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Editor's blog: What is an acceptable level of risk?

There was one particularly intriguing aspect to this week's story on the need for the legal services department at Bristol City Council to deliver £230,000 in savings in 2013/14. Read more...

New Year, new challenge: Kent County Council is hiring a Senior Solicitor for its Planning & Highways Team and a Senior Solicitor/Barrister for its Social Services Team. Salary: £48,635-£54,496 per annum. The deadline is 12 pm on 17 January. Meanwhile, how about this role as interim Project Manager to deliver a shared legal services across four local authorities in the South East?

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News headlines

ProjectsCouncil mulls defamation action in own name following Localism Act changes Report from law firm says general power of competence allows move to go ahead. Independent councillors deny any wrongdoing

Council faces judicial review over maximum expenditure policy for care Claimants allege failure to conduct lawful consultation and have due regard to Equality Act duties

DCLG mInister urges councils to heed advice that EIAs are not a legal requirement Letter from Brandon Lewis to all leaders and chief execs follows CBI speech by PM "calling time" on equality impact assessments

City council legal department required to make £230,000 in savings Proposed measures include plan to decrease legal work on non-core elements and ceasing advice on non high risk cases

Khyra Ishaq estate and family members to sue Birmingham City Council Letter of claim alleges that local authority owed duty of care and its negligence played key part in longevity of abuse

Mystery Shopper procurement scheme saw 300+ investigations: Cabinet Office Progress report analyses most frequent complaints

Cabinet Office issues advice on Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 Procurement policy note produced ahead of legislation coming into effect at the end of the month

Community venues to win exemption under entertainment deregulation Government response to consultation says certain protections will also be retained, including 11 pm end time for deregulated performance

MInisters consult on rationalising planning guidance after damning report Current system found to be "no longer fit for purpose", with some documents "wildly out of date". Single resource to be put together

Liverpool pursues city-wide compulsory licensing scheme for private landlords Plan follows London Borough of Newham becoming first council, from 1 January, to implement borough-wide scheme

MoJ to reconsider timing for extending RTA portal to EL/PL claims Judicial review threat from personal injury lawyers delays implementation of extension to employers' liability and public liability cases

Birmingham Law Centre issues funding appeal to council amid closure fears

Two bars in Newcastle agree £1.25 minimum unit price as licence condition

HSE consults on code for local authority health and safety inspections

DCLG consults on temporary stop notices and unauthorised traveller sites

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonThe practical implications of the Localism Act 2011
Olwen Dutton provides a checklist of the most significant Localism Act provisions which local authority lawyers should now have put in place, or should be considering putting in place, within their authorities. 

On call hours - the legal issues
Graham Richardson considers the legal issues that arise from "on call" working, especially in relation to the National MInimum Wage and the Working Time Regulations. 

FOIA update: part two
In the second in a two-part series, Eleanor Grey QC looks at key FOI decisions in the last six months on such issues as vexatious requests, crime fighting and confidentiality.

Detention in a care home and Article 8
The Court of Protection has approved arrangements for safeguarding the Article 8 rights of a man detained in a private care home. Richard Mumford examines the ruling.

Housing Revenue Account reform - what next for local authorities?
David Isaacson looks at the various options open to local authorities in the new housing finance landscape.

Due diligence on property disposals
How should public sector organisations disposing of sites approach replying to buyers' enquiries? Phil Lawrence outlines some of the issues that need to be considered.

The use of 'take or pay' clauses
The High Court has provided further confirmation that a 'take or pay' clause can be a penalty, writes Mark Alsop.

Establishing new faith schools
A High Court judge has rejected a legal challenge by the British Humanist Association to plans for two new Catholic schools in Richmond. Holly Stout analyses the outcome.

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Ten infrastructure planning predictions for 2013 by Angus Walker
Everyone loves lists, so to kick off 2013, here are my top ten predictions for the Planning Act regime this year. 

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Adult Social Services: Setting up social impact bonds Essex County Council has been at the forefront of the development of social impact bonds. Richard Curl explains what was involved.

Children's Services: Redaction, anonymisation and child protection Robin Hopkins examines the issue of redacting for anonymisation and the interplay between Article 8 and Article 10 in a child protection context.

Community Safety: Outright or suspended The Court of Appeal has considered the correct approach to be taken in discretionary residential possession cases involving previous incidents of anti-social behaviour. Andy Lane analyses the implications of the judgment.

Employment: TUPE or not TUPE Case law on TUPE is creating significant uncertainty. Sarah Lamont highlights the impact on cost and risk in staff transfers.

Governance: Library closures - learning the lessons Local authorities looking to reshape their libraries service can easily end up having to defend a judicial review challenge in the courts. John Sharland looks at how to avoid the pitfalls

Housing: Possession actions against introductory tenants Matthew Hyam reports on a social landlord's successful High Court challenge to an adverse decision about the wording of a notice seeking possession against an anti-social introductory tenant. 

Licensing: Varying a variation A significant High Court decision has confirmed the common approach taken in relation to variation applications. Chris Grunert analyses a significant ruling for licensing practitioners.

Litigation: Remedial action and freak accidents The Court of Appeal has dismissed a claim from a 15-year-old girl who was injured at school before planned remedial work to a set of doors had been undertaken. Nick Holgate examines the ruling.

Planning: Costs and environmental JR claims The Ministry of Justice has published its proposals for a costs regime in environmental judicial review claims. Rose Grogan assesses the plans.

Procurement: Know your duty Contracting authorities are gearing up for implementation of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012. Queenie Que addresses some of the issues raised.

Projects: Son of PFI Will PF2 give a new boost for infrastructure? Craig Elder assess key aspects of the Treasury's new model, including the procurement guillotine and proposals on reward sharing.

Property: Can't get no relief? The High Court has handed down another important decision in relation to empty properties rate relief. Niall Murphy analyses the case, which involved a local authority in the North West.

Regulatory: Testing times Paddy Whur looks at who can be liable for committing an offence under s. 146 of the Licensing Act in relation to underage sales, as well as the defences under this section.

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Join the award-winning and entrepreneurial team at Kent County Council. The authority is looking for childcare advocates and a planning and highways specialist.

Commercial Contracts & Property Solicitor
This highly regarded public sector organisation has a requirement for an experienced solicitor to join their team for a period of at least three months. Circa £50-60k pa. 

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A local authority is recruiting a Deputy Team Leader on an interim basis to assist with the management of a team of five lawyers. 

Interim Project Manager, Shared Services
We are currently recruiting an interim Project Manager to deliver a shared legal services across four local authorities in the South East. 

Childcare Solicitor
A reputable local authority in East London/Essex requires a Childcare Solicitor. 

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An excellent opportunity for a Senior Planning Locum has arisen in the Northern Home Counties at a successful local authority legal team. 

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A well situated London borough is seeking a senior Social Services Lawyer. 

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A large local authority in the East Midlands is looking for a Civil and Criminal Litigation Locum for at least three months, with high possibility of extension. 

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An opportunity has arisen in the Cambridge area for a Locum Planning Lawyer with local government experience.

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Well regarded Lancashire based firm requires an experienced Commercial Property Solicitor for a 12-month maternity contract.

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An in-house legal department in the West Midlands is looking for an Employment Paralegal. 

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