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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
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Careers: Legal apprenticeships for local authorities
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What action needs to be taken to address concerns about the pay structures of senior council staff? Gareth Pinwell
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Healthcare: 'Doctors’ orders?'
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Licensing: Summer-y Justice?
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A party unreasonably refuses to mediate but recovers all its costs. Gordon Exall
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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
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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
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