Editor's blog: Tough at the top
News that the top legal role at the London Borough of Southwark is to disappear – along with other senior management posts at the council – later this year is a sign of the times.
The imperative for local authorities to deliver savings is still very strong, and these changes are expected to secure a combined £1m over 2012/13 and 2013/14. Read more...
The latest jobs: Test Valley Borough Council is looking to hire a new Head of Legal & Democratic Services. Elsewhere, Leicester City Council is hiring a Principal Legal Officer, Bassetlaw District Council is recruiting an Assistant Solicitor and West Sussex Council is looking for two Procurement and Contracts Solicitors. Apply today!
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Supreme Court rejects appeal over level of direct payment to disabled man Landmark ruling in community care case finds that approach adopted by council – including Resource Allocation System – was rational
Top legal post at Southwark to go as Collins takes non-lawyer role Chief legal officer role deleted along with other senior posts in £1m savings drive. Monitoring officer role set to go to head of legal
High Court rules against council over bid to compulsorily acquire village green Judge said it could not rely on the powers it sought to use for the purchase
Southwark escapes corporate manslaughter charges over tower block fire No realistic prospect of conviction for an offence of manslaughter by gross negligence or corporate manslaughter
ICO says £325k fine "sets an example" but NHS trust vows to appeal Hard drives containing data from the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust were sold on Internet auction site
Minister promises early rule changes on expert witnesses in family courts Changes to be brought in by secondary legislation include raising the threshold for the court to permit an expert to be instructed
Fear of impact on whistleblowing as Baby P social workers lose appeal British Association of Social Workers suggests ability to blow whistle is "stymied by culture of fear"
Department of Health issues new guidance on NHS procurement Trusts to publish all contracts over £10,000, stop using PQQs for low value contracts and share procurement data with counterparts
Number of changes to existing legislation fell 16% in 2011, says report Lowest figure since 2002, according to legal information provider
Legal services next in line for Government's 'Red Tape Challenge' More than 150+ regulations to be scrutinised and possibly scrapped
Public Law Partnership to run training on core competencies of head of legal Pilot sessuin tied in with mentoring scheme run by group of 27 local authorities in Essex, Suffolk and Hertfordshire
Homes & Communities Agency revises guidance on disposal of social housing Designed to reduce administrative burden on providers
Council pays out £13k after failing epileptic mother over care and housing London borough changes approach to cross-departmental cases
Defra unveils cut to level of 'bin fines'
Housing minister launches £17m fund to boost Right to Build projects
Minimum price for alcohol in Scotland could come in as early as April 2013
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Managing in a political environment
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In the first of a two-part series, Andy Lane gives an overview of the Government's White Paper on Anti-Social Behaviour Responses.
Coming to an accommodation
The High Court recently considered the extent of care leavers' entitlement to the costs of term-time accommodation. Sally Gore reviews its ruling.
The Court of Appeal has considered the extent of an obligation to use "best endeavours". Gwendoline Davies explains why parties to a contract need to ensure they understand what they are agreeing to.
Finding the way
In the second of two summaries of recent cases concerning easements, Emma Humphreys reports on a local authority's failure to show that use of the right of way had been with its permission.
Ties that bind?
A High Court judge has made some significant comments on how much courst should - in the absence of binding authority - take notice of first instance judgments when considering issues of capacity, says the Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street.
Sales of alcohol to children
Will changes to the legislation on sales of alcohol to children make a great deal of difference? Paddy Whur reports on recent developments.
A dataset to be feared?
A recently launched mobile phone application provides a useful insight into what could be possible if public authority datasets are fully exploited, writes Ibrahim Hasan.
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Notes on a preliminary meeting
by Angus Walker
Last Thursday I attended my second preliminary meeting (PM), but my first as the advocate of the promoter. Here is a report of the meeting although I will tactfully avoid mentioning any substantive issues given that the examination of the application is now under way.
Snap judgement: Only 1% of law students intend on a career in local government, according to a new survey. Do you regret making your career in local government?
....No, I've loved every minute of it
....Yes, I'd have been better off in the private sector
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The Community Right to Challenge edges closer (UPDATED)
The Community Right to Challenge is taking shape with the publication of new draft Regulations. Mark Johnson
analyses the key elements of the scheme.
Counting the cost
The High Court this month ordered Westminster City Council to repay licence fees to sex shops in Soho. Philip Kolvin QC
explains the ruling.
Turning the tables
A relatively unknown piece of legislation gives local authorities and their trading standards teams a rare opportunity to both enforce and gain business approval at the same time, argues Alan Conroy
Securing Commons - the RIght and the Just?
examines the useful guidance recently provided by the Court of Appeal on two important issues arising under the Commons Registration Act 1965.
Capacity, consent and sexual relations
The question of the appropriate test to apply when considering whether someone has capacity to engage in sexual acts is one the courts have been wrestling with. Sally Gore
looks at the lessons to be learned from the most recent judgments.
When is an offer too good to be true?
reminds contracting authorities of the issues when a bid needs to be investigated as an abnormally low tender.
The General Power of Confidence - a new hope?
Will the new general power of competence deliver? Read Nicholas Dobson
's White Paper.
Held to account?
, former managing director for communications and public reporting at the Audit Commission, questions the Government's changes to local audit.
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