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Judge refuses relief despite finding council failed to acquaint itself with legal status of land prior to granting permission for development

Shropshire Council failed to take reasonable steps to acquaint itself with history and legal status of land off recreation ground when it granted planning permission for development of 15 dwellings, High Court judge rules
Judge rules against council on meaning of 'needs' for Care Act assessment
Assessment of claimant carried out by London borough did not constitute discharge of its duties under Care Act because it failed to include all individual's needs, whether currently being met or not, judge concludes.
Council wins appeal over refusal by judge of application for interim care order
Local authority wins appeal over Family Court judge’s refusal of its application for interim care orders for two children
London borough fails in Planning Court challenge to ministerial approval for works on HS2 ecological mitigation site
Mrs Justice Lang said issues raised in claim were potentially of importance to determination of other applications for approval under schedule 17 to High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Act 2017, “both in this local authority area and other areas”
Court of Appeal to hear challenge to changes to school transport policies
Court of Appeal earlier this month granted family of Leicestershire teenager with special educational needs permission to appeal High Court ruling dismissing their legal challenge over proposed changes to county council’s school transport policies
Magistrates order homeowner to pay £61,000 over damage to protected tree
Homeowner who damaged 90-year-old tree so much that it had to be felled fined more than £60,000 following criminal prosecution by city council
Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime gives notice for re-tender of £65m national legal services framework
MOPAC issues prior information notice on its plans to re-tender for national legal services framework worth estimated £65m
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MUST READ: Standards: the CSPL Review of Ethical Governance and Bullying

Paul Feild looks at what the Committee for Standards in Public Life has recommended in relation to bullying and sets out the actions councils can take to address the issue.

 
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London borough defeats legal challenge over grant of planning permission for major redevelopment
High Court rejects legal challenge to Southwark Council’s grant of planning permission for major redevelopment of large site that includes Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre
Timetable set for new inquest into 'air quality' death of child
New inquest into death of 9 year-old Ella Kissi-Debrah will be held in November or December 2020, following ordering of new inquest by High Court last year
Council defeats High Court challenge over closure of day centre
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council successfully defends High Court challenge over its decision to close day centre for adults with learning difficulties
District council defeats second judicial review challenge over multi-storey car park development
East Herts successfully defends grant of planning permission to itself for multi-storey car park and other development on land in conservation area, having previously lost earlier judicial review challenge over similar development
MUST READ: The St Modwen test and deliverability

The Court of Appeal has clarified the St Modwen test for deliverability of housing, writes Michael Bedford QC.
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The Sheriffs OfficeHigh Court enforcement for local authorities
High Court enforcement services can be useful for local authorities in several circumstances. The Sheriff's Office outlines the main occasions when councils may need to use enforcement services and the procedures they will need to follow when they do (sponsored editorial).

Treasury Solicitor receives KCB, government lawyers recognised in New Year's Honours List 2020
Four members of Government Legal Service recognised in New Year’s Honours List 2020
Council hit by legal action over planning permission for nuclear site development
Council threatened with judicial review of its decision to grant planning permission for development of nuclear power site, amid claims relocation of facilities would affect historic wood
Welsh minister hails plan to reform legislative framework for local government governance and public engagement
Welsh Government highlights draft legislation aimed at enhancing ability of councillors to attend council meetings remotely more easily and job share cabinet posts; Bill also places duty on leaders of political groups to take reasonable steps to promote and maintain high standards of conduct by members of group
Fire authority to appoint solicitors, barristers to £480k specialist legal services framework
West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority to set up specialist fire safety legal services framework agreement worth up to £480,000 over four years
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Home Office stands down proposed independent reviewer of Prevent programme
Government stands down Lord Carlile from role of Independent Reviewer of Prevent programme in face of legal challenge from charity
Ministry awards £4m to 100+ councils to help tackle criminal landlords and letting agents
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government says new funding will be used by councils to take enforcement action against these landlords, and advise tenants of their housing rights; initiatives include 21 councils across Yorkshire and Humberside training over 100 enforcement officers across region to ensure standards are being met by landlords, and Northampton creating ‘Special Operations Unit’ to enforce against very worst landlords
Council prosecution sees landlord fined £27k for multiple HMO breaches
Landlord in Luton ordered to pay £27,000 at sentencing hearing after previously pleading guilty to illegally managing house in multiple occupation
Groups of Scottish local authorities name seven firms to £12m legal services framework
Consortium of Scottish local authorities led by City of Edinburgh Council appoints seven law firms to legal services framework worth £12m
MUST READ: Case management and expert evidence

In a recent case the Vice-President of the Court of Protection made some important comments in relation to case management. The CoP team at 39 Essex Chambers reports.
The Great Bundle Takeaway Debacle
On 4 April 2019 new rules came into effect for the removal of court bundles in what’s now earned the name of “The Great Bundle Takeaway Debacle.” The debate itself is notable for how little of it is focused on a digital solution...(Sponsored editorial)

Treasury Solicitor receives KCB, government lawyers recognised in New Year’s Honours List 2020
Scottish local authorities name seven firms to £12m legal services framework
Fire authority to appoint solicitors, barristers to £480k specialist legal services framework
Mayor’s Office for Police and Crime gives notice for re-tender of £65m national legal services framework
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Determining exclusivity: Lone v London Borough of Hounslow
In the first appellate court decision on the issue, the Court of Appeal has confirmed that the Valuation Tribunal has exclusive jurisdiction to determine disputes relating to the calculation of Council Tax and that this jurisdiction excludes a freestanding common law claim in restitution. Shomik Datta analyses the case.
 
The Electronic Communications Code and interim rights
The Court of Appeal has recently given an important ruling on interim rights under the Electronic Communiciations Code. Jonathan Seitler QC explains the outcome.
Governing in uncertain times
Victoria Jardine and Peter Hubbard assess the latest developments in relation to governance issues for social landlords.
Investing public money in district heating
Steve Gummer and Catherine Maddox analyse an important recent decision from the European Commission that will be helpful to authorities considering district heating schemes. (from our latest housing law newsletter)
Strasbourg and the 'bedroom tax'
Alex Ewing considers an important ruling from the European Court of Human Rights on the so-called 'bedroom tax' that could have potentially significant implications for the way in which discrimination cases are approached in the future. (from our latest housing law newsletter)

Catch up on recent articles on Local Government Lawyer and Public Law Today:
Capacity, the inherent jurisdiction and self-neglect
A judge was recently asked to resolve a case where there was disagreement as to the jurisdictional basis upon which the Court of Protection was being invited to impose care on a man against his will as being in his best interests. The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Chambers analyse the ruling.
Making the right choice
Jennifer Mellani writes about her journey to being a local government lawyer specialising in health and social care.
FGM protection orders and the asylum jurisdiction
Srishti Suresh analyses an important recent decision from the President of the Family Division on the relationship between the family courts and the asylum jurisdiction.
Powers to control anti-social behaviour under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014
This guidance note from LexisNexis provides a comprehensive and up to date overview of powers to control anti-social behaviour under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, Reform of anti-social behaviour powers (2014), Part 1 Civil Injunctions and Part 2 Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO). (Sign in or register for free trial)
Assumption of responsibility
Andrew Warnock QC asks the question many involved with the public sector have been asking since the Supreme Court ruling in Poole v GN – when does an 'Assumption of Responsibility' arise?
Marshalling evidence in special educational needs cases
John Roberts reports on a successful result obtained by a local authority in the Special Educational Needs Tribunal.
Strike out: when?
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has recently provided helpful pointers to practitioners on the relevant factors an Employment Tribunal should consider when entertaining an application to strike out, writes Gareth Price.
The Conservative majority and local government
Peter Ware asks what the recent Conservative majority in Parliament will mean for the future of local government.
NHS trusts and the duty of candour
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has decided not to pursue a duty of candour case due to a lack of evidence. Sarah Knight looks at the lessons to be learned.
Social landlords and water charges
A recent ruling in the High Court in a test case on water re-selling has led to claims that local authorities and housing associations could face having to refund millions of pounds to tenants. Simon Kiely and Anna Moon analyse the judgment. (from our latest housing law newsletter)
Housing benefits, human rights and possession claims
Public sector and private sector landlords need to know about a recent housing benefit ruling from the Supreme Court, write Karl Anders and Deborah Brown. (from our latest housing law newsletter)
When is an FOI request an FOI request?
Susan Wolf sets what organisations should bear in mind when considering whether something is 'business as usual' or an FOI request.
Financing of licensing schemes
The Court of Appeal has held that there is no general legal principle that licensing schemes are intended to be self-financing, write Gerald Gouriet QC, Charles Streeten and Leo Charalambides.
Selling local authority legal services
Tiffany Cloynes and Clare Hardy examine how local authorities can go about generating additional income by selling their legal services.
The Guildford Local Plan legal challenge: key issues for plan-makers
James Findlay QC and Robert Williams examine the High Court's recent dismissal of three statutory challenges to the adoption of the Guildford Local Plan.
Poor performance and exclusion of bidders
In a recent case the Court of Justice of the European Union has provided guidance on applying exclusions to potential problem bidders. Rebecca McLean reviews the judgment.
The public/private joint venture - why do they succeed?
Anthony Vittadini highlights some of the keys to success when implementing public/private joint ventures and those involving property in particular.
Public authorities, statutory powers and village greens
Francis Taylor Building comments on a Supreme Court judgment on village greens that will prove hugely significant for landowning public bodies.
The changing landscape of local authority Trading Standards prosecutions?
Richard Heller considers for LexisPSL Local Government the potential impact the case of Qualter and others v Crown Court at Preston [2019] could have on the way regional Trading Standards services investigate and prosecute criminal offences. (registration required)
It's not always the council's fault: Gorringe reprised
Following a tragic accident where the claimant was struck by a London bus whilst crossing a road sustaining multiple serious injuries, Central London County Court has struck out the claimant’s claim against a London borough. Steven Conway explains why.
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