help achieve some of the social benefits it was intended to provide.
The New Governance Landscape £25.00 This presentation looks at how local authority lawyers can accomodate rapidly changing local government structures and delivery models against a legislative backdrop designed for another era.
Lessons for Scrutiny from Rotherham and Mid-Staffs £25.00 This presentation looks at the role that scrutiny - or the lack of it - played in the problems that came to light in Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust and Rotherham Council and looks at how the effective systems of scrutiny can be designed and encouraged to pr
New Delivery Models: Managing Governance in a Diverse Landscape £25.00 As the number of new, and proposed, models for the delivery of public services continue to multiply, this course looks at the governance issues they create and how local authority lawyers and senior managers can manage an increasingly diverse landscape.
Top Local Government Cases 2014 £25.00 Leading public law barrister James Goudie QC outlines and analyses the most important judicial decisions of 2014 as they affect local authorities.
The Care Act 2014 £25.00 As the implementation of the Care Act 2014 fast approaches, this presentation identifies and explains the key elements of the Act that local authority lawyers need to be aware of.
Equality Act Defences £25.00 This course looks at the defences and tactics available to public authorities when faced with claims based on the Equality Act 2010 and provides an overview of how to prevent claims arising in the first place through an examination of the case law.

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