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ProjectsMoJ mulls new standing test, specialist planning court in latest JR reforms Justice Secretary claims changes to judicial review process will mean it cannot be exploited for campaigning or publicity purposes

Watchdog launches corporate governance inspection into council Special inspection by Auditor-General follows discovery of significant failings

Council wins appeal over disclosure of job titles of attendees at law firm meeting Local authority refused FOI request for titles of junior staff attending meeting over major outsourcing

Authorities must not 'gold plate' public sector equality duty, says review Independent Steering Group appointed by Home Secretary calls for clarity on minimum requirements, role of data and its collection

London borough seeks legal and commercial advisers for £1-5m contract Chosen firm to advise on major project reviewing the shape of council's resources functions

Number of civil legal aid cases has fallen dramatically, claims Legal Action Group Housing cases down 34% in April to June this year

Report spells end for blanket no-evictions policy on 'bedroom tax' Cross-party group at council says policy is financially unsustainable and difficult to implement

JOBS JUST IN: West Sussex County Council is hiring a Principal Solicitor (£53,682 to £57,153) , who will act as technical lead for all legal commercial activity, and a Senior Solicitor/Solicitor (£36,313 to £52,710 doe) in its commercial team - find out more about these great roles hereThe London Borough of Hackney is meanwhile recruiting an experienced Barrister or Child Care Solicitor-Advocate for a one-year, fixed-term contract (£51,381). 

To see all roles on LGL, click here. Locum roles include Senior Planning LocumSenior Commercial Property Locum, Principal Contracts Lawyer (part-time), Newly-qualified Contracts and Procurement LawyerHousing Lawyer and Governance Locum. Please tell them you saw the advert on Local Government Lawyer

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Councils take legal advice over affordable rent decision by London Mayor Examination of feasibility of judicial review amid concern over alterations to London Plan

Time for community governance reviews cut in boost to new parish councils Local authorities will have to decide on applications within a maximum of a year

Ombudsman warns councils over responsibility for care home operators Complaint after private care home sought to charge top-up fees

Legal Services Board urges single regulator in revamped framework Submission to MoJ review says new regulator should be unrelated to any existing regulator

MPs attack approach by regulator to financial viability of housing providers CLG committee says practice adopted by HCA regulation committee lacks transparency and should be ended

Frontline staff need more training on Mental Capacity Act, says Law Society Chancery Lane suggests social workers could have similar training to Approved Mental Health Professionals

Criminal Bar Association brings judicial review over QASA advocacy scheme

Local authority calls off legal action over rail freight interchange

Council guilty of safety breach after woman falls into drain at care home

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonPublic sector mutuals - the future for local government services?
Simon Randall outlines the development in the role of public sector mutuals in the delivery of local government services, dealing with the implications of the proposed new EU Public Procurement Directive.

Food for thought
The Supreme Court has given a definitive ruling upon the issue of the requirements of the offence of selling food after the expiry of a 'use by' date. The judgment represents a welcome return to certainty in such prosecutions, writes Adam Pearson.

TUPE - changes on the horizon
The Government has recently published its response to a consultation on proposed amendments to TUPE, including in relation to service provision changes. Graham Richardson considers the revised proposals.

Meeting housing needs and the NPPF
Paul Stinchcombe QC and Ned Helme analyse a landmark ruling on meeting housing needs following the revocation of regional strategies.

Costs and compliance: a strict approach
Gwendoline Davies and Sue Harris examine emerging trends from the key case management and costs cases that have hit the courts since the Jackson reforms were implemented on 1 April 2013.

Recent developments in information law: part 1
In the first in a two-part series on recent developments in information law, Eleanor Grey QC, Catherine Dobson and Jack Anderson look at issues such as the Attorney-General's power of veto, surveillance and a Supreme Court ruling on data protection.

Selling P's assets to pay for care home fees
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street analyses a case where a county council, as deputy for an incapacitated adult, sought to sell assets including a Pisarro to meet his care home fees.

LGL in figures - unique visitors in August 2013: 22,265 (up 32% on June 2012).

New courses on Local Government Law TV

Name Price (ex-VAT)   Description
Mediation £25.00 This course provides both practical guidance on approaching and conducting a mediation successfully and addresses some of the objections to entering into the process that lawyers may have or be given by their clients.
Forfeiture £25.00 This courses tries to make some sense of the tangled law surrounding forfeiture by looking at the law of forfeiture from first principles and examining the hurdles that must be passed for landlords to successfully, and lawfully, forfeit.
POCA in Planning Enforcement £25.00 This course explains how POCA can be applied to a variety of planning enforcement situations, including the improper use of property or land for commercial purposes, illegal advertising and heritage protection.
Major works consultation and dispensation £25.00 This course looks at the problem areas and case law created by the consultation requirements contained in Section 20 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 (LTA) and examines the law governing applications for dispensation from them.
Local Government Case Law Update 2013 £25.00 Leading public law barrister Richard Clayton QC identifies and analyses the key decisions affecting local authorities in the past 18 months, including important decisions in the fields of community care, education, planning, housing, procurement and JR.
Caldicott 2: To share or not to share? £25.00 The aim of this course is to outline and explain the main recommendations on data sharing made by Dame Fiona Caldicott to enable local authorities, public and private healthcare providers and contractors to prepare for their expected implementation.
Town and Village Greens Update

The Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 seeks to restrict Town and Village Green applications being made to frustrate development, but the legislation and case law governing the grant of Town and Village Green status remains highly complex and contentious.
Bringing and Defending Procurement Challenges
This course revisits the first principles of current procurement law and practice and outlines the grounds for bringing challenges as well as ways that contracting authorities can defend claims and avoid them in the first place.
PF2: A new approach to public partnerships
The government claims that the PF2 scheme address the perceived deficiencies of PFI. This course outlines the main provisions of PF2 and compares the respective contract structures of the PFI and PF2 regimes, highlighting the major differences between the
Court of Protection Update
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
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.
Security for costs
This course looks at the Court's power to order security for costs in typical commercial disputes, tactical considerations and a review of the latest High Court and Court of Appeal decisions.

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

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The latest blogs...
Local authorities can't challenge DCOs and other judicial review proposals by Angus Walker
This entry looks at a further consultation aimed at speeding up - and weeding out - planning and other judicial review challenges.

Armitt Review recommends National Infrastructure Commission
This entry reports on the publication of the Armitt Review, which was commissioned by the Labour Party to consider improvements to infrastructure planning and delivery.

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And some you may have missed....

Adult Social Services: Discussing hoarding, DOLs, lack of capacity and charging In an update on recent developments in adult social care and mental health, Carolyn Whaymand looks at hoarding, DOLs, lack of capacity and charging for care home fees.

Adult Social Services: Sterilisation and best interests Salma Kantharia explains why a High Court judge ruled that it was in the best interests for a 36-year-old man to be sterilised.

Children's Services: The duty to give former looked after children assistance with education A local authority has failed to overturn a ruling on former relevant children and the grant of educational expenses. Rachel Kamm examines the Court of Appeal's findings.

Employment: Post-termination conduct and compensatory awards Can a claimant's conduct after termination of their employment contract be taken into account when assessing a compensatory award? Allison Cook looks at a recent EAT ruling.

Governance: Sales of the Edited Register Councils have recently come under fire for sales of the edited electoral register. Emma Godding looks at the key issues for electoral registration officers and local government lawyers.

Governance: D Day for (FOI) Datasets New open data rights have come into force. Ibrahim Hasan assesses what this means for authorities.

Housing: More good news for developers The High Court has ruled that a long-term agreement for services to a building, entered into before a landowner has granted any leases, is not subject to the statutory consultation requirements. Michael Donnellan and Douglas Rhodes analyse the case.

Licensing: Time to take notice Roy Light analyses the lessons for local authorities from a case concerning proper notice for review proceedings under the Licensing Act 2003.

Litigation: What are witness statements for? Gordon Exall looks at a recent case and other useful guidance available to those drafting witness statements.

Planning: Housing development: relevance of the New Homes Bonus An inspector hearing a s. 78 appeal recently considered whether New Homes Bonus money from a development could overcome a failure to provide necessary contributions. David Lintott examines the decision.

Procurement: Keeping a close eye on the detail A recent case involving a city council shows that there is great pressure on unsuccessful bidders to describe their claims accurately, say John Houlden and Michael Barlow.

Projects: The end of PFI, the beginning of PF2 Rob Hann looks at the latest developments in relation to PF2 and what it means for local authorities and other public bodies.

Property: Will the Church frack? The media took the Church's registration of its historic interests and linked it to fracking. Brie Stevens-Hoare QC and Alex Campbell go behind the headlines.

Regulatory: Challenges to decisions to prosecute and staying criminal proceedings Only in exceptional cases should magistrates' courts stay criminal proceedings to allow challenges to the decision to prosecute, the Divisional Court has ruled. David Lamming analyses the court's ruling in a food hygiene case.

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Featured courses and events

Family Law Conference - Atlantic Chambers - 16 September - Liverpool

Introduction to state aid and EU procurement - Anthony Collins - 18 September - Birmingham

Conducting a care case - MBL - 24 September - Bristol

Contract drafting in the public sector - MBL - 25 September - Manchester

2nd Annual Local Authority Law Conference - St Philips - 27 September - Birmingham

Public Land Law Update - 12 College Place - 27 September - London and 5 November - York

Preventing Procurement Risk: Public Sector Challenges - Gateley and Hays Legal - 3 October - Manchester

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Adoption and guardianship matters - MBL - 23 October - London 

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