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Editor's blog: Protected species

The heat certainly turned up another notch or two this week in the row between the Law Society and local government lawyers over the Solicitors Regulation Authority's red tape initiative. Read more...

Some fantastic jobs just in: Head of Legal Services at Tameside (to £70k), Solicitor to Herefordshire Council (to £78k) and Senior Legal Advocate at Gedling Homes. Other great roles on the site include this excellent oppportunity to be a Programme Support Officer with the Local Government Association's legal services team. There are plenty of locum roles too, including for a Criminal Litigator, a Housing Lawyer and a Litigation Solicitor (two-year fixed term). Don't forget to tell them you saw the advert on Local Government Lawyer. If you have vacancies to fill, job advertising on Local Government Lawyer costs from just £150 + VAT. Click here for more details.

Book now: The Town & Village Greens Roadshow 2013 (12 College Place in conjunction with Lancashire County Council) in Preston on 15 March; the Solicitors in Local Government Weekend School at the University of Warwick from 21-24 March; and the Public Sector Housing Law Conference 2013 in London on 13 March.

LGL in figures: 22,151 unique visitors last month (up 33% on January 2012).

News headlines

ProjectsACSeS attacks "small-minded" Law Society over views on SRA red tape plan Association describes Law Society response questioning lifting of restrictions as protectionist. See also: Law Society Council member criticises Chancery Lane over charging

Supreme Court finds for council over split accommodation for homeless Local authorities are not precluded by the Housing Act 1996 from offering a homeless family two separate units of accommodation, says Supreme Court

London boroughs approve four borough shared legal service Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Kingston give green light to service from October 2013

Weightmans snaps up Goacher to head local government practice Former head of legal at Cheshire West and Chester joins national firm

Local authority loses Supreme Court appeal over s. 31 Children Act threshold At issue was possibility that parent had harmed another child in the past

City council loses landmark appeal over its policy on CCTV in taxis Tribunal says blanket audio-recording is disproportionate, but targeted scheme could work

Law Commission consults on reforms to law on rights to light One of the objectives is to ensure that rights to light do not act as unnecessary constraint on development

Key TUPE case looks set to go way of employees at European court Union hails opinion from Advocate General indicating that 'dynamic', rather than 'static', interpretation should apply to collective agreements under TUPE

MPs call for strengthened community trigger, end to ASB "arms race" Home affairs committee recommends national maximum of five complaints as backstop to trigger

Equalities watchdog issues guidance on religion at work after Eweida ruling Equality and Human RIghts Commission warns of scope for confusion

Cabinet Office issues procurement policy note on supplier financial risk issues Calls for all contracting authorities to apply guidance, which follows comments made as part of Mystery Shopper scheme

Ministers issue plans for using procurement process to tackle tax avoidance Draft rules would allow departments to disqualify bidders 

Regional strategy for South East next to be axed, says Pickles

St Philips to open in Leeds and London in 2013

Food business fined after supplying products with peanuts rather than almonds

Coroners to be able to hold inquests outside own district, says MoJ

Council agrees payout after LGO finds elderly woman misled over works

See all of our most recent news stories

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonDisclosable pecuniary interests - what did the Government intend to capture?
Paul Hoey examines the limited circumstances in which the Government intended disclosable pecuniary interests to arise and explains what this means for monitoring officers.

The courage to liberate, to innovate
The Solicitors Regulation Authority must press ahead with plans to lift restrictions on local government lawyers' ability to charge, writes Law Society Council member Maria Memoli.

Mid-Staffs NHS Trust - the lessons for local authorities
Olwen Dutton and Peter Keith-Lucas consider the important lessons for local authorities arising out of the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust inquiry report.

Vexatious and manifestly unreasonable requests: the view from the Upper Tribunal
The Upper Tribunal has provided definitive guidance on freedom of information and EIR requests that are vexatious and manifestly unreasonable. Robin Hopkins reviews its conclusions.

TIme for a rethink
A High Court judge has recently ruled that a prospective adoptive child will not be taken from a blind woman, for now. Richard Mumford analyses the case, which saw the woman apply for an injunction against the local authority that took steps to remove the child.

The case of the absent premises licence holder and the summary review
Paddy Whur discusses recent summary review hearings that he has been involved in, where the premises licence holder has been the landlord.

Deficient homelessness decisions and the impact on the applicant
The Court of Appeal recently considered how the courts should deal with a plainly deficient homelessness decision when the deficiency has had no adverse consequences for the applicant. David Lintott analyses the ruling.

When does the clock begin to tick?
Andrew Lancaster reports on an important social care case which centred on time limits in procurement disputes.

The rule against s. 289 leave appeals
The Court of Appeal has declined to overturn the rule that no right of appeal lies against refusal of leave to appeal a planning inspector's decision on a s. 174 enforcement notice appeal. Mark Lowe QC, Estelle Dehon and Jack Parker examine the ruling.

The latest blogs...
First wind farm approved under Planning Act regime by Angus Walker
The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change approved the application for an extension to the existing Kentish Flats offshore wind farm off the northern Kent coast. It clocks up a number of 'firsts'. 

Snap judgement: Do you think that the Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis's comments that monitoring officers are providing poor advice to their authorities underlines the need for monitoring to be legally-qualified?

Yes - A proper understanding of the law is essential to do the job to the required standard

No - A focus on legal technicalities can prevent MOs from taking a wider view

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And some you may have missed....

Adult Social Services: The criminal records regime and Article 8 A Court of Appeal ruling on the incompatibility of the criminal records regime with Article 8 raises difficult issues for employers where prospective employees would have responsibility for children or vulnerable people, writes Christopher Knight.

Children's Services: Academies: a local authority guide to conversion Since the Academies Act 2010 came into effect Hertfordshire County Council Legal Services has administered 71 academy conversions. Adeola Sonola looks at the practical issues commonly encountered.

Community Safety: Dealing with anti-social behaviour - the proposed new tools Following publication of the draft Anti-Social Behaviour Bill, Donna McCarthy looks at the tools that are to be made available.

Employment: Talking retirement Allison Cook examines an Employment Tribunal ruling that conversations and comments on the possible retirement of an employee of a school were not age discriminatory.

Governance: The council's risk register Alec Samuels considers some of the issues that can be thrown up by a council maintaining a risk or violence register. 

Housing: Was it all worth it? Article 8 defences since Pinnock Ian Miller reviews the key cases handed down since the Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Pinnock on Article 8 defences.

Licensing: The four licensing priorities Leo Charalambides considers the significance of a High Court judge's remarks on the administrative nature of licensing determinations and the promotion of the public interest.

Litigation: Departing from the costs budget The Court of Appeal has handed down a crucial judgment in relation to costs budgeting in litigation. Adam Welsh outlines the key points.

Planning: State of play David Merson analyses a High Court ruling on rarely used powers for local planning authorities to act in cases where land and buildings are adversely affecting on the amenity of the neighbourhood.

Procurement: CVs, evaluation and the award stage Is it lawful to evaluate the CVs of a proposed team at award stage? Ruth Smith examines a significant European case.

Projects: The LPA as landowner and how to tackle s. 106s Caroline Bywater discusses the quagmire that surrounds securing s. 106 obligations where the local planning authority is the landowner.

Property: Parking rights - easements or licences? Avril Thain considers how the courts have approached tenants' parking rights.

Regulatory: Planning control and advertisements Polly Reynolds and Mary Tate consider the important role that local planning authorities have in relation to the control of advertisements.

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Solicitor to the Council
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