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District council loses bid to stop DCLG claw back of EU funds
Onus is on grant recipient to get own procurement processes right, says High Court judge
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Lords committee fires warning over rule of law impact of key part of Criminal Justice and Courts Bill
Defendant to pay £225k under POCA after selling vehicles on Green Belt
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Council defeats Court of Appeal challenge to rugby and housing development
Judges reject argument that planning committee members were confused over the local plan
Department for Health consults on changes to Mental Health Act code of practice
Current document has been "inconsistently applied, misunderstood or ignored", says Department
Council in dispute with Egyptian Government and Arts Council over artifact sale
Northampton Borough Council museum risks losing funding after sale
Environment Agency action against waste dump rejected by High Court
Judge rejects legal action against a waste firm whose site has persistently caught fire.
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Council meetings - lights, camera, action!
New regulations come into force at the end of this month, leaving local authorities with less than 28 days in which to prepare for their meetings being filmed, tweeted or blogged. Olwen Dutton explains the changes.
What happens when the money runs out?
Simon Goacher considers what might happen if a local authority proved unable to balance the books.
For better or for worse
The Court of Appeal has just handed down an important ruling on the scope of statutory homeless reviews. Kelvin Rutledge QC and Sian Davies analyse the judgment.
Sustainable development: the Humpty Dumpty approach
Sue Chadwick looks at the challenges thrown up by the concept of 'sustainable development'.
Emma Porritt and James Garbett look at additional trigger events to prevent applications to register town and village greens.
A Charity Commission intervention and a recent VAT Tribunal case highlight the need for local authorities to consider their legal position carefully when giving funding to charities, writes Richard Auton.
Greater use of existing powers could be made to deal with the consequences of late-night drinking and to target problem customers, writes Gerald Gouriet QC.
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Telecommunications leases may deliver an additional source of income for local authorities and other public bodies but at what cost? Cynyr Rhys examines the issues.
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Been away? Features on Local Government Lawyer recently include:
Adult Social Services: Costs in welfare proceedings
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street
report on a rare award of costs in welfare proceedings.
Children: Capacity in relation to children
A High Court judge recently ruled on a 13-year-old's capacity in relation to whether to continue with or terminate a pregnancy. The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street
examine the case.
Employment: Governance and the LGPS
reports on a Department for Communities and Local Government consultation on draft regulations for governance of the Local Government Pension Scheme.
Governance: Speaking up
The High Court ruled earlier this year in a case where a non-planning councillor spoke at a controversial planning committee meeting. Mary Tate
examines the ruling.
Housing: Article 8, the Equality Act and summary hearings
How should Article 8 and Equality Act 2010 arguments be treated when raised at a summary hearing? Senga Howells
reports on a recent case.
Housing: Challenges to the ‘bedroom tax’ and DHPs
analyses the recent High Court ruling in Rutherford
and the evolving role of Discretionary Housing Payments.
Housing: Local authorities, notices to quit and undue influence
The Court of Appeal recently examined whether a notice to quit was procured by the undue influence of a housing officer employed by a council. Jonathan Manning
and Amy Knight
explain the judgment.
Licensing: Recent appeals decisions under the Licensing Act
There have been a number of interesting appeal decisions under the Licensing Act recently, writes Paddy Whur
Litigation: Mediation and arbitration after Mitchell
Do mediation and arbitration hold greater appeal following the Court of Appeal ruling in Mitchell
? Belinda Moore
and Andrew Clarke
consider the options.
Management: Winning more business
How do local authority legal teams win work traditionally undertaken by large private practice firms? Chris Skinner
looks at the challenges.
Management: Sleepwalking into oblivion
Is time running out for local government lawyers? Hugh Peart
, Director of HB Public Law, looks at the responses available.
Planning: Judicial review, proportionality and s.178 direct action
A senior Court of Appeal judge has rejected an argument that proportionality was a matter for the Court on an application for judicial review of a planning authority's decision to take direct action to remove travellers. David Lintott
Procurement: Automatic suspensions, American Cyanamid and cross-undertakings in damages
What can a decision of the High Court of Ireland tell us about EU procurement law and whether the UK approach to the lifting of automatic suspensions of contract awards is compliant with it? Brendan Ryan
Property: What you need to know about district heat networks
looks at the opportunities and challenges for local authorities presented by district heat networks.
Property: High Court guidance on commercial service charges
The High Court has recently provided some useful guidance on commercial service charges, anticipated expenditure and apportionment, writes David Bird
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