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Suffolk County Council is looking for two lawyers to advise and represent the county and other organisations: a Principal Planning and Environment Lawyer (£45,486 - £50,728) and an Advocate (Lawyer) (£45,486) to appear in Child Protection hearings and to provide advice on the Children Act 1989 and the Adoption and Children Act 2002. Closing: 20 May.

The Royal Borough of Greenwich is seeking a Senior Planning Lawyer (£42,030 - £44,766) to assist with a substantial and wide-ranging regeneration programme and to take on a high profile planning caseload. Closing: 5 pm, 19 May.

Greg Clark to replace Eric Pickles as Communities Secretary at DCLG
Greg Clark has been appointed as the new Secretary of State at the Department of Communities and Local Government, replacing Eric Pickles, who held the role throughout the last Parliament

Supreme Court overturns key test on homeless people and vulnerability
Judges issue landmark ruling in three linked appeals over when homeless people are to be considered ‘vulnerable’ under Housing Act 1996 and therefore in priority need

Former councillor pleads guilty to pretending to be barrister
Ex-councillor and former employee of a number of local authorities also pleads guilty to three charges of forgery and one of obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception

Local authority prosecutes housing association tenant for unlawful subletting
Enfield Council claims to have become first local authority nationally to have used Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013 to successfully prosecute housing association tenant for unlawful subletting, after request from L&Q

Supreme Court to rule next week on intentional homelessness
Supreme Court will rule next week in key case on when local authority should consider whether individual is intentionally homeless or not 

Council loses in Court of Appeal over permission for urban extension
Borough fails in Court of Appeal challenge to neighbouring local authority’s decision to grant planning permission for an urban extension in the Green Belt

Gateley set to become first law firm to float on AIM stock exchange
National commercial law firm Gateley announces intention to become first legal practice to float on the AIM market, with view to making acquisitions and lateral hires

Borough apologises to UKIP candidate after name left off ballot papers
Darlington Borough Council left name of UKIP candidate off 89 ballot papers 
JOIN A CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE: Hertfordshire County Council and North Hertfordshire District Council are hiring Senior Commercial Lawyers and Commercial Lawyers. Closing: 17 May.

NEW IN: Work in a beautiful part of the country – Harrogate is hiring a Planning Lawyer and a Legal Assistant (Property), while Torbay is looking to recruit a Senior Lawyer and a Legal Officer.

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Cities Devolution Bill announced but law firm warns on powers and budgets

Promising no more 'half-way house deals', Chancellor says legislation will enable transfer of powers but only those who choose to have directly-elected metro-wide mayor will benefit. Form of City Deals programme to be extended to towns and counties

Two ex-council employees plead guilty to corruption over contract awards
Four men – including two former council employees – have pleaded guilty to corruption in relation to allocation of work contracts for public buildings

Court of Appeal to hear case over payments to destitute children and families
Permission granted to appeal in judicial review challenge to level of payments made by council to destitute children and their families
Cafcass sees record number of care applications for the month of April
Cafcass, the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service, last month received its highest ever number of care applications for April

NHS trust gives undertaking to ICO after errors in faxing patient data
NHS trust mistakenly sent five faxes about care of several patients to member of the public, despite having taken action to address earlier problems

Signatories to support trainee recruitment code despite SRA withdrawal
Decisions by the Association of Graduate Recruiters, the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services and the Junior Lawyers Division to remain as signatories to the good practice code for recruiting trainee solicitors

Birmingham man told to pay £3,000 after noise abatement order breaches
Defendant hit with fines and costs after repeatedly breaching noise abatement orders by playing loud music

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

A Manifesto for Local Government
Delegates at the recent Weekend School were asked to give their views – in the run up to the election – as to the changes to local government they would like to see. Michael Mousdale and Bradley Martin review the comments.
Flexible structures for joint developments
Derek Beer explains how to provide a flexible legal structure for joint developments by partner authorities in an extended series of site-specific projects.
Changes to the Criminal Procedure Rules
The Advocacy Team at Essex Legal Services set out the most important changes to the Criminal Procedure Rules for local authority lawyers.

Heritage issues and planning applications
Lorna Bowry and Brian Hurwitz examine the recent guidance from the courts when it comes to considering heritage issues in planning applications.
Best interests in the real world
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Chambers consider the lessons for local authorities from a recent best interests case involving a 74-year-old woman with a diagnosis of dementia.
What's in store for charity lotteries?
Relaxation of regulation could open the way for more charity lotteries, write Sarah Payne and Lucinda Ellen.
A question of timing
The High Court has recently rejected a council’s bid to have a procurement challenge thrown out over time limits. Claire Booth reports.
What is an ‘establishment’?
James English reports on the Court of Justice of the European Union’s long-awaited ruling in relation to collective redundancies and employee consultation. 

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What the election means for infrastructure planning by Angus Walker
This entry considers the result of the 2015 general election.

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: 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.

Adult Social Services: 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.

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: The General Election and schools
As the General Election nears, Graham Burns analyses what the main political parties are proposing in relation to education.

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: Historic warnings and employee dismissals
The Court of Appeal has said employment tribunals should consider historic warnings, so should you? Phil Allen reports.

Employment: Whistleblowing protection – when is a disclosure in the public interest?
Graham Richardson considers the implications of a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal decision on the meaning of “in the public interest” in the context of whistleblowing legislation.

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: Localism and intervention
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.

Housing: The High Court on selective licensing
A council has successfully defended a High Court challenge to its decision to implement mandatory selective licensing in certain areas of the borough. Jonathan Manning and Justin Bates explain why.

Housing: Out of borough placements: the Supreme Court view
Last 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.

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.

Licensing: The Supreme Court and Hemming
The Supreme Court has overturned the Court of Appeal ruling in Hemming on licensing enforcement charges. David Matthias QC analyses the judgment.

Licensing: Legal highs and licensed venues
Paddy Whur looks at the issues related to the use of drugs – including legal highs – in licensed premises.

Litigation: Civil justice reforms in the public sector
Two years after implementation of the civil justice reforms, what has the impact been on claims within the public sector and the claims industry overall, and what is likely to happen next? Sarah Swan reviews the emerging picture.

Planning: Planning obligations and infrastructure
What contribution can planning obligations still make to funding infrastructure? Christopher Cant explains.

Planning: Local authorities and Aarhus
The Court of Appeal has upheld the High Court’s ruling that the Aarhus costs cap protection applies to local authorities. Christopher Stanwell and Tim Stansfield consider how long this might apply.

Procurement: Options for local government trading
Interest in the opportunities presented by local government trading has never been higher. Rob Hann examines the various delivery models and the challenges they bring.

Procurement: Part B RIP
Sarah Lines examines the new ‘light touch’ procurement regime that replaces the rules governing Part B services.
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.

Property: 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.

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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