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JOBS OF THE WEEK: The closing date for the role of Property Team Leader - Legal Services (£58,950 - £61,914 at Tower Hamlets is 22 February. The council is also hiring a Planning Team Leader - Legal Services (£58,950 - £61,914; closing: 8 March).

Council defeats High Court challenge to consultation on adult care cuts
Claimant alleged local authority had failed to provide adequate information on whether there were alternatives to its proposal, such as increasing council tax

Shared legal service hires former head of local government at Pinsent Masons
Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council hire Celia Cullen to handle procurement and contract work, boost income generation

Family Drug and Alcohol Court to reach new areas after £2.5m funding boost
Innovative approach to be extented to different areas including Coventry, Kent and Medway, Plymouth, Torbay and Exeter, and West Yorkshire

Council agrees to quashing of grant of planning permission for derelict mill
Claimant's lawyers argued that decision was unlawful because planning officers’ reports failed to summarise fairly or accurately consultation response from council’s conservation and design team

Leader resigns after court quashes decision to vary £165m development scheme
Leader steps aside after High Court ruling, but stresses that decision taken with Cabinet on scheme followed external legal advice

Councils to hear result of Supreme Court appeal on EU funds next week
Nine local authorities in Merseyside and South Yorkshire appealed over Government’s allocation of EU structural funding for 2014-2020

Domestic abuse service brings legal action against council after funding blow
Claim that evaluation process resulted in unfair and unequal bias towards new provider

District to bring legal action over government approval of waste incinerator
Challenge to be based upon inspector’s interpretation of Waste Core Strategy, specifically landscape issues

Patient loses appeal over level of damages for 442-day unlawful detention

Appellant argued that he should have received substantial damages, not nominal damages awarded by judge

Legal Services Board gives green light to new approach to CPD
Changes promoted by SRA include end to hours-based regime

EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITIES AT ONE LEGAL: The thriving shared legal service to Tewkesbury, Cheltenham and Gloucester councils is hiring eight lawyers and legal assistants across a range of practice areas including regulatory, employment, planning, land and commercial.

DON'T MISS OUT: The closing dates for other top jobs on LGL are also fast approaching:
INTERIM ROLES OF ALL TYPES: Litigation and Regulatory Solicitor, Housing Litigation Lawyer, Childcare Lawyer and Regeneration Locum. To see all roles on LGL, click here.

Supreme Court to rule next week on registration of beach as village green
Newhaven case said to have wide importance, given extent of land held pursuant to statutory functions and subject to byelaws

Council to pay £170k after women killed by reversing rubbish trucks
Fine of £120,000 and costs of £50,000 after separate incidents within a year

Change Social Value Act thresholds ahead of procurement reforms: report
Lord Young says threshold at which the Social Value Act 2012 applies should be changed to avoid “unwelcome side-effect” of recent procurement reforms

Crown Commercial Service in policy note on procurement reforms and SMEs
Procurement Policy Note covers reforms designed to make public procurement more accessible to businesses and SMEs in particular

Resident in legal action over planning permission for Thames Garden Bridge
Claim that London Borough of Lambeth failed to comply with its duty to protect settings of listed buildings

Ombudsman takes school to task over errors in admissions appeals
Local Government Ombudsman calls on secondary to offer fresh hearings to families in front of new clerk and panel

Report calls for online dispute resolution system to increase access to justice
Advisory group to the Civil Justice Council says state-run online court would run alongside traditional court system

See all of our most recent news stories

New webinars on Local Government Law TV

The New Governance Landscape £25.00 This presentation looks at how local authority lawyers can accomodate rapidly changing local government structures and delivery models against a legislative backdrop designed for another era.
Lessons for Scrutiny from Rotherham and Mid-Staffs £25.00 This presentation looks at the role that scrutiny - or the lack of it - played in the problems that came to light in Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust and Rotherham Council and looks at how the effective systems of scrutiny can be designed and encouraged.

New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonChild abuse inquiries - a ticking bomb
How might the Goddard Inquiry and other investigations affect councils where it is alleged that children in their area were abused? Ashley Underwood QC and Bryan McGuire QC consider the possible impact.

Curing errors in the environmental assessment process
The Court of Appeal has upheld a council’s adopted core strategy, in the first local plan challenge to reach the Court. Paul Shadarevian and Emma Dring analyse the ruling.

Costs warning
Litigation between a local authority and its former head of property shows that unreasonable incurred costs can impact the overall budget for a case. Victoria Sugden reports.

Down the Rabbit Hole
Christopher Knight considers a recent ruling regarding the late reliance by authorities on exemptions under the Freedom of Information Act.

You can refuse - consent to sex revisited
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Chambers examine the latest revisiting by a judge of the issue of an individual's capacity to consent to sexual relations.

Discrimination – tendency to physical abuse
A three-judge Upper Tribunal panel has considered the exclusion of a tendency to physical abuse from the definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010. Rachel Kamm analyses the ruling.

Strengthening social responsibility within the gambling sector
Ewen Macgregor and James Duckworth look at the key changes proposed by the Gambling Commission to the social responsibility provisions in the licence conditions and codes of practice.

TUPE: Effect of post TUPE appeal against dismissal
The Employment Appeal Tribunal recently considered who should hear an employee's appeal against dismissal when the dismissal occurred immediately prior to a TUPE transfer. Simon Lambert reports.

Changes to the use of planning obligations
Polly Reynolds examines a recent update to the National Planning Practice Guidance detailing when infrastructure contributions should not be sought from developers, and considers the Vacant Building Credit initiative.

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The latest blogs...
Infrastructure Act 2015 hits the statute books by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the passing of the Infrastructure Act 2015.

Been away? Features on Local Government Lawyer recently include:

Adult Social Services: Deprivation of liberty in the home
Simon Burrows offers some thoughts on deprivations of liberty in one’s own home.

Adult Social Services: A rare contest as to permission
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Chambers examines a recent dispute over whether a local authority should be given permission to bring legal proceedings over the issue of contact between P and a long-standing friend.

Children: The Family President on FGM
The President of the Family Division has handed down an important ruling in a case of alleged female genital mutilation, and commented on the role of local authorities in protecting girls. Rosalind English reports.

Employment: Changes to the LGPS and governance
New regulations implementing changes to the Local Government Pension Scheme following the Hutton report have been laid before Parliament. Gary Delderfield explains the key governance points.

Employment: Staff surveillance: it’s a data protection issue
A council recently gave an undertaking to the Information Commissioner after it unlawfully conducted surveillance on an employee. Ibrahim Hasan looks at the case.

Governance: Consultation: A retreat from Moseley?
Judith Barnes and Alistair Robertson analyse a recent Court of Appeal judgment on a council's consultation and consider how it fits with the Supreme Court ruling in Moseley.

Governance: Changes to the Functions and Responsibilities Regulations
The Government has launched a consultation on amendments to the Functions and Responsibilities Regulations. Olwen Dutton explains its importance.

Governance: A bad day in court
A local authority recently sought to appeal an information notice issued by the Information Commissioner. Jon Baines looks at the outcome.

Housing: The Elphicke-House review: a role for councils as housing delivery enablers
An independent review has called on local authorities to become "housing delivery enablers". Tonia Secker considers the report's recommendations.

Housing: The Court of Appeal on the rights of Zambrano carers
The Court of Appeal has held that Zambrano carers who are in need and unable to work are not entitled to the same level of social assistance as is required under EU law for EU citizens lawfully in the UK. Christopher Baker, Sam Madge-Wyld and Toby Vanhegan report.

Licensing: Licensed premises associated with serious crime
The High Court has rejected a judicial review challenge against the Metropolitan Police and the London Borough of Newham over the bringing of summary review proceedings. Gerald Gouriet QC reports on the judge's reasoning.

Litigation: The new Rule 36 – the path to change
Part 36 offers – to accept or pay some amount less than the full amount in dispute – are powerful weapons in every litigator’s armoury which have led to the settlement of many disputes since their introduction in 1999. Lexis PSL reports on recent developments.

Planning: Cases involving concealment - an update
Steven Bell analyses an important High Court planning case involving concealment and a principle set down in the Supreme Court ruling in Welwyn.

Planning: Green Belt and the NPPF
A recent ruling of the Court of Appeal has failed to clarify Green Belt policy as had been hoped, writes Emma Dring.

Procurement: Material variations, internal awards and procurement
The latest procurement-relating ruling from the High Court has provided important clarification on material variation and internal public authority awards, writes Richard Binns.

Property: User ‘as of right’ when the definitive map and statement is wrong
Paul Wilmshurst reports on a High Court public rights of way case with interest to lawyers also dealing with easements and village greens.

Property: Enforced sale guide
Chris Skinner outlines the main steps local authorities should take if they need to enforce the sale of private property and answers some common questions that arise.

Regulatory: Risk and recyclables
Cynyr Rhys and Gayle Monk assess the implications of the Environment Agency's recent announcements on the “risk-based regime” to the separate collection of recyclables.

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