Relief after sleep-in ruling
Council leaders have expressed their relief after a legal decision today not to count sleep-in shifts as working time.
Developer issues threat to Haringey over joint venture
Haringey LBC is expected to abandon its regeneration plans despite threats of legal action from the developer.
EXCLUSIVE: Council faces tribunal flood
Lancashire CC is facing a deluge of employment tribunal claims from disgruntled former managers as it tries to recruit a permanent chief executive.
£2m Capita repayment after 'fraud'
Contractor Capita has been forced to repay £2m to Barnet LBC following an alleged fraud by an ex-member of staff within joint venture project Re.
New indemnity mutual: We have learnt from LAML
The advisers behind the Local Government Association’s (LGA) new indemnity mutual insist they have learnt from the sector’s previous forays into insurance.
LGA Labour group to seek legal advice
Smith Square’s Labour group will seek legal advice over national party proposals to allow members to elect council leaders, The MJ can reveal.
Changes after council fraud probe
Barnet LBC lawyers will present evidence at the trial of a former joint venture employee accused of a major fraud linked to a Capita contract.
Councils to legally challenge Heathrow expansion
A group of councils opposed to Heathrow expansion will launch a legal bid for a judicial review of Parliament’s decision to back a third runway.
Council’s legal challenge to Dorset reorganisation to proceed to High Court
Christchurch BC has been given permission to take its case against local government reorganisation in Dorset to the High Court.
'Laddish' culture at Cardiff
More than half of female councillors at Cardiff City Council have experienced bullying or intimidation in the last year, a survey of members has found.
Fresh finance warning for Northamptonshire CC
Northamptonshire CC’s finance director has issued an early warning the county already risks missing key savings targets that enabled it to agree a legal budget.
There was a recent moment of drama in the chamber at Birmingham City Council – well, more than usual – when a ceremonial clanger was highlighted.
Councils 'overwhelming' justice system
The incoming head of the family division of the High Court has attacked councils for fuelling the applications ‘crisis’ overwhelming the justice system.
Amey hit by £50m compensation bill - reports
Amey has been ordered to pay Birmingham City Council more than £50m in compensation after the contractor lost a long-running court battle, according to reports.
Khan talks extremism with LGA
Britain’s commissioner for countering extremism met with senior sector figures yesterday to discuss concerns over long-term funding and the response to the far-right threat.
Voter ID trial could have been illegal, according to barristers
The Government trial of checking voter ID in May’s local elections may have been illegal, barristers have argued.
Suspended sentences for Sheffield tree protesters
Suspended prison sentences have been handed to two protesters opposed to tree felling in Sheffield.
COSLA: ‘Delay Frank’s Law to help councils’
Scotland’s councils have called for a delay in the introduction of ‘Frank’s Law’ to help them prepare for a surge in demand for personalised care.
Magistrates can make a difference
Bob Neill asks why more local authorities are not making more use of the valuable skills and perspectives a magistrate within their workforce can provide.
Buckinghamshire districts could legally challenge reorganisation
Buckinghamshire’s districts have not ruled out launching a legal challenge against Government plans for a single unitary council, The MJ understands.