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NW consortium to extend solicitors panels, let barristers framework lapse North West Legal Consortium to establish database of barristers' rates from 31 March 2014

Lambeth pursues judicial review of 'office to residential' planning reform Concern over approach to exemptions under relaxed permitted development rights regime

Prosecution by council sees Tesco fines £300k over strawberry pricing Case under Consumer Protection for Unfair Trading Regulations Act 2008 over misleading pricing offer

City regions threaten legal action over allocation of EU funding Pre-application letter sent over distribution of European Regional Development Fund monies

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DCLG to consult on abolishing range of "unnecessary" housing standards 100+ standards to be reduced to fewer than 10, guidance to be cut from 1,500 pages to fewer than 80

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Watchdog to run VfM study into confiscation orders with £1.2bn+ owed National Audit Office says much of amount owed is "considered uncollectable"

Best practice guidelines issued on gaining employee support for mutuals TUC and Co-operatives UK say mutuals should be subject to ballot and "not be forced through"

Borough to pay out after planning error potentially devalues properties

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NoonWhat are witness statements for? 
Gordon Exall, who recently wrote for LGL on the question of opinion evidence in witness statements, looks at a recent case and other useful guidance that has been given to those drafting witness statements.

Mixed signals
David Hansom examines the lessons from a recent procurement case in the High Court on the issue of specific disclosure in automatic suspension claims.

The battle of Alemo-Herron v Parkwood
The European Court of Justice has handed down a keenly-anticipated decision on TUPE and collective agreements. Graham Richardson looks at the lessons to be learned.

Listed buildings, demolition and public benefits
Rose Grogan reviews a recent controversial case about the demolition of a listed building which pitted campaign groups against a council and a university.

Dismissing employees - what standard must local authorities reach?
Two Court of Appeal employment law cases highlight the distinction between the judicial process and internal disciplinary procedures. Andrew McDonald analyses the rulings.

Deprivations of liberty and prevention of offending A judge has ruled that the deprivation of P's liberty was justified on the basis of preventing offending. The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street examine the ruling.

Will the Church frack?
The media took the Church's registration of its historic property interests and linked it to fracking. Brie Stevens-Hoare QC and Alex Campbell go behind the headlines.

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Major works consultation and dispensation £25.00 This course looks at the problem areas and case law created by the consultation requirements contained in Section 20 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 (LTA) and examines the law governing applications for dispensation from them.

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MIEU publishes first habitats evidence plan for infrastructure projects by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the publication of the first evidence plan by the Major Infrastructure and Environment Unit.

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Adult Social Services: The Care Bill 2013 and adult social care The Care Bill 2013 will have a major impact on the work of local authorities and health bodies. Susan Thompson considers the reforms to adult social care law.

Children's Services: Local authorities and freeing orders Hayley Waine looks at the key issues for local authorities in relation to freeing orders, following a High Court ruling last year.

Employment: The new policing system - employment issues In the last article of a four-part series on the new policing system, Mark Fletcher and Patricia Critchley look at the employment issues raised.

Governance: Charging for parking - and for other services In the light of Barnet Council losing a High Court case over its parking charges, Graeme Creer considers the legal background to local authorities charging for services.

Housing: Anonymity and hearsay: Court of Appeal clarity The Court of Appeal has provided important guidance regarding the use and weight of anonymous hearsay evidence. Whilst the case relates to social housing litigation, the evidential principles and Court of Appeal clarity should also be of interest to those involved in civil litigation generally, writes Karl Anders.

Licensing: Emerging from the shadows What are the practical implications of a recent High Court decision on shadow licences? Paddy Whur explains.

Litigation: Re-allocating housing stock The Court of Appeal has given guidance on possession orders requiring suitable alternative accommodation to be provided. Jack Parker reports.

Planning: Demolition trouble The risks attending those who alter buildings extensively without the benefit of planning permission have just been thrown into sharp relief by a Court of Appeal ruling. Harriet Townsend analyses the judgment.

Procurement: All for one? Nash v Barnet LBC in the Court of Appeal A local authority has successfully defended a high-profile procurement on time limits, but the Court of Appeal chose not to deal with the requirements to consult. John HouldenChris Jackson and Ian Tucker analyse the key issues.

Projects: A quiet revolution John Pugh-Smith looks at the quiet revolution that is gathering pace in the legislation and other initiatives affecting the variation of section 106 obligations as the Government encourages a more proactive approach towards stalled development.

Property: More good news for developers The High Court has ruled that a long-term agreement for services to a building, entered into before a landowner has granted any leases, is not subject to the statutory consultation requirements. Michael Donnellan and Douglas Rhodes analyse the lessons for registered providers.

Regulatory: From Soho with love A recent High Court case has sent shockwaves through local authorities' licensing and regulatory decisions. Mirza Ahmad analyses why.

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