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Editor's blog: Easy does it?

The revised strategy for Kent Legal Services set out by Director of Governance and Law Geoff Wild earlier this week should give local government and other public sector lawyers plenty of food for thought.

First up, there are the ambitious savings targets of £1m by the end of this year and £3m by the end of 2013/14. Then there is the plan to launch an alternative business structure on the back of Kent’s Law:Public trading affiliation with Geldards, the success of which, Wild says, has given the two parties the confidence to develop their relationship further.. Read more...

Jobs update: There is again a wide range of permanent and locum roles on Local Government Lawyer this week, including this vacancy at Charnwood Borough Council and this Head of Legal post at a public sector body in the Midlands. So don't delay!

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News headlines

Kent County CouncilKent Legal Services revamps strategy, eyes £3m savings and regional hub status Evolution process also set to lead to launch of alternative business structure later in 2012

Council faces judicial review over 70%+ cuts to youth services Public Interest Lawyers argue that North Somerset failed to assess impact and consult properly, and breached equalities duties

Judge orders council to reconsider pre-submission core strategy in row over site inclusion Local authority acted unlawfully in deciding land it bought in 1990s was not available

Council joins National Trust and English Heritage in turbine challenge Legal action by East Northamptonshire is first time council has taken this step

Law centre fails in Court of Appeal challenge over withdrawal of local authority funding Alleged breach of s. 149 equality duty

Council to retake community libraries decision after High Court ruling Surrey said it was not in best interests to return to court

LGO tells council to pay £31k after corporate governance failing

LGA and Local Partnerships issue updated guide to trading and charging

Give us the powers to tackle "chuggers", say councils

Transport authority secures first Local Government Pension Scheme buy-in

Chamber of commerce and law firm call for changes to PQQ process

EC unveils strategy to make e-procurement the rule, not the exception

Evans takes senior partner role at Bevan Brittan

Gambling Commission consults on revised guidance for licensing authorities

Judge grants Transport for London injunction in Addison Lee bus lane row

Badger Trust wins permission to bring judicial review over cull plans

Kolvin takes over chairmanship of Best Bar None licensing award scheme

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

MoneyCharging, trading and the Localism Act
Rob Hann considers the impact of the Localism Act 2011 - and in particular the General Power of Competence - on the ability of councils to charge for services.

Calling time on benefit fraud
Ian de Prez analyses a particular problem that can arise in some of the benefit fraud cases which inevitably form part of the caseload of a prosecuting lawyer working for a District or Unitary Council.

Planning our way to growth
Government proposals that would allow developers to force councils to renegotiate s. 106 agreements are unnecessary, argues Cllr Clyde Loakes.

Proceed at your own peril
A recent High Court ruling emphasises how officers and members should think very carefully before they look to employ procedural shortcuts when holding consultations on planning issues, writes John Pugh-Smith.

FOI and the social work records of the dead

How should local authorities respond to FOI requests asking for access to the social work records of the deceased? Ibrahim Hasan examines the options available to them.

Fraud - who pays? It doesn't have to be you
Adam Finch sets out two case studies where public sector clients hit by frauds were helped to develop their response. He also puts together ten tips on reducing the risk of being a victim.

New lease of life
Jane Reyersbach considers the legal issues that Registered Providers should consider when tenants of shared ownership leases request extensions.

The case for change
The Children’s Commissioner for England recently published a major report on school exclusions. Alexander Campbell reviews the key findings.

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TPPAgency Workers Regulations 2010: Scope and Practice The course explains who the Agency Workers Regulations apply to, the scope and effects of the regulations and highlights key points that may arise in practice.

Act Now TrainingEmail and Internet Monitoring Monitoring and recording of employees’ email, internet and telephone usage (with or without consent) is a legal minefield. This workshop provides a thorough examination of the law and practice in this area.

EnCentreThe Löfstedt Review of Health and Safety Towards the end of 2011 the Government published the findings of an independent review into the burdens on business caused by the regulation of health and safety. This presentation provides an analysis of the review and its findings.

EvershedsRenegotiating Contracts In this webinar Ruth Connorton considers the main ways authorities can renegotiate their existing contracts and assesses the potential procurement implications.

PPPAlcatel Letters and the Standstill Period This webinar will explain Standstill Periods and Alcatel Letters and Regulations 32 and 32A of the Public Procurement Regulations 2006 and the implications of the Remedies Directive on Standstill and Alcatel.

BirkettsEmployment Restructuring and Reorganisation This course will give an overview of the key employment issues that arise when carrying out a restructuring and reorganisation exercise.

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BlogsThe latest blogs...

National Networks NPS returns to the slow lane  by Angus Walker
The Planning Act is not working as intended for the live applications, as there is not even a draft statement of whether the projects are needed, and no list of impacts that promoters should address in their applications and the Planning Inspectorate should assess when examining them.

Snap judgement: Does your authority have plans to return to the committee system?

...Yes, it's the most democratic form of governance

...No, we'll never get anything done...

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And some you may have missed....

Two codes go to war
The DCLG has published an 'illustrative text' of what a code of conduct might look like. The LGA and other stakeholders have also drafted a code. So how do they compare? Peter Keith-Lucas reviews the documents.

Keeping the safety net
Richard Mumford reviews a recent Court of Appeal ruling on the impact of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 on the High Court's inherent jurisdiction in relation to vulnerable adults.

Making a statement
Sarah Pearson looks at developments in the drive to tackle anti-social behaviour, including the new Community Harm Statement.

You gotta have faith

Paul Smith and Sarah-Jane Archdale analyse a recent High Court ruling on good faith obligations in long-term contracts.

Finding closure
Chris Rees-Gay examines when a closure notice for persistently selling alcohol to children can be served and how it should be served.

A history of violence
A recent Court of Appeal judgment has set out the scope of employers' vicarious liability for violence committed by their employees. Gemma Hill explains the impact of the ruling.

The use and abuse of interim suspensions
The General Medical Council’s powers to impose ‘interim orders’ on doctors are not benign and their effect should not be underestimated. Andrew Truby examines the impact of interim orders and grounds for challenge.

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Charnwood Borough Council

Charnwood Borough Council is looking for a solicitor to join its Legal team, which provides advice and support across all of the Council’s services. The job will therefore offer experience in a broad range of local government law.

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This top 100 firm wishes to recruit a regulatory solicitor to join its impressive London based team for a period of at least six months.

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Leading South Wales firm wants to add to its family team with a new hire, to act principally for local authorities and guardians.

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Childcare Solicitor 
Large local authority based in the West Midlands requires an experienced Childcare Solicitor to join their well regarded team. 

Planning Lawyer
A local authority based in the North West is recruiting for a fantastic Planning Locum position.

Aduit Social Services
A vacancy has arisen within our local authority client's new in-house social services team. 

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An excellent opportunity for a Principal Childcare Lawyer at a large council in the East of England. 

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A particularly exciting opportunity has arisen with a well regarded and forward-thinking organisation in the West Midlands.

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This London borough is looking for a Commercial Contracts Legal Assistant to join their team for a period of three months.

Procurement and Contracts Lawyer
An opportunity has arisen for Procurement and Contract Lawyer on a temporary basis in East London.
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