Editor's blog: LiP service
Judges have long sought to be very understanding of the position of the litigant-in-person. Back in Victorian times, a newsvendor (a Mr Cleave) was tried in the Court of Exchequer on a government information and conducted his own case. Read more...
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Super-regulator tells SRA to review "quickly" restriction on charging Legal Services Board says review of employer's area restriction on local government solicitors charging charities particularly needed in context of Localism Act. Also calls for timescale for wider review of in-house rules
ICO to pursue data breach cases against successors to axed NHS bodies Senior official says watchdog needs to ensure lessons are learned by those taking over accountability and legal liabilities from disbanded organisations such as primary care trusts
ICO revises guidance on safe space exemption for policymaking Updated document on s. 35 part of blizzard of guidance covering issues such as information in the public domain, the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 and information about the deceased
Watchdog criticises lack of understanding of Mental Capacity Act and DoLS Report by Care Quality Commission reveals 27% rise in number of applications to use safeguards
Coroner in tower block fire inquest urges action by council and DCLG Rule 43 letters containing series of recommendations sent after jury returned narrative verdicts in Lakanal House case. See also: Lakanal House fire victims' families sue council, contractor and fire brigade
Former local government solicitor and environmental health specialist husband set up food law ABS Solicitors Regulation Authority granted licence for business intended to be one stop shop
Court gives claimants permission to bring JR over so-called "bedroom tax" Claims that new housing benefit regulation discriminates against disabled
Bar Council publishes new guide for Litigants-in-Person Publication aimed at helping those unable to obtain legal representation after cuts to legal aid
Government announces new funding to combat social housing fraud Move comes ahead of implementation of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013
SOLAR names North Ayrshire legal chief as president
Capsticks moves into social housing with acquisition of Coffin Mew team
North of England NHS collaborative selects eight law firms for framework
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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.
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.
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.
The right prescription?
James Larmour looks at the new NHS Provider licence and the controversy over competition in the NHS.
Richard Harwood examines the issues of nullity, validity and the circumstances in which planning challenges can be brought.
Jill Mason considers a recent Court of Appeal case involving the discharge by approved mental health professionals of their duties.
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.
Automatic for the people
Have contracting authorities lost their automatic injunction protection? Deborah Ramshaw analyses a recent procurement ruling.
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Three infrastructure regulations about to change by Angus Walker
This entry reports on changes to three sets of regulations under the Planning Act 2008 coming into force this Saturday (6 April).
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Adult Social Services: Talking tough Matt Hutchings
analyses the impact on local authorities of the Prime Minister's announcement about putting a stop to the allegedly "soft touch" approach to housing and benefits for immigrants.
Children's Services: Inter-authority recoupment and special educational needs
New regulations are about to come into force covering whether one local authority should contribute towards the costs of a SEN statement for which another authority has responsibility. Rachel Kamm
explains the changes.
Employment: How to avoid maternity discrimination claims Bhavesh Prajapati
explains what local authorities and other public bodies can do to reduce the risk of maternity discrimination claims.
Governance: Charges under Reg 8 EIR: a power cut for local authorities
The First-tier Tribunal has handed down an important ruling on whether local authorities can properly charge for non-disbursement costs under regulation 8 of the Environmental Information Regulations. Christopher Knight
analyses the judgment.
Housing: The name is Bond, Social Impact Bond - SIBs and social housing Jon Coane
explains the background to advising registered provider St Mungo's on a groundbreaking payment-by-results contract that included a social impact bond.
Licensing: What happens if conditions might be appropriate, but not needed? Paddy Whur
examines a recent licensing committee hearing where the police sought a condition in a "gold ASB location" that a door supervisor be employed at the premises for all of the trading hours.
Litigation: The need to refer cases to the Court of Protection
A recent case where the parents of a 21-year-old woman with Down's syndrome wanted her to undergo a sterilisation procedure highlights the need for medical practitioners to know when to refer cases to the Court of Protection, says the team at 39 Essex Street
Planning: 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.
Procurement: The use of Teckal company structures in public service delivery: part 2 - mutualisation Amy Auton-Smith
and Simon Thomas
look at some of the legal issues arising in relation to using a Teckal
company to kick-start a move towards public service mutualisation, with a focus upon private companies limited by shares as the preferred vehicle.
Property: Love you to death?
A watershed moment for community empowerment, or another bureaucratic burden for local authorities and landowners? Six months on after its introduction, Bill Chandler
assesses the Community Right to Bid.
Regulatory: How to prosecute a breach of an enforcement notice Jack Smyth
provides a practical guide to the prosecution of planning enforcement notices.
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