Local Government Lawyer
JOBS OF THE WEEK: Bedford Borough Council: Senior Solicitor - Legal (£45,240 to £48,164); Senior Solicitor - Adult, Children and Education (ACE) team; Solicitor - Legal (£40,254 to £43,785); Solicitor - ACE team; and Property Lawyer. Closing date: 12 May.
50% off Local Government Law.tv subscriptions
NEWS HEADLINES

ProjectsBorough council loses appeal over compensation for pier closure "Bitterly disappointed" local authority mulls further appeal in dangerous structure case, calls on LGA to lobby for change in law. Payout reportedly worth £2m 

DCLG publishes new Local Government Transparency Code Key principle is that local authorities must make available all information they hold unless there is a compelling reason not to, says Government. See also: Watchdog questions transparency code for parishes with sub-25k turnover

Council wins appeal over quashing of golf course planning permission Court of Appeal finds in favour of district and developer over controversial hotel and golf development but campaigners hope to take case to Supreme Court

Businessman ordered to pay out £40k+ over listed building offences Prosecution by borough council over works to Grade II property also sees another individual and two companies pay fines and costs

Report urges wider use of Family Drug and Alcohol Court process Independent evaluation found that parents who went through FDAC more likely to be reunited with their children


Practitioners give broad welcome to revised Public Law Outline: research Call for additional flexibility to extend case management hearing beyond Day 12, and greater clarity on complex cases requiring extensions beyond 26 weeks

Capita secures its first regulated legal business after Optima nets ABS status Issue of licence by SRA paves way for takeover

CCG faces judicial review over consultation with patients on procurement Claimants' lawyers say there is clear legal duty to involve patients in procurement of £500m of health care services but CCG says it processes are robust
DON'T MISS OUT ON THESE GREAT JOBS: LOCUM ROLES: There are some fantastic posts available including: Legal Services Manager (£350-450/day), Experienced Civil Litigation Lawyer, Planning LocumContracts and Procurement Solicitor, Commercial Property Lawyer and Practice Manager. To see all roles on LGL, click here.
MORE NEWS STORIES....

Welsh Government hails landmark social services legislation First coherent Welsh legal framework in this field, it claims

Court of Appeal urges councils to help with bundles in care cases with LIPs It should be "standard practice" to contact court where appellants' bundles are deficient or non-existent, says Lady Justice Black

LGA hits out at proposed deregulatory measure on minicab licensing Stinging attack on new clause in Deregulation Bill that “would permit anyone to drive a licensed vehicle”

Counties still support LEPs, but fears remain over "fundamental weaknesses" County Councils Network finds concerns over structuring and accountability

Town councils attack failure to put community infrastructure levies in place 'Boles bung' yet to achieve its objective, says NALC committee

Government rules out LGPS fund mergers "at this time" Consultation instead proposes new approaches to management of listed assets and investment in alternative assets


MPs call for clearer role for "ineffective" police and crime panels Commissioners should not be able to evade scrutiny when they sack a chief constable, says select committee

Scottish plan for minimum pricing for alcohol heads to European court Court of Session makes request for preliminary ruling on whether proposals would breach EU law


NHS Property Services names 11 law firms to £22-42m panels

See all of our most recent news stories


KEY EVENTS AND COURSES: FEATURED SUPPLIER: Edulaw Chambers provides specialist advice, advocacy and training in education law. It regularly acts for local authorities, schools/academies, as well as parents and young people.

New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonWhose decision is it anyway? A decision to refuse to renew a sexual entertainment venue licence was recently scuppered by a constitutional issue. Nicholas Dobson examines the Bridgerow case...

...and in Keep it simple! The court's message to licensing authorities Tim Briton, LLG's Deputy Lead Officer for Litigation and Licensing, sets out the key lessons from the ruling for local government lawyers specialising in licensing.

Analysing the impact of Re B-S Tehniat Lindsay looks at the implications of Re B-S, the Court of Appeal's landmark ruling on adoption.

Why are local plans failing? Antonia Murillo analyses the duty to cooperate test and explains why some Local Plans have failed.

Plan-making and assessment of housing need
A “radical” National Planning Policy Framework change rendered a local authority's housing figures unsound, a High Court judge has ruled. Zack Simons reports.

Using, weighing and drinking: The Court of Appeal on capacity
In an appeal concerning whether an alcoholic with frontal lobe damage had capacity to decide where to live or what care he should receive, the Court of Appeal has provided important general guidance on the assessment of capacity in the Court of Protection. Bryan McGuire QC and Sian Davies report.

Mid-term contract reviews – what can they achieve?
Justin Mendelle examines the benefits of a mid-term contract review of outsourcing and PPP service contracts.

Delegation of children's social care functions
Olwen Dutton and Clare Taylor consider the Government's proposals to increase the ability of local authorities to delegate children's social care functions.


New courses on Local Government Law TV

All courses are CPD-qualifying. Your first course is FREE.
 

Name Price (ex-VAT)   Description
Education Law Update £25.00 This course looks at key education law developments over the past six months with a focus on the new SEN Framework due to be introduced in September 2014 and local authorities' liability for contractors' negligence following Woodland v Essex CC.
Inquests: The New Regime £25.00 This course outlines the predicted effects of the recently implemented Coroners and Justice Act 2009 and assesses their implications for local authorities, both as facilitators of the coronial system and when directly involved in inquests.


Departmental subscriptions from £249 + VAT for 12 months unlimited access (LLG members). Click here for details.


The latest blogs...
First example of good documentation published by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the publication of the first example of a recommended application document.
 

Snap judgement: Is the role of monitoring officer worth the risk?

...Yes, it's a key role that is valued by my authority
,,,It's an occupational hazard of the head of legal role
...No, the risks outweigh the rewards and status

Click here to vote now

Been away? Features on Local Government Lawyer recently include:

Adult Social Services: A fair hearing for those without hearing
In upholding an appeal against care and placement orders, the Court of Appeal has provided important guidance for cases involving parties with a disability. The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street consider the implications.

Children: Changes to procedures for school re-organisation
The Department for Education has recently published slimmed down guidance on changes to maintained schools. Catherine Newman considers the reforms.

Employment: Wishing, hoping and TUPEing
This month the Employment Appeal Tribunal has considered what is meant by an 'intention' that a contract will be short term and, therefore, exempt from TUPE – can it be a 'hope' or a 'wish' that the contract will be short term, or does it need to be more concrete? Sarah Lamont reports.

Governance: Local authority data retention: Upholding human rights
Emily Heard and Emma Godding consider the significance of two judgments on data retention by public bodies, one where it was found to be lawful and the other where the authority involved came unstuck.

Housing: Homelessness, affordability and reasons
Morayo Fagborun Bennett and Andy Lane highlight the key lessons to be learned from a Court of Appeal homelessness case.

Licensing: Calling their bluff?
A London borough recently secured the first prosecution for money laundering in relation to a gambling den. Dominic Lewis explains what the case involved.

Litigation: Giving the green light to (minor) unlawfulness
A provision in the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill in relation to granting permission for judicial review could have a major impact, writes Alexander Campbell.

Management: Death by spreadsheet - Local government brain drain
Nicholas Dobson examines the risks to local authorities pursuing costs savings by dispensing with senior legal talent.

Planning: Turbines, heritage assets and merits
Does a recent Court of Appeal ruling mark a change in the wind in relation to decision-makers and a key duty under the Listed Buildings Act 1990? Gordon Nardell QC and Justine Thornton analyse the judgment.

Procurement: Are VEATs really 'Get out of jail free' cards?
Ruth Connorton considers the advantages - and potential problems - arising out of the use of voluntary ex-ante transparency notices.

Projects: Corporate governance and local authority investment vehicles
Edward Craft examines how corporate governance disciplines essential in the private sector need to be factored into the governance of local authority companies and other partnerships.

Property: The cost of nature – the burden on local authorities
Christopher Cant looks at the issues raised for local authorities by events such as flooding, rock falls and land slips, and sets out what steps they should consider taking.

Regulatory: Challenges in the Consumer Rights Bill
Alan Conroy identifies some of the key issues arising for local authorities and their trading standards teams out of the Consumer Rights Bill.
 

Local Government Law.tv


We are pleased to announce the introduction of an annual corporate subscription that will provide access to a full year of CPD accredited legal training for your lawyers and your client departments
 
 

What is included

  • unlimited access to the full library of webinar content for 12 months
  • the option to purchase DVD copies of the webinar training
  • discounted rates offered to attend LGG training courses
 Who can take the training?
  • lawyers and other professionals within your team, each of whom will be provided with personal login to enable them to earn and keep a record of their individual CPD credit.
  • members of your client departments, such as the child protection team, trading standards officers, planners, procurement professionals or social workers. On purchasing a corporate subscription, a client account login will be provided for use by your client departments to view online content at no extra charge.
What is the cost?
  • the cost relates to the numbers of individual registered users per authority, excluding those who use the client account.  These users will be registered for the full year of the subscription with the option to replace a registered user if somebody leaves the authority during the year of subscription.  Option 1 below
  • a DVD option will supply a DVD for every webinar booked – Option 2 below
  • in addition to option 1 a DVD can be purchased for an individual webinar at an additional £15 + VAT if required.  This can be ordered when booking the webinar
  • for a shared legal service serving more than one authority area, references to the number of registered users are to the combined aggregate number of users from the relevant authorities
  • registered users of a corporate subscription will benefit from discounted offers to attend LGG training events during the 12 months.
 
  Lawyers in Local Government  (LLG) member authorities Non-LLG Members
Individual subscription £99 (+VAT) £199 (+VAT)
Local authority with up to 10 registered users £249 (+VAT) £495 (+VAT)
Local authority with 11 – 30 registered users £495 (+VAT) £995 (+VAT)
Local authority with more than 30 registered users £649 (+VAT) £1295 (+VAT)
Law firms with up to 20 registered users n/a £1750 (+VAT)
Law firms with 20+ registered users n/a £2495 (+VAT)
 
 
 How to register for a corporate subscription
 
Individual subscriptions can be purchased online at www.localgovernmentlaw.tv.
 
To set up a corporate account please contact Derek Bedlow on 0207 239 4917 or derek.bedlow@localgovernmentlaw.tv giving details of your authority, the number of users you would like to register and if you would like to take the DVD option for all booked webinars.
 
We will then contact you within 24 hours to confirm this subscription has been set up.  The corporate subscription members will then be able to register on the site and instantly access the webinar training.
 
Alternatively, if you would like to pay-as-you-go for webinar training by setting up a corporate pay-as-you-go account for your authority a monthly invoice will be produced and a 10% discount will be applied to all purchases by members of your authority.
 
There is also the option to take a free trial of a webinar (which includes CPD credit).  Register as a user on www.localgovernmentlaw.tv  and add your preferred course to the cart. During the checkout process, enter FREE TRIAL in the box where indicated (don't forget to click 'Submit'), and the cost of your course will be reduced to zero. Complete the process and your course will be instantly available to view and you can watch it as many times as required for 30 days, from any computer or most mobile devices.

Click here to see all courses on Local Government Law.tv (119)


Services Directory
 
1KBW
1KBW has a pre-eminent reputation in family law. Our barristers have been at the cutting edge of the development of family law and have been in most of the groundbreaking cases over the last two decades.
37 Park Square
Specialisms in the areas of Court of Protection, Professional Negligence, Disciplinary Tribunals, Employment Law, Planning, Health & Safety and Immigration, experienced in acting on behalf of Local Authorities.
A&M Bacon Ltd
We are an independent leading firm of Costs Lawyers specialising in Defendant costs for both paying and receiving costs matters.
Cadogans
Cadogans is a group of engineers and scientists distinguished by its breadth of experience and ability to tackle problems that combine more than one discipline.
Easton Bevins
Easton Bevins is a leading independent Chartered Building Surveying Practice with a vastly experienced team of Expert Witnesses
Edulaw Chambers
Edulaw Chambers provides specialist advice, advocacy and training in education law. We regularly act for local authorities and schools/academies.
Francis Taylor Building
Francis Taylor Building is a long established leading public law set, with particular expertise in planning, land valuation, infrastructure, environmental, public law, licensing and regulatory law.
Gibbins Costs Lawyers
Gibbins has grown to become one of the North’s largest independent firms of Costs Lawyers and Consultants, serving Solicitors and Legal Practitioners nationwide.
In Real Time Translation
In Real Time Translation, a UK Company, provides document translation services, language interpretation services as well as sign language, Braille and other services.
Ivy Legal
Ivy Legal Ltd is an innovative planning enforcement law firm that specialises in supporting local authorities.
Joanna North Associates Ltd
Training & therapeutic consultancy for children, adults & families. Expert witness and Ofsted inspected adoption support agency
Jordan Publishing
Under our two brands, Jordans and Family Law, we publish practitioner books, looseleaf services, journals and law reports in both print and online format covering the entire range of legal practice and regulation.
Laird Assessors
We provide an expert witnesses service that is second to none. We have highly qualified, experienced & well trained motor engineers positioned strategically throughout the UK providing accident investigation and supporting services.
Legal Document Translation
Legal Document Translation provide you with a proven, trouble free translation process. We work for local authorities and solicitors UK wide.
Lextox Drug and Alcohol Testing
A specialist hair drug and alcohol testing laboratory established by experts to provide the most reliable results and most responsive customer service.
LGG
LGG delivers an extensive annual CPD training programme that is ultimately designed to provide the public sector legal practitioner with a one-stop shop.
Local Government Law TV
Local Government Law.tv combines the experience of the leading local government legal training provider with the immediacy of an online news service to provide a comprehensive selection of up-to-date webinars
MBL Seminars
With over 80+ years of collective CPD experience we have provided learning and development to over 30,000 lawyers and other professionals to date.
Professor Tony Monk
Professor Tony Monk is an eminent Architectural Expert Witness and is accredited to act in legal disputes covering design, technical and professional defects in the architectural and building industry.
TRL
TRL's widely respected Incident Investigation and Reconstruction Group consists of expert scientists, engineers and technicians, who specialise in the forensic investigation of incidents involving road traffic, the road environment and road user behaviour.
WeatherNet Ltd
With 15 years experience, WeatherNet can provide complete forensic legal weather reports or witness statements for a range of civil and criminal cases.
Wilkin Chapman Goolden
At Wilkin Chapman Goolden we offer a high level of expertise with the support of a full range of specialist lawyers offering expert advice on the complete range of legal services.
 
Copyright © 2014 Local Government Lawyer, All rights reserved.