Local Government Lawyer
Editor's blog: Down - but not out

The news that the number of solicitors employed by local government fell by 3.3% in 2011/12 is undoubtedly disappointing. However, there is a degree of relief in that it could have been a whole lot worse. Read more...

New on Local Government Law TV: An introduction to compulsory purchase orders by Chris Skinner of NPLaw and Codes of Conduct under the Localism Act 2011 by John Sharland of Sharpe Pritchard.

Last chance to apply: The deadline for the two posts at Ipswich Borough Council is 5 pm on 22 April. There are some excellent locum roles too on the LGL database, including: Interim Head of Legal (North West), Head of Legal (South West), Senior Contracts and Procurement Locum and Principal Litigation Solicitor

Our Careers Survey closes at midnight tonight (19 April). Take part and you will be entered into our draw to win a £50 John Lewis voucher.

Book now: Equality Act and Possession Proceedings (26 April); 11KBW Community Care Conference (22 May); and Conducting a Care Case (22 May). Also, why not go to the Legal Charities Garden Party? It is on 20 June in Lincoln's Inn.

News headlines

ProjectsNumber of solicitors employed in local government fell 3.3% in 2011/12 Law Society's annual statistical review shows 4,509 practising certificate holders - down on previous year, but still ahead of 2009 and 2007 figures

President of Family Division: 26-week limit is deadline, not target or average Sir James Munby says timescale "can and must be met" for all but a comparatively small number of exceptional cases, tells judges to "get a grip"

Council faces £210k costs bill after "blatantly unlawful" conduct over freeing orders High Court judge says Legal Services Commission should not have to subsidise substandard behaviour by another public body

District pays out £550k+ to settle employment claim from care warden Claimant alleged constructive unfair dismissal and disability discrimination

High Court judge quashes policy on wind turbine separation distances Emerging policy in supplementary planning document conflicted with distance in local plan

Kent legal team seeks waiver from geographical limit to charging charities Letter to SRA cites call by Legal Services Board for quick review of restriction

DCLG consults on series of changes to Community Infrastructure Levy Stated intention is to make it "fairer, faster, more certain and more transparent"

Time to stop tinkering with Community Infrastructure Levy, say planning officers Fears that levy is becoming more onerous to administer and developers are getting more options to contest and reduce liability

Councils thwarted as MPs fail to back opt-out from home extension relaxation LGA expresses disappointment after amendment rejected in Commons. Pickles says Government will seek a compromise

Repeal of TUPE amendments would increase litigation, warns Law Society Chancery Lane says 2006 changes brought clarity after previously chaotic situation

NCVO and Serco develop code of practice for prime and subcontractors Document designed to improve relationships in delivery of public services

Councils steering clear of late night levies, EMROs for now: research

Housing association secures injunction against homeless man

MoJ launches £2m tender for legal support in restructuring ICT contracts

See all of our most recent news stories

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Codes of Conduct under the Localism Act 2011 £50.00
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An Introduction to Compulsory Purchase Orders £50.00
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This course aims to demonstrate that gaining a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) can be a straightforward process, guiding the viewer through the stages of applying for a CPO and how to proceed after the CPO has been granted.

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonHow relevant today are Section 106 agreements?
The role of Section 106 agreements is being challenged by reforms such as the Community Infrastructure Levy and changes in the Growth and Infrastructure Bill. Chad Dixon analyses the latest developments.

The Newhaven village green case - access to beaches
Paul Wilmshurst analyses the many issues raised in the recent Court of Appeal case over whether a beach should be registered as a village green.

In a blaze of publicity
The Department for Communities and Local Government is seeking power to direct local authorities' compliance with the Publicity Code. The move raises significant issues, write Olwen Dutton and Peter Keith-Lucas.

Losing control of the rudder?
Allan Norman considers how assessments of need without significant harm are treated under 'Working Together 2013' and is left distinctly unimpressed.

The new local growth landscape
Anja Beriro looks at the state of play with local enterprise partnerships and the role of local authorities in driving economic growth.

One size does not fit all
Maria Memoli explains the background to the fight to retain the two seats on the Law Society Council for local government and to ensure candidates were proposed by way of nomination.

Tax avoidance and bidding for government contracts
The Treasury and the Cabinet Office have unveiled measures that mean companies involved in tax avoidance schemes could be barred from government contracts. David Hansom looks at the implications.

Relocation, relocation
The court will often have to balance the rights of family members with P's continuity of care. The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street examine a recent ruling in such a case.

No surrender?
Phil Lawrence looks at the options with a lease when it comes to surrenders and re-grants.

The latest blogs...
Growth and Infrastructure Bill pings, but will it pong? by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the latest stage of the Growth and Infrastructure Bill's passage through Parliament and another couple of snippets on Planning Act regime tweaks. 

Snap judgement: What's the best approach to libellous bloggers?

Ignore them and deny them the oxygen of publicity

Try to engage with them

Apply the full force of the law

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And some you may have missed....

Adult Social Services: Interim payments, Zambrano and final determination of benefits claims A High Court judge has handed down the latest Zambrano ruling. Catherine Rowlands analyses the judgment in Sanneh and sets out the further cases to be heard.

Children's Services: Disappearing act Human rights appear to have been airbrushed from the Government's streamlined version of the Working Together guidance for safeguarding children, writes Allan Norman.

Employment: Long-term sick leave, short-term absence policies and dismissals The Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled that it was not reasonable to require an NHS trust to make an adjustment to its absence management policy and exempt a disabled claimant. Gareth Edwards considers the implications.

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.

Healthcare: Articles of good faith The Court of Appeal has handed down a major ruling on the contractual issues of co-operating in good faith and exercising discretion. Colin Ricciardello identifies the lessons to be learned from a case involving an NHS trust.

Housing: Talking tough Matt Hutchings analyses the impact on local authorities of the Prime Minister's announcement about putting a stop to the allegedly 'soft touch' approach to housing and benefits for immigrants.

Licensing: Human rights and licensing legislation Andy Woods highlights the importance of human rights legislation insofar as licensing applications and hearings are concerned.

Litigation: Notices to quit and undue influence Jonathan Manning analyses a recent High Court housing case where, amongst other things, it was claimed that a council had obtained a notice to quit by undue influence or unconscionable behaviour.

Planning: Recent developments in planning guidance There have been some significant recent developments in planning guidance. Ned Helme looks at the key points.

Procurement: The Living Wage and EU procurement As interest grows in requiring contractors to pay the Living Wage, Deborah Ramshaw looks at the interplay with EU procurement rules.

Projects: Fighting talk  A recent dispute between a developer and a city council involved allegations of deceit, fraud and a lack of transparency. Jon Hainey summarises the case and discusses how organisations can safeguard themselves against similar challenges.

Property: Love you to death? A watershed moment for community empowerment, or another bureaucratic burden for local authorities and landowners? Six months on after its introduction, Bill Chandler assesses the Community Right to Bid.

Regulatory: How to prosecute a breach of an enforcement notice Jack Smyth provides a practical guide to the prosecution of enforcement notices.

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