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ProjectsCourt of Appeal allows new grounds of challenge to planning decisions beyond six-week limit Court says that under s. 288 TCPA there is no restriction on its discretion to allow such amendments

LGO censures council for "unisolated" homelessness duty failure Bristol City Council failed in its legal duty to provide homeless people with the chance to appeal against its decisions not to house them, the Local Government Ombudsman has found

Pre-proceedings pilot claims success in reducing child protection court cases Report hails joint working between Cafcass and local authorities

Bidder launches legal action after missing out on £1.2bn waste contract Covanta to challenge decision by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority

ICO hands out £200k fine after "truly shocking" data breach at NHS body Investigation highlights issues over approach to data destruction

Council thwarts multi-million pound fraud attempt Bid to divert funds owed to contractor to another bank account

Charity that ran business rates avoidance scheme shut down District council presented petition to Companies Court

Transport Secretary takes steps to safeguard proposed route for HS2 Move places legal obligation on local authorities to consult HS2 Ltd on underdetermined planning applications within safeguarded area

Government consults on further reforms to right to apply for TVG status

Private equity backed ABS hires down planning team

Information Commissioner orders publication of NHS strategy report

Bar Council to back training for advocates dealing with vulnerable witnesses

Cafcass sees 8% year-on-year rise in applications in last quarter

Concerns grow over corruption in public sector: research

LGA blasts Home Office delays on move to locally-set alcohol licensing fees

MPs urge greater scrutiny of school governors

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The closing dates for applying for some of these great positions are fast approaching, so don't delay: Highways and Planning Lawyer (14 July) at Staffordshire, Litigation Officer (14 July) and Senior Conveyancing Officer and Conveyancing Officer (both 21 July) at Welwyn and Hatfield, Strategic Data Sharing Officer (18 July) at Camden, and Legal Services Managers for People and Commercial
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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonTalking bollards and exploding canons
Graeme Creer analyses the recent Supreme Court ruling on highways authorities' overlapping powers and the payment of compensation.

I Spy? Covert monitoring of employees
Covert monitoring of employees is always a tricky area. Sarah Lamont and Sarah Maddock look at the key considerations for public bodies, in the light of a recent EAT ruling.

They think it's all over(age). It is now!
A High Court case involving a city council has emphasised the importance of careful selection of the method of securing 'overage' obligations, writes David Merson.

Flood zones - the Court of Appeal dives in
A recent Court of Appeal case on flood zones should serve as a warning to administrative decision makers to be most careful in the application of their policies to the particular facts, writes Christiaan Zwart.

This little piggy...
Rebecca Wakefield assesses the latest Government scheme designed to accelerate the release of public sector land to the market.

Successful appeals and the curious case of the vanishing dismissal
When an employer upholds an appeal against dismissal, what exactly does that mean? Andrew Tomlinson examines a recent case in which the EAT gave further guidance on claims of constructive unfair dismissal where there had been a "vanishing dismissal".

Review proceedings and police evidence
Recent licensing cases stress the need for the Police to produce robust evidence when going before a committee or court on appeal, writes Jonathan Hyldon.

PFI contracts and savings
Have you followed the 11 steps to making savings in operational PFI contracts? Mark Gumbley looks at the action public bodies can take.

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Town and Village Greens Update £50.00
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The Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 seeks to restrict Town and Village Green applications being made to frustrate development, but the legislation and case law governing the grant of Town and Village Green status remains highly complex and contentious.

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The latest blogs...
How long DCO applications are taking by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the length of time applications under the Planning Act 2008 are taking so far.

Snap judgement: What is your view of the proposed changes to Legal Aid for judicial review cases?

About time – there are too many hopeless claims being made

They won't make much difference to the volume of judicial review challenges

They represent a serious danger to the rule of law

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And some you may have missed....

Adult Social Services:  The Care Bill 2013 and adult social care The Care Bill 2013 will have a major impact on the work of local authorities and health bodies. Susan Thompson considers the reforms to adult social care law.

Adult Social Services: The scope of section 117 after-care and accommodation The High Court has recently looked again at the scope of s. 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983. Lee Parkhill looks at the decision.

Children's Services:  Out of harm's way Hard cases may make bad law, but in the case of Re B (A Child), unusual circumstances have led the Supreme Court to provide some extremely helpful guidance on a range of child protection issues writes Cherry Harding.

Employment: The statutory duty to collectively consult in redundancy situations A recent Employment Appeal Tribunal judgment may make important changes to statutory consultation rules, report Gareth Edwards and Allison Cook.

Governance: 'Your Council's Cabinet' - filming Cabinet meetings and other diversions Graeme Creer casts a critical eye over the Government's new guide on attending – and filming – council meetings as well as obtaining documents.

Housing: Social housing case round-up Sarah Pearson analyses some of the key cases affecting social housing, including two rulings on under-occupation.

Licensing: Getting it absolutely right A recent case has highlighted the importance of absolute compliance with procedural requirements by the applicant for a review and the licensing authority that processes it upon receipt. Sarah Clover and Poppleston Allen set out why.

Litigation: Experts and their duty to the court A solicitors’ firm was held liable for a failure to ensure that their expert was aware of his duty to the court and for continuing to rely on patently unreliable expert evidence. Stephen Homer examines the ruling.

Planning: All the glitters...? The Government has unveiled some significant relaxations to the permitted development regime. John Pugh-Smith analyses the measures.

Procurement: Good faith and notices of termination In a recent case the Technology and Construction Court ruled that there was no need to imply an obligation to act in good faith; and even if one were implied, it would not apply to a contractual right to give notice of termination without cause. Mark Alsop examines the judgment.

Property: TVG registration and the ECHR right to property The Court of Appeal has upheld the compatibility of part of the town and village green registration scheme with the ECHR right to property (Article 1 of the First Protocol). Tim Buley explains why.

Regulatory: Local authorities, licensing fees and the Hemming case Paddy Whur looks at the implications of the recent judgment in the Hemming case and what this may mean for local authorities when considering the setting of their licensing fees.

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