Local Government Lawyer
Editor's blog: What price failure?

Today's report by the Public Accounts Committee on the financial sustainability of local authorities certainly does not pull any punches. The Department for Communities and Local Government may well find it uncomfortable reading. Read more...

Are you ready to manage a newly-created legal team? Central Bedfordshire is looking to recruit experienced local government lawyers to be a Legal Services Manager - People or a Legal Services Manager - Commercial. Oxford City Council is meanwhile hiring two lawyers for its legal team (closing date: 14 June). There are a range of locum posts too: Prosecutions Lawyer, Civil Litigation Solicitor, Planning Lawyer and Housing Litigation Lawyer. To see all roles on LGL, click here.

Events latest: Commercial Property including the Community Right to Bid (Legal & Contingency; 19 June); After Mid-Staffordshire: Whistleblowing and the Law (Pavilion: 27 June); The dark shadow of Corporate Manslaughter (DAC Beachcroft; 4 July); and Delivering housing development (Maples Teesdale; 8 July).

This week in figures: £320,000 - the amount in fines levied by the ICO on three public bodies for data breaches.

News headlines

ProjectsMPs warn over ability of some councils to meet statutory obligations Report from Public Accounts Committee says serious questions about viability of some authorities if funding trends continue, criticises DCLG for lack of clear strategy

Report on child sexual exploitation in Rochdale urges clarity on legal issues Independent reviewing officer urges council to lobby for clarity at national level amid concern over information-sharing and licensing, plus overarching framework for prevention and detection of CSE

Law Society puts boot into Government reforms to legal aid for judicial review Measures would have "chilling effect" and build in pre-emptive level of protection for public authorities, says Chancery Lane. See also: Treasury Counsel voice concern over plans to limit legal aid for judicial review

Council warns of challenge to merger between primary and private schools Pre-action letter sent to governing body over plan for primary and fee-paying independent to merge into academy

Town council pays out after unlawfully suspending councillor Admission that responsibility for monitoring observation of code of conduct fell exclusively to standards committee at district council

Borough council faces legal action over free car parking for worshippers National Secular Society claims policy contravenes Equality Act

Family President publishes Public Law Outline ahead of pilot Courts to join pilot on a phased basis between July and October

Use of expert witnesses decreases in family courts: Cafcass Proportion of s. 31 care applications involving use of expert witness declines from 92% in 2009 to 70% in 2011/12

ICO fines city council £150,000 after data breach, 74 missing laptops Unencrypted computer contained details of 20,000+ people, including bank account details for 6,000 individuals

North West council fined £70k after data breach relating to adopted child Latest authority to be hit with monetary penalty for breach in social services team 

ICO issues £100k fine after public body leaves sensitive data at former site Watchdog issues warning about decommissioning as second NHS trust sees six-figure monetary penalty for similar breach

NHS LA names 14 firms to £400m Department of Health legal panels

Borough council consults on 'preferred option' of late night levy

FOI requests reveal misuse of social media by staff at Welsh councils

See all of our most recent news stories

New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonUnleashing localism in procurement: it's really best value
Mark Cook examines the increasing significance of social value and community consultation in the light of recent legislation and case law.

Do I want your opinion?
Gordon Exall discusses the use of opinion evidence in lay witness statements. He looks, in particular, at two recent decisions which discuss opinion evidence.

Local authorities, licensing fees and the Hemming case
Paddy Whur looks at the implications of the recent judgment in the Hemming case and what this may mean for local authorities when considering the setting of their licensing fees.

State aid and revising the General Block Exemption Regulation
The European Commission has published proposals for a revised General Block Exemption Regulation. Matthew O' Regan and John Houlden consider the main changes and the implications for local authorities.

You have been warned
The courts are beginning to issue clear warnings about breaches of the Civil Procedure Rules in the aftermath of the Jackson reforms. Kella Bowers examines two recent cases.

The new role for local authorities in public health
Lee Parkhill summarises the key elements of the new legal framework for public health and highlights some key issues for local authorities to consider.

Banding together
Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis recently made some important announcements about the future of the Local Government Pension Scheme. John Hanratty looks at some of the main challenges.

Breaking point
The High Court has handed down an important ruling on tenant break clauses. Peter Hall examines the judgment.

The latest blogs...
Sixteen grounds for judicial reviews of Planning Act decisions by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the grounds of claim for recent judicial reviews of decisions made under the Planning Act 2008.

Snap judgement: What is your view of the proposed changes to Legal Aid for judicial review cases?

About time – there are too many hopeless claims being made

They won't make much difference to the volume of judicial review challenges

They represent a serious danger to the rule of law

Click here to vote now

And some you may have missed....

Adult Social Services: Care home finances and local authority responsibilities Following a number of business failures in the sector, the Government has put forward new proposals on the financing of care homes and the responsibilities of local authorities. Anna Tkaczynska looks at the key measures.

Children's Services: To decide or not to decide 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.

Community Safety: 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. 

Employment: 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.

Governance: Blogs, online publications and defamation A local authority officer recently succeeded in a counter-claim for libel. Wesley O'Brien and Jonathan Moore look at the lessons to be learned.

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

Licensing: The deregulaton 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: Private care homes and the HRA Jonathan Auburn and Benjamin Tankel examine a 'home for life' case that touched on the application of the Human Rights Act to private or semi-private care homes.

Planning: The impact of wind farms on heritage assets Emyr Thomas examines a recent High Court ruling on a decision to grant planning permission for a wind farm near heritage assets.

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.

ProjectsInsurance proposal forms and material inaccuracies A judge has ruled that a housing association was unable to claim on an insurance policy after a builder it had hired became insolvent. Stephen Homer analyses the judgment.

Property: Business 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.

Regulatory: 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 implications.

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Featured jobs

Legal Services Manager - People
Legal Services Manager - Commercial
Following a review of the Legal Services Team, Central Bedfordshire is looking for innovative, ambitious and experienced local government lawyers to lead its newly created People and Commercial teams.

Oxford City Council is looking for two flexible and confident lawyers to join its in-house legal team. The authority has particular need for expertise in civil and criminal litigation, and the law and practice relating to housing and fraud. CLOSING DATE: 14 JUNE

Jobs of the week

Commercial Contracts & Procurement Lawyer
An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Commercial Contracts and Procurement Lawyer to join a local authority in the Northern Home Counties. This position is for at least nine months.

Locum Prosecutions Solicitor 
A local authority in the North West is hiring a Locum Lawyer to deal with matters including prosecutions, licensing and trading standards.

Enforcement and Civil Litigation Lawyer
A public sector organisation in London is looking for an Enforcement and Civil Litigation Lawyer.

Commercial Lawyer
This is an opportunity for a Commercial Lawyer to join a leading North West public sector body on a locum basis.

Planning Lawyer
A pivotal role has arisen for an experienced Planning Lawyer at this local authority in the South West.
Employment Solicitor
A public sector body in the Midlands is looking for an Employment Solicitor for a minimum of three to six months.

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Principal Commercial Contracts Solicitor (East of England)

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