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Editor's blog: Positive energy

It was great to be able to publish Local Government Lawyer's first careers and training supplement this week. The publication includes the results of our survey of more than 200 lawyers, with a sizeable majority revealing they are upbeat both about their choice of this sector for their career and the department they work for. Read more...

Jobs, jobs, jobs: Camden Council is the latest local authority to be hiring - it is looking for specialists in Contracts and Procurement and Prosecutions and Anti-Social Behaviour. The London boroughs of Newham and Havering are meanwhile hiring a Director of Legal and Governance (to £120,000) and Head of Legal and Democratic Services (to £100,000) respectively. Also on LGL, West Sussex County Council is hiring a public law child care specialist while Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council needs an employment and litigation lawyer (the closing date for this role is 13 May). To see all the roles on LGL, click here

Download our first-ever Careers and Training Supplement - a must read for local government lawyers as well as those responsible for managing legal teams.

Book now: 11KBW's first annual Community Care conference In London (22 May) or this Commercial Property seminar in Birmingham (also on 22 May).

News headlines

ProjectsRelief for councils after key Supreme Court ruling on social services duty Local authority wins appeal over duty to provide accommodation for vulnerable individuals needing "care and attention" 

Ombudsman tells council to pay £60k+ to man caring for his wife Failure to provide effective support to carer when wife needed 24-hour care

Care applications up 70% since Baby P but major variations among councils Cafcass data shows large majority of councils saw increases, but others saw falls

Local authority-promoted Planning Act 2008 scheme faces judicial review Challenge to Heysham-M6 link championed by county council

District defeats High Court challenge to CPO of iconic amusement park site Funding to be released to redevelop site into heritage amusement park

Borough council rules out early morning restriction order "for now" Fears over impact on local businesses but committee plans to revisit the issue in 2014

Scottish judge rejects challenge to minimum unit pricing for alcohol Petitioners in case have already vowed to appeal ruling, including finding that Scottish legislation does not breach EU law

Committals for contempt in CoP "must be held in public", say senior judges Practice guidance sets out approach to be taken for committals in family and Court of Protection cases 

County sees off double challenge to permission for energy-from-waste plant

Ministry of Justice in tender for £16m-worth of estates-related legal advice

Number of new laws increased in 2012, reports legal publisher

Law firm wins £1m contract from housing association

Browne Jacobson bolsters team with hire of ex-head of litigation at city council

See all of our most recent news stories

New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonThe Mental Capacity Act - assessing capacity to decide on contact
The Court of Appeal has considered the approach to take when assessing a wife's capacity to decide to live with her husband on his release from prison. Lee Parkhill looks at the judgment.

The public sector equality duty and procurement
What is the interplay between the public sector equality duty and procurement? Richard Auton examines the relationship and recent guidance from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Full steam ahead?
The Government's consultation on proposed reforms to judicial review drew a furious response from certain quarters, but ministers are unrepentant. Virginia Cooper, Emily Heard and Andrew Robertson set out the key measures.

When is guidance 'statutory' and does it matter?
Allan Norman analyses the status of 'guidance' and the wider implications of an important 2012 High Court ruling, particularly for the childcare field.

Parental choice of mainstream education
A recent Upper Tribunal case related to parental choice of mainstream education for a child with complex special educational needs and raised important procedural issues, writes Rachel Kamm.

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

Public land and property development
Selling public land, or making it available for development, is high up on the Government's growth agenda. But property development is a risky business. How can public sector organisations seek to manage this risk? Phil Lawrence looks at the key issues and the use of s. 239 TCPA 1990.

The deregulation of regulated entertainment
Andy Woods looks at the latest deregulation of regulated entertainment proposed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport following on from the Live Music Act 2012.

Major changes on the way to health and safety?
Legislation that could see significant reform to health and safety recently received Royal Assent. Amy-Jo Campbell and Roy Woollard consider the likely impact on litigation in the field.

The latest blogs...
Four Planning Act 2008 judicial reviews launched in one week by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the issuing of four separate judicial review proceedings against three recent development consent orders issued under the Planning Act 2008. 

Snap judgement: How is the post Localism Act standards regime working in practice?

An improvement on the previous regime

Needs more sanctions

Too early to tell

Bring back Standards for England!

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And some you may have missed....

Adult Social Services: Closure of the Independent Living Fund - planning for March 2015 The Government has successfully defended a judicial review challenge to the process behind its decision to close the Independent Living Fund. Lee Parkhill analyses the ruling and considers the significant issues which closure of the ILF in March 2015 will present to local authorities.

Children's Services: Age assessments and the Home Secretary Jonathan Auburn and Benjamin Tankel analyse a recent High Court case on whether the Home Secretary had been entitled to proceed on the basis of a Merton-compliant age assessment.

Employment: How to avoid maternity discrimination claims Bhavesh Prajapati explains what local authorities and other public bodies can do to reduce the risk of maternity discrimination claims.

Governance: Caldicott 2: to share or not to share Dame Fiona Caldicott's report on service user confidentiality in the health and social care system was published last week. Eleanor Tunnicliffe explains how the findings affect all organisations working in the health and social care sector.

Healthcare: Best interests, medical treatment and quality of life The Court of Appeal has handed down a key ruling on best interest decisions, medical treatment, quality of life and the patient's wishes. The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street consider the judges' reasoning.

Housing: Don't look down The Court of Appeal has looked at whether a homeless applicant with a fear of heights could refuse an offer of accommodation the local authority considered suitable. Alexander Campbell assesses the implications.

Licensing: Controlling residential objectors Paddy Whur reports on a recent licensing sub-committee hearing that provided a prime example of the frustration residents often feel when they find it difficult to focus their objections on matters which the authority can rightly take into consideration when determining an application.

Litigation: Nuisance: the danger with delay Gwendoline Davies review a recent High Court ruling - in a nuisance case involving local authority land - that is consistent with recent reforms to cost and case management in civil litigation.

Planning: Highway to CIL Government proposals to reform further the Community Infrastructure Levy have a focus on highway works. Matt Gilks analyses the measures.

Procurement: Disclosure of documents in procurement disputes Bidders who miss out on a procurement will often want to get hold of documents to see if they can bring legal action. Helen Prandy looks at the issues this raises.

Projects: The new local growth landscape Anja Beriro looks at the state of play with local enterprise partnerships and the role of local authorities in driving economic growth.

Property: The Newhaven village green case - access to beaches Paul Wilmshurst analyses the many issues raised in the recent Court of Appeal case over whether a beach should be registered as a village green.

Regulatory:  Social security fraud and cohabitation Joseph Millington considers the thorny question of prosecuting a co-habiting partner in benefit fraud cases. 

Transport: The road to clarity The Court of Appeal has delivered important guidance on the status of the Code of Practice, Well Maintained HighwaysMark Fowles and Lorna Herring analyse the judgment and its implications for local authorities.

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Featured jobs

Prosecutions and ASB
This is an exciting time for Camden's Legal Prosecutions and Anti-Social Behaviour team, which is currently working on a number of high profile cases with departments across the council. This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced criminal lawyer.

Contracts and Procurement
Camden is also recruiting an experienced lawyer with an excellent knowledge of procurement and contracts law. You will be responsible for the drafting and preparation of often complex contracts and ensuring the council is mitigated against associated risk.

Your remit will include Monitoring Officer responsibility plus a strategic leadership role that will require engagement and customer focus capabilities as you play a key role in developing a new shared services organisation that is aligned to both councils and their respective customers.

You will lead the London Borough of Havering’s legal and democratic services function and you will be the Monitoring Officer for Havering. You will also be involved in the management and delivery of the joint services through the design, structure and effective transition stages.

West Sussex County Council is looking for a solicitor or barrister ideally with post-qualification practice in public law child care litigation.

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council is looking for a Solicitor for a 12-month fixed term post to provide advice principally on employment, civil and criminal litigation matters. CLOSING DATE: 13 MAY

Jobs of the week
Senior Contracts Locum
A position has become available for a Senior Contracts Locum to join a local authority in the South East.

Employment Lawyer
This South East London public body requires an Employment Lawyer.

Litigation Lawyer
A local authority in the northern Home Counties is looking for a criminal/civil litigation lawyer for a minimum 3-month contract.

Planning Lawyer
An opportunity has arisen in Lancashire for a Locum Planning Lawyer with experience gained in local government.

Property Locum
A public body in the South West is keen to find an immediately available Property Locum to provide support for an ongoing period.

Adult Social Services Lawyer
A local authority in London urgently requires an Adult Social Services Lawyer for a minimum of three months. 

Employment Lawyer (Lancashire) 

Property Locum (Merseyside)

Senior Litigation Officer (Hertfordshire)

Planning & Property Solicitor (West of England)

Property Development Solicitor (South West)

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