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ProjectsCouncil and Leader defeat £670k slander claim from childrens homes providers Two companies sued over comments made in community forum after grooming case convictions

Judgment reserved in case over disqualification of councillor and free speech Member of Welsh council brought High Court challenge after being disqualified for two-and-a-half years for multiple breaches of codes of conduct

Family President makes adoption order in "final chapter" of C-section case Sir James Munby says he had "no hesitation" in making order in high-profile litigation involving Italian mother

Supreme Court to hear case on EU migrants and inability to work  Austrian national given permission for appeal in case where regulations require inability to work to be only temporary

Met Police find "no evidence of criminality" in Tower Hamlets files Police say they are not investigating further at this time over material supplied by DCLG

Watchdog issues briefing on Supreme Court deprivation of liberty ruling CQC says it is certain more requests for authorisations and more applications to Court of Protection will be made

Council, HCA and pension fund seal "first of its kind" housing investment fund Land from local authority and Homes & Communities Agency, while pension fund will finance the build at five sites

Benefits of McKenzie Friends outweigh risks: Legal Services Consumer Panel Calls instead for the sector “to develop a credible system of self-regulation"
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LGPS Advisory Board publishes QC opinion on tobacco investment Nigel Giffin QC also advised on taking account of social housing needs

Council hails success of police officers it funds to tackle anti-social behaviour Officers, funded by London borough on cost sharing and match funded basis, close 18 crack houses and 43 brothels in last 12 months

MPs take Government bodies to task over poor complaints handling Call for single point of contact for citizens to make complaints about government departments and agencies

QC to lead review of law on industrial disputes and "extreme tactics" Will assess whether current legislation is fit for purpose

Small pubs face "huge" new bills under locally set licensing fees: BBPA Industry representatives claim pubs in lowest bands could see rises in annual fees of 957% and 311% if fees charged at maximum caps proposed

ICO raps two councils after data breaches involving social services records In first case, sensitive info left by delivery driver on door step. In second case, records were sent to wrong addresses

NHS Trust in North East names four law firms to panel

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EVENTS: MBL Seminars have a wide range of courses, including: Practical Child Care Law and Practice, A-Z of Employment Law in 2 Days and Licensing Act 2003: Applications, Reviews & Appeals.

See also: Top ten mistakes in tender evaluation on 30 April at Anthony Collins Solicitors or How to deal with ICO investigations following a data breach
from BTO Solicitors. Meanwhile, new on Local Government Law.tv is: Protecting Vulnerable Adults: Through the Legislative Maze.

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonCombined authorities and economic prosperity boards - the way forward?
Are Combined Local Authorities and Economic Prosperity Boards (‘EPBs’) the missing link for local authority regeneration initiatives? Rob Hann reports.

Cheshire West: the hidden cost
Sheree Green looks at some of the likely costs to local authorities arising as a result of the Supreme Court's ruling on deprivations of liberty, and outlines some of the steps they should consider taking in relation to commissioned services.

Challenges in the Consumer Rights Bill
Alan Conroy identifies some of the key issues arising for local authorities and their trading standards teams out of the Consumer Rights Bill.

No minor matter
The breadth of discretion in respect of applications for minor variations under S.41A and B of the Licensing Act 2003 has been considered and confirmed, writes Josef Cannon.

State aid, "preparatory works" and infrastructure projects
Does the European Commission's approval for a German infrastructure scheme involving grants to local authorities mark a shift away from the Leipzig Halle case? Alex Kynoch looks at a recent decision coming out of Brussels.

Children and Families Act 2014: implications for local authorities
Olwen Dutton and Clare Taylor outline some of the key provisions for local authorities arising out of the Children and Families Act in relation to vulnerable children.

Setting planning fees
Should local authorities be allowed to set their own planning fees? Polly Reynolds examines recent developments.

Recent changes to the CIL regime: a summary
Jonathan Darby provides a summary of recent changes that affected the Community Infrastructure Levy.

Latest courses on Local Government Law TV

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Name Price (ex-VAT)   Description
Vulnerable adults: Through the Legislative Maze £25.00 Ahead of the Care Bill, this course provides guidance on how to find some clarity amongst the the ambiguous and sometimes contradictory mass of legislation, guidance, policy statements and case law that governs social care law.
Deprivations of Liberty: The key to the 'Gilded Cage' £25.00 This course looks at whether the Supreme Court's decision in P&Q v Cheshire West and Chester Council means that there is now a single 'acid test' for Deprivations of Liberty and assesses its ingoing implications.
Employment Tribunals: The New Rules and Fee Changes £25.00 This course outlines the changes to the employment tribunal system which were introduced in the Summer of 2013 and provides practical advice to local authorities on dealing with employment tribunal claims under the new regime.

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The latest blogs...
Preesall reconsideration process launched by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the process for reconsidering a decision on a development consent order after it has been quashed in the High Court.

Snap judgement: Is the role of monitoring officer worth the risk?

...Yes, it's a key role that is valued by my authority
,,,It's an occupational hazard of the head of legal role
...No, the risks outweigh the rewards and status

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And some you may have missed....

Adult Social Services: Damages for deprivation of liberty
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street consider what can be learned from two damages settlements for deprivations of liberty.

Children: Unknown causes of injuries and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome
A High Court case is rapidly becoming the leading authority in Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and "unknown causes". Tina Cook QC and Katie Phillips analyse the High Court's ruling and the wider canvas.

Children: The Education Act 1996 and the meaning of "public expenditure"
A Court of Appeal ruling on the Education Act 1996 and how the words "public expenditure" should be interpreted is important for future cases where the local authority is discharging its education functions and considering the effect on budgetary arrangements, writes Aimee Fox.

Employment: Whistleblowing - linking detrimental treatment and protected disclosures
Colin Godfrey examines a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal case on the right to protection for whistleblowers and detriments suffered as a result of having made a protected disclosure.

Governance: Consultation - backing no horses, and the importance of interim relief
David Hart QC looks at the lessons to be learned from a recent Court of Appeal ruling that a council had failed to consult properly on the closure of a day care centre.

Healthcare: The Duty of Candour - and general transparency
The Department of Health has published details of the proposed statutory duty of candour for health and adult social care providers, as well as a new general transparency duty. Corinne Slingo, Tracey Longfield and Belinda Dix examine the key points.

Housing: Stating your grounds
A recent case has stressed the importance of landlords stating grounds relied on in notices, writes Sharon Garrity.

Licensing: Primary activity, betting shops and s. 153 of the Gambling Act
Gerald Gouriet QC and George Mackenzie take issue with a London borough's interpretation of the outcome of judicial review proceedings relating to primary activity and a betting shop.

Litigation: The Inquiries Act 2005 - fit for purpose?
A Lords select committee has published a report on the law and practice relating to public inquiries into matters of public concern and, in particular, the Inquiries Act 2005. Emma Ireton looks at the findings and recommendations.

Planning: The Planning Court comes into being
Richard Harwood QC analyses the introduction of the new Planning Court and outlines the key changes.

Procurement: Hobson's Choice: public procurement gets a competition law makeover
A recent case should serve as a reminder of the need to consider whether competition law issues may be relevant when organising a tender process, argues Helen Prandy.

Projects: A new dawn for public sector bonds
In the light of the recent North Tyneside PFI Housing Project, Paul McDermott looks at the scope for the public sector to use bond finance for long-term capital projects.

Property: Further chinks in the armour of town and village greens
Polly Reynolds analyses the likely impact of a key Supreme Court ruling on rectification of the register of town and village greens.

Regulatory: Transactional decisions - a European perspective
In a significant ruling for trading standards law and practice, the Court of Justice of the European Union has clarified the meaning of a 'transactional decision' by a consumer. Jonathan Spicer examines the judgment.

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