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Editor's blog: Time to take stock

What are the drivers behind - and barriers to - the implementation of shared legal services? Do heads of legal consider the rates they pay for external legal advice to be good value or too high? In which practice areas is it hardest to recruit? Read more...

Management SupplementRead our latest management supplement containing the results of a survey of heads of legal, plus a report on a shared services roundtable and interviews with Manchester/Salford and the North West Legal Consortium.

Jobs latest: An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Commercial Lawyer at Liverpool City Council. Meanwhile, the closing date for the Employment and Local Government Lawyer role at Brighton & Hove City Council is fast approaching (1 April). Check out our database for some great locum roles too: Locum Group Solicitor, Locum Head of Legal and Locum Planning and Regulatory Lawyer. Have you a vacancy to fill? Did you know that job advertising on the site costs from just £150 + VAT? Click here for more details.

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Book now: Property Law Update (Hill Dickinson, London, 23 April)  Highways Law - Basic Survival Guide (LGG, London, 29 April), Legal issues when buying and selling local authority land (MBL, multiple dates) and Contract drafting in the Public Sector (MBL, multiple dates).

News headlines

ProjectsLawyers in Local Government elects top team with Hynes as president Director of Law at Lambeth Council to lead new organisation arising out of merger of SLG and ACSeS

Bristol City Council lawyer wins Young Solicitor of the Year award Recognition for work on first local authority project to build a wind farm

Council loses appeal to tribunal over EIR and charging for property searches Leeds tried to impose £22.50 charge for making certain requested environmental information available to applicants

County and town councils win appeal over registering beach as village green Port owners reportedly seek permission to appeal to Supreme Court

MPs fire warning over health and wellbeing boards and accountability CLG committee claims there is "real confusion"

EHRC issues guidance on procurement and public sector equality duty Watchdog seeks to tackle "myths" with guide to compliance at all stages of procurement cycle

Council and outsourcing provider settle multi-million pound dispute Battle over procurement savings comes to an end

Ministers issue revised Working Together guidance on safeguarding children Document intended to clarify responsibilities of professionals

MPs back ICO to hold compulsory audits of councils and NHS trusts Refusal of free audits is "indicative of culture in some public authorities in which data protection and privacy do not register as being sufficiently important". See also: MoJ consults on compulsory data protection audits of NHS bodies 

Tougher sentences proposed for serious environmental offences Sentencing Council consults on first-ever guideline for offences including fly-tipping

Top district judge warns of burdens caused by rise in litigants in person President of association says hearings are becoming more inquisitorial in nature

District to challenge Inspectorate approval for 290 home developments Council said Planning Inspectorate decisions "called into question the power of a local authority to determine planning applications in the absence of a current comprehensive local plan"

City council faces judicial review over withdrawal of leisure centre funding

Westminster secures £10k court order against tenant who fraudulently sub-let

See all of our most recent news stories

Featured courses on Local Government Law TV

Trafficked Children: The Safeguarding Role of Local Authorities £50.00
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The aim of this webinar is to draw attention to the problem of child trafficking and the role local authorities have in combating it.
Community Care Case Law Update £50.00
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This presentation reviews some of the most important judgments of the past two years and analyses what they mean in key areas of community care law.
Agency Workers Regulations 2010: Scope and Practice £35.00
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The course explains who the Agency Workers Regulations apply to, the scope and effects of the regulations and highlights key points that may arise in practice.
Possession and Proportionality £35.00
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Since Pinnock in 2010, a number of cases have provided some additional clarity as to when an Article 8 defence to possession proceedings can be deployed. This course looks at whether we are any closer to a definitive answer.

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonCharges under Reg 8 EIR: a power cut for local authorities
The First-tier Tribunal has handed down an important ruling on whether local authorities can properly charge for non-disbursement costs under regulation 8 of the Environmental Information Regulations. Christopher Knight analyses the judgment.

How to prosecute a breach of an enforcement notice
Jack Smyth provides a practical guide to the prosecution of planning enforcement notices.

Love you to death?
A watershed moment for community empowerment, or another bureaucratic burden for local authorities and landowners? Six months on after its introduction, Bill Chandler assesses the Community Right to Bid.

Talking tough
Matt Hutchings analyses the impact on local authorities of the Prime Minister's announcement about putting a stop to the allegedly "soft touch" approach to housing and benefits for immigrants.

How to avoid maternity discrimination claims
Bhavesh Prajapati explains what local authorities and other public bodies can do to reduce the risk of maternity discrimination claims.

What happens if conditions might be appropriate, but not needed?
Paddy Whur examines a recent licensing committee hearing where the police sought a condition in a "gold ASB location" that a door supervisor be employed at the premises for all of the trading hours.

The name is Bond, Social Impact Bond - SIBs and social housing
Jon Coane explains the background to advising registered provider St Mungo's on a groundbreaking payment-by-results contract that included a social impact bond.

The latest blogs...
What the aspiration budget means for infrastructure by Angus Walker
This entry analyses the Chancellor's fourth budget and accompanying documentation for their effect on infrastructure. 

Snap judgement: What's the best approach to libellous bloggers?

Ignore them and deny them the oxygen of publicity

Try to engage with them

Apply the full force of the law

Click here to vote now

And some you may have missed....

Adult Social Services: Lost to the system: 'Self-funders' and assessments of needs Many 'self-funders' are being denied the assessment of needs to which they are legally entitled, argues MIchael Furminger. It will be beneficial for many self-funders to seek such assessments of need and local authorities should promptly agree to undertake them.

Children's Services: The cost of care: the position following the Tower Hamlets decision Jacqui Thomas looks at the caselaw and policy around financing placements of children with family members.

Employment: Whistleblowing - new challenges for employers Ceri Widdett examines the potential impact on employers of proposed reforms to whistle-blowing legislation.

Governance: Disclosable pecuniary interests Paul Hoey examines the limited circumstances in which the Government intended disclosable pecuniary interests to arise and explains what this means for monitoring officers.

Housing: Notices to quit and undue influence Jonathan Manning analyses a recent High Court housing case, where, amongst other things, it was claimed that a council had obtained a notice to quit by undue influence or unconscionable behaviour.

Licensing: Dancing to a different tune In a ruling that will be of great assistance to licensing authorities, a High Court judge has dismissed an application for judicial review against a refusal to grant a sex entertainment venue licence for a lapdancing venue in a rural location. Josef Cannon explains why.

Litigation: Silence is not necessarily golden Gordon Exall considers the practical issues that arise from the principle that a court can draw adverse inferences from a party's failure to adduce evidence on an issue.

Management: Trading places Changing times, shrinking budgets and increased political focus are forcing all in local government to look well beyond their traditional turf. Nicholas Dobson examines some things you need to consider surrounding trading by local authority legal departments.

Neighbourhood planning under the Localism Act: the Daws Hill case Suzanne Ornsby QC and Isabella Tafur explain the background to an important High Court ruling on the impact of the Localism Act on the planning system, and the areas covered by a neighourhood forum. 

Procurement: Comparison or evaluation? Jenny Beresford-Jones analyses a recent case where a property developer sued a council over the introduction of a 'Plan B' proposal.

Property: When a house is (arguably) not a home When does the use of a dwelling house for commercial holiday lettings amount to a material change of use? Ian de Prez and Estelle Dehon explain the background to a key ruling by the Court of Appeal.

Regulatory: Reasons - to be cheerful? The importance of licensing sub-committees providing reasons for their decisions has been reconfirmed by the High Court, writes Michelle Hazlewood.

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Brighton & Hove City Council is seeking a qualified Solicitor or Barrister to advise on employment law and local government law. This is a 12-month temporary contract to cover maternity leave. CLOSING DATE: 1 APRIL

Assistant Solicitor
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Commercial Lawyer within the Commercial & Projects team at Liverpool City Council. Salary: £38,961-£43,351.

Jobs of the week
Locum Group Solicitor
The successful candidate will be the legal lead in a range of areas of law, including procurement, contracts and employment.

Locum Head of Legal
This is a brand new opportunity for a locum lawyer specialising in the public sector/local government environment.

Locum Planning and Regulatory Lawyer
An interesting opportunity for a Locum Planning & Regulatory Lawyer has arisen within a local authority in the South West.

Contracts and Procurement Locum
Assisting this large public sector body during a busy period this role is expected to last around eight weeks, though there is a possibility of extension.

Commercial Contracts Locum
An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Contracts and Procurement Lawyer in Essex.

Interim Planning Solicitor
A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a Locum Planning Solicitor to handle a busy caseload of planning matters in the East Midlands.

Employment Adviser
Our client is looking for a Senior Employment Adviser to cover its health clients across the South East. 

Other featured jobs

Legal Executive Locum
A forward thinking local authority is urgently seeking a qualified Legal Executive Locum for an ongoing assignment in its Children's Services team.

Planning Locum
A local authority in the South West is looking for a Locum Planning Lawyer for an initial three months, with a high possibility of extension.

Education Solicitor
A local authority in the Home Counties is looking to recruit an Education Solicitor.

Interim Senior Property and Planning Lawyer
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Property and Planning Lawyer to join a borough council in Bedfordshire.

A regulatory body in the North West is looking for a temporary paralegal for approximately two to three months.

Legal Assistant
An opportunity has arisen for a temporary Legal Assistant to join a local authority in the Durham area on a three-month contract.

Personal Injury Paralegal
A busy legal department in the West Midlands is recruiting an experienced Personal Injury Paralegal.

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