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JOBS OF THE WEEK: 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.

Unitary eyes transfer of statutory and regulatory functions to trading company
Cabinet at Shropshire considers proposals to transfer services including trading standards, building control, land charges and development management (planning) to its trading company

Kent to create general counsel role if legal services joint venture goes ahead
Joint venture "probable", local authority says, as competitive dialogue procedure continues

Councillor wins procurement judicial review challenge over £165m city centre redevelopment scheme

Leader describes High Court ruling as "deeply disappointing" with judge concluding that variations to development agreement were material

North East consortium fires gun on selection of £10m legal panels
Consortium of 22 local authorities and other public bodies in the North East launches procurement of legal services framework

Court rules on declining to determine retrospective planning applications
High Court judge clarifies scope of local authority’s power under s. 70C TCPA 1990

Half of officers and members see scrutiny as "not challenging enough"
Chief executives and finance directors more likely than monitoring officers to be seen as responsible for driving good governance in organisations, claims research

Council wins appeal in lead case on bedroom tax and shared residence
Method used by some tribunals based on misinterpretation of legislation, says Upper Tribunal judge

Landlord hit with £300k-plus bill for multiple planning breaches
Counsel to defendant says client recognised "huge mistake"

Council eyes judicial review after findings of inspector on housing supply
Planning inspector granted permission for 40-home site after concluding that council only had 1.91 year land supply where local authority argued that it was 7.51

Council legal team shortlisted in technology category of LGC Awards 2015
New approach delivers 46% savings in two years

MAKE YOUR NEXT MOVE: Tower Hamlets is looking for two experienced local government lawyers to be its Property Team Leader - Legal Services and Planning Team Leader - Legal Services (£58,950 - £61,914). The closing date for the property role is 22 February.

Other great jobs on LGL this week:
INTERIM ROLES OF ALL TYPES: Executive Interim Appointment - Corporate Governance, Childcare Solicitor, Regeneration Lawyer and Planning Lawyer. To see all roles on LGL, click here.

Government sets 26 February date for introducing procurement regulations
Majority of provisions in new Public Contracts Regulations 2015 to come into force after the regulations laid before Parliament

Supreme Court agrees to hear battle over QASA scheme in March
Permission to appeal only granted in part in dispute over introduction of the controversial Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates

Centre for Public Scrutiny warns against knee-jerk governance changes
Public accountability charity says calls to ditch cabinet/leader model are "premature"

Department of Health consults on cap on care costs plus new appeals system
Dilnot cap on care costs to come into force in April 2016. Appeals system to sit alongside current means of redress

Care watchdog publishes guidance on secret filming in care settings
Information on legal issues of surveillance included in publication

Borough uses new laws to shut down seven properties in three months
London council exercises new powers under Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014

Council secures its first Criminal Behaviour Order with indefinite ban
Individual prevented from entering all residential addresses in area bar one specified in the order

Local government outsourcing contracts rose 15% in 2014: research
60% of all local government contracts signed were extensions, renewals or replacement of incumbent suppliers

Housing Minister to reform "outdated" laws on short-term letting in London
Brandon Lewis looks to boost the ‘sharing economy’ amid concerns over inconsistent enforcement of existing rules

Housing provider seeks legal advisers for new build and refurbishment work
Poplar HARCA, a medium sized registered social landlord in East London, looks to set up framework

Hempsons bolsters regulatory practice with hire of former NMC barrister
Healthcare regulatory team bolstered by barrister who previously worked with Nursing and Midwifery Council

See all of our most recent news stories

New webinars on Local Government Law TV

New Delivery Models: Managing Governance in a Diverse Landscape £25.00 As the number of new, and proposed, models for the delivery of public services continue to multiply, this course looks at the governance issues they create and how local authority lawyers and senior managers can manage an increasingly diverse landscape.
Top Local Government Cases 2014 £25.00 Leading public law barrister James Goudie QC outlines and analyses the most important judicial decisions of 2014 as they affect local authorities.

New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonThe 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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The latest blogs...
Up-to-date summary of Planning Act 2008 regime by Angus Walker
It is called the DCO regime, the NSIP regime or the Planning Act regime, but they are all phrases for the same thing: the legal regime for getting permission to build and operate a nationally significant project.

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.

Careers: Life as a trainee
What is it like to start your legal career as a trainee solicitor in the public sector? Amy Mills provides an insight.

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.

Education: Asset finance in the education sector
Thomas Evans analyses the key issues – including ultra vires – for state schools entering lease agreements for equipment.

Employment: The EAT on past procedural failings
Martin Cheyne and Sam Stone examine the Employment Appeal Tribunal's views around ongoing procedural errors.

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: 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: The new RIPA Surveillance Codes: key changes
Sam Lincoln looks at recent changes to the RIPA surveillance codes of practice and highlights their relevance to local authorities.

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: Homelessness and the meaning of “other violence”
A recent Court of Appeal decision has the potential to widen the scope of persons owed duties under the homelessness legislation. Marc Samuels explains why.

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: Life after Denton
How have the courts approached cases following the landmark ruling in Denton? Mandy Yeandle reviews the most recent judgments.

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: Rejecting an abnormally low tender
A recent case in the General Court of the European Union highlights the importance of giving full reasons when a tender is rejected for being abnormally low, writes Edward Reynolds.

Procurement: Rectification and drafting lessons
Stephen Brown and Sappho Dias consider the implication of terms into a contract. They conclude their five-part series with some drafting tips derived from the principles under consideration.

Procurement: Pre-qualification and selection criteria
Ruth Connorton and Alison Walton consider the issue of pre-qualification in the light of the new procurement regulations. They also assess what can and cannot be considered as selection criteria.

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.

Property: Highways authorities, on-street parking and the Rating List
Poonam Pattni considers a recent decision of the Valuations Tribunal, in which the local authority successfully challenged an entry of on-street highway parking on the Rating List.

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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