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ProjectsJudge slams "act of retaliation" by council against claimant law firm High Court attacks decision to refuse to offer new lease of office space to firm that had brought tripping claims

Claimant wins right to see report by QC into conduct of MP and councillor Local authority had resisted application made under 31.17 CPR

Government to hire legal auditors to tests 750+ ERDF procurements DCLG says plan to test all higher value procurements follows significant clawback from applicant organisations, flat rate penalties and fines for the department over European Regional Development Fund

Watchdog tells council to withdraw libel indemnity given to chief exec Appointed Auditor shares legal advice with local authority but council refuses to accept it acted unlawfully

Standards watchdog to review risks from new models of service delivery Committee for Standards in Public Life will also look at how ethics can be included in internal processes such as induction and professional development

Judge backs claim by grandmother for financial support from council High Court rules that granddaughter was 'looked after' child when maternal grandmother took care of her

Council making progress after governance failures, says watchdog Findings published from special inspection into local authority that had developed "fundamental" weaknesses in corporate governance

Businesswoman faces bankruptcy hearing after failed procurement claim High Court judge had ordered ex-chairman of developer to pay £2m in interim legal costs

Yorkshire councils settle legal action with Defra over waste credits Executive member at Bradford says department only recently put forward substantive proposals for settlement

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CCG publishes tender documents after legal threat from campaigners Clinical commissioning group rejected claims it had acted unlawfully in relation to patient involvement

Regulators delay registration deadline for QASA, amend scheme Move follows High Court ruling where judges recommended improvements

Three public bodies monitored over response times to FOI requests Cabinet Office and London borough among those targeted by Information Commissioner

DH consults on regulations for fundamental standards of care Legal requirements for registration with Care Quality Commission

MPs hit out at use of compromise agreements to gag employees Public Accounts Committee reports on use of compromise agreements and special severance payments to terminate employment contracts in public sector

FE institutions and universities name 21 law firms to framework

Food Standards Agency makes it easier to appeal council decisions

Trading standards to have to give 48 hours notice of routine inspections

MoJ faces judicial review over residence test for civil legal aid

Council criticised for moving man from care home against own advice

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NoonFreedom of Information: But what is information?
The Upper Tribunal has addressed the question of what 'information' means for the purposes of the FOI regime. Christopher Knight analyses the ruling.

Garage forecourts, premises licences and the Services Directive
A licensing authority has accepted that section 176 of the Licensing Act 2003 is incompatible with the EU Services Directive. Leo Chalambides explains why.

Boldly going
Nicholas Dobson explains why he is upbeat about what the general power of competence offers local authorities.

Offers of accommodation and the giving of reasons
The Court of Appeal recently considered whether a local authority needed to give reasons for its accommodation offer to a homeless woman. Catherine Rowlands explains the case.

Better Care Fund plans: how does it fit?
David Owens and John Chapman examine the role that Integrated Services Agreements could have to play in relation to the Better Care Fund.

Framing the test of capacity to consent to sex
The Court of Appeal has just handed down a very important judgment on the nature of the capacity to consent to sex. Lucy Series looks at the approach it has taken..

Employment status: Agency workers
Mike Smith reports on a case over whether agency workers can only be deemed to be employees of end-user clients if it is 'necessary' to do so. The Employment Appeal Tribunal reviewed recent case law and confirmed the principles which should be applied when determining employment status.

Justice not seen is justice denied?
Martin Edwards and John Pugh-Smith consider two recent planning cases where the costs outcome left a sense of injustice.

Tender information can be personal
Helen Prandy looks at a local authority's attempts to protect confidential information from an unsuccessful bidder, first by relying on section 43 FOIA and later by citing section 41.

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Social Housing Allocations: Law and Practice £25.00 This course reviews the principles of allocation policy through the lens of part 6 of the Housing Act and the Localism Act 2011 and outlines what needs to be considered when reviewing or modifying an allocations policy.
Homelessness Update £25.00 This course outlines the most important homelessness cases of the past year and analyses their potential effects on the way that local authorities approach their duties towards the homeless and claimants for homeless status.

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The latest blogs...
How to find your way around a DCO application by Angus Walker
This entry sets out how to understand an application for a nationally significant infrastructure project.

Snap judgement: Is the 'risk-based' approach to legal services being proposed by Middlesbrough Council....

...the future role of local authority lawyers - it's not practical to scrutinise every proposal in the current environment

...a false economy - the resultant claims and reputational damage will outweigh any savings

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Adult Social Services: Fatalities in care homes and sentencing by the courts
Paul Rushworth of South Kesteven DC looks at recent Crown Court cases brought by district councils involving the fatality of residents in care homes and discusses the approach the courts will take when sentencing charities.

Community Safety: Business Against Crime schemes, Pubwatch and public law challenges
The High Court has dismissed a challenge to the role of a local authority in supporting a Business Against Crime scheme. In so doing, writes Philip Kolvin QC, it has strengthened the ability of local authorities to prevent crime in their areas, without exposing themselves to public law challenges.

Employment: The suitability of a new role for a maternity returner
The issue of what role an employer can require a maternity returner to do is a complex one. Phil Allen considers a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal judgment.

Governance: Going to the ball
James Derounian puts the spotlight on local councils, the Cinderella of the public sector and an engine for localism.

Housing: What to do with those in situ?
Bukola Aremu looks at the options for social landlords when dealing with those left in occupation following the death of a tenant, or after a tenant parts with the whole of the property.

Licensing: Premises licence transfers with immediate or interim effect
Andy Woods looks at the relevant provisions under the Licensing Act 2003 which permit an unlimited number of applications for transfers with immediate effect.

Litigation: Lessons for local authority litigators from the Plebgate affair
Alaina Galley of Hertfordshire County Council highlights the key learning points for local authority litigators arising out of the Plebgate costs litigation.

Planning: The NPPF and the substance of planning policy
The High Court has confirmed that the National Planning Policy Framework did not change the substance of planning policy, and has clarified what information must be advertised for EIA. Vincent Fraser QC explains the ruling.

Procurement: The new public procurement rules
The much anticipated new public procurement directives have now been approved by the European Parliament. Judith Barnes and Alexandra Von Westernhagen assess the main changes.

Projects: HIgh speed rail, Parliament, and the EU Courts
David Hart QC analyses some of the key issues to come out of the Supreme Court's rejection of a challenge brought by councils and campaign groups to HS2.

Property: Building certainty and demolishing guesswork
The Government is consulting on a simplification of the listed building consent regime. Matt Gilks examines the key proposals.

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