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Police threaten legal action over lack of mental health provision
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Cabinet at Royal Borough to consider backing Heathrow judicial review
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Adoption and family placements
The Court of Appeal recently considered the approach to be taken in determining a child's long-term welfare once the child has become fully settled in a prospective adoptive home and, late in the day, a viable family placement is identified. Laura Briggs reports.
Move over PQQ, here is the SQ!
The Government has issued a selection questionnaire to replace the current pre-qualification questionnaire. Jenny Beresford-Jones sets out the key points for procurement practictioners
If in doubt, strip it out
Anna Ralston examines the vexed question of "vacant possession" and analyses the lessons from a recent High Court case.
Boundaries of the 'soft touch' approach
A High Court judge has handed down a significant decision marking the boundaries to the 'soft touch' approach adopted to the scrutiny of neighbourhood plans. Mark Lowe QC, Rob Williams and David Lintott report.
Does the presence of public interest act as a barrier to a refusal of a request for information based on vexatiousness? Robin Hopkins reports on a ruling that should be welcomed by public bodies.
Changes to the rules on civil appeals
Ben Zurawel reviews recent amendments to the rules governing civil appeals.
Latest DCO decision before four-month hiatus: by Angus Walker
The Governmenthas approved the most recent nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP) – an electrical connection to the already-consented Brechfa Forest wind farm.
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Adult Social Services: Bulk applications for deputyship remuneration
The Court of Protection recently considered a not-for-profit organisation's 'bulk application' in relation to deputyship remuneration. Bethan Harris
looks at the judgment.
Adult Social Services: Deprivation of liberty, dogs and a deputy’s dereliction of duty
A district judge recently criticised the approach taken by a deputy in a deprivation of liberty case and replaced them with a panel deputy. The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Chambers
examine the ruling.
Adult Social Services: Pilot schemes in the Court of Protection
and Lee Parkhill
summarise the key points for two pilot schemes commencing in the Court of Protection next month.
Adult Social Services: Accommodation under the Care Act and the General Power of Competence
A High Court judge recently considered issues around the Care Act and the General Power of Competence. David Owens
, Judith Barnes
and Trevor Watt
question the ruling.
Children: Children giving evidence
Are more children about to give evidence in care proceedings? Jason Hadden
reports on a recent Court of Appeal ruling.
Children: Crisis in infinite courts
The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, this week warned of a "clear and imminent crisis" as a result of the rise in care cases. Andrew Pack
, who blogs at Suesspicious Minds
, looks at what the judge had to day.
Children: A question of bias: from the children's guardian?
looks at the lessons from a recent High Court case involving an allegation of bias against a children's guardian.
Children: Children, consent and deprivation of liberty
This LexisPSL Local Government
article, produced in partnership with Tim Spencer-Lane
considers recent court decisions on whether a parent can consent to the confinement of their child which, absent a valid consent, would amount to a deprivation of liberty.
Children: How to draft a local authority threshold document in care proceedings
LexisPSL Local Government
in partnership with Tim Earl,
Solicitor to the Council and Head of Legal Services of Suffolk County Council, explains how to draft a local authority threshold document in care proceedings.
Community Safety: Busy Bodies charter or effective tool?
Bans on hats, lying down in public, car cruisers and skateboarders...what next for Public Space Protection Orders? Kuljit Bhogal
Education: Tackling illegal schools
Councils have been calling for greater powers to tackle illegal schools. Tom Tabori
examines some of the issues raised.
Education: Schools, sport and the duty of care
A recent Northern Ireland case provided guidance on, and a useful review of the case law in England and Wales relating to, the duty of care owed by a school to its pupils when participating in sport, write Bruce Ralston
and Richard Rowe
Education: Checks on academy governors
Katie Michelon sets out the safeguarding checks that academies are required to carry out on their governors.
Employment: Unfair dismissal: extension of time
Harmajinder Hayre e
xamines a case involving a school which looked at the issue of time limits on Tribunal claims.
Employment: Mind the TUPE gap
considers a recent case where the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (“TUPE”) was found not to apply on termination of a Council contract, despite the service continuing with a new provider.
Employment: Voluntary overtime and holiday pay
Should voluntary overtime be taken into account when calculating holiday pay? Nick Murrell
reports on a recent Employment Tribunal case.
Governance: Decisions under challenge
When it comes to judicial review, which decision is the one you are being challenged upon or should challenge? Nathan Holden
examines the issue.
Governance: Governance lessons from Rotherham and Tower Hamlets
looks at the lessons from the imposition of commissioners at Rotherham and Tower Hamlets Councils and a recent review by the Communities and Local Government Committee of the Government's actions.
Healthcare: No longer the end of the road
The High Court has issued a key ruling on challenging factual accuracy comments in the Care Quality Commission's regulatory process. Jonny Landau
and Andrew Parsons
analyse the outcome.
Healthcare: Serious untoward incidents
considers some of the lessons that can be learned from the Southern Health case.
Housing: Council housing companies – another new build model
With councils beginning to build homes again, Ian Doolittle
examines the legal issues arising out of the use of local housing companies.
Housing: Vulnerability, 'significantly' and equality duties
examines the latest appeal in which a court was asked to grapple with the impact upon reviewing officers' decisions of section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, as explained in the Supreme Court’s decision in Hotak
Information Law: Understanding FOIL compliance monitoring
The Information Commissioner’s Office recently announced that Trafford Council will be monitored over the timeliness of its responses to freedom of information requests. Jeremy Isaacson
, in discussion with LexisPSL Public Law
, considers the background to this announcement and the various issues surrounding monitoring.
Information Law: GDPR means GDPR
What do the Prime Minister's announcements on the triggering of Article 50 and a proposed Great Repeal Bill mean for implementation of the the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? Ibrahim Hasan
Licensing: Problems at licensed premises
looks at a case where a responsible operator stopped the need for a review of his premises licence.
Licensing: Are minor variations working?
looks at the process for varying a premises licence by way of a minor variation.
Litigation: Judicial review: key developments
The LexisPSL Public Law
team provides a summary of key developments in judicial review and sets out some important dates for practitioners’ diaries.
Litigation: Litigants in Person and costs budgeting
Can litigants in person ‘escape’ the rules relating to costs budgeting in all claims? To what extent does the costs management regime under CPR 3.12 to 3.18 apply to the costs of a litigant in person? Ruwena Khan
examines a recent ruling.
Litigation: More than one way to skin a cat
A finding of fundamental dishonesty is not the only way to have Qualified One-Way Costs-Shifting (QOCS) dis-applied. Chris Booth
looks at the lessons from a recent case.
Litigation: Proof of fraud and unravelling settlements
The Supreme Court has ruled that proof of fraud previously suspected can unravel the finality of a settlement. David Williams
, Andrew Parker
and Catherine Burt
analyse the judgment.
Litigation: Costs in abuse claims
Abuse cases need to be dealt with sensitively and compassionately but both parties still need to ensure that costs are proportionate. Laura Broadhead reports on a recent ruling.
Planning: Improving the use of planning conditions?
The Government’s proposed reforms to the use of planning conditions do not go far enough, writes Georgina Reeves
Planning: A cautionary note on reasons
The Court of Appeal has handed down a significant decision on the standard of reasons required when granting planning permission. Caroline Daly
explains the ruling.
Planning: Is the force of localism still with us?
The Localism Bill was heralded as introducing “A new era of people power” in 2010. Since then, talk of the Big Society has been eclipsed, but neighbourhood plans have been bigger news than anyone expected. Sue Chadwick
highlights some current issues and makes a few predictions for the future.
Planning: Housing land supply
The Communities Secretary has, belatedly, revealed the Government's thinking on a number of crucial housing land supply controversies. Josef Cannon
Planning: Residual cumulative impacts of development
The High Court recently rejected a challenge to refusal of planning permission for 650 homes in Cheltenham. The ruling is important on the issue of residual cumulative impacts of development, writes Ashley Bowes
Planning: Section 106 disagreements
looks at some of the difficult issues relating to section 106 agreements for major developments and how improvements could be made.
Procurement: Dispute settlement and new tender procedures
LexisPSL Public Law
analyses a ruling that the Public Sector Directive required a new tendering procedure to be carried out where the parties had made changes to the scope of a public contract, even though they were made pursuant to a settlement aimed at resolving difficulties that had arisen during performance of a complex project.
Procurement: Development agreements, best consideration and procurement
The High Court has dismissed best consideration and procurement claims against a local authority development agreement. Deborah Ramshaw
Procurement: Shield and sword
and Tim Care
deliver a reminder of what the standstill period entails and provide guidance for contracting authorities on how to avoid the trap of this potential procurement pitfall.
Procurement: Explain yourself!
A judge has issued a warning to contracting authorities who might be tempted to minimise the amount of paperwork they keep particularly where they fear that a high profile procurement exercise might be challenged. Helen Prandy
Procurement: Voluntary transparency notices
Is a voluntary transparency notice published in the OJEU? How in practice is this distinguished from the OJEU notices that are published in advance of a procurement process? The LexisPSL Public Law
Procurement: Reservation of public contracts
What is the interrelationship between regulations 20 and 77 of the Public Contract Regulations 2015? The LexisPSL Public Law
team analyse the reservation of public contracts.
Projects: Regeneration X: Failed CPOs
The Communities Secretary earlier this month refused to confirm a compulsory purchase order for a key regeneration scheme in London, prompting Southwark Council to announce a judicial review challenge. Simon Ricketts
analyses the minister's decision.
Property: Construction of service charge provisions
The Upper Tribunal recently had to determine whether a tenant was liable to pay service charges despite the tenancy being silent as to what services were to be provided by the housing association under the agreement. Katie Gray
reports on the outcome.
Property: Rights to light and injunctions
The Court of Appeal has imposed an injunction against a developer in a right to lights case. Jennifer Chappell
Property: Public houses and the ACV regime again
A fresh batch of Assets of Community Value (ACV) appeal decisions has been released and inevitably most concern public houses. Christopher Cant
analyses the rulings.
Property: Sub-tenants and section 20 consultation
and Mark Robertson
consider new law on dealing with sub-tenants when undertaking Section 20 consultation.
Regulatory: End of the pier?
and Nicholas Mallen
analyse a Supreme Court decision which meant a local authority had to pay a significant amount of compensation over a decision to close a pier.
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