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ProjectsEM LawShare begins re-tender process; expands membership to all English public bodies
£10m contract, due to commence in April 2014 for four years, will comprise of around six firms covering legal work across 10 main areas

Suspended Caerphilly chief executive and interim arrested
Caerphilly CBC chief executive Anthony O’Sullivan, who was suspended on full pay in March, have been arrested by Avon & Somerset Police on suspicion of fraud and misconduct in public office.

Leeds issues winding-up proceedings against developer following procurement dispute
The Royal Bank of Scotland has appointed receivers over the building portfolio of developer Montpellier Estates following the issue of a winding up petition by Leeds City Council

Newcastle becomes first authority to approve Late Night Levy
Councillors in Newcastle have approved the country's first late night levy under the Police and Responsibility Act 2011, to begin on 1st November.

Council fends off JR challenge from lap dancing club
Oxford City Council has won a Judicial Review brought by a lap-dancing club over a "biased" decision of the council's licensing and registration sub-committee to reject its application.

Minister warns councils on 'Bedroom Tax' reclassification
Welfare minister Lord Freud threatened to withdraw subsidies from councils judged to have improperly redesignated 'spare’ bedrooms in an effort to spare their tenants from rent rises.

England and Wales diverge on standardised school term dates
A government plan to allow all schools to set their own term dates has drawn criticism from the education profession while the Welsh Assembly has introduced a new bill aimed at standardising term dates between local authorities.

Supreme Court to hear landmark case on food labelling and 'use-by' dates
The Supreme Court will next week hear a key case on food labelling regulations and ‘use-by’ dates.

LGO attacks council after disabled man left in unsuitable accommodation for 3 years
The LGO launched an investigation after receiving a complaint that Daventry District Council had failed to deal properly with an application to adapt a property in November 2010.

Department of Health to introduce national care threshold in 2015
A national eligibility criteria setting a minimum threshold for access to care and support services will be introduced in 2015, under plans unveiled by the Department of Health.

Councillors warned off signing regeneration commitment over predetermination fear
A council’s head of legal has come under fire from campaigners for asking East Riding of Yorkshire councillors to ignore an email that urges them to sign up to a series of commitments in its handling of regeneration plans for Bridlington.

Supreme Court set for key equal pay disclosure dispute
The UK Supreme Court is due next week (8 July) to hear an appeal by a council against disclosure of information on equal pay.

Court denies judicial review bid by heritage campaigners
Campaigners have lost their bid for a judicial review to prevent demolition of a Victorian hospital in Sheffield.

European Commission issues draft Directive on e-procurement

EHRC publishes Equality Act guidance for schools

DEFRA and ABI reach deal on flood insurance

HSE fines two councils for "unsafe practices"

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NoonOut of harm's way
Hard cases may make bad law, but in the case of Re B (A Child), unusual circumstances have led the Supreme Court to provide some extremely helpful guidance on a range of child protection issues writes Cherry Harding.

Experts and their duty to the court
A solicitors’ firm was held liable for a failure to ensure that their expert was aware of his duty to the court and for continuing to rely on patently unreliable expert evidence. Stephen Homer examines the ruling.

The Care Bill 2013 and adult social care
The Care Bill 2013 will have a major impact on the work of local authorities and health bodies. Susan Thompson considers the reforms to adult social care law.

The statutory duty to collectively consult in redundancy situations
A recent Employment Appeal Tribunal judgment may make important changes to statutory consultation rules, report Gareth Edwards and Allison Cook.

Scrapping the Independent Living Fund, consultation and the PSED
Jonathan Auburn and Benjamin Tankel look at the consultation and public sector equality duty issues raised in a challenge to the closure of the Independent Living Fund.

Social housing case round-up
Sarah Pearson analyses some of the key cases affecting social housing, including two rulings on under-occupation.

Getting it absolutely right
A recent case has highlighted the importance of absolute compliance with procedural requirements by the applicant for a review and the licensing authority that processes it upon receipt. Sarah Clover and Poppleston Allen set out why.

Good faith and notices of termination
In a recent case the Technology and Construction Court ruled that there was no need to imply an obligation to act in good faith; and even if one were implied, it would not apply to a contractual right to give notice of termination without cause. Mark Alsop examines the judgment.

The scope of section 117 after-care and accommodation
The High Court has recently looked again at the scope of s. 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983. Lee Parkhill looks at the decision.

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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 £50.00
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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 two.
Court of Protection Update £50.00
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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 £50.00
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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 £50.00
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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.

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The latest blogs...
How £100bn will be spent on infrastructure by Angus Walker
It is not an announcement of new spending - the spending was committed to in the Budget back in March - it is setting out what the spending already committed will actually be spent on.

Snap judgement: What is your view of the proposed changes to Legal Aid for judicial review cases?

About time – there are too many hopeless claims being made

They won't make much difference to the volume of judicial review challenges

They represent a serious danger to the rule of law

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And some you may have missed....

Adult Social Services: Appropriate unit and appropriate treatment? Andrew Parsons considers a recent ruling on the application of the approriate treatment test under the Mental Health Act (as amended).

Children's Services: An issue of destitution The High Court recently found to be lawful a local authority's decision on whether or not a family was destitute. Ros Foster explains the ruling.

Community Safety: Anti-social behaviour - the future Andy Lane reviews the latest developments as the Government seeks to reform the approach to tackling anti-social behaviour.

Employment: Sticking tape The Government's proposed overhaul of TUPE as part of its red tape challenge raises some concerns for the Employment Lawyers Association. Adam Leith reports.

Governance: 'Your Council's Cabinet' - filming Cabinet meetings and other diversions Graeme Creer casts a critical eye over the Government's new guide on attending – and filming – council meetings as well as obtaining documents.

Healthcare: Appropriate unit and appropriate treatment? Andrew Parsons considers a recent ruling on the application of the approriate treatment test under the Mental Health Act (as amended).

Housing: Accommodating people with community care needs The Supreme Court earlier this month handed down a key ruling on accommodation of people with community care needs, but many questions remain, argues Jonathan Auburn.

Licensing: Local authorities, licensing fees and the Hemming case Paddy Whur looks at the implications of the recent judgment in the Hemming case and what this may mean for local authorities when considering the setting of their licensing fees.

Litigation: You have been warned The courts are beginning to issue clear warnings about breaches of the Civil Procedure Rules in the aftermath of the Jackson reforms. Kella Bowers examines two recent cases.

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Legal Services Manager - People    
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Lextox Drug and Alcohol Testing
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LGG delivers an extensive annual CPD training programme that responds to changing needs, creatively identifies training requirements and is ultimately designed to provide the public sector legal practitioner
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MBL Seminars
With over 80+ years of collective CPD experience we have provided learning and development to over 30,000 lawyers and other professionals to date.
Professor Tony Monk
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