Editor's blog: A sure thing?
When last December the Government unveiled plans to tackle what the PM dubbed "the massive growth industry of judicial review", there was a real division of opinion over whether the proposals would increase rather than decrease the number of cases brought. It looks, however, as if the latest reforms to the availability of legal aid could have a much more direct affect. Read more...
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Grayling plans crackdown on use of legal aid to fund weak judicial review cases Reforms will see financial risk of judicial review application transferred to provider. Civil merits test will also be changed to prevent funding of cases with less than 50% chance of success
Copyright agency threatens more councils with legal action after securing payout City council agrees to pay undisclosed sum to cover legal costs and retrospective licence fees
Supreme Court to hear highways case on overlapping local authority powers Council argues it should be able to use most economic power under Highways Act 1980
Government to legislate on publicity code Eric Pickles attacks councils for "undermining the free press and wasting taxpayers' money" through local authority newspapers
Cafcass confirms record number of care applications in 2012/13 February 2013 saw highest ever recorded figure for a single month (998). Cafcass also reports progress on case duration
Law Commission calls for shakeup of housing association tenancies in Wales Arrangements would be brought into line with those in place for local authorities
Council wins court battle over unilateral s. 106 agreement and off street parking Planning Inspector took into account an irrelevant consideration, judge rules
Borough sees housing waiting list fall from 10,000+ to 1,100 after policy switch Changes included limiting list to those with a five-year connection to the borough
Legal Services Panel expresses concern at rise in McKenzie Friends Fears over struck-off solicitors taking role as legal aid cuts boost numbers of litigants-in-person
Milton Keynes becomes latest to consult on late night levy after police request
Court ruling gives costs protection to solicitors over funding disbursements
Green Investment Bank looks to expand panel of legal advisers
Council rapped for failure to tackle noise at business owned by ex-councillor
Andrew Arden QC steps down after 20 years as head of chambers
HSE launches formal investigation into death at Mid Staffs NHS Trust
Miliband calls for councils to be given powers to tackle payday loan shops
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Articles of good faith
The Court of Appeal has handed down a major ruling on the contractual issues of co-operating in good faith and exercising discretion. Colin Ricciardello identifies the lessons to be learned from a case involving an NHS trust.
Human rights appear to have been airbrushed from the Government's streamlined version of the Working Together guidance for safeguarding children, writes Allan Norman.
Human rights and licensing legislation
Andy Woods highlights the importance of human rights legislation insofar as licensing applications and hearings are concerned.
Interim payments, Zambrano and final determination of benefits claims
A High Court judge has handed down the latest Zambrano ruling. Catherine Rowlands analyses the judgment in Sanneh and sets out the further cases to be heard.
Blogs, online publications and defamation
A local authority officer recently succeeded in a counter-claim for libel. Wesley O'Brien and Jonathan Moore look at the lessons to be learned.
Long-term sick leave, short-term absence policies and dismissals
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled that it was not reasonable to require an NHS trust to make an adjustment to its absence management policy and exempt a disabled claimant. Gareth Edwards considers the implications.
The Living Wage and EU procurement
As interest grows in requiring contractors to pay the Living Wage, Deborah Ramshaw looks at the interplay with EU procurement rules.
Recent developments in planning guidance
There have been some significant recent developments in planning guidance. Ned Helme looks at the key points.
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First Planning Act 2008 application to be refused by Angus Walker
The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change refused the application for the Preesall underground gas storage project in Lancashire, being promoted by Halite Energy.
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Adult Social Services: Professional approach Jill Mason
considers a recent Court of Appeal case involving the discharge by approved mental health professionals of their duties.
Children's Services: The cost of care: the position following the Tower Hamlets decision Jacqui Thomas
looks at the caselaw and policy around financing placements of children with family members.
Employment: Whistleblowing - new challenges for employers Ceri Widdett
examines the potential impact on employers of proposed reforms to whistle-blowing legislation.
Governance: Data mining Eleanor Grey QC
, Catherine Dobson
and Jennifer Thelen
look at the latest information law cases, which range from time limits to striking out, and from personal data to Prince Charles' correspondence.
Healthcare: The right prescription? James Larmour
looks at the new NHS Provider licence and the controversy over competition in the NHS.
Housing: ECO sounding Elizabeth Cooper
, David Hutton
and Patrick Sweeney
set out what local authorities and registered providers need to consider before they deliver ECO schemes for their housing stock.
Licensing: Dancing to a different tune
In a ruling that will be of great assistance to licensing authorities, a High Court judge has dismissed an application for judicial review against a refusal to grant a sex entertainment venue licence for a lapdancing venue in a rural location. Josef Cannon
Litigation: How to prosecute a breach of an enforcement notice Jack Smyth
provides a practical guide to the prosecution of enforcement notices.
Planning: NPPF: A year on - the winners and losers by sector
To coincide with the recent anniversary of the National Planning Policy Framework, the cornerstone of the government's pro-growth agenda, Suzan Yildiz
revisits the NPPF's substantive policies and considers its impact on retail, office and residential sectors.
Procurement: Fighting talk
A recent dispute between a developer and a city council involved allegations of deceit, fraud and a lack of transparency. Jon Hainey
summarises the case and discusses how organisations can safeguard themselves against similar challenges in the future.
Projects: Localism in planning: myth or reality?
A High Court judge has considered the implications of the Localism Act on the role of the Secretary of State in planning decisions. Simon Goacher
analyses the case and what it means for local authorities.
Property: Empty feeling?
A recent case highlighted key issues in relation to empty properties, business rates and occupation by charities. Nathan Holden
and Robert Nieri
examine the lessons.
Regulatory: Nullity points Richard Harwood
examines the issues of nullity, validity and the circumstances in which planning challenges can be brought.
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