Court of Appeal allows new grounds of challenge to planning decisions beyond six-week limit Court says that under s. 288 TCPA there is no restriction on its discretion to allow such amendments
LGO censures council for "unisolated" homelessness duty failure Bristol City Council failed in its legal duty to provide homeless people with the chance to appeal against its decisions not to house them, the Local Government Ombudsman has found
Pre-proceedings pilot claims success in reducing child protection court cases Report hails joint working between Cafcass and local authorities
Bidder launches legal action after missing out on £1.2bn waste contract Covanta to challenge decision by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority
ICO hands out £200k fine after "truly shocking" data breach at NHS body Investigation highlights issues over approach to data destruction
Council thwarts multi-million pound fraud attempt Bid to divert funds owed to contractor to another bank account
Charity that ran business rates avoidance scheme shut down District council presented petition to Companies Court
Transport Secretary takes steps to safeguard proposed route for HS2 Move places legal obligation on local authorities to consult HS2 Ltd on underdetermined planning applications within safeguarded area
Government consults on further reforms to right to apply for TVG status
Private equity backed ABS hires down planning team
Information Commissioner orders publication of NHS strategy report
Bar Council to back training for advocates dealing with vulnerable witnesses
Cafcass sees 8% year-on-year rise in applications in last quarter
Concerns grow over corruption in public sector: research
LGA blasts Home Office delays on move to locally-set alcohol licensing fees
MPs urge greater scrutiny of school governors
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I Spy? Covert monitoring of employees
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This little piggy...
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Successful appeals and the curious case of the vanishing dismissal
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Review proceedings and police evidence
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How long DCO applications are taking by Angus Walker
This entry reports on the length of time applications under the Planning Act 2008 are taking so far.
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Adult Social Services: The Care Bill 2013 and adult social care
The Care Bill 2013 will have a major impact on the work of local authorities and health bodies. Susan Thompson
considers the reforms to adult social care law.
Adult Social Services: The scope of section 117 after-care and accommodation
The High Court has recently looked again at the scope of s. 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983. Lee Parkhill
looks at the decision.
Children's Services: Out of harm's way
Hard cases may make bad law, but in the case of Re B (A Child), unusual circumstances have led the Supreme Court to provide some extremely helpful guidance on a range of child protection issues writes Cherry Harding
Employment: The statutory duty to collectively consult in redundancy situations
A recent Employment Appeal Tribunal judgment may make important changes to statutory consultation rules, report Gareth Edwards
and Allison Cook
Governance: 'Your Council's Cabinet' - filming Cabinet meetings and other diversions Graeme Creer
casts a critical eye over the Government's new guide on attending – and filming – council meetings as well as obtaining documents.
Housing: Social housing case round-up Sarah Pearson
analyses some of the key cases affecting social housing, including two rulings on under-occupation.
Licensing: Getting it absolutely right
A recent case has highlighted the importance of absolute compliance with procedural requirements by the applicant for a review and the licensing authority that processes it upon receipt. Sarah Clover
and Poppleston Allen
set out why.
Litigation: Experts and their duty to the court
A solicitors’ firm was held liable for a failure to ensure that their expert was aware of his duty to the court and for continuing to rely on patently unreliable expert evidence. Stephen Homer
examines the ruling.
Planning: All the glitters...?
The Government has unveiled some significant relaxations to the permitted development regime. John Pugh-Smith
analyses the measures.
Procurement: Good faith and notices of termination
In a recent case the Technology and Construction Court ruled that there was no need to imply an obligation to act in good faith; and even if one were implied, it would not apply to a contractual right to give notice of termination without cause. Mark Alsop
examines the judgment.
Property: TVG registration and the ECHR right to property
The Court of Appeal has upheld the compatibility of part of the town and village green registration scheme with the ECHR right to property (Article 1 of the First Protocol). Tim Buley
Regulatory: Local authorities, licensing fees and the Hemming case Paddy Whur
looks at the implications of the recent judgment in the Hemming
case and what this may mean for local authorities when considering the setting of their licensing fees.
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