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ProjectsCourt of Protection publishes judgment authorising Caesarean section Mr Justice Mostyn points out that it was a health trust, and not social workers, that made application in high-profile case. See also:

Judiciary publishes care and placement ruling in C-section case;

Council explains actions amid storm over Caesarean section case; and 

NHS trust issues statement on role in Caesarean section case

Autumn Statement 2013 - by practice area Relief as local government spared further reductions. See also: Autumn Statement 2013 - the reaction

Court of Appeal rejects claim against council over Sunday working Judges agree tribunal's reasoning was flawed but refused to remit claim brought by Christian care home assistant

Leader fights back over 'special measures' and planning performance Letter from Conservative Leader of district argues that centrally dictated targets are incompatible with localism. "Only in the bizarre world" of the DLCG is there a problem, he claims

Council wins High Court battle in first test of school intervention powers First case to consider application of authority's intervention powers under s. 60 of School Standards and Framework Act. Council to replace governing body with interim executive board

New legal duty to help care leavers stay with foster families until 21 Department for Education promises £40m funding over three years but LGA expresses concern

Legal battle over 'benefit cap' heads to Court of Appeal Claimants win permission for appeal over £26,000 limit. High Court ruled that imposition of cap could not be seen as "manifestly without reasonable foundation"

Ex-manager of GP surgery fined for unlawfully accessing medical records ICO calls for tougher deterrent after manager found to have accessed records more than 2,000 times, including those of old school friend

DCLG to consult on legal requirement for councils to have Local Plan One in four councils yet to have put plan in place


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Ministers to develop single public services ombudsman for England Government accepts recommendation of governance review by senior former official in Scottish Government

LGO in new warning over use of B&Bs for excessive length of time Council breached six week limit but blamed welfare reforms

Chief Schools Adjudicator warns cases becoming "increasingly complex"
CSA also found that admissions authorities not meeting requirements for consultation, determination and publication of their arrangements

NHS Shared Business Services names 22 law firms to revised panels Number appointed increased from 16 for multi-million pound framework agreement

Local growth schemes such as LEPs "yet to show value for money" Spending watchdog also highlights issue of accountability and transparency

Spending watchdog slams Charity Commission over regulatory work Report highlights failure to use enforcement powers and take tough action in most serious of cases

Schemes for families with problems may not meet targets: NAO Spending watchdog says rationale for DCLG and DWP schemes was strong, but warns on overlap and failure to understand risks of payment by results

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NoonCompetence power strays into Harrogate and Convention Rights....
The general power of competence is back in the news thanks to a High Court case on its application and the DCLG consulting on Harrogate Council's proposed use of it to stage the Tour de France. Nicholas Dobson reviews developments.

Urgent injunctive relief and the giving on notice to local authorities
A recent High Court ruling gives comfort to local authorities in cases where another party seeks urgent injunctive relief without giving any or any adequate prior notice. Isabella Tafur and David Matthias QC explain why.

One law firm's mistake becomes a grave lesson for litigators
A Court of Appeal ruling in litigation arising out of the 'plebgate' affair puts into stark relief the need to comply with new court rules on costs. Gwendoline Harris and Sue Davies analyse the ruling.

Tenancy agreements and gang membership
Sarah Mansfield considers how tenancy agreements can be amended to prevent tenants being members of a gang.

In a spin about procurement
Michael Mousdale looks at the new EU directive on public procurement, the Teckal exemption, spinouts and public service mutuals.

A huge day for infrastructure planning
Angus Walker reports on three significant developments affecting the Planning Act 2008 regime for nationally significant infrastructure.

To permit or not to permit?
John Pugh-Smith addresses the knotty question of whether permitted development rights are conferred on houses in multiple occupation or not.

Pushed to the limit
The Court of Appeal has ruled that the time limits in s. 171B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 are not incompatible with the Environmental Impact Assesment Directive. Mary Cook explains the ruling.

The Integration Transformation Fund - key issues for local authorities
There is a huge amount for local authorities and CCGs to do when it comes to the Integration Transformation Fund. John Chapman, Olwen Dutton, David Owens and Madeline Moore look at the task at hand for councils.

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Managing Evaluation and Post Contract Changes £25.00 This course analyses how the new EU Procurement Directives will change the way that public tenders are evaluated and post-contract changes enacted when the regime - expected by 2015 - is put into place.
The New EU Procurement Directives £25.00 This course analyses the provisions of the new EU Procurement Directives and assesses how - and when - they will affect contracting authorities. It also examines the main procedures that will be available to contracting authorities under the new regime.
An Introduction to the Data Protection Act 1998 £25.00 This course provides an introduction to the main provisions of the Data Protection Act, outlines and examines the main principles of the Act and its definitions and explains how its provisions are applied in practical situations.
Tenants in Trouble £25.00 This course sets out the remedies open to public sector landlords when faced with commercial tenants in rent arrears or other breaches of their lease conditions and provides practical advice on when they are suitable and how they should be exercised.

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The largest environmental statement and other comparisons by Angus Walker
This entry compares the Planning Act 2008 and hybrid bill regimes.

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Adult Social Services: Declaration of a 'non-marriage'
An Islamic 'marriage' ceremony at home has been declared invalid by the Court of Protection. Rosalind English looks at the ruling, which followed an application by a local authority. 

Children's Services: Contracting out children's services
The Education Secretary has pointed to a greater role for third party providers in children's social services. Olwen Dutton and Clare Taylor look at the key issues.

Employment: Redundancy: alternative employment and evolving job descriptions
A recent case highlighted how employers undertaking restructuring exercises must keep employees informed of any changes to positions within the restructured organisation. Colin Godfrey reports.

Governance: When a decision-maker gives retro-reasons
David Hart QC analyses a Court of Appeal ruling in a case where a local authority sought to adduce evidence contradicting its own official records.

Healthcare: The Supreme Court on best interests, medical treatment and futility
The Supreme Court has considered the Mental Capacity Act 2005 for the first time. The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street reviews its ruling.

Housing: The European Court of Human Rights and Pinnock
Sarah Mansfield analyses the decision of the European Court of Human Rights in Pinnock & Walker v the UK.

Licensing: Black cab licences and the fit and proper test
The Administrative Court recently upheld a taxi driver's appeal against the refusal of a black cab licence. Matthew Paul reports.

Licensing: Close encounters of a sexual kind
A challenge to the right of licensing authorities to insist on viewing CCTV has been dismissed by a district judge. Philip Kolvin QC sets out why.

Litigation: Ignore an invitation to mediate at your peril
The Court of Appeal has penalised a party in costs for ignoring an invitation to mediate in a dispute over dilapidations. Katie Hickman analyses the judgment.

Planning: Parking permits, section 106 obligations and where do we go from here?
Antonia Murillo considers the vexed question of parking permits and section 106 obligations.

Planning: Retailers and the sequential test: flexibility and need
Jonathan Darby analyses the issue of retail development, town centres and the sequential test.

Procurement: Requesting information after the PQQ application deadline
The European Court has ruled that a contracting authority was entitled to seek further information after the PQQ application deadline. Jenny Beresford-Jones examines its reasoning.

Projects: NPPF: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Eighteen months from publication of the National Planning Policy Framework, Suzan Yildiz considers its operation in practice. 

Property: Field of dreams?
The Court of Appeal has handed down an important ruling on the powers available to councils to sell allotments. Estelle Dehon and Emma Dring explain the judgment.

Regulatory: Breach of procedure not fatal to prosecution
The Divisional Court has ruled that a single breach of a procedural requirement upon which a prosecution depends does not automatically mean that the prosecution will fail. Rory Clarke analyses a high profile case where the defendant was accused of operating a private hire vehicle without a licence.

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