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JOBS OF THE WEEK: An innovative unitary authority with an ambitious modernisation programme, Wiltshire Council is hiring: 2 x Planning Lawyers; 2 x Commercial / Property Lawyers (at least one will be a dedicated property lawyer); a Civil Litigation Lawyer; a Childcare Lawyer; and a Lawyer within the Adult Care team.

Surrey backs major shared service - including legal - with East Sussex
Combined legal practice to have 130 staff based across offices in Kingston and Lewes and work with other public sector bodies

Supreme Court sets out approach to disability discrimination and evictions
Judge hearing an eviction case at county court misdirected himself in adopting same approach to defence of disability discrimination as to alleged breach of Article 8 ECHR, Supreme Court rules

SRA to publish Competence Statement for solicitors next month
Solicitors Regulation Authority's board this week approved key document in education and training shake-up

Court of Appeal gives local authority Aarhus costs protection over HS2 challenge
A local authority is entitled to the costs protection conferred on claimants in Aarhus Convention claims, the Court of Appeal has ruled

London boroughs to offer ten legal apprenticeships via ULaw tie-up
Participating organisations include HB Public Law, the shared service, and Islington and Hillingdon Councils

Council secures injunction preventing disclosure of contents of 11+ exam
County council obtains a High Court injunction preventing individual from publishing or disclosing the content of its 11+ examination paper

Council and ex-head of property settle High Court damages claim
Borough council and its former head of property reach an out-of-court settlement following mediation

Date for updated CON 29 and CON 29O forms yet to be fixed: Law Society
Release date for revised enquiry forms still remains uncertain, Law Society admits, as digital working by local authorities makes project more complex

Borough to refund penalty charges after failure to transfer powers
London council to reimburse drivers who received penalty charge notice at heritage site after discovering that enforcement powers were not transferred to the trust running the car park

Equalities watchdog revamps litigation policy, names panel of counsel
Equality and Human Rights Commission names 81 lawyers to its new panel of counsel

APPLY NOW! The closing date for the posts of Senior Lawyers - Enforcement & Litigation (Criminal) x 2 at Tower Hamlets is 15 March.

Other councils recruiting on LGL this week are:
INTERIM ROLES: Senior Contract Lawyer, Senior Childcare Lawyer, Litigation Lawyer and Social Housing Solicitor. To see all roles on LGL, click here.

Care homes win battle with health boards in Wales over funded nursing care
With local authorities backing operators' challenge, High Court judge quashes decisions by local health boards in Wales in 2014 setting the rate for funded nursing care for the following five years

Councils face direction to stop them publishing fortnightly newspapers
Three more London boroughs warned that Communities Secretary intends to stop them from publishing fortnightly newspapers

Large licensing schemes for rented sector to require ministerial approval: Lewis
Any council looking to introduce licensing scheme covering more than 20% of their area, or 20% of local privately rented homes, will need to obtain permission from Communities Secretary, says Housing Minister

Supreme Court hears case on EU migrants and housing assistance
Consideration as to whether local authority’s decision that EEA-national migrant was ineligible for housing assistance under the Housing Act 1996 was lawful

South West council to appeal High Court care home fees ruling
Torbay Council to appeal part of ruling that quashed its proposed fees for providing care services

SRA confirms decision to withdraw from code on recruiting trainees
Junior Lawyers Division and other signatories express dismay as Solicitors Regulation Authority set to withdraw from the Voluntary Code to good practice in recruitment of trainee solicitors from end of March 2015

Centre for Public Scrutiny names Staffordshire director as new Executive Director

NHS trust ordered to pay nearly £20,000 over dermatitis failings

Department for Education updates advice on School Premises Regulations 2012

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New webinars on Local Government Law TV


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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.

New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonGoing going gone!
It has been a long time coming but the Audit Commission will disappear at the end of the month. Melanie Carter explains the key issues raised by the replacement regime.

Evictions and disability discrimination defences
The Supreme Court has given guidance on the approach to be taken to a defence to a possession claim which relies on the Equality Act 2010, disability discrimination. Catherine Rowlands analyses the ruling.

RIPA powers for local councils
There are three types of surveillance techniques available to local authorities under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA 2000). The LexisPSL Corporate Crime team set out how to use these powers correctly.

Constitution of licensing sub-committees
Roy Light highlights the dangers for local authorities that fail properly to constitute their licensing sub-committees.

The Greater Manchester health and social care deal
Last month groundbreaking plans were announced around the integration of health and social care in Greater Manchester. David Fagan looks at the legal issues that the arrangements could raise.

Discussion with bidders
Ruth Connorton and Victoria Fletcher look at the two procedures set out in the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 which allow for discussions with bidders before the contract is awarded.

Reducing CIL liability
Alex Round reports on the outcome of a High Court battle between a property developer and a council over a disputed charge to Community Infrastructure Levy.

Veracity and the need for experts
When does the court need an expert to assist as to veracity? The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Chambers consider the lessons from a recent Family Court ruling.

Vehicular access routes over commons
The Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the developers in a case about gaining vehicular access routes over statutory commons in order to enable adjacent development. Paul Wilmshurst reports.

Forthcoming NHS pensions changes
In a move to bring NHS pension benefits in line with state pension age, how does the new 2015 scheme differ and how does this link with salary sacrifice arrangements? Catherine Charlton explains.


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The latest blogs...
Five years of applications as Knottingley is decided by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the Knottingly power station decision and looks back at five years of applications under the Planning Act 2008.

First non-material change made to a DCO

Programme for including more consents announced

Catch-up on recent articles on Local Government Lawyer:

Adult Social Services: You can refuse - consent to sex revisited
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Chambers examine the latest revisiting by a judge of the issue of an individual's capacity to consent to sexual relations.

Children: Child abuse inquiries - a ticking bomb
How might the Goddard Inquiry and other investigations affect councils where it is alleged that children in their area were abused? Ashley Underwood QC and Bryan McGuire QC consider the possible impact.

Employment: Defining 'establishment': the Woolworths case
In the latest stage of the Woolworths redundancy case, the Advocate General has suggested a return to a previous definition of 'Establishment'. Allison Cook considers the implications for public bodies including local authorities.

Governance: Last call - the functions and responsibilities consultation
The deadline for responding to the Local Authorities (Functions and Responsibilities) Regulations consultation is fast approaching. Judith Barnes explains why it is very important for local authorities to comment on the proposed and, in some cases, "unworkable" changes.

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: Health and the Public Contracts Regulations 2015
Ruth Connorton and Carole Poletti look at the impact of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 on the procurement of healthcare services and what this means for clinical commissioning groups, NHS England and NHS Trusts.

Housing: Social housing case bulletin
Anne Hayward and Jonathan Hulley provide an update on the latest cases affecting the social housing sector.

Licensing: In defence of small licensees
A recent case gives hope to small licencees faced with losing their premises licence, writes Philip Kolvin QC.

Litigation: Judicial supervision and decisions of the Executive
A group of local authorities in South Yorkshire and Merseyside last month narrowly lost a Supreme Court battle over the Government's allocation of EU funds. Nicholas Dobson considers the wider lessons to be learned.

Litigation: There is no alternative
Did the Supreme Court judgment in Moseley change the principles of consultation? Richard Clayton QC analyses the impact of the ruling and subsequent court decisions.

Planning: Direct action under s. 178 TCPA
The High Court has dismissed a claim for judicial review of a decision by a local planning authority to take direct action to remove travellers from a site pursuant to s.178 TCPA 1990. David Lintott explains why.

Planning: Administration and monitoring costs in s. 106 obligations
Can authorities claim admininstration and monitoring fees as part of planning obligations? Alex Round reports on a recent High Court ruling.

Procurement: Material variations, internal awards and procurement
The latest procurement-relating ruling from the High Court has provided important clarification on material variation and internal public authority awards, writes Richard Binns.

Property: The Newhaven TVG case and local authorities
The Supreme Court decision on the status of the beach at Newhaven in East Sussex is but the latest in a string of important decisions on town and village greens. Antonia Murillo analyses its impact on local authorities.

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Senior Lawyer Enforcement and Litigation Tower Hamlets

Closing: 15 March
Trainee Solicitor Oxford City Council

Closing: 13 March

Housing Litigation Lawyer

Legal Compliance Officer

Lawyer within the Adult Care Team

2 x Commercial / Property Lawyers

2 x Planning Lawyers

Childcare Lawyer

Civil Litigation Lawyer


Principal Lawyer
Closing: 10 am on 16 March

Solicitor (Government & Infrastructure)

Principal Lawyer - Litigation
Essex County Council

SEN Tribunal and Legal Support Officer
Closing: 13 March

Kent County Council

Solicitors/Barristers - Social Services

Lawyer - Planning and Highways Team

Laywer - Employment and Education Team

Lawyer - Contracts and Procurement Team

Devon County Council

Contracts & Procurement Lawyer
Borough of Broxbourne, Herts

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