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ProjectsLandmark Supreme Court ruling sets out test on deprivations of liberty "A gilded cage is still a cage" says Baroness Hale See also: Impact of Supreme Court deprivation of liberty ruling "huge", says council

Largest local authority legal consortium unveils new panel Three of six law firms selected join EM LawShare for first time

Monitoring officer at Welsh council survives no confidence vote Anger amongst members over handing of press cuttings to QC, but Leader defends officer

NW Leicestershire legal team first to sign up to 'service exchange' Department to market services to other authorities via CapacityGRID

London borough secures £1m confiscation order against traders Court also awards £400k in legal costs to council as trio jailed for breaching restraint order

Government progress report insists take-up of community rights is strong Significant activity in relation to local and neighbourhood plans, but only six assets of community value actually purchased and no figures given for Community Right to Challenge

ICO fines police force £100k over information left in former station Man who found interview videotapes in basement planned to watch them as source of entertainment

The Budget 2014: by practice area Local Government Lawyer identifies some of the key policies contained in this year's Budget and affecting local authorities. See also: The Budget 2014: the reaction

DON'T MISS OUT: There are some fantastic permanent roles on LGL this week:

To see all roles on LGL, click here. Top locum roles include: Senior Contracts and Procurement Lawyer, Litigation Lawyer - LVT, Education Lawyer, Prosecutions and Planning Locum, Generalist Local Government Lawyer, Commercial Property Legal Officer, Neighbourhood Nuisance Locum, and Housing Solicitor.

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Judge rejects judicial review application over proposed QPR training ground But campaigners plan to seek oral hearing

President of Employment Tribunals issues guidance on case management Document issued by Judge Latham includes necessary action by parties and talks through examples of case management situations

Claims by ex-leader will not be referred to police, says council after inquiry Claims of 'inappropriate behaviour' were investigated by monitoring officer. Potential breaches of code of conduct identified

Council to pay out after LGO report on girl "lost to system" for four years Authority had no idea what needs of disabled child and mother who cares for her were

Court grants permission for JR of decision by council on library service Authority plans to hand over 30 libraries to community groups

Homelessness decision appeals not covered by public law legal aid Win for Legal Aid Agency as High Court judge deals blow to law firm with contract under public law category

Extend FOI to public contracts with private providers, say MPs Public Accounts Committee calls for exploration of scope for an FOI provision to be included in standard contract terms

Berwin Leighton Paisner secures renewal of Thames Water legal partnership
Managed legal services arrangement, worth several million pounds a year to law firm, extended to 2018

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CAREERS: We love local government Sam McGinty and Gurbinder Sangha, representatives of the Junior Professionals Special Activity Area of Lawyers in Local Government, want to hear from junior lawyers, trainees, paralegals and others about their experiences.

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New articles on Local Government Lawyer

NoonConfiscation and local authorities: resolving a tension
Following a recent decision in Norwich Crown Court, Andrew Campbell-Tiech QC and Richard Heller consider the problems faced by local authorities in recovering costs in significant confiscation cases.

Article 8 - a chink in the landlord's armour?
Leon Glenister examines an important Court of Appeal ruling that upheld the dismissal of possession proceedings on human rights grounds.

European children, BIIR and reporting restriction orders: Presidential guidance
William Tyler considers recent guidance from the President of the Family Division on issues surrounding reporting restriction orders, European children, BIIR and the Vienna Convention.

Getting capacity right
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street examine a case concerning the crossover between the inherent jurisdiction and the CoP.

Nuisance and planning revisited
Martin Goodall analyses the implications for planning of a tour de force Supreme Court ruling on the law of nuisance.

A hard bargain
Huw Rolant Jones and Sally Isaacs report on unions' use of a relatively unknown TULRCA provision in negotiations with employers over changes to terms and conditions.

Public sector pensions, employer contributions and the cost cap
The Treasury has announced higher employer contributions towards public sector pensions from 2015. Neil Bhan considers the move and looks at the details of the employer cost cap.

(Probably) the first group action for damages under the Data Protection Act
In December 2013 a group legal action was settled against a London borough following breaches of the Data Protection Act and the Human Rights Act. Anna Thwaites, who acted for the claimants, explains the legal basis for the claims.

The Inquiries Act 2005 - fit for purpose?
This month saw the publication of a Lords select committee report on the law and practice relating to public inquiries into matters of public concern and, in particular, the Inquiries Act 2005. Emma Ireton looks at the findings and recommendations.

Business Against Crime schemes: second bite
Licensing authorities looking to encourage business crime reduction schemes can take comfort from a High Court ruling, writes Philip Kolvin QC.

What's happening with personal licences?
Paddy Whur reviews recent developments in relation to personal licences and looks for clues to what might happen next.

Latest courses on Local Government Law TV

Name Price (ex-VAT)   Description
Abuse of Process £25.00 Kevin Hegarty QC and Barry Berlin outline how recent cases have determined when an application for a stay of criminal prosecution on the grounds abuse of process are likely to be successful.
Social Media £25.00 This course addresses how employers should approach the problems created by their employees' use of social media and outlines the policies that employers need to have in place before the event.
Cornerstone Barristers Housing Conference £150.00 This package includes all eight presentations from the Housing Conference hosted by Cornerstone Barristers in November 2013. Each presentation is also available to purchase individually.

All courses are CPD-qualifying. Your first course is FREE.

Departmental subscriptions from £495 + VAT for 12 months unlimited access. Click here for details.

The latest blogs...
The Budget, the Planning Court and judicial review tweaks by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the infrastructure implications of this week's Budget and amendments to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill that will alter Planning Act 2008 judicial review timescales.

Snap judgement: Is the role of monitoring officer worth the risk?

...Yes, it's a key role that is valued by my authority
,,,It's an occupational hazard of the head of legal role
...No, the risks outweigh the rewards and status

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And some you may have missed....

Adult Social Services: Out with a bang, not with a whimper?
A Court of Protection judge recently approved a one-month trial of home-based care for a dementia campaigner and took the unusual step of naming the parties to the case. The CoP team at 39 Essex Street report on the ruling.

Children: Social care obligations to travellers
Jonathan Auburn and Benjamin Tankel consider the issues raised by a recent High Court ruling on the social care obligations of councils to travellers.

Employment: Smoke without fire: e-cigarettes and the workforce
What approach should public sector employers take towards the use by staff of e-cigarettes? Sarah Lamont looks at the key issues and the available options.

Employment: Mass compulsory retirement - is it justifiable?
A recent case considered the decision of a number of police forces to compulsorily retire police officers and, in particular, the discriminatory impact of this decision. Allison Cook reviews the ruling.

Governance: FOI requests from heir hunters
How should local authorities deal with freedom of information requests from so-called 'heir hunters'? Ibrahim Hasan explains the options.

Housing: The cap fits?
In the first in a two-part series analysing Court of Appeal judgments on key elements of the Government's welfare reforms, Dean Underwood looks at a ruling that rejected a challenge to the 'benefit cap'.

Housing: Room for manoeuvre
In the second article in a two-part series looking at recent Court of Appeal rulings on key elements of the Government's welfare reforms, Dean Underwood examines its judgment on the under-occupation charge or 'bedroom tax'.

Licensing: A licence to busk
Camden Council has successfully fended off a High Court challenge to its proposed licensing scheme for busking in the borough. Clive Sheldon QC explains the ruling.

Litigation: Active case management post-Jackson - avoiding sanction
Three recent cases have again emphasised the importance of active case management. Sarah Appleby of Hertfordshire County Council outlines the lessons to be learned.

Planning: Aarhus compliance: how hard can it be?
Michael Bedford analyses the Court of Justice of the European Union's ruling on the UK's costs regime in 2010 for legal challenges to environmental decisions and assesses the judgment's likely impact on the current framework.

Procurement: Direct awards to private non-profit organisations
A recent opinion from an Advocate General points to a narrow interpretation of the Teckal exemption and a refusal to distinguish between private profit and non-profit-making organisations. Brendan Ryan looks at the reasoning.

Property: Why reasonable matters
A recent adverse High Court ruling against a council over its decision to terminate a claimant law firm's lease is a salutary reminder of the need for authorities to justify their public law decisions, writes Stephen McNamara.

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