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JOBS OF THE WEEK: Eastbourne: Local Government Lawyers (to £47,383; various practice areas). We are reshaping the way that we deliver our legal services to ensure that we have a flexible, resilient and skilled service in place which will support the Council’s future strategies. Closing: 23 November.

ProjectsSRA to consult before 2015 on revised regulation for in-house lawyers
Rules require amendment to remain relevant to way in-house practice has developed, regulator says

First local-authority owned alternative business structure in formal launch
Buckinghamshire Law Plus looks to serve small councils, charities, schools and other voluntary groups

Leader faces proceedings over failure to disclose pecuniary interests
CPS authorises police to institute proceedings for three alleged offences under Localism Act 2011

Town council made decisions "without due consideration of legal powers"
Public interest report suggests council took actions that might have been unlawful

Council consults on Public Space Protection Order to ban 'legal highs'
Authority seeks to use new powers under Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014

Judge urges Supreme Court to reconsider deprivations of liberty within the home
Permission given to take case to Court of Appeal as Mr Justice Mostyn finds it "impossible to believe" best interests arrangements amounted to deprivation of liberty

Tower Hamlets mayor hits out at "excessive" intervention package

Lutfur Rahman urges Communities Secretary to restrict extent of directions in aftermath of PwC inspection report showing breaches of best value duty. See also: Judge refuses call by Tower Hamlets for judicial review over best value audit

Council wins injunctions barring two men from approaching 17-year-old girl
Novel approach taken after concerns raised about welfare of girl in the local authority's care

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INTERIM ROLES: Senior Legal Advisor (Civil Litigation), Senior Planning Lawyer, Employment and Education Lawyer, Civil Litigation Lawyer and Contracts & Procurement Lawyer. To see all roles on LGL, click here.

Employers and trade unions agree 2.2% pay rise for council workers
New deal to come into force in January and last 15 months

Watchdog pans DCLG for limited understanding of impact of cuts on councils
National Audit Office says Department too reliant on rest of Whitehall for alerts about service failures

Ensure scrutiny separated from executive post-Rotherham, MPs tell councils
CLG committee report says there needs to be effective challenge where evidence of serious problems

Court hears case on impact of bedroom tax upon women in Sanctuary Schemes
Claimant and son only entitled to benefit for two-bedroom property but live in specially adapted three-bed home because of risk from ex-partner

EC dismisses state aid complaints over council and football club land dealings
Relevant transactions understood to have respected market economy operator principle

Council praised for tackling disability hate crime after Fiona Pilkington case
Equality & Human Rights Commission hails progress made after borough council entered into s. 23 Equality Act 2006 agreement

Senior lawyer takes chief executive role at largest council in Scotland
Annemarie O'Donnell, who joined Glasgow CIty Council in 1991 from private practice, wins top job

Supreme Court to rule on challenge to impact of benefit cap
Challenge brought by lone parents and victims of domestic violence

DfE publishes advice for teachers on protecting themselves from cyberbullying

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonCharacter and taxi/PHV drivers
The task of licensing authorities to make decisions about the character of taxi/private hire drivers and applicants is a tough one. Ian De Prez examines the issues involved.

Challenging HSE enforcement notices
Gerard Forlin QC and Mike Appleby explain why there is now greater scope for challenging prohibition and improvement notices and argue that the decision whether to appeal or not is now more significant than ever before.

Charging for discretionary leasehold services
The Court of Appeal has rejected a challenge to charges for a council’s discretionary leasehold services. Sebastian Clegg explains why.

S. 106 obligations and later planning permissions
A High Court judge has ruled that section 106 contribution obligations were ousted by a later planning permission and agreement. Phil Taylor reports.

Sex vs contact: capacity to consent
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street report on a recent case where an individual was found to lack capacity to decide on contact with others but have capacity to consent to sexual relations.

Recent developments on Forced Marriage Protection Orders
Carolyn Whaymand looks at the ability of local authorities to obtain forced marriage protection orders and recent legislative changes.

Giant leaps or gentle steps?
Kevin Jaquiss examines some of the key issues around mutualisation in the NHS and considers what types of services it would most suit.

Regulators and alternatives to judicial review
Following a roundtable with leading regulators, James Dunn examines the key issues facing public bodies dealing with judicial review and what steps can be taken to reduce costly challenges.

New courses on Local Government Law TV

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Whistleblowing in the Public Sector £25.00 This presentation examines the effect of the law(s) intended to facilitate whistleblowing and to protect whistleblowers, and provides guidance to public authorities on how to prepare for and respond correctly to a disclosure.
Overage - Preserving Value £25.00 This webinar introduces the viewer to the concept and practice of overage, its pros and cons and compares its use with other methods of retaining an interest in the future value of property assets.

Departmental subscriptions from £249 + VAT for 12 months unlimited access (LLG members). Click here for details.

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Infrastructure Bill clears the Lords by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the completion of consideration of the Infrastructure Bill in the House of Lords.

Inspector steps down to seek Lib Dem candidacy

Been away? Features on Local Government Lawyer recently include:

Adult Social Services: The limits of paternalism
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street look at the lessons from a High Court ruling in a case where a local authority sought declaratory relief sanctioning of a birth plan in respect of a vulnerable adult.

Children: Childcare proceedings, legal aid and proper representation
The President of the Family Division said the state had "washed its hands" over a lack of legal aid for parents with learning disabilities who faced the removal of their child. Allan Norman analyses the ruling.

Children: Food, Glorious Food
Aimee Fox provides an update on new regulations on school lunches.

Community Safety: Anti-Social Behaviour – the new reforms
In this first of two articles Andrew Lane looks at the new ASB “tools” introduced by the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act 2014.

Employment: Binding communications about pay
Can an employer be contractually bound by the communications of an HR consultant? Yes, said the Employment Appeal Tribunal in a recent case involving a local authority, writes Michelle Bowen.

Employment: Holiday pay and overtime
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has handed down an important judgment on the calculation of holiday pay and whether it should include overtime payments. Sarah Lamont looks at the key points.

Governance: A strict test for compliance: access to information requirements
The High Court has quashed planning permission for a wind turbine because the council involved failed to make information available beforehand, in breach of its legal obligations. Jon Baines reviews the case.

Healthcare: Keeping the NHS in public hands
A group of bodies including NHS England has put forward proposals to meet an expected £8bn funding gap for the NHS. Jeanette Whyman analyses the plans.

Housing: What is a “dwelling”?
Matt Hutchings and Nicola Margiotta discuss the recent Supreme Court decision on eviction from 'interim accommodation' provided under Part VII of the Housing Act.

Housing: Out of borough placements: Nzolameso v City of Westminster
The Court of Appeal recently rejected a challenge by a homeless mother to a London borough's offer of temporary accommodation near Milton Keynes. Ian Peacock explains why.

Licensing: Revised s. 182 guidance from the Home Office
Andy Woods looks at the revised guidance issued by the Home Office under Section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003 and in particular in relation to cumulative impact policies.

Litigation: Varying a Part 36 offer – All or Nothing?
The defendant in a recent personal injury case successfully varied its part 36 offer, but it is a risky strategy, writes Jamie Whaling.

Planning: Highway agreements, adoption and liabilities
A Court of Appeal ruling has raised the significance of negotiating s. 38 highways agreements, writes Antonia Murillo.

Procurement: Contract variations
The new Public Contracts Regulations 2015 look to codify the law on contract amendments. Katie Bray considers the provisions and principles.

Property: Service charge consultation back on track
The Court of Appeal has handed down an important ruling on the obligation on landlords to consult tenants when proposing to carry out sets of 'qualifying works'. Ranjit Bhose QC analyses the judgment.

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