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JOBS OF THE WEEK: We have some tremendous opportunities for social services lawyers: See also these excellent roles at Harrogate: Planning Lawyer and Legal Assistant (Property)

Queen's Speech 2015: from the Right to Buy to a new Ombudsman
From the extension of the Right to Buy to housing association tenants to the establishment of a new Public Services Ombudsman, find out some of the key measures in the Queen’s Speech relevant to the public sector. See also: Enterprise Bill to cap redundancy payouts to public sector employees
District council unlawfully increased car parking charges, auditor finds
Grant Thornton issues report in the public interest after finding that district unlawfully increased parking fees to support other key services
Arts charity seeks to postpone hearing in battle with council over £850k
East London arts centre going to court next week to seek postponement of proceedings brought against it by London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Top claimant public law firm to close next month following partner departure
Leading claimant law firm in Birmingham that specialises in social welfare and general public law is to shut its doors next month after one of its partners decided to leave

Yorkshire authorities to set up barristers panels worth up to £12m
Consortium of local authorities in West Yorkshire to procure barristers’ panels worth between £5-12m over four years

High Court rules faith school transport scheme unlawful
Judge strikes down council’s school transport policy following complaints from parents at six faith schools that new scheme was discriminatory

Councils launch JR bid to overturn Mayor's grant of planning permission
Islington and Camden councils have applied for judicial review of Boris Johnson’s grant of planning permission for redevelopment of Royal Mail’s Mount Pleasant site
EVENT OF THE WEEK: The Institute of Licensing, in conjunction with Poppleston Allen and Cornerstone Barristers, is holding a series of training days on Licensing Hearings across the country between June and September. Click here for details.

TOP INTERIM ROLES: Senior Planning Lawyer (East of England), Senior Commercial Property Lawyer (London - urgent), Commercial Contracts & Procurement Lawyer (South West) and Litigation Lawyer (East of England). To see all roles on LGL, click here.


Surveillance watchdog issues reminder to local authority chief executives

Surveillance Camera Commissioner writes to all local authority chief executives to remind them of their duties under Protection of Freedoms Act 2012

LGO calls on council to pay compensation to 'gazumped' property buyer
Durham County Council has been asked by the Local Government Ombudsman to pay £250 in compensation to a man who claimed he was ‘gazumped’ by a building control officer

Campaigners win permission for judicial review over museum closure plans
Campaigners have won permission for a judicial review over county council’s decision to close a museum in its current form

WM Housing Group names seven law firms to revised legal panels
One of largest social housing groups in West Midlands appoints seven law firms to refreshed legal panel, with extensive added value and social offers made
Scottish council to award 350K+ legal advice and support contract

Weightmans increases turnover to record £89.2m for 2014/15

Geldards boosts public services practice with Cloynes hire

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A narrow distinction
A recent Supreme Court ruling on ‘intentional homelessness’ could have major consequences for local housing authorities, writes Alexander Campbell.
Protecting looked after children
Ben Mansfield considers what local authorities can do – including seeking injunctive relief – to protect looked after children who are at risk of exploitation.
Information, documents or both – what is available under FOI?
Ibrahim Hasan reviews a Court of Appeal ruling relevant to public authorities who maintain that freedom of information is about access to information, not documents.
Specifying technical requirements
John Houlden and Caroline Emslie examine how to specify technical requirements in procurement documents and obtain the best result.
The new Civil Injunction Order
Scott Greenwood analyses the courts’ new powers to grant injunctions and the repeal of the ASBI.
Irresponsible drink promotions
Are we any closer to understanding what is and what isn't irresponsible when it comes to drinks promotions? Paddy Whur reports.

Academy terminating prior arrangement
James Goudie QC looks at a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal case betweeen the elected Mayor of Liverpool and a school where he previously worked.
Guardianship and DOLS (again)
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Chambers examine a difficult decision in relation to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and guardianship.

The latest blogs...
'E' is for the Queen's Speech by Angus Walker
Her Majesty the Queen gave her 62nd Queen’s Speech yesterday, setting out the government’s programme for the year and the bills that it will introduce into Parliament. I have decided that the letter e is the key to understanding it.

Whitemoss Hazardous Waste NSIP gets consent 

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: The Court of Protection comes of age
The Court of Appeal has issued a hugely significant ruling for all those concerned with the MCA 2005 and decision-making in relation to those who lack capacity in domains related to their care arrangements. The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Chambers reports.

Children: Damages for human rights breach
Garry Dover reports on a High Court case where a children’s guardian notified a local authority that she intended to issue proceedings in respect of its multiple breaches of a young boy's human rights.

Employment: Public sector pensions: key issues
Michaela Berry rounds up some of the key issues in relation to public sector pensions from a legal viewpoint.

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.

Housing: 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.

Information Law: Vexed by vexatiousness?
The Court of Appeal has for the first time considered provisions on ‘vexatiousness’ and ‘manifest unreasonableness’ in relation to information requests. Christopher Knight reports.

Information Law: FOI and the new government
With a new Conservative government and Michael Gove appointed as Justice Secretary, what does the future hold for freedom of information? Ibrahim Hasan considers the prospects.

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: What's in store for charity lotteries?
Relaxation of regulation could open the way for more charity lotteries, write Sarah Payne and Lucinda Ellen.

Litigation: Keeping your head out of the sand?
A High Court judge has set out which a public authority ought to take, if it cannot, for financial reasons, defend its own decision in court in judicial review proceedings. David Hart QC analyses the ruling.

Litigation: Claims by trespassers
A trespasser on school property failed in a claim made after he suffered a catastrophic fall. Tom Baker and David Willaims explain why.

Planning: 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.

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.

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: Funding trading standards services
A recent judicial review application over cuts to a local authority’s trading standards team highlights the need to examine funding structures, writes Melissa Dring of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute.

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