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ProjectsKent CC reaches milestone in hunt for commercial partner for legal services
OJEU notice issued calling for expressions of interest in £100m joint venture/alternative business structure with Kent Legal Services

Monitoring officer leaves Barnet with Westminster legal chief taking interim role
Departure of Assurance Director comes in wake of investigation into how flawed reports presented to council meeting

Housing officers at London borough "conspired to evict tenant unlawfully", High Court rules
Council apologises and settles case after judge says tenant entitled to substantial damages following eviction and destruction of his possessions

Supreme Court to hear case next week on damages for unlawful eviction
Claimant is seeking to overturn Court of Appeal ruling that significantly reduced damages payable by council

Standards panel outlines sanctions for councillor over false names in texts
Recommendation that councillor who texted local radio station should be barred from serving in Cabinet for rest of municipal year

Yorkshire council set to appoint City Solicitor as interim chief executive
Assistant City Solicitor expected to take over monitoring officer and deputy returning officer roles until permanent chief exec found

London borough defeats procurement challenge over £177m repairs contract
Unsuccessful incumbent raised 13 issues in legal dispute over tender

Yorkshire council in major payout over errors in traffic regulation orders
Issues over enforcement dating back to 2008 came to light after one of local authority's orders was challenged

MP ordered to pay £13k in costs after losing garden waste battle with council
John Hemming argued that local authority had breached statutory duty

ICO raps ambulance service for sharing data without legal basis
NHS trust gives undertaking to watchdog following investigation into sharing of data on 45,000+ patients with clinical commissioning group

Wild named European General Counsel of the Year at FT Innovative Lawyers awards
Kent CC Director of Governance & Law hailed for positive impact on perception of public sector lawyers

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Watchdog warns that inappropriate member conduct not dealt with effectively
"Significant risk" under current arrangements could erode public confidence, according to the Committee for Standards in Public Life

Nine councils to take EU structural funding battle to Supreme Court next week
Shortfall for Merseyside authorities estimate the shortfall to be €148m, while equivalent for South Yorkshire councils was €90m

District uses s.215 TCPA powers to prosecute owners over state of gardens
Six defendants ordered to pay court fines and costs of between £15 and £700 depending on their offence

Council refuses to apologise to chief exec and threatens JR over sanctions
Local authority plan to remove IT equipment and manage member's emails draws furious response

District council raises planning performance and exits 'special measures'
Number of steps from receipt to decision-ready cut from 279 to just 19

Cafcass sees care applications increase by 7% in September

National standards for experts in family court cases come into force

Croydon set to issue Article 4 direction to restrain office-to-resi conversions

Acas publishes guide ahead of introduction of shared parental leave in April 2015

Council mulls cut in Cabinet portfolios, scrutiny committees to make savings

Marine Management Organisation faces judicial review over dredging licence

Let councils issue on-the-spot fixed penalty notices for fly-tipping, says LGA

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NoonRecovery of public sector exit payments
The Government has recently consulted on legislation that would claw back exit payments from high-earning staff in the public sector. But will it work in practice? Maeve Vickery examines the issues.

Taking care
Lee Parkhill, a barrister at leading set 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, has previously worked for a regulator of social care providers, the largest local authority in the country and a major law firm. He tells Local Government Lawyer about moving to the Bar and why he practises health and social care law.

Fluctuating capacity and deprivation of liberty
Cases where an individual's capacity fluctuates can be challenging. The team at 39 Essex Street review a recent ruling in the Court of Protection.

To consult or not to consult the nearest relative?
Alexandra Johnstone analyses a Court of Appeal ruling on a claim against a council for unlawful detention and psychiatric injury.

The meaning of 'any other harm'
The Court of Appeal has overturned a High Court ruling in a planning dispute over an aerodrome in Surrey. James Maurici QC explains what it means.

CIL: the clock is ticking
As new 'deadlines' approach for the introduction of the Community Infrastructure Levy, have councils given themselves a health check? Stuart Shortman of nplaw explains.

Disciplinary proceedings and the duty of care
The Court of Appeal recently overturned a ruling against a university in a work-related stress case. Andrew McLaughlin explains why.

Procurement regulations and the risk of misclassification
There have been a number of cases where procurements have been challenged on the basis that the public (or utilities) procurement regulations should apply to the purchase, but have not been followed. David Hansom looks at the issues that can arise if organisations get the assessment wrong.

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Planning (Wales) Bill starts legislative journey by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the introduction of the Planning (Wales) Bill to the Welsh Assembly.

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Adult Social Services: Deprivation of liberty and due process
Following the Supreme Court decision in Cheshire West, the Courts are struggling to get to grips with the practicalities of the expected deluge of cases. Lord Justice Munby has started to map out the way forward. Ben Troke looks at what the CoP President has had to say.

Adult Social Services: Safeguarding and the CoP – a(nother) salutary tale
A Court of Protection judge has sharply criticised a county council for unlawfully depriving a 19 year old of her liberty and breaching her rights. The CoP team at 39 Essex Street examine the judgment.

Careers: Legal apprenticeships for local authorities
How can the various types of legal apprenticeship help local authority legal departments? Noel Inge explains the benefits and how councils can set up schemes.

Children: Foster care abuse claims and the Woodland duty
Obiter comments in a High Court judgment may lead the way for the Woodland duty to be extended to foster care in the future, writes Sarah Wilkinson.

Employment: Ensuring council pay structures can withstand public scrutiny
What action needs to be taken to address concerns about the pay structures of senior council staff? Gareth Pinwell says a recent report seeks to provide a framework within which local members can appoint senior staff at a pay level which is meaningful and appropriate for the role.

Employment: Time off for dependants - contacting the employer
An employee was fairly dismissed after taking time off because he failed to contact his employer as soon as reasonably practicable, the EAT has ruled. Simon Lambert reports.

Governance: Trading up
Rob Hann explores how local authorities considering trading can get started on the right track and stay there, and reports on a new pilot scheme from Local Partnerships.

Healthcare: 'Doctors’ orders?'
Ben Troke considers the lessons to be learned from the Ashya King case, and analyses two other key judgments on disputed medical treatment decisions.

Housing: The Homes and Communities Agency and intervention
Dean Underwood considers the Homes and Communities Agency’s recent Consumer Regulation Review and the questions it throws up about the threshold for HCA intervention.

Licensing: Summer-y Justice?
The heat went to the head in the High Court dealing with summary reviews, writes Rory Clarke.

Litigation: Refusals to mediate: the Northrop Grumman case
A party unreasonably refuses to mediate but recovers all its costs. Gordon Exall explains why the judgment in Northrop Grumman is essential reading for litigators.

Litigation: Closing a care home
A High Court judge has rejected a judicial review challenge brought on behalf of a 101 year old resident over the proposed closure of her care home. Rosalind English reports.

Management: Charting a course
These are undeniably challenging times for the public sector but its lawyers should still be upbeat, Lawyers in Local Government President and Director of Essex Legal Services Philip Thomson tells Philip Hoult.

Planning: Control of demolition
The rules around demolition are complex indeed. Martin Goodall looks at the key issues for practitioners and local planning authorities.

Procurement: The draft Public Contract Regulations 2015
Last month the Government published the much-anticipated draft regulations needed to implement the new procurement directives. Emily Heard and Susie Smith examine its approach to the optional provisions.

Procurement: Procurements and the minimum or living wage
A new EU decision has called into question minimum wage contract terms in procurements, writes David Hansom.

Property: Land transfers and implied rights
Earlier this year the Court of Appeal considered the issue of implying rights into a completed transfer of land. Varun Maharaj looks at the outcome and the lessons to be learned.

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