Court upholds dismissal of possession proceedings on human rights grounds Council loses Court of Appeal battle to evict introductory tenant
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards must be replaced, says key report Committee says DoLS "not fit for purpose" and tens of thousands of individuals could be deprived of liberty without protection of the law. See also: Supreme Court set to rule in landmark deprivation of liberty cases
Council fights off High Court bid to derail busking licensing scheme Judge says introduction of regime was lawful
Judge adjourns skate park village green case, calls for Government view Treasury Solicitor's Department to be asked for view on impact of reforms in Growth & Infrastructure Act 2013
Allotment holders threaten legal action over decision re-taken by Pickles Challenge to fresh grant of consent for appropriation of land for council-backed hospital expansion and housing scheme
Tribunal statistics show dramatic fall in employment claims Fall of 79% in number of claims compared to same period in 2012, as union blames new fee regime
Planning Minister writes to PINS to "restate very clearly" Green Belt policy Boles "very troubled" by inspector's use of language in recent Local Plan examination
DCLG publishes final version of National Planning Practice Guidance Planning "should not be exclusive preserve of lawyers, developers or town hall officials," says minister
MPs accuse councils of "over-zealous" application of EU procurement rules Regulations used as "self-serving justification for retaining overly bureaucratic approaches", says CLG committee
Council chiefs warn over Land Registry plans for local land charges SOLACE adds voice to concerns over proposed centralisation
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Children and Families Act nets Royal Assent ahead of key changes in April Legislation includes provision of 26-week time limit for care and supervision proceedings
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LGO raps council over handling of homeless teenager from outside area Local authority criticised for failure to carry out assessment of her situation
Ministers attacked for setting up public inquiries with inadequate powers Report from peers attacks failure to use Inquiries Act 2005 enough
Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal strikes off former coroner Solicitor took almost £2m from his clients
Judicial review on burial site for Richard III kicks off in High Court Council and university involved in two-day hearing
London Fire Brigade secures first confiscation order against landlord Defendant also fined for breaches of safety laws
Three members clubs hit as clampdown on unlawful poker continues Brings total since Hackney Council case to ten
Consider 20-mile limit on placements of children away from home, say MPs
Sharp rise in parents fined for taking children out of school: BBC
County council told to pay out nearly £40k after serious injury at depot
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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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Careers: The Greasy Pole....
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Children: Social care obligations to travellers
and Benjamin Tankel
consider the issues raised by a recent High Court ruling on the social care obligations of councils to travellers.
Employment: Religion or belief discrimination: key case law
What amounts to a protected 'philosophical belief' under the Equality Act 2010? Graham Richardson
assesses a recent Employment Tribunal decision and analyses the case law.
Governance: FOIA disclosures: 'motive blindness' and risks to mental health
In the light of a recent tribunal ruling, Robin Hopkins
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Licensing: The sound and the fury
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Litigation: Active case management post-Jackson - avoiding sanction
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Planning: Neighbourhood forums and the exclusion of key sites
In a landmark ruling the Court of Appeal has rejected a legal challenge to a council's decision to exclude key sites from a neighbourhood forum's area. Suzanne Ornsby QC
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