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The most eye-catching story this week for many readers is likely to be the news that two London boroughs – Harrow and Barnet – are to set up a shared legal service from this July. The arrangements, approved by the authorities’ respective Cabinets just before Easter, are expected to deliver £4.4m in efficiency savings over the next five years. Read more...

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Advice centreLondon boroughs give green light to shared legal service from July Harrow and Barnet deal expected to save £4.4m over five-year period

Supreme Court agrees to hear key equal pay case Panel allows Birmingham City Council to bring appeal

Court of Appeal finds against Sunderland in equal pay dispute Bonus scheme for male employees not linked to productivity, court rules

Wild says "no time to lose" in calling for changes to restrictive practice rules Kent legal chief to press SRA to alter rules that inhibit use of general power of competence

Maslen wins Young Solicitor of the Year for local government Projects and procurement specialist works for local authority and leading legal publisher

Council decision to pursue community-run libraries was unlawful: High Court Mr Justice Wilkie rules Surrey's Cabinet did not have enough information on equalities training

Local authority granted permission to appeal 'care and attention' case SL v Westminster heads to Supreme Court

LGO pressures council over £25k payment after bankruptcy injustice

Ministers launch National Trading Standards Board, but Which? cries foul

Council faces judicial review threat over plans for new Catholic schools

Number of care applications breaks 10,000 for first time

Council reels after judge allows fresh JR to proceed over village green decision

Top judge reports rise in cases where parents cross borders to avoid social services

Better Regulation Delivery Office takes on running of Primary Authority scheme

Alliance of local groups threaten two JRs over High Speed 2

Law Society data show 142 local authorities now hold Lexcel

LGO raps council for delays in dealing with nuisance from foundry

Ministers unveil plans to tackle inequalities faced by Gypsies, Travellers

Government amends Equality Act over compromise agreement concern

Magistrates' Court closes private care home

LGA calls for changes to Home Office late night levy plans

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The new world of infrastructure planning by Angus Walker
On Sunday 1 April, a new world of infrastructure planning and authorisation was born.  The world shook, the dust settled, and the day passed as uneventfully as the government could have hoped.  This was the day that changes to the Planning Act regime made by the Localism Act 2011 were brought into force.

If a member seems to be biased, will that take out the whole decision?  by Nicholas Dobson
‘They’ (who always know about such things) say that ‘one rotten apple spoils the whole barrel’. But whilst both empirical and scientific evidence would agree, does the maxim nevertheless apply to local authority apparent bias?

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Ready, set, go!
Chris Webb-Jenkins looks at the lessons to be learned from recent judicial review challenges to the decisions of local authorities when setting care home fees.

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Janet Lewis assesses the likely impact of the new social value duties introduced for public bodies with the passing of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012.

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Chris Rees-Gay examines when a closure notice for persistently selling alcohol to children can be served and how it should be served.

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Moves by local authorities to outsource their development control functions raise important legal issues, writes Martin Goodall.

In search of shelter
The sums involved in the particular dispute may been small, but a recent Court of Appeal case on 'sheltered' accommodation is set to have a big impact on local authorities. Vicki SIlvester reports.

Straight to the core
The High Court recently ruled that a joint core strategy developed by a group of local authorities for the Greater Norwich area was unlawful. David Merson considers the judge's 'elegant' ruling.

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