Editor's blog: Goodbye JR?
The list of Queen's Counsel to have signed a letter to the Daily Telegraph this week decrying the Government's proposed limits to legal aid for judicial review is undoubtedly impressive. Read more...
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Council faces £2m bill after losing landmark appeal on funding regulation Local authority eyes Supreme Court after Court of Appeal rules in favour of sex shop owners. Judgment said to have huge impact on funding of regulatory activities
Political party banned from taking legal action over council decisions without leave High Court judge imposes order after nine cases brought against London borough, but leader of party vows to appeal
Police watchdog rules out investigation into ex-council leader IPCC says it will not investigate allegation of misconduct in public office related to regeneration scheme
NCP sues for £600K+ after council decides to take back running of car parks Local authority wants to cut prices and attract visitors away from other towns
Ninety QCs urge withdrawal of planned limits on legal aid for judicial review Signatories to letter say they are "gravely concerned" that practical access to judicial review now under threat
Welsh Government set to end two-year intervention in running of council Minister accepts recommendation from commissioners after substantial improvements
Former council lawyer sets up specialist planning enforcement practice Solicitor worked at three London councils before obtaining MBA
Five lords justices designated to hear appeals arising out of Jackson reforms At least one of the group will be on bench for all appeals arising out of reforms to civil litigation costs regime
New statutory code for LA health and safety inspections comes into force But LGA describes as "misleading" claims councils have been imposing unnecessary burdens
Kent CC solicitor stands for junior lawyer rep on Law Society Council
Councils net new powers as Mobile Homes Act 2013 comes into force
Scottish local authorities name 12 law firms to £4m framework
Warning over impact on high streets of relaxed permitted development rights
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Care home finances and local authority responsibilities
Following a number of business failures in the sector, the Government has put forward new proposals on the financing of care homes and the responsibilities of local authorities. Anna Tkaczynska looks at the key measures.
One of a kind
Claire Booth reviews the recent High Court ruling where a local resident sought to challenge a council's outsourcing programme.
The impact of wind farms on heritage assets
Emyr Thomas examines a recent High Court ruling on a decision to grant planning permission for a wind farm near heritage assets.
Private care homes and the HRA
Jonathan Auburn and Benjamin Tankel examine a 'home for life' case that touched on the application of the Human Rights Act to private or semi-private care homes.
Local authorities and recycling collections
A High Court ruling on co-mingled recycling collections has been welcomed by local authorities. Ruth Murray explains why.
Insurance proposal forms and material inaccuracies
A judge has ruled that a housing association was unable to claim on an insurance policy after a builder it had hired became insolvent. Stephen Homer analyses the judgment.
Judicial review and best interests decisions under the MCA
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street looks at an Administrative Court judge's ruling where a litigant in person sought to use judicial review proceedings to challenge a best interests decision made under the Mental Capacity Act.
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This entry reports on what the IMF's assessment of the UK means for infrastructure.
Snap judgement: What is your view of the proposed changes to Legal Aid for judicial review cases?
About time – there are too many hopeless claims being made
They won't make much difference to the volume of judicial review challenges
They represent a serious danger to the rule of law
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Adult Social Services: Accommodating people with community care needs
The Supreme Court earlier this month handed down a key ruling on accommodation of people with community care needs, but many questions remain, argues Jonathan Auburn
Children's Services: Home from home? Satnam Virdi
looks at some of the difficult issues raised for local authorities surrounding home education.
Community Safety: Gang injunctions, ASBOs and 'the closest fit'
The Court of Appeal handed down an important ruling on applications for gang injunctions. Jonathan Manning
and Sarah Salmon
explain the judgment.
Employment: Sticking tape
The Government's proposed overhaul of TUPE as part of its red tape challenge raises some concerns for the Employment Lawyers Association. Adam Leith
Governance: Best value revisited Nicholas Dobson
looks at the issue of Best Value and analyses the High Court's recent ruling on the Barnet outsourcing.
Housing: An issue of destitution
The High Court found to be lawful a local authority's decision on whether or not a family was destitute. Ros Foster
explains the ruling.
Licensing: Controlling residential objectors Paddy Whur
reports on a recent licensing sub-committee hearing that provided a prime example of the frustration residents often feel when they find it difficult to focus their objections on matters which the authority can rightly take into consideration when determining an application.
Litigation: Costs following settlement of judicial review proceedings Jonathan Auburn
and Benjamin Tankel
review recent cases on the recovery of costs following settled judicial review proceedings.
Planning: Heritage reform and the Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act 2013
New legislation looks set to speed up the process of applying for listed building consent, writes David Merson
Procurement: The public sector equality duty and procurement
What is the interplay between the public sector equality duty and procurement? Richard Auton
examines the relationship and recent guidance from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Projects: Highway to CIL
Government proposals to reform further the Community Infrastructure Levy have a focus on highway works. Matt Gilks
analyses the measures.
Property: Business rates and the Public Safety Charitable Trust ruling
In a recent High Court ruling, the Public Safety Charitable Trust lost its case against three local authorities which contested its claim for charitable relief on unused business premises. Virginia Lloyd
analyses the judgment.
Regulatory: Major changes on the way to health and safety?
Legislation that could see significant reform to health and safety recently received Royal Assent. Amy-Jo Campbell
and Roy Woollard
consider the implications.
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