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ProjectsThomson takes reins as President of Lawyers in Local Government County Solicitor at Essex says organisation will seek to get lawyers back to top table in local government. See also: LLG to hold inaugural Local Government Legal Awards in November Outstanding achievements in a range of categories to be recognised

Kent CC fires gun on search for joint venture partner for legal services Invitation to participate in market engagement exercise published

Council failed to consult properly over day centre closure: Court of Appeal Authority should have consulted users and relatives of centre earmarked later for closure

HIgh Court challenge over 'pre-ticking' electoral registration forms ends Legal proceedings against Electoral Registration Officers at 15 councils over practice come to an end with system change

Termination of licence to operate soup kitchen was unlawful: High Court Judge concludes that public sector equality duty was not complied with

Battle between trail riders and county council heads to Supreme Court Local authority wins permission for appeal in dispute over compliance with requirements of Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 

Kent Legal Services co-publishes guide to legal powers and duties Covers local authorities and fire authorities in England and Wales

LGA warns Home Office against micro-managing locally set licensing fees Government support for locally set fees welcome if overdue, says Association, but concern at overall cap and restrictions on 'gold plating'

County council named "Employer of the Year" by CILEx Bucks CC team has six staff following Chartered Institute of Legal Executives' vocational route

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Failure to pass on funding could see parishes bring legal action: NALC Association accuses 17 local authorities of failing to follow government advice

Communities Secretary sends inspectors into London council Mayor says authorities acts in best interests of all residents

County council scraps energy from waste contract at cost of £30m-plus Authority pins blame on failure to secure satisfactory planning permission

Boroughs create tool to assess alcohol-related health and crime data Information used by councils to determine whether objections should be made against applications for pubs and off-licences

Welsh councils broke data protection laws "twice as often in 2013": BBC Incidents included leaving papers for court hearing on a train

Regulators Code binding councils and fire authorities comes into force Local authorities, fire and rescue authorities and other non-economic regulators are from this week under a statutory duty to have regard to the new Regulators’ Code.

Law Society issues practice note on use of cloud computing services

District seeks legal advice from QC over downgrade of services at hospital

Council fined £20,000 after autistic boy loses fingertips in school gate

Trading Standards Institute calls for National Audit Office action as cuts bite

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonConsultation - backing no horses, and the importance of interim relief
David Hart QC looks at the lessons to be learned from a recent Court of Appeal ruling that a council had failed to consult properly on the closure of a day care centre.

The Education Act 1996 and the meaning of "public expenditure"
A Court of Appeal ruling on the Education Act 1996 and how the words "public expenditure" should be interpreted is important for future cases where the local authority is discharging its education functions and considering the effect on budgetary arrangements, writes Aimee Fox.

Hobson's Choice: public procurement gets a competition law makeover
A recent case should serve as a reminder of the need to consider whether competition law issues may be relevant when organising a tender process, argues Helen Prandy.

Unknown causes of injuries and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome
A High Court case is rapidly becoming the leading authority in Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and "unknown causes". Tina Cook QC and Katie Phillips analyse the High Court's ruling and the wider canvas.

Anti-Social Behaviour Bill - nearly there!
Alex Loxton highlights some key issues on the pending anti-social behaviour reforms.

Stating your grounds
A recent case has stressed the importance of landlords stating grounds relied on in notices, writes Sharon Garrity.

A new dawn for public sector bonds
In the light of the recent North Tyneside PFI Housing Project, Paul McDermott looks at the scope for the public sector to use bond finance for long-term capital projects.

Primary activity, betting shops and s. 153 of the Gambling Act
Gerald Gouriet QC and George Mackenzie take issue with a London borough's interpretation of the outcome of judicial review proceedings relating to primary activity and a betting shop.

Whistleblowing - linking detrimental treatment and protected disclosures
Colin Godfrey examines a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal case on the right to protection for whistleblowers and detriments suffered as a result of having made a protected disclosure.

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Deprivations of Liberty: The key to the 'Gilded Cage' £25.00 This course looks at whether the Supreme Court's decision in P&Q v Cheshire West and Chester Council means that there is now a single 'acid test' for Deprivations of Liberty and assesses its ingoing implications.
Anti-Social Behaviour: The New Regime £25.00 This presentation provides best practice guidance on using the new tools to combat anti-social behaviour that will be made available by the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill when it becomes law.

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The latest blogs...
Preesall reconsideration process launched by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the process for reconsidering a decision on a development consent order after it has been quashed in the High Court.

Farrell review calls for design reviews of NSIPs

Snap judgement: Is the role of monitoring officer worth the risk?

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Adult Social Services: Damages for deprivation of liberty
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street consider what can be learned from two damages settlements for deprivations of liberty.

Children: Re B and what followed - the end of the story
Last year the Supreme Court handed down a key ruling on placing a child in an adoptive placement. Hannah Markham reviews recent developments following the case.

Employment: Avoiding increased risk on dismissal procedures
Julian Hoskins analyses a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling on the so-called 'Johnson exclusion zone' and an employer's ability to make amends.

Governance: Are local authorities bound by Ombudsman recommendations?
A High Court judge recently ruled that a council's decision to pay a developer only 20% of the £250,000 recommended by the Local Government Ombudsman was lawful. Nicholas Dobson analyses the case.

Healthcare: The Duty of Candour - and general transparency
The Department of Health has published details of the proposed statutory duty of candour for health and adult social care providers, as well as a new general transparency duty. Corinne Slingo, Tracey Longfield and Belinda Dix examine the key points.

Housing: The Better Care Fund - what is in it for housing providers?
What opportunities does the Better Care Fund offer housing providers? David Owens explains.

Licensing: Lap dance no more
In two recent decisions the courts have affirmed the wide powers enjoyed by licensing authorities to refuse renewals of licences for lap dancing clubs. Ranjit Bhose QC, Philip Kolvin QC and Josef Cannon review the judgments.

Litigation: The Inquiries Act 2005 - fit for purpose?
This month saw the publication of a Lords select committee report on the law and practice relating to public inquiries into matters of public concern and, in particular, the Inquiries Act 2005. Emma Ireton looks at the findings and recommendations.

Projects: Retrospective validation, exceptional circumstances and the Whitley principle
The High Court recently upheld approvals for Cardiff's Energy from Waste scheme. Simon Bird QC analyses the case.

Planning: The Planning Court comes into being
Richard Harwood QC analyses the introduction this week of a Planning Court and outlines the key changes.

Procurement: Local authority control of charities - what are the limits?
The ties between a local authority and a charity were the subject of a recent Charity Commission report. Rachel Tonkin looks at the issues raised and the lessons to be learned.

Procurement: Social value and public procurement - a legal guide
Gayle Monk reports on a new guide to the Public Services Social Value Act 2012 and the opportunities the legislation provides to authorities.

Projects: Retrospective validation, exceptional circumstances and the Whitley principle
The High Court recently upheld approvals for Cardiff's Energy from Waste scheme. Simon Bird QC analyses the case.

Property: Further chinks in the armour of town and village greens
Polly Reynolds analyses the likely impact of a key Supreme Court ruling on rectification of the register of town and village greens.

Regulatory: Transactional decisions - a European perspective
In a significant ruling for trading standards law and practice, the Court of Justice of the European Union has clarified the meaning of a 'transactional decision' by a consumer. Jonathan Spicer examines the judgment.

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