|Milton Keynes is no ordinary unitary borough - it is one of the most exciting places within the UK. The council is now looking to recruit a Service Director - Legal & Democratic Services (£97,869-£106,050).
This role is one of a wide range of fantastic senior and other opportunities on Public Law Jobs this week:
- SHAPE Law (shared service of Mendip, Taunton Deane and West Somerset Councils): Group Manager, Law & Governance (c£60,000), Principal Planning and Property Lawyer (£40,000-£44,000) and Senior Corporate Lawyer (£35,000-£39,000 pro rata).
- LGSS Law (a social enterprise law firm owned by three local authorities): Adults Social Care Lawyer / Legal Executive
- Leicester: Qualified Lawyers (Child Care), Qualified Lawyers (Property & Planning), Paralegals
- Oldham: Group Lawyer - Civil
- Islington: Senior Contracts Lawyer
- Hillingdon: Legal Assistant - Property
- Ashfords LLP: Local Government / Procurement Solicitor
- LLG Legal Training: Training Business Developer
Court rules council acted unlawfully in cuts to short breaks funding
High Court rules local authority acted unlawfully when it reduced funding to voluntary sector organisations that offer short breaks to disabled children
Supreme Court dismisses appeal by council over payout for closure of pier
Borough council facing payout following loss of nine-year battle over compensation payable when local authority used emergency powers to close pier
Tribunal strikes out claims over covert recording of lawyers and NHS trust
Existence of secret recording leads to rare costs award against claimants at employment tribunal
Tributes paid following death of top public law QC
Tributes have been paid following death of leading public law QC Bryan McGuire, a tenant at Cornerstone Barristers
Housing provider to re-procure multi-million pound legal panel
Guinness Partnership, one of largest affordable housing and care providers in country, to re-procure its multi-million pound legal services framework, which is estimated to be worth up to £8m over four years
Senior civil judge renews call for online court for claims up to £25k
Proposal for online court for money claims valued at up to £25,000 and "with minimum assistance from lawyers" at heart of Lord Justice Briggs’ final report
Charity takes borough to court over accommodation for arrested children
Legal action against London borough for failing to provide alternative accommodation for arrested children
YPO to set up £40-50m single provider framework for schools legal advice
Procurement organisation unveils plans for single provider framework agreement potentially worth between £40m and £50m for provision of legal services to schools and academies
LGO urges action by council on planning complaint against predecessor body
Local Government Ombudsman issues further report against county council in relation to planning complaint involving predecessor authority
Firm advises on mental health and employment social impact bond
University looks to appoint three legal advisers to £600K panel
39 Essex Chambers barrister nets role at Boundary Commission
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Welsh council defeats judicial review challenge over school closures
Local authority defeats attempt to take it to judicial review over school closures. Following oral hearing, judge agrees council had made errors in consultation but concludes that further exercise would have drawn same responses
Appeal judges uphold decision by High Court to quash CPO for wharf
Court of Appeal uphold High Court's quashing of compulsory purchase order on east London wharf
Met Police selects seven law firms for £24m national legal services panel
Metropolitan Police Service names seven law firms to national legal services panel worth up to £24m over four years
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Practitioners could face criminal sanction for failure to report child abuse
Wide range of practitioners or organisations that work with children could face criminal sanctions for failing to report child abuse and neglect, under proposals contained in Government consultation
County council to appoint provider to £480k SEN legal advice contract
Cambridgeshire looking to appoint legal services provider to £480k contract to deliver Special Educational Needs (SEN) legal advice
DCLG names body for appointment of auditors for principal authorities
Department for Communities and Local Government names Public Sector Audit Appointments as body authorised to make future audit appointments on behalf of principal local authorities in England
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Analysis on Local Government Lawyer
Introduction to concession contracts procurement
LexisPSL Local Government in partnership with Walker Morris explain the new process for concession contracts procurement by contracting authorities and utilities under the Concession Contracts Regulations 2016, SI 2016/273.
The Crown Jewels Footnote
Philip Robson analyses an important High Court ruling on the operation of paragraph 14 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).
The Care Act, the need for 'care and support' and accommodation
Lee Parkhill considers a recent High Court ruling on accommodation and the need for 'care and support' under the Care Act.
Support for NRPF families
The Court of Appeal has considered a number of issues around families designated as having no right of recourse to public funds but still supported under section 17 of the Children Act. Jonathan Auburn reports.
Taking charge of employee investigations
Anne Palmer runs through the top five 'need to know' tips on running an investigation, without the investigation running away from you.
The Supreme Court on disrepair
The Supreme Court recently reversed a disrepair decision where a tenant in a block of flats tripped on an uneven paving stone as he was taking out his rubbish. Angela Piears reports.
Schools, sport and the duty of care
A recent Northern Ireland case provided guidance on, and a useful review of the case law in England and Wales relating to, the duty of care owed by a school to its pupils when participating in sport, write Bruce Ralston and Richard Rowe.
Ross Clark looks at the rise of GP 'super partnerships', the benefits they bring and the legal issues that need addressing.
Power station approved as corrections rise
Last week the Government approved the Meaford (‘mefford’) Gas Fired Generating Station Development Consent Order (DCO). Meanwhile two more correction orders have been made, bringing the total to 18, now more than a third of all DCOs.
Catch-up on recent articles on Local Government Lawyer and Public Law Today:
Adult Social Services: False imprisonment, causation and damages claims
A recent Supreme Court ruling provides a reminder of the importance of causation in damages claims for false imprisonment. Eirwen Pierrot
explains its relevance to mental health law and the Court of Protection.
Adult Social Services: Transparency and the Courts
examines issues around transparency and the ‘interface’ between the Family Court and the Court of Protection.
Adult Social Services: Creating a sustainable healthcare system
In the pursuit of a sustainable healthcare system local government must not be left behind, write Michael Boyd
and Judith Barnes
Children: Sanctioning ex-teachers
and Louise Murphy
examine a successful appeal challenging the jurisdiction of the Secretary of State for Education to make orders in relation to former teachers.
Children: Cheshire West and children
considers how the courts are applying the Cheshire West
principles to Children Act cases.
Community Safety: Using cumulative impact policies
Councils should be wary of the unintended consequences of cumulative impact policies, writes Paddy Whur
Education: Checks on academy governors
Katie Michelon sets out the safeguarding checks that academies are required to carry out on their governors.
Education: Term time holidays – what you need to know!
In the aftermath of the High Court's recent ruling, where are we when it comes to prosecutions for failing to ensure regular attendance at school? Richard Freeth
Education: Education, health and care plans
LexisPSL Local Government
, in partnership with Anita Chopra
and Chris Barnett
of Match Solicitors set out a checklist for moving children from statements to the new regime of education, health and care plans.
Education: Censorship or justified concern?
A High Court judge recently heard a group of academics' judicial review challenge to a university's decision to withdraw permission for a conference on international law and Israel. Dominic Ruck Keene
analyses the judgment. (ON PUBLIC LAW TODAY)
Education: Capacity, the need for an EHC Plan and transport
Rachel Kamm reports on three Upper Tribunal cases about the capacity of young people to bring SEN appeals, the need for an EHC Plan, and home-school transport.
Employment: Confidentiality of settlement discussions
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has clarified the confidentiality of settlement discussions with employees. Phil Allen looks at the lessons to be learned.
Employment: Back to school on gender pay
Lorraine Heard analyses the challenges for the education sector when it comes to gender pay.
Employment: Innocent, but not suitable for this job?
The Court of Appeal recently held that the inclusion of a rape charge and acquittal in an enhanced criminal records check was not a breach of human rights. Richard Hewitt reports.
Employment: What next for employment law in the wake of Brexit?
sets out the most likely areas for reform of employment laws now that the UK has voted in favour leaving the EU.
Employment: The Supreme Court on employee reinstatement
The Supreme Court has recently issued a key employment law ruling on the remedy of reinstatement. James Goudie QC
analyses the judgment.
Employment: Is the past 'prologue'? TUPE and SPCs
For service provision changes under TUPE, "organised groupings" and 'assignment' are two separate, but linked, concepts. Anne Palmer
explains EAT guidance on whether historic structures should be taken into account when analysing the former.
Governance: Consultation in austerity 2016: a practical guide
of Thurrock Borough Council provides a practical note on consultation procedure for local government practitioners and gives advice on how to carry out consultation which should be resilient to challenge.
Governance: What now for trust ports?
examines the key findings and recommendations from the Department for Transport’s trust port study.
Governance: Making collaboration work
In the first entry of a new blog, Olwen Dutton
considers what makes public services collaboration work - and the role of local authority lawyers in delivering success.
Healthcare: Advance decisions to refuse treatment
Housing: Social housing and Brexit
Alex Ruck Keene looks at the circumstances where medical professionals might not be bound by an advance decision to refuse treatment.
Healthcare: Creating a sustainable healthcare system
In the pursuit of a sustainable healthcare system local government must not be left behind, write Michael Boyd and Judith Barnes.
Healthcare: The CoP and reporting restrictions after death
The Court of Protection has recently considered whether reporting restrictions in a case should continue after the individual's death. Rosalind English reports.
How will the social housing sector be affected by the UK leaving the EU? Jonathan Cox
Housing: All change in housing law
examines some of the greatest changes to housing management law for many years.
Housing: Trespassers and proportionality
A High Court judge recently considered whether one local authority's bid to evict a trespasser was proportionate in circumstances where another council had accepted a duty to the man as a homeless person. Emily Orme
analyses the outcome.
Information Law: The future of data protection
What does the vote in the EU referendum mean for the future of data protection in the UK? Anya Proops QC
Information Law: Transparency updates and the revised s45 Code
examines recent transparency-related developments that will have a potential impact on the engagement of exemptions under FOIA and the EIR, and the public interest balance.
Licensing: Abuse of process in licensing test purchasing
Paddy Whur looks at the case of East Riding of Yorkshire Council against Dearlove and the parameters for test purchasing of licensed services.
Licensing: Using cumulative impact policies
Councils should be wary of the unintended consequences of cumulative impact policies, writes Paddy Whur
Licensing: A cautionary tale
A recent case underlines the importance of complying with Court directions in case management hearings for licensing appeals, writes James Rankin
Litigation: Costs in abuse claims
Abuse cases need to be dealt with sensitively and compassionately but both parties still need to ensure that costs are proportionate. Laura Broadhead reports on a recent ruling.
Litigation: County Court "costs only" appeals
reports on three cases in which applications for permission to appeal against a costs order were heard together by the Court of Appeal to establish the correct destination of such appeals.
Planning: Don’t…leave me this way?
and Sue Chadwick
consider the Government’s record so far in the environmental arena and what Brexit might mean in terms of planning law.
Planning: 'Especial speed' in judicial review
The Court of Appeal has given a blunt reminder on the importance of promptly filing judicial review applications in planning cases, writes Katie Scuoler
Planning: Bringing a bit of order to planning conditions
Richard Harwood OBE QC
examines the messy state of planning conditions, and calls for the introduction of simplicity to the area.
Planning: Only a partial victory?
The Government may have hailed its successful appeal over its affordable housing and small sites policy as a major victory but it is not the end of the battle for local planning authorities, writes John Pugh-Smith
, who also considers some of the overlapping implications with the 'Starter Homes' initiative.
Planning: The Public Sector Equality Duty and planning
examines the importance of the Public Sector Equality Duty in planning decision making.
Procurement: Open book contract management
The Government has issued a policy note on the use of open book contract management. Louise Bennett explains what is involved.
Procurement: What does Brexit mean for procurement?
What is in store for public sector procurement? Jonathan Parker
considers the implications of last week's Brexit vote.
Procurement: Operating a Dynamic Purchasing System
In the third article in a series on dynamic purchasing systems, Susie Smith
looks at the process for award of contracts under a DPS, the issue of reviewing suppliers' suitability for continued membership, and remedies.
Procurement: Competitive dialogue for local authorities: basic principles
Having been involved in six Competitive Dialogues including the Kent County Council Back Office Procurement, Adeola Sonola
draws on her experience and examines the issues involved in a CD process, giving practical tips on how to ensure a successful outcome.
Procurement: Obtaining meaningful procurement remedies
When an incumbent provider last year challenged a council's award of a contract for domestic violence services, a High Court judge maintained the automatic suspension. Fran Mussellwhite
looks at what happened next.
Procurement: Regulation 53 and publication of procurement documents
“Do we really need to publish all our procurement documents before we go to market” is a question frequently asked by clients. Davina Cross
examines the issue.
Procurement: Setting up a Dynamic Purchasing System
In her second article on Dynamic Purchasing Systems, Susie Smith
looks at the process for dealing with Requests to Participate (RTPs) from economic operators after a DPS is established.
Projects: State aid anyone?
What does the EU referendum result mean for state aid? Paul McDermott
and Rebecca Rees
Projects: Cloud technology: the legal and practical issues
With public sector organisations looking to take advantage of technology to deliver cost saving benefits, Dan Read
highlights some of the legal issues when collaborating as well as the practical and operational challenges.
Projects: Brexit and state aid
Will ‘Brexit’ free the UK from State aid rules? Jonathan Branton
Projects: Playing by the rules
In a key state aid case involving a loan made by a city council, the Court of Appeal recently considered the Market Economy Investor Principle. Angelica Hymers
analyses its ruling.
Property: How can a right of way be simultaneously continuous and non-continuous?
A recent Court of Appeal case concerning claimed rights of way over the defendant’s land raises some nice points in respect of easements, writes Peter Petts.
Property: Lease termination – The devil in the dilapidations detail
Dilapidations disputes are no new creation. Yet so often we find that creative arguments advanced by either party cause these disputes to run their course and end up before our Courts – incurring significant cost for both parties which often outweighs the value of the claim write Amy Rudrum and Aaron Macauley
Property: The Upper Tribunal on Ft-T Rule 13 costs
The Upper Tribunal has released a long awaited decision on Ft-T Rule 13 costs, Hardwicke
Property: Further development of the Asset of Community Value regime
reviews the latest judgments on the application of the Assets of Community Value regime.
Property: How to surrender a lease
It is not always clear whether or when a lease has been surrendered by operation of law. Actions, rather than words, matter, so it is crucial for both landlords and tenants to realise the implications of their conduct, writes Elizabeth Thompson
Property: Of palm trees and a Chancellor’s foot
The Upper Tribunal has considered – in a service charges case involving a London borough – the concept of issue estoppel. Alastair Redpath-Stevens
analyses the judgment.
Regulatory: Models of building control provision
discusses legal issues related to alternative models of building control provision.
Regulatory: Game of drones – the law
examines the issues that local authorities may face as a result of the use of drones.
Transport: What now for trust ports?
examines the key findings and recommendations from the Department for Transport’s trust port study.
|CIL and Planning Obligations
||This presentation considers the past, present and future of the Community Infrastructure Levy in the light of forthcoming reforms to the regime.
|Bringing Forward Development
||Will forthcoming changes to the NPPF, permitted development rights and the Housing and Development bill shift power towards or away from Local Planning Authorities?
|Old and New Means of Development
||This course looks at the various measures being introduced by the Housing and Planning Bill to make development happen beyond the conventional planning permission system.
|The LLG Competency Framework
||To assist local authority solicitors to comply with the new CPD regime, the Lawyers in Local Government group has produced a new competency framework. Helen McGrath, Development Officer for LLG, outlines the main features of the framework and explains how
|Neighbourhood Planning: A Legal Perspective
||John Pugh-Smith and Daniel Stedman Jones look at how lawyers can square the circle of greater localism in the planning system and the need for more housing and infrastructure development.
|Housing and Local Plans
||Peter Village QC and Rose Grogan analyse the key features of the Housing and Planning Bill and outline some of the problems and pitfalls created by Local Plans as identified by recent case law.
|Human Rights, the Equality Act and Social Housing
||This course looks at the arguments faced by public authorities and social landlords when faced with claims based on the Equality Act 2010 or the Human Rights Act 1998 and outlines some of the defences and tactics available to defend them.
|Social Housing Eligibility Update 2015
||This course looks at which groups of people subject to immigration control are and are not eligible for social housing in the light of changes to welfare and immigration rules and recent case law.
|Possession Claims Update 2015
||This presentation provides an update on new housing legislation, regulation and case law before going on to look at the issues faced by social landlords as the first flexible tenancies granted under the Localism Act 2011 begin to expire.
|Local Government Law Update 2015
||Recorded in April 2015, leading barrister Richard Clayton QC outlines and analyses the key local government cases of the preceding 12 months across a range of disciplines. Includes a comprehensive downloadable paper.
|The Commercial Council
||Michael Mousdale and Bradley Martin provide a practical and legal guide for council officers and lawyers looking to establish local authority trading companies.
|Information Law Update 2015
||Steve Wood, Head of Policy Delivery at Information Commissioner’s Office, outlines and discusses the implications of some of the key developments surrounding Freedom of Information, the Data Protection Act and the Environmental Information Regulations.
|FOI and Data Protection Update 2016
||This presentation reviews the main changes in the past 12 months in the fields of Freedom of Information and Data Protection, with an extended look at Monetary Penalty Notices and an overview of the latest developments in relation to property search charg
|Social Housing Fraud
||This presentation identifies the main types of social housing fraud committed, the remedies available to tackle it and provides guidance on which are most suitable for particular types of fraud.
|Governance and Monitoring
||This presentation focuses on four topical areas of local authority governance: employee surveillance (including on social media), decision-making (pecuniary interests, bias, and committee make-up), whistleblowing and the counter-terrorism Prevent duty.
|Managing Cuts Lawfully
||This presentation looks at how legal challenges to decisions resulting from budget cuts can be avoided, mitigated and defended, focusing on the two grounds of challenge which appear most frequently unlawful consultation and breach of the PSED.
|Homelessness Update: Vulnerability and Intentionality
||This presentation highlights and analyses the landmark decisions of the Supreme Court in determining “vulnerability” under the Housing Act 1996 and whether somebody has made themselves intentionally homeless.
|The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act : One Year On
||A little over a year on from its implementation, this presentation looks at the effect of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. This short presentation focuses on the use of the new civil injunction powers and Criminal Behaviour Orders (
|Housing: Key Developments in 2015
||Ranjit Bhose QC, Dean Underwood and Tara O’Leary present an update on key developments in housing law, focusing on recent changes to the right-to-buy regime, judicial alterations to allocations policies and welfare reforms.
|Implementing the Care Act: Legal issues for local authoritie
||This presentation looks at potential consequences of a number of key aspects of Care Act 2014 and outlines how local authorities can avoid or mitigate the potential issues it creates.