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Out of bounds
The High Court has quashed planning permission for a five-star golf course and spa development. Douglas Edwards QC and Sarah Sackman explain why.
The ICO's subject access code of practice: the key points
The Information Commissioner's Office received more than 6,000 complaints in the last year alone about organisations' handling of subject access requests. Anya Proops reviews the watchdog's new code of practice.
Pressurising a witness - the extent of judicial proceedings immunity
The Court of Appeal has recently considered the extent of judicial proceedings immunity in an employment dispute where an ex-headteacher alleged that undue pressure had been placed on a witness. Gareth Edwards examines the ruling.
The duty to give former looked after children assistance with education
A local authority has failed to overturn a ruling on former relevant children and the grant of educational expenses. Rachel Kamm examines the Court of Appeal's findings.
Barn conversions and permitted development
Martin Goodall analyses a potentially significant proposal concerning changes in the use of existing agricultural buildings to residential use.
Challenges to decisions to prosecute and staying criminal proceedings
Only in exceptional cases should magistrates' courts stay criminal proceedings to allow challenges to the decision to prosecute, the Divisional Court has ruled. David Lamming analyses the court's ruling in a food hygiene case.
Best interests and annulment of a voidable marriage
A High Court judge recently ruled that P's best interests dictated that no steps be taken to annul a voidable marriage. The Court of Protection at 39 Essex Street look at the lessons for local authorities.
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Adult Social Services: Deprivations of liberty and prevention of offending
A judge has ruled that the deprivation of P's liberty was justified on the basis of preventing offending. The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street
examine the ruling.
Children's Services: Costs consequences Stephen Jarmain
examines the first reported decision in which a local authority has been ordered to pay costs in a private law case despite not being a party to proceedings.
Employment: The battle of Alemo-Herron v Parkwood
The European Court of Justice has handed down a keenly-anticipated decision on TUPE and collective agreements. Graham Richardson
looks at the lessons to be learned.
Employment: Dismissing employees - what standard must local authorities reach?
Two Court of Appeal employment law cases highlight the distinction between the judicial process and internal disciplinary procedures. Andrew McDonald
analyses the rulings.
Governance: Small council, big burden
Is the size of the organisation relevant to whether a freedom of information request is vexatious? Jon Baines
reviews a recent ruling of the First-tier Tribunal relating to a parish council.
Housing: What the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act means in practice Byron Britton
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Licensing: Emerging from the shadows
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Litigation: What are witness statements for? Gordon Exall
, who recently wrote for LGL on the question of opinion evidence in witness statements, looks at a recent case and other useful guidance that has been given to those drafting witness statements.
Planning: Town and village greens - will the gaps in the system be plugged
Antonia Murillo looks at town and village greens in the context of planning applications and what constitutes a development plan document.
Procurement: Mixed signals David Hansom
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Projects: Listed buildings, demolition and public benefits Rose Grogan
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Property: Will the Church frack?
The media took the Church's registration of its historic property interests and linked it to fracking. Brie Stevens-Hoare QC
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