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).
Relief 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
The 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
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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 Prajapat
i 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 Highways
. Mark Fowles
and Lorna Herring
analyse the judgment and its implications for local authorities.
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