Local Government Lawyer
Editor's blog: Early to bed?

The latest View from the President's Chamber from the head of the family justice system, Sir James Munby, is simply a must-read for all those involved in or with responsibility for the running of childcare legal teams. It also has significant resourcing implications. Read more...

Last call: West Sussex County Council is looking for a Public law child care lawyer (closing date today: 24 May), while Welwyn Hatfield is recruiting a Senior Litigation Officer. There are a range of locum posts too: Judicial Review Lawyer, Principal Contracts Lawyer (Team Leader) and Employment Solicitor. To see all roles on LGL, click here.

Some excellent events are coming up: Charities and empty rates - the PSCT case (FTB; 12 June); Governance - a survival guide for senior managers (Public Law Partnership; 13 June); After Mid-Staffordshire: Whistleblowing and the Law (Pavilion: 27 June); and Education Law Update (39 Essex Street; 13 June).

Write for LGL: This week we have contributions from South Cambridgeshire DC, Suffolk Legal, 39 Essex Street, Nicholas Dobson, SV Law, Browne Jacobson and Arden Chambers. Email the Editor.

News headlines

ProjectsTop family judge urges earlier involvement of local authority lawyers President of Family Division says interim version of Public Law Outline to come into effect on 1 July and highlights crucial role of local authorities' compliance if reforms are to succeed   

HB Public Law in formal launch amid plans for third member council Consideration being given to third council joining Harrow and Barnet in shared service

EHRC issues guide on human rights and commissioning home care Human rights watchdog hopes document will improve local authorities' understanding of their obligations

Minister points to major changes to Local Government Pension Scheme Brandon Lewis says he is not wedded to the existing 89 funds in England and Wales

London borough faces judicial review over bid to move soup kitchen Council justifies move by pointing to police report claiming current site is magnet for trouble

Councils to take legal action over withdrawal by DEFRA of PFI credits Government had allocated £65m to help finance scheme

High Court grants permission for JR of max expenditure policy on adult care Council denies policy will force individuals to move into residential care

Call to reform age assessment system as councils incur massive legal costs Legal centre urges introduction of alternative dispute resolution process

DCLG to implement majority of Taylor review on planning guidance But it will not implement recommendation to cancel out-of-date guidance 

Watchdog consults on reforms amid concerns over electoral fraud Majority of alleged cases relate to local government, says Electoral Commission

Claimants launch judicial review challenge to DWP 'benefit cap' policy New approach currently implemented in four local authorities ahead of rollout

Cabinet Office issues advice on "procuring for growth"

Cabinet Office publishes template contract for social impact bonds

Borough council to consult on adopting late night levy

Test purchases in Milton Keynes see half of gambling premises fail

See all of our most recent news stories

New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonBusiness rates and the Public Safety Charitable Trust ruling
In a recent High Court ruling, the Public Safety Charitable Trust lost its case against three local authorities which contested its claim for charitable relief on unused business premises. Virginia Lloyd analyses the judgment.

Accommodating people with community care needs
The Supreme Court earlier this month handed down a key ruling on accommodation of people with community care needs, but many questions remain, argues Jonathan Auburn.

Best value revisited
Nicholas Dobson looks at the issue of Best Value and analyses the High Court's recent ruling on the Barnet outsourcing.

Home from home?
Satnam Virdi looks at some of the difficult issues raised for local authorities surrounding home education.

An issue of destitution
The High Court found to be lawful a local authority's decision on whether or not a family was destitute. Ros Foster explains the ruling.

Sticking tape
The Government's proposed overhaul of TUPE as part of its red tape challenge raises some concerns for the Employment Lawyers Association. Adam Leith reports.

Gang injunctions, ASBOs and 'the closest fit'
The Court of Appeal handed down an important ruling on applications for gang injunctions. Jonathan Manning and Sarah Salmon explain the judgment.

The latest blogs...
Regional strategies finally die (except for four policies) by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the revocation of the last three regional strategies, nearly three years after the government first attempted to get rid of them.

Snap judgement: How is the post Localism Act standards regime working in practice?

An improvement on the previous regime

Needs more sanctions

Too early to tell

Bring back Standards for England!

Click here to vote now

And some you may have missed....

Adult Social Services: Backing contact arrangements with penal notices and injunctions The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street look at a case where an order relating to contact arrangements was backed by a penal notice and injunctions.

Children's Services: To decide or not to decide, that is the question Dave Phillips and Naomi Madderson consider the impact of a case in which a local authority which removed two children subject to an interim care order was judicially reviewed.

Employment: Major changes on the way to health and safety? Legislation that could see significant reform to health and safety recently received Royal Assent. Amy-Jo Campbell and Roy Woollard consider the likely impact on litigation in the field.

Governance: Caldicott 2: to share or not to share Dame Fiona Caldicott's long-awaited report on service user confidentiality in the health and social care system has been published. Eleanor Tunnicliffe explains how the findings affect all organisations working in the health and social care sector.

Housing: Flexible tenancies: top tips for drafting agreements Having assisted a number of local authorities and housing associations, Jon Holbrook offers tips for landlords drafting flexible tenancy agreements.

Licensing: The deregulation of regulated entertainment Andy Woods looks at the latest deregulation of regulated entertainment proposed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport following on from the Live Music Act 2012.

Litigation: Costs following settlement of judicial review proceedings Jonathan Auburn and Benjamin Tankel review recent cases on the recovery of costs following settled judicial review proceedings.

Planning: Planning time limits and the EIA directive Are planning enforcement time limits compatible with the Environmental Impact Assessment directive? Clare Parry reports on a recent High Court ruling.

Procurement: Procuring health care services for the NHS New regulations set out the principles and procedures for NHS England and clinical commissioning groups when it comes to specialist procuring activities and commissioning. Richard Auton looks at what they say..

ProjectsPublic land and property development Selling public land, or making it available for development, is high up on the Government's growth agenda. But property development is a risky business. How can public sector organisations seek to manage this risk? Phil Lawrence looks at the key issues and the use of s. 239 TCPA 1990.

Property: A noxious nuisance: lessons for council lawyers A recent case on nuisance contains some important lessons for council litigation lawyers, argues Nicholas Dobson.

Regulatory: Social security fraud and cohabitation Joseph Millington considers the thorny question of prosecuting a co-habiting partner in benefit fraud cases.

Transport: The road to clarity The Court of Appeal has delivered important guidance on the status of the Code of Practice, Well Maintained HighwaysMark Fowles and Lorna Herring analyse the judgment and its implications for local authorities.

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Featured jobs

Senior Litigation Officer
Welwyn Hatfield is looking for an experienced Litigation Lawyer to work 22 hours per week, spread over three days (additional hours may be available). Fixed-term contract to 31 March 2014.

West Sussex County Council is looking for a solicitor or barrister ideally with post-qualification practice in public law child care litigation. CLOSING DATE TODAY: 24 MAY

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Principal Contracts Lawyer (Team Leader)
A public body in London is looking for a Principal Contracts Lawyer.

Planning & Contracts Lawyer
A local authority in the East Midlands requires a Planning and Contracts Lawyer with a proven background of working in the sector. 

Principal Commercial Contracts Lawyer
An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Principal Commercial Contracts & Property Lawyer to join a busy local authority legal team in the East of England.

Senior Planning Lawyer
A local authority in the Northern Home Counties is looking for a Senior Planning Lawyer to join its team.

Judicial Review Lawyer
A rare opportunity  has arisen for an experienced Judicial Review Solicitor or Barrister to assist this busy West Midlands-based organisation.

Contracts Lawyer
East London local authority requires a Contracts Lawyer. 

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A metropolitan borough council in the West Midlands is looking for a Childcare Solicitor to join its friendly team.

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