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Editor's blog: Jungle beat

The cover of the report from the Heseltine Review helpfully has a cartoon of the man himself, with trademark flowing locks, lifting up a stone and shining a torch below. Entitled No stone unturned in pursuit of growth, the report contains a number of eye-catching recommendations from a local government perspective. One of the most radical is that all two-tier English local authorities outside London should pursue a path towards unitary status. Read more...

Jobs update: Leicester City Council is hiring a Senior Solicitor/Barrister for a nine-month fixed term to cover a temporary increase in workload brought about by the transfer of public health functions. Meanwhile the deadline for applying for the seven roles at Staffordshire County Council is fast approaching (4 November). They are recruiting Senior Solicitors and Lawyers in various disciplines. Or how about this Senior Legal Adviser position at a central government department in East Anglia, a role expected to last until at least March 2014? Don't delay, apply today.

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News headlines

ProjectsData breach in legal team sees council hit with £120,000 fine by ICO Solicitor in childcare team sent 11 unencrypted emails about child protection case to wrong email.

High Court judge upholds dismissal of possession claim on human rights grounds First time an appeal court is understood to have done so

North East council vows to appeal after High Court blow over care home fees Newcastle says "line in the sand" must be drawn, attacks unrealistic levels of profit in the sector

ACSeS issues guidance on executive decisions and recording requirements Association remains concerned at bureaucratic burden of changes introduced in September

Ministers consult on making transparency code legally binding Veiled threat to take to court those councils who routinely use Data Protection Act or Freedom of Information Act as justification for not being transparent on spending

DfT was aware of risk of legal challenge over West Coast franchise but carried on: report Department for Transport was aware lack of transparency meant it risked a legal challenge but decided to continue anyway, according to review's interim findings

Shared legal service in South East to pursue enhanced collaboration A shared legal service set up by three local authorities in Kent is to press ahead with enhanced collaboration, including by appointing a head of legal to lead the partnership

Decision to depart from national guidance on tactile paving "unlawful", says High Court No good reasons for London borough to depart from national guidance, according to judge

Council pays ICO fine to get discount - but ploughs ahead with appeal Scottish Borders becomes second public body to launch appeal over size of monetary penalty for data breach

Councils "fail to understand" judicial independence of coroners, claims Chief Coroner Judge Thornton says some want coroners to be brought more into local authority fold

OFT consults on new power to suspend consumer credit licences Watchdog says power will stop businesses from taking advantage of lengthy appeals processes

Gambling Commission raises issue of private gaming with licensing authorities Spate of recent cases where licensees have attempted to use alcohol licensed premises to play high stakes poker

Partnership of NI councils scrap waste procurement after legal challenge Spokesman says its interests "not best served by engaging in an expensive, lengthy and ultimately uncertain legal process"

NHS procurement body puts up to £50m in legal work up for grabs

LGO criticises council in overcrowding case, warns it could be prosecuted

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonState of the union
On the back of the Government's recent proposals to conduct a 'radical overhaul' of arrangements under which civil servants are permitted to carry out union duties during working time, Helen Burgess examines the role of union representatives in the workplace.

Food for thought
The Court of Appeal recently gave guidance as to the principles to be applied when considering the imposition of a hygiene prohibition order under food hygiene regulations. Adam Pearson analyses the ruling.

Keeping watch
Ibrahim Hasan examines the new Home Office guidance on obtaining magistrates' approval for the use of covert surveillance under RIPA. 

The death of localism?
Smoke and mirrors prevail at the launch of the new Growth and Infrastructure Bill, argues David Merson.

Negotiating strategy
There have been some wins for the UK in negotiations over the new EU procurement directive, reports Andrew Milross.

Hard of hearing?
Alexander Bastin considers the issue of hearsay in a social housing context.

Correcting leases
Charles Ward explains how the London Borough of Sutton went about correcting more than 100 right-to-buy leases after it was discovered that the service charge percentages were incorrect.

A flexible friend
The team at LawCare examine the advantages of flexitime and how it can reduce workplace stress.

The latest blogs...
Growth bill delays light touch review results by Angus Walker
This entry reports on a delay to the results of the light touch review of Planning Act guidance documentation. 

And some you may have missed....

Adult Social Services: Home is where the heart is A High Court judge went against the views of an independent expert and all the professionals in deciding that an elderly woman had capacity to make decisions on her residence and care. The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street examine why.

Children's Services: Local authorities and international adoptions Ayeesha Bhutta analyses local authorities' duties and the potential pitfalls they face in cases of international adoption and children being brought illegally into the UK.

Community Safety: Late nights and early mornings The regulations covering the late night levy and early morning restriction orders have finally been published. Andy Grimsey reviews what they say.

Employment: No compromise? Robin Hopkins looks at the outcome of cases where local authorities and NHS trusts received freedom of information requests for compromise agreements, officers' identities and the like. 

Governance: Why electoral law needs urgent reform In its submission to a Law Commission consultation, the Electoral Commission argued that electoral law is very much in need of reform. Its Legal Counsel, Bob Posner, explains why.

Housing: Green Deal - the issues Bill Hull sets out some of the current legal issues that are key to registered providers of social housing delivering the best outcome from the Green Deal scheme for their residents and communities.

Licensing: Take it with you Is the portability of casino licences the next step towards localism? Ewen Macgregor looks at the latest developments.

Litigation: Don't ask the expert? The High Court has handed down an important judgment on the role of expert evidence in procurement challenges. Colin Ricciardello assesses the ruling.

Planning: The stuff of dreams A plan to regenerate the famous Dreamland site in Margate shows the usefulness of a key power in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, writes Martin Edwards.

Procurement: Don't ask the expert? The High Court has handed down an important judgment on the role of expert evidence in procurement challenges. Colin Ricciardello assesses the ruling.

Projects: Development agreements and the EU procurement rules - again A new line of attack was attempted in a recent High Court case on the issue of development agreements and the EU procurement rules. Nathan Holden and Stephen Pearson examine the judgment.

Property: Heading for certain breakdown? Break clauses in leases can trap the unwary landlord or tenant. Marie-Louise Gobbi reviews the recent case law.

Regulatory: Mind the (surveillance) gap Will local authorities continue to be able to do 'non-RIPA surveillance'? Ibrahim Hasan consider its lawfulness.

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Jobs of the week

Staffordshire County Council
Legal Executives/Solicitors/Barristers/Lawyers
To join a busy Commercial Conveyancing Team in a forwarding thinking Local Authority Legal Team.

Senior solicitors
Staffordshire County Council has fantastic new opportunities for experienced Contracts Procurement Solicitors to join a well regarded Lexcel accredited Legal Services Unit within an equally well regarded local authority.

Leicester City Council
Senior Solicitor/Barrister
Following a temporary increase in workload brought about by the transfer of public health functions and associated procurement and governance, we are looking a highly motivated Solicitor/Barrister to join our well-established Commercial and General Law Section.

Commercial Lawyer
A public sector body in the North West is looking for a Commercial Lawyer with five years plus PQE. 

Senior Legal Adviser
An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Senior Legal Adviser to join a central government department based in East Anglia. This temporary position is expected to last until at least March 2014. 

Local Government Locum
A well regarded local authority based in the South West of England is recruiting a general Local Government Locum Lawyer for a period of 6-12 months. 

Contracts Locum
A local authority based in the East London area with an excellent reputation is looking for a determined and ambitious Contracts Locum. 

Commercial Property Solicitor
A Commercial Property Solicitor is recruiting a Commercial Property Solicitor to join it on a locum basis. 

Planning & Property Lawyer
A new short-term position has been created at a local authority in East Anglia. 

Principal Childcare Solicitor
A large, well respected local authority based in the North West requires a Principal Childcare Solicitor to assist for a five-month period. 

Other featured jobs

Employment Locum
This large public sector organisation has an opportunity for an Employment Solicitor to join them, working two days a week on an ongoing basis. 

Civil Litigation Lawyer
An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Civil Litigation Lawyer to join a public sector organisation in East Anglia. 

Commercial Contracts Lawyer
A six month locum role for a Contracts Lawyer has arisen in this local authority in south London. 

Property Litigation Lawyer
A local authority in Kent is looking for a Property Litigation Lawyer to join its team on a locum basis. 

Litigation Locum
A litigator with Proceeds of Crime Act experience is urgently sought.  

Legal Officer
An opportunity has arisen for a temporary Legal Officer in the West Yorkshire area to join a local authority on a locum basis.

Criminal Regulatory Lawyer
A public lawyer with either a criminal or regulatory background is required for a part-time ongoing locum assignment.

Adult Social Services Lawyer
A local authority in the North West is recruiting an Adult Social Services Lawyer on a locum basis. 

Projects Lawyer
An opportunity exists for a Projects Lawyer to join this university's legal services team. 

Adult and Childcare Lawyer
A local authority in the Nottingham area is looking for an Adult and Childcare Lawyer with a minimum of one year's PQE. 

Property Solicitor
A public sector organisation in Yorkshire requires a Property Solictor with experience in leasehold matters to cover maternity leave. 

Regulatory Solicitor
A Solicitor is required to work part-time in this public sector organisation's Regulatory and Enforcement Team for a two-month period. 

Childcare Paralegal
An opportunity has arisen for a Paralegal to join a local authority based in South Wales in their childcare department. 

Childcare Solicitor
This large public sector organisation in Lincolnshire is looking to add an experienced Solictor to their childcare team for a period of two months. 

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