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Landlord ordered to pay more than £500k after dividing home into eight flats without planning permission

Westminster City Council secures its highest ever penalty for planning offence, in case where landlord divided his three-bedroom home into eight flats without permission

Charlton leaves role as City Solicitor and Monitoring Officer at Birmingham
Kate Charlton, who has worked for Birmingham for 11 years, is “leaving to pursue new career opportunities and to spend time with her family”; local authority also publishes letter of apology to Charlton from Lady Mayoress Bushra Bi following comments made in open letter in Birmingham Mail regarding running of full council
Court of Appeal rejects challenge from developer to planning appeal brought over air quality
Gladman Developments had appealed after planning inspector rejected non-determination appeal over two applications made to Swale Borough Council
Council pauses charging 16-19-year-olds for using school buses after legal threat
North Yorkshire County Council to stop charging 16-19-year-olds who use its school buses after legal challenge over disability discrimination and types of buses used; council to seek clarification of law
Borough council wins appeal over 'continuing offence' and laying of informations in HMO case
‘Continuing' offence is not time-barred from prosecution by when it was first noted, High Court says in House in Multiple Occupation appeal brought by borough council
Councils withholding or heavily redacting information requested under Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014: report
Local authorities are refusing to let public access key information on how their money is being spent, Bureau of Investigative Journalism claims
Justice system "unable to deliver redress for victims of child sexual abuse", inquiry finds
Neither criminal or civil justice system is able to effectively deliver redress that victims and survivors of child sexual abuse seek, with many finding processes "baffling, frustrating, hostile and futile", Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) says; report makes seven recommendations including that Local Government Association and Association of British Insurers should each produce codes of practice for responding to civil claims of child sexual abuse
Claim councils are "recruiting sergeants" for "county lines" provokes angry response from directors of children's services
Councils bear inadvertent responsibility for growth of ‘county lines’ drugs gangs by placing looked after children outside their home area, report claims
North East councils appoint 36 providers to £60m regional legal services framework
Procurement led by Newcastle City Council sees 35 law firms and one barristers chambers chosen for legal services framework worth estimated £60m over four years

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Reignite devolution process in England in Queen's Speech, councils tell Government
English Devolution Bill is among pieces of legislation that Local Government Association wants to see in forthcoming Queen’s Speech, saying progress has stalled; LGA also urges Government to introduce Electoral Bill, providing new offence of intimidatory behaviour, and Housing and Planning Bill that will amongst other things streamline local plan process
Electoral administrators call for "urgent reform" to election law
Electoral legislation – some of it one hundred years old – is becoming “ever less compatible with modern expectations and ways of working”, report by Association of Electoral Administrators says
Guidance issued for Whitehall departments and other bodies on managing modern slavery risks in procurement
Cabinet Office issues procurement policy note and guidance setting out how Government departments, executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies should identify and manage modern slavery risks in both existing contracts and new procurement activity; other public sector contracting authorities may also wish to apply approach, it adds
Council hit with £100k fine after exposing workers to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome
Dacorum Borough Council fined £100,000 and ordered to pay £28,000 in costs after exposing seven grounds maintenance workers to HAVS, caused by excessive use of power tools
Midlands universities to procure £3.5m legal services panel
University of Birmingham and University of Notthingham are jointly tendering legal services framework worth estimated £3.5m over five years
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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).

Regulatory structure for legal services "will struggle to meet demands placed on it": independent report
Current regulatory structure provides incomplete and limited framework for legal services regulation that will struggle in near-term and beyond to meet demands and expectations placed on it, independent review led by Professor Stephen Mayson claims
Ombudsman finds fault in two thirds of adult social care complaints investigated in 2018/19
Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman found fault in nearly two out of every three adult social care complaints it investigated in 2018/19; in some casework areas – including those about fees and charging for care – it upheld nearly three-quarters of investigations
Nearly half of letting agents inspected in London failing to comply with law, says trading standards body
More than 46% of 1,922 letting agents inspected in 15 months up to June 2019 by local council trading standards officers were non-compliant with either Consumer Rights Act and/or legislation on redress scheme membership, London Trading Standards reveals
Planning and NHS property law specialists among four new partners at Bevan Brittan
Planning and infrastructure lawyer and property specialist with extensive experience of advising NHS bodies are among four new partners at Bevan Brittan
Boost your career: Being a legal locum in local government
An increasing number of legal professionals are becoming locums. Rayhaneh Tehrani and Laura Smith explain the reasons why this is the case, and set out what they think candidates should consider when looking for jobs in local government.
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Court of Appeal agrees to hear battle over closure of services at South Tyneside Hospital
Court of Appeal gives permission to campaigners to appeal High Court ruling rejecting their judicial review challenge over closure of services at South Tyneside Hospital
Call for views issued in independent review of local authority audit in England
Sir Tony Redmond, former Local Government Ombudsman, issues call for views as part of his independent review of quality and effectiveness of audit and financial reporting of local authorities in England
Home Office sets out terms of reference for review of Prevent programme
Review will consider present delivery of Prevent and recommendations for future, rather than past delivery of programme, which is meant to safeguard people from being drawn into terrorism; it will consider, amongst other things, effectiveness of Statutory Prevent Duty
Landmark Chambers barristers advise Birmingham on Commonwealth Games CPO
John Hobson QC and Admas Habteslasie of Landmark Chambers represented Birmingham City Council on obtaining, following public inquiry, confirmation of Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) for 2022 Commonwealth Games
The Great Bundle Takeaway Debacle
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Gypsy and Traveller site allocation policy defended

A city council recently successfully defended a judicial review challenge over its Gypsy and Traveller site allocations policy. Adrian Davis analyses the judgment.
Electoral Petitions: the Law Commission's proposals for reform
Timothy Straker QC and Amrit Kaur Dhanoa make a case in favour of the Law Commission’s proposals for reform of electoral petitions.
CIL Pools and the latest changes (in England)
Rachel Sykes analyses the impact on local authorities of the latest changes to the Community Infrastructure Levy regime that came into force at the beginning of September.
Housing case law update: September 2019
Paul Lloyd and Charlotte Rowson consider the latest housing law cases in the Court of Appeal and other courts.
A "Purdie" big mess
A delay in the claimant's proceedings recently lead to a personal injury case against a council being dismissed entirely. Catherine Kearney explains why.
Compliance with conditions on a licence - You can't pick and choose
Paddy Whur looks at the consequences of a failure to comply with the conditions on a premises licence.

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The extent of the inherent jurisdiction
Christine Cooper reports on an unusual inherent jurisdiction case that recently went before a High Court judge.
The MHA and the MCA in the community
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Chambers report on the outcome of a ruling dealing with streamlined Re X applications made by two local authorities.
Making the right choice
Jennifer Mellani writes about her journey to being a local government lawyer specialising in health and social care.
Firm foundations
Are you intrigued about working in local government but hesitant to take the plunge? Real estate lawyer Matthew Dineen explains how he overcame his initial doubts and never looked back.
Family proceedings and the police
The “long arm” of the police - how “confidential” are family proceedings? “Not very” seems to be the answer in a recent Court of Appeal decision, writes Adam Smith.
Accommodation under s20 Children Act and the wishes of the child
The Royal Borough of Greenwich recently successfully defended a Children Act judicial review. Tony Harrop-Griffiths explains how.
Public Space Protection Orders, abortion clinics and buffer zones
The Court of Appeal has upheld the legality of the UK’s first ‘buffer zone’ outside an abortion clinic. Ranjit Bhose QC, Kuljit Bhogal and Tara O'Leary explain why.
Automated facial recognition, privacy and data protection law
The Divisional Court has found that police use of automated facial recognition was a justified privacy intrusion. Robin Hopkins sets out the key findings in a landmark case.
Withdrawal of pre-action admissions
A High Court judge has ruled in a case involving a local authority that when it comes to whether or not to allow the withdrawal of pre-action admissions, judges should resist the temptation to conduct a mini-trial. Bronia Hartley analyses the ruling.
Experts in Human Rights Act claims
Are human rights experts necessary in Human Rights Act claims? David Maggs examines the status of their evidence.
'Funding crisis' - a detailed look at the funding shortage in UK schools
According to campaigners, more than 200 schools in England are cutting their school weeks short due to funding shortages. This raises questions over legal ramifications and the responsibility of the government. Jean Tsang, associate at Bates Wells and governor of a maintained primary school, addresses these questions for LexisPSL and looks at the worrying effects of this ‘funding crisis’ on the ‘most vulnerable children’ in the educational system.
Judicial review challenge over closures of children's centres defeated by local authority
The case of R (on the application of L, an infant (by his mother and litigation friend)) v Buckinghamshire County Council represents the first time when the High Court considered in detail the meaning of the ‘sufficiency duty’ in section 5A of the Childcare Act 2006 (ChA 2006) in the context of whether a council’s consultation on the closure of a number of children’s centres was unlawful or not. James Goudie QC examines the background to and the practical implications of the judgment.
Pensions and ill-health entitlement
A council’s inactivity was recently found by the Pensions Ombudsman to be “tantamount to maladministration”. Alice Kinder looks at the implications.
Facebook postings and vicarious liability of employers
Charles Pigott examines an Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling that racially offensive Facebook posting was not done in the course of employment.
Localism versus the CSPL review of ethical standards
Paul Feild examines the challenge to the Localism Act 2011 presented by the Committee for Standards in Public Life’s 2019 Review of Local Government ethical standards.
Digital duties
Monitoring Officers must ensure good governance over data and social media, writes David Kitson.
Court rejects implied duty to report change of address for council tax purposes
Samuel Genen, solicitor at Steel & Shamash, comments for LexisPSL on a Court of Appeal ruling that a failure to notify the local council of a change of address for the purpose of council tax did not constitute a criminal offence under the Fraud Act 2006. (Registration required)
Segregation on mental health wards
The Care Quality Commission recently published interim findings about the segregation in mental health wards of young people and people with a learning disability or autism. Holly Bridden looks at the lessons to be learned.
Airbnb and social tenancies
Andrew Lane sets out the key considerations where tenants advertise social housing properties through holiday let companies such as Airbnb.
Service charges and additional provisions
The Upper Tribunal has considered whether a tenancy agreement allowed a social landlord to charge for additional services. John Murray reports on the outcome.
Brexit and data protection
Damien Welfare sets out what you need to know when it comes to Brexit and data protection.
GDPR: one year on
What have we learned from the 12 months that the General Data Protection Regulation has been in force? Ibrahim Hasan reports.
Making an exception to a cumulative impact policy
Southwark Council recently granted a 3am premises licence for a new live music venue as an exception to its cumulative impact policy. Gary Grant examines the reasons why.
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.
Heritage assets, demolition and future benefits
The High Court has interpreted paragraph 196 of the National Planning Policy Framework on the protection of heritage assets. Matthew Fraser explains the outcome.
Section 73 permissions and the new CIL Regulations
Christopher Cant assesses the application of the Community Infrastructure Levy regime to planning permissions granted under section 73 in relation to post-CIL parent permissions.
People over Wind: still blowing through planning guidance and the High Court
Michael Dempsey analyses the latest developments in relation to Habitat Regulations Assessment and appropriate assessment.
Procurement challenges, later matters and limitation
Cornwall Council recently defeated procurement and judicial review claims brought by an incumbent NHS trust over the provision of sexual health services in the county. Joseph Barrett sets out the wider points of principle from the High Court ruling.
Bidders and legal entities
Is it obligatory for bidders to remain as the same legal entity between pre-selection and submission of tenders? Tim Care and Melanie Pears comment on a CJEU judgment.
Declarations of ineffectiveness and the Public Contracts Regulations 2015
A recent procurement case has brought into into focus the circumstances when the remedy of a declaration of ineffectiveness may be available under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, write Richard Collins and Kathrine Eddon.
Cleaning up the air we breathe
Rob Hann looks at the pressures on local authorities to push forwards at pace with their clean air initiatives.
Local authorities and governance - LLG's Codes of Practice
Rob Hann looks at the Lawyers in Local Government’s Codes of Practice for Local Authority Companies.
Transfer agreements and overage payments
A local authority recently succeeded in a summary judgment application in relation to overage payments due under a transfer agreement. Lina Mattsson explains how.
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)
Highways maintainable at public expense
If a highway authority built a highway, it is highway maintainable at public expense. Matthew White reports on a significant High Court ruling for local authorities.
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