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Transparency has been high up the news agenda in recent days - and not just because of the widely-reported travails of the Care Quality Commission. Read more...

Jobs latest: Avon and Bristol Law Centre is hiring a Housing Solicitor/Caseworker. There are a range of excellent locum posts too: Head of Legal and Democratic ServicesInterim Head of Legal, Commercial Property Locum and Locum Solicitor (varied role). To see all roles on LGL, click here

New courses on Local Government Law.tv: Court of Protection Update and The Social Value Act.

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News headlines

ProjectsLondon borough wins Supreme Court battle over highways powers Judges unanimously uphold appeal in dispute over cars accessing forecourt by crossing a footpath

DCLG publishes guide to reporting on and filming council meetings Department seeks to "correct misconceptions" that Data Protection Act prohibits filming of councillors and council officers

Supreme Court President warns on restricting access to judicial review Lord Neuberger says it is a "small price to pay for a democratic and just society"; also criticises legal aid reforms

Blogger plans to take libel dispute with council to Court of Appeal High Court judge rejected her claim in March and ordered her to pay £25k in damages after council's chief executive succeeded in counterclaim

Council may have breached its statutory obligations over projects, say auditors Public interest report says arrangements for managing significant capital regeneration projects were flawed

Birmingham CC wins legal services category at MJ Awards 2013 London Borough of Merton named 'best achieving' council.

JR over ex-hospital site to test weight to be given to loss of listed buildings Conservation charities bring judicial review proceedings over council's decision to approve demolition in Sheffield

Watchdog slams "unacceptable" lack of transparency on compromise agreements National Audit Office report said it could not accurately gauge prevalence of agreements or associated severance payments

Cabinet Office publishes guidance for Whitehall on use of private emails Includes advice on use of non-Government email systems for Government business

Paddy Power wins appeal over refusal by council of betting shop licence Authority had initially sought to use primary activity as ground for refusal, amid concern over fixed odds betting terminals

Family Justice Council fears impact of legal aid reforms on public law cases Advisory body attacks proposed residence test, warns of exodus of experts over fee cut

Welsh Assembly approves Bill with local government reforms Measures include facilitation of joint standards committees for local authorities

Guidance to stop councils getting "contractual kickbacks" from bailiffs: Pickles Communities Secretary attacks "heavy-handed tactics" and "phantom visits"

Give councils powers over landlords to tackle ASB by private tenants: LGA Association also calls for threshold for community trigger to be set at local level

Birmingham CC wins legal services category at MJ Awards 2013 

Trading standards work sees five found guilty over scams with 17,000 victims

Borough to pay £2,000 after damning LGO report on housing of family

Judge refuses council permission to apply for JR in rail interchange row

Home Office in tougher stance on licensing authorities imposing CCTV on pubs

See all of our most recent news stories

New articles on Local Government Lawyer

Noon'Your Council's Cabinet' - filming Cabinet meetings and other diversions
Graeme Creer casts a critical eye over the Government's new guide on attending - and filming - council meetings as well as obtaining documents.

Covert surveillance and dismissal
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has handed down judgment in a case that will be of interest to all local government employers who use covert surveillance as evidence of misconduct at a disciplinary hearing. Sharon Heys explains the ruling.

Cleaning up
A recent European case on the direct award by a contracting authority of a contract for services to another public body has major implications for local authorities, writes Jack Hayward.

The conduct of Tribunal hearings following academy conversion
When maintained schools with existing or outstanding Tribunal discrimination claims convert to become Academies, this causes significant legal and practical problems, explains Jonathan Auburn.

Enhanced criminal records certificates - teachers on trial
Two High Court cases have considered issues around allegations against teachers and their inclusion in enhanced criminal record certificates. Anya Proops considers the rulings.

Conditioned response
A recent challenge to conditions imposed on a sexual entertainment venue has failed. Philip Kolvin QC explains why. 

Appropriate unit and appropriate treatment?
Andrew Parsons considers a recent ruling on the application of the appropriate treatment test under the Mental Health Act (as amendment).

A patient's capacity to consent to termination
The High Court has issued an important ruling on a patient's capacity to consent to termination. The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street analyse the judgment.

New courses on Local Government Law TV

Name Price (ex-VAT)   Description
Court of Protection Update £50.00
You Save: 50.00%
Michelle Pratley and Alex Ruck Keene of 39 Essex Street examine some of the recent developments that have resulted from the intense media attention the court has received, as well as a number of other important recent developments.
The Social Value Act £50.00
You Save: 50.00%
This course outlines and explains the aims and provisions of the The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 and its practical application to public sector procurement.

All courses are CPD-qualifying. Your first course is FREE.

Departmental subscriptions from £495 + VAT for 12 months unlimited access. Click here for details.

The latest blogs...
When the spinning stops - onshore wind turbine planning changes by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the announcement to make changes to consideration of applications for onshore wind farms.

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: Limiting disclosure in the Court of Protection The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street examine an important ruling on the limited disclosure of documents and the use of confidentiality rings.

Children's Services: Age disputes, the SSHD and local authorities Jonathan Auburn and Benjamin Tankel examine the interaction of the Secretary of the State for the Home Department and local authorities in age dispute cases.

Community Safety: Gang injunctions, ASBOs and the closest fit The Court of Appeal handed down an important ruling recently on applications for gang injunctions. Jonathan Manning and Sarah Salmon explain the judgment. 

Employment: Vicarious liability and local authorities The law of vicarious liability is on the move. Lucy Harris looks at the implications for local authorities.

Governance: Best value revisited Nicholas Dobson looks at the issue of Best Value and analyses the High Court's recent ruling on the Barnet outsourcing.

Healthcare: 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.

Housing: Insurance 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 why.

Licensing: One year on from the amended guidance Andy Woods questions whether we are forgetting that the Licensing Act 2003 relies heavily on partnership.

Litigation: Dealing with unauthorised occupiers Daniel Hall looks at the options open to public bodies faced with unauthorised occupiers of their land.

Planning: A call to (direct) action Direct remedial action is an under-utilised tool when it comes to planning enforcement. Izindi Visagie explains its advantages.

Procurement: Unleashing 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.

Projects: The Growth and Infrastructure Act and TVGs Just how effective will the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 be in protecting against town and village green registration? Antonia Murillo reports.

Property: Navigating section 123 and land disposal duties Recent case law has clarified local authorities' duties when it comes to land disposals and compliance with s. 123 of the Local Government Act 1972, writes Sarah Lines.

Property: The Growth and Infrastructure Act and TVGs Just how effective will the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 be in protecting against town and village green registration? Antonia Murillo reports.

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Head of Legal and Democratic Services
An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Locum Head of Legal and Democratic Services to work for a local authority in the Midlands for a minimum of six months.

Interim Head of Legal
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an interim Head of Legal to join a public sector organisation based in Kent.

Locum Solicitor
A role has become available for a Locum Solicitor to join a leading Lancashire public sector organisation.

Regulatory Lawyer
A progressive public body in the West Midlands is looking for an experienced Regulatory Lawyer. 

Childcare Solicitor
An opportunity has arisen for a Childcare Solicitor to join a reputable local authority in the Staffordshire area. 

Adult Social Care Lawyer
A public body in East London requires an Adult Social Care Lawyer. 

Locum Personal Injury ILEX/Solicitor
The successful candidate will take responsibility for a busy PI caseload at a public sector organisation. 

Contracts Lawyer
A West Midlands university is seeking a Contracts Lawyer with a public sector or R&D background to join its research support services team. 

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