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Number of solicitors working in local government increases by 4%
There were 4,640 practising certificate holders employed in the local government sector as at 31 July 2014, Law Society’s Annual Statistical Review reveals

Westminster Council wins Supreme Court battle over licensing fees - in part
Relief for local authorities over enforcement costs but they may need to consider how they structure collection of payment

Judge refuses to suspend basement policy ahead of substantive challenge
High Court refuses application for Kensington and Chelsea’s policy on basements to be suspended pending determination of substantive challenge to the policy

Challenge to £125 cost of council tax summons reaches High Court
Dispute goes back to 2 August 2013, when Reverend Paul Nicolson asked Tottenham magistrates how the sum for Haringey Council was arrived at

Judge quashes decision to end specialist placement for epileptic man
High Court quashes council’s decision to terminate specialist placement for 27-year-old man with severe epilepsy and mental health and behavioural difficulties

Pickles proposes extra directions for Tower Hamlets after court ruling
Communities Secretary issues further proposed intervention directions for Tower Hamlets in wake of last week’s ruling by High Court; also appoints additional commissioners

Lutfur Rahman to appeal High Court finding of corrupt and illegal practices
Former Tower Hamlets elected mayor Lutfur Rahman is to appeal Election Court ruling that he had been guilty of corrupt and illegal practices

Electoral Commission de-registers Tower Hamlets First as political party
Watchdog informs treasurer of Tower Hamlets First, the party led by Lutfur Rahman, that it has been removed from the register of political parties. See also: Electoral Commission to examine lessons from Tower Hamlets case

DWF bolsters local authority practice with Watmores merger
National firm agrees to merge next month with niche insurance practice Watmores, which acts for 13 London boroughs 

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Specialist public services solicitor sets up Bar Standards Board entity
Mark Johnson, formerly of Geldards and TPP Law, sets up one of first 12 entities to be regulated by the Bar Standards Board

Wetherspoons wins appeal over variation to licences and late night levy
Pub chain successfully appeals refusal by Newcastle City Council to vary premises licences for three of its premises in the city

Campaigners get appeal judge to reinstate ground of challenge in housing battle
Group objecting to plans to build 176 houses in a village in West Yorkshire persuades Court of Appeal to reinstate all its proposed grounds for challenge

Brussels issues guidance on local public support measures and prior approval
European Commission has issued guidance on local public support measures that can be granted under EU state aid rules without its prior approval

Borough takes action over house painted with red and white stripes
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea serves section 125 TCPA on property owner who was reportedly seeking to get her own back at her neighbours

Port authority sees first compulsory purchase order quashed by High Court
Transport Secretary's decision to confirm CPO was unfair, say High Court judge

Trading standards team secures £495k confiscation order against DVD seller

Trowers & Hamlins advises Breckland DC on innovative property JV

Council to DNA test dog poo to catch owners who fail to clear up after pets

City council fined £20k after park keeper thrown off tractor

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

Localism and interventionNoon
Paul Feild considers recent developments regarding intervention and peer review and argues that certain legislative changes are of major significance to localism, governance and standards.
Automatic suspension of contracts
Ruth Connorton and Alistair Robertson set out the six things the court suggests defendant contracting authorities can learn from a case involving the procurement of domestic violence support services.
The General Election and schools
As the General Election nears, Graham Burns analyses what the main political parties are proposing in relation to education.

Out of borough placements: the Supreme Court view
Earlier this month the Supreme Court handed down a major ruling on a London borough's offer of housing to a homeless mother of five 50 miles away. Trevor Watt considers the ramifications.

Marriage, civil partnerships and safeguarding the vulnerable adult
Edward Bennett reviews the options for local authorities when it comes to forced marriage and vulnerable adults.

Vacant building credit – the latest position
Uncertainly remains around vacant building credit despite recent changes to the National Planning Practice Guidance, write Christopher Stanwell and Tim Stansfield.
Historic warnings and employee dismissals
The Court of Appeal has said employment tribunals should consider historic warnings, so should you? Phil Allen reports.
Deprivation of liberty at home
A second High Court judge has sought to distance the factual circumstances of a deprivation of liberty case from the Supreme Court ruling in Cheshire West. The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Chambers review the judgment.

The latest blogs...
On flexibility by Angus Walker
The issue that probably concerns project promoters about to enter the Planning Act 2008 regime the most is flexibility. Will the consent they receive at the end (or is it the end?) allow them to build a financially viable project, given what might develop once the application has gone in or after it has been consented? 

New webinars on Local Government Law TV

Achieving Better Ethics Across Public Service Provision £25.00 David Prince CBE, independent member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, outlines his organisation's proposals for ensuring that outsourced providers of public services are subject to the same ethical standards as public sector organisations.
Procurement and State Aid Reforms – The Commercial Impact £25.00 This course investigates how the new procurement rules and changes to the state aid regime will practically affect local authorities investors in public service delivery, trade in services or generally act as a catalyst in economic development.
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Adult Social Services: All change at the Court of Protection (Part 1)
Major changes are taking place in the process of the Court of Protection. The team at 39 Essex Chambers outline the key developments.

Children: Age disputes and leaving care obligations
The Court of Appeal has considered local authorities’ obligations to migrant children and young persons turning 18, in the context of age disputes. Eirwen Pierrot reports.

Children: How not to conduct care proceedings
The wise lawyer does not build his house upon the sand no matter how established the beach is: senior family judges have issued a timely reminder on evidence, threshold and compliance, writes Stephanie Townsend.

Children: Deprivations of liberty and children
When is a deprivation of liberty not a deprivation of liberty? When the parents of a 15 year old agree to it. Bridget Dolan and Sarah Simcock analyse a recent High Court ruling.

Education: School transport judgment arrives
Jonathan Moffett analyses a High Court ruling on a challenge to a council’s policy of only providing transport to eligible children at the beginning and end of the normal school day.

Education: International students: staying onside
The LexisPSL Immigration team look at the impact of changes to the regime governing Tier 4 (General) sponsors and review the case law around revocation action by the Home Office.

Employment: General Election: employment law proposals
Graham Richardson looks at the key proposed changes to employment law that the different major political parties have indicated in their election manifestos that they would intend to introduce were they to be in government following the general election.

Employment: Constructive knowledge of disability
Reasonable, not perfect, efforts are required to avoid having constructive knowledge of disability, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled. Simon Lambert reports.

Governance: Pray continue
Last month the Local Government (Religious Observances) Act received Royal Assent. Graeme Creer looks at the latest development in relation to council prayers.

Governance: Going into 'purdah'
Olwen Dutton sets out some of the key issues in relation to local authority decision-making during the pre-election period.

Healthcare: Patients in mental hospitals and voting
With the forthcoming General Election, issues are likely to arise regarding the ability of patients to vote. Andrew Parsons summarises the Statutory Regulations.

Housing: No second bite at the cherry
A defendant to possession proceedings failed in a High Court challenge to a decision on capacity. Dean Underwood explains why.

Housing: POSHFA 2013: 18 months on
Trevor Watt reviews the operation of the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013 and considers why enforcement is patchy.

Information Law: The Secret(-ish) Diary of Andrew Lansley (aged 58 1/4)
The Department of Health has lost an appeal to the Upper Tribunal over an Information Commissioner’s Office order that it disclose most of the information it withheld from a former Secretary of State’s ministerial diary. Christopher Knight examines the ruling.

Litigation: QOCS and fundamental dishonesty
Chris Booth reports on one of the first cases where qualified one-way costs shifting was disapplied after the court found that the claimant's claim was on the balance of probabilities "fundamentally dishonest".

Litigation: Woodland v Essex CC – the case continues
In the Woodland case the Supreme Court ruled that a local authority could owe a non-delegable duty of care in relation to the conduct of school swimming lessons. Malcolm Johnson reports on what happened next in the case.

Planning: Good faith and planning enforcement
Does good faith still have a role within planning enforcement? David Bird analyses a recent High Court ruling.

Planning: Key changes to EIA and CIL
Important changes in relation to environmental impact assessments and the community infrastructure levy have come into force. Victoria Hutton explains their significance.

Procurement: The rise of the public sector companies
Azhar Ghose considers the factors which make the difference between a public sector company succeeding and failing.

Procurement: The rule against penalties: top tips
Gwendoline Davies and Daniel Newbould examine some of the thorny issues around the rule against penalties in commercial contracts.

Procurement: Do we really have to? Afraid so!
The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 impose an obligation to post contract award information for below-threshold contracts on the Contracts Finder website. Jenny Beresford-Jones examines the requirement and the likely consequences of a failure to comply.

Projects: What the manifestos say about infrastructure and planning
Angus Walker reports on what the manifestos of the main parties say about infrastructure and planning, and issues such as airports, onshore wind, HS2 and planning appeals in particular.

Property: Searching questions
An Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union has issued an opinion in the key case on local authorities' ability to charge for the provision of property search information. Timothy Pitt-Payne QC looks at the ramifications.

Regulatory: Commencing criminal proceedings correctly
All criminal cases begin in the magistrates' court however serious the offence. The LexisPSL Corporate Crime team set out the correct steps that need to be taken when commencing proceedings in these ways.

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