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Borough launches legal action against neighbour over failure to cooperate
Judicial review proceedings sought over decision to grant planning permission for 5,000 home urban extension
Dyson rules out changes to guideline hourly rates until better data obtained
Master of the Rolls declines to accept principal recommendation of Civil Justice Council committee
District council pays £3.6m to settle remedial works dispute with housing association
Proceedings related to noise insulation issues at homes transferred in 1996. Authority's own legal costs reach £550,000
Tribunal tells council to disclose criteria for grading positions of employees
Local authority unsuccessfully sought to claim FOI exemption around prejudice to effective conduct of public affairs
President of Family Division hits out at non-compliance with court timetables
Parties not permitted to amend a timetable fixed by the court without the prior approval of the court, stresses Munby LJ
Council ordered to make disclosure in dispute over £120m procurement
Claimant leisure services company argues that winning bid was "abnormally low"
One-nil to the inspector - Arsenal lose appeal over planning conditions
Football club in failed High Court challenge over number of concerts it can hold at Emirates Stadium
Law Commission includes DoLS and Wales projects in next programme
Law reform advisory body to consider deprivations of liberty in settings other than hospitals and care homes. Also will review planning system in Wales
Rude beers fall foul of Portman Group code of practice after council complaint
Public health team complained over products sold at Christmas market
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Government backs Article 4 direction by council on office-to-resi conversions
Secretary of State requires modifications but not to areas put forward by local authority
Court hearing over Tower Hamlets election to go ahead after challenge fails
Mayor had claimed case should be thrown out as abuse of process
Tribunals direction on child and vulnerable adult witnesses to be revised
Senior President promises changes after Upper Tribunal ruling on evidence from 12-year-old claimant
Minister vows to give children greater voice in family justice system
Government committed to giving children, from age of 10, and young people involved in all family court hearings access to judge "to make their views and feelings known"
Private hire operator and director ordered to pay £25k+ over lack of licence
Fines and costs follow long-running legal battle over council's compliance with procedural requirements
ICO says 'big data' must operate within existing data protection laws
Watchdog notes increasing use of massive datasets by public and private sectors
London borough approves abolition of its regional planning committees
Move will save £45,000 per annum as chief planning officer given more authority to make decisions on some applications
Referendum on neighbourhood plan goes ahead despite legal action
First site sold under public land disposal pilot scheme run by HCA
DfT consults on community rail plans for East Sussex and Tyne Valley routes
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The latest on cuts - the Lincolnshire libraries case
Mr Justice Collins has handed down judgment in the latest case borne out of government cuts. The judgment provides useful learning to local authorities in particular on how to comply with new duties in relation to expressions of interest under the Localism Act 2011, writes Leon Glenister.
See also: Consultations and expressions of interest Nicholas Dobson on the Lincolnshire ruling
Damages for disrepair - Long leasehold properties
Morayo Fagborun Bennett considers the principles of disrepair claims and how the compensation freeholders may owe to leaseholders is determined.
Public sector capital projects - letters of intent
Huw Morgan looks at some of the thorny issues raised by the practice of issuing letters of intent for public sector capital projects.
James Goudie QC analyses the outcome of a recent High Court challenge to the Education Secretary’s decision to convert a school into an academy.
Weathering the storm
Matthew Harpin reports on a recent successful appeal which will bring welcome relief to highways authorities forced to suspend their inspection programmes during extreme weather conditions.
Media strategy for local councils - beyond the parish notice board
Will the National Association of Local Councils' guidance to town and parish councillors not to talk to journalists without prior consent have a chilling effect on public life? Eleanor Hoggart, assistant practice director of Legal Services Lincolnshire, and a one-time parish councillor herself, looks at the lessons for local authorities.
Approaching cases of Fictitious or Induced Illness
Kate Grieve highlights the key guidance and forensic considerations in cases of Fictitious or Induced Illness.
Deputies, undue influence and the CPRD
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street analyse a a CoP case involving the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and undue influence.
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Been away? Features on Local Government Lawyer recently include:
Adult Social Services: The Care Act 2014 – changes to section 117 Mental Health Act 1983
of Islington Council looks at three key changes to be introduced by the Care Act 2014.
Adult Social Services
: Safeguarding and the CoP - a difficult mix
A recent case has shown the importance of having the Mental Capacity Act and the Deprivation of Liberty safeguards embedded into everyday practice, write the Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street
Careers: Mix your career up - become a locum....
looks at the advantages to be gained from working as a locum in the local government sector.
Children: Article 15 - when should it be used in care cases?
deals with the vexed issues of jurisdiction and transferring care cases between countries.
Employment: Giving references - data protection and legitimate expectations
When to give references, and what to say in them, has always been a topic of concern for employers. This is particularly when the reference is provided whilst the employee is or has been subject to disciplinary proceedings. Mark Stevens
analyses a recent case on the issue.
Governance: 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.
Governance: Academies and FOI
In an academies case, the First-tier Tribunal has recently considered issues around freedom of information and the boundaries of public and private service provision. Robin Hopkins
looks at the lessons to be learned.
Healthcare: Data protection, compulsory audit and the NHS
Mandatory ICO data protection audits are likely to be introduced for the NHS by the end of the year. Claire Bentley
, Emma Godding
and Jane Bennett
look at the background and the key issues.
Housing: 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.
Licensing: Mid Year Licensing Update
At the half year mark Paddy Whur
analyses the substantial, and tinkering, changes to the licensing landscape.
Litigation: Disclosure of information and the Coroners and Justice Act 2009
reviews the changes introduced by the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 and looks at the practical considerations.
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.
Planning: Planning authorities and under-performance
Ministers have revised the criteria on under-performing planning authorities and when developers can submit applications directly to the Planning Inspectorate. James Garbett
and Philippa Plumtree-Varley
Planning: CIL – a reminder on s106 and s278 restrictions
looks at what will happen if local authorities do not have a charging schedule in place for the Community Infrastructure Levy by April 2015.
Procurement: Procurement case law update: Travis Perkins, DWF
examines recent court rulings in procurement cases concerning the drafting of a claim form, amendment of a statement of case and lifting the automatic suspension.
Procurement: Funding charities
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
Projects: Separate collection and ‘TEEP’ Requirements
and Andrew Hirst
set out the legal background to the separate collection requirements that waste collection authorities will have to meet from next year.
Property: Trigger happy?
and James Garbett l
ook at additional trigger events to prevent applications to register town and village greens.
Regulatory: Confiscation orders and A1P1
The Supreme Court has revised a confiscation order via the right to property under Article 1 of the 1st Protocol. David Hart QC
analyses the ruling.
The latest blogs...
Planning Act 2008 to be extended to radioactive waste disposal by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the extension of the Planning Act 2008 regime to a geological disposal facility for radioactive waste.
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