Council to back officers in bringing defamation claims against members Special meeting agrees to provide indemnity and support as long-running dispute continues
Council loses Supreme Court appeal over disclosure of equal pay data Local authority concerned that release of data would have identified individual employees
Enforcement boost as council wins Supreme Court food labelling battle Dispute over approach that should be taken on 'use-by' dates
Barristers to be able to conduct litigation from January 2014 Changes to Bar Standards Board Code of Conduct win approval
MoJ to tighten test for standing in judicial review cases: report The Times says ministers looking to require claimants to have direct link to decision or policy, not just "sufficient interest" as now
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Integrated transport authority backs consultation on quality contracts scheme Would be first area outside London to implement QCS since deregulation in 1980s
Claimants lose judicial review over housing benefit and spare bedrooms Reforms were discriminatory but could be justified, says High Court. Lawyers for claimants vow to appeal
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The High Court has handed down its much-anticipated ruling in the judicial review over changes to housing benefit regulations and the introduction of the so-called 'bedroom tax'. Jonathan Manning, who appeared for Birmingham City Council, explains the judgment.
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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.
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Asserting public highway rights
Alan Timms reviews the issues raised and the relevant caselaw when it comes to the assertion of public highway rights by authorities.
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