Procurement and best value challenge to £125m scheme gets green light
High Court judge grants developer permission to bring procurement and best value challenge to £125m development agreement between one of its rivals and council
Orbis Public Law to launch next month after councils back plans
Shared legal service to launch after Surrey County Council, Brighton and Hove City Council and East and West Sussex County Councils back plans for project
Government details law changes to address fall in adoption decisions and placement orders
Ministers set out how Government plans to change law to address falls in local authority adoption decisions and the courts' granting of placement orders
Liberty names Doughty Street barrister as successor to Shami Chakrabarti
Human rights group Liberty appoints barrister at Doughty Street Chambers as its new Director (ON PUBLIC LAW TODAY)
Neighbourhood plan eyes block on building of second homes
Residents of St Ives in Cornwall to vote on neighbourhood plan which proposes that new open market housing, excluding replacement dwellings, will only be supported where there is restriction to ensure its occupancy as principal residence
SRA makes case for separating regulatory and representative bodies
Making legal service regulators separate from their representative bodies “would boost customer choice and the affordability of legal services”, Solicitors Regulation Authority claims
Land Registry owner to commit to delivering Local Land Charges register
New owner of Land Registry would be expected to commit to making progress on delivering central register of Local Land Charges, Government says as it launches consultation on moving Land Registry operations into private sector
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Court lifts injunction on council and contractor felling trees in £2.2bn project
City council persuades High Court to lift injunction that prohibited local authority and its contractor from felling trees as part of £2.2bn ‘Streets Ahead’ project
MPs hit out at failure of one in three councils to adopt Local Plans
Communities & Local Government Committee expresses “disappointment” that four years on from publication of National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) 17% of councils have not published Local Plans and 34% have not yet adopted plans
Public sector equality duty must be beefed up, say peers
Wording of Public Sector Equality Duty must be strengthened so that discriminatory consequences of decisions by Government and public authorities can no longer be ignored, peers say
Petition for parishes to win right to appeal in planning nets 10,000 backers
Petition calling for parish councils to be given right to appeal planning decisions to Planning Inspectorate secures more than 10,000 backers, meaning Government is committed to giving response
Police and Crime Panels "must be better equipped to hold Commissioners to account": MPs
Police and Crime Panels must be better equipped to hold Police and Crime Commissioners to account, Home Affairs Select Committee say
Government names preferred candidate for next Information Commissioner
Elizabeth Denham, the Information and Privacy Commissioner in British Columbia, Canada, names as preferred candidate to be UK’s next Information Commissioner after Christopher Graham
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BUDGET 2016: key policy decisions by practice area
Local Government Lawyer
highlights a number of the key policy decisions set out by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in 2016.
BUDGET 2016: reaction from the sector
Local Government Lawyer
rounds up reactions in the local government sector to this year’s Budget.
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A growing reluctance to quash?
Martin Edwards analyses a recent trend amongst the judiciary not to quash planning permissions, even where there has been an acknowledged legal error.
The correct interpretation of the NPPF 14 'Algorithm'
Jerry Cahill QC and James Corbet Burcher report on a developer's successful s288 defence to a challenge brought by a council in the Planning Court.
Closing licensed premises
What are the practical implications for closure of premises with the powers created in the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014? Paddy Whur reports.
FoI - how to recognise a vexatious request
Andrew Gallie considers the approach public bodies should take towards dealing with vexatious freedom of information requests.
Mind your step: When is a hazardous staircase not a defective staircase?
The Court of Appeal recently handed down a judgment which serves as an important reminder that a landlord’s duty to repair does not extend to improving a property so as to make it safe. But what other implications does the decision have for both residential and commercial landlords alike? Steven Conway shares his views.
Declaring a property as an HMO
A local authority has won an Upper Tribunal appeal after its declaration that a property was a house of multiple occupation was revoked by the First-tier Tribunal. Harriet Holmes explains why.
The new procurement rules - one year on
New procurement rules were introduced with much fanfare a year ago. Alison Walton, Tim Dennis and Victoria Fletcher examine their effect.
Case Management Pilot published
The draft Court of Protection case management pilot has been issued. The CoP team at 39 Essex Chambers set out the key points.
Knowledge of an employee's condition
Harmajinder Hayre analyses an Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling in a case which looked at the impact of an employer's knowledge of an employee's condition on disability discrimination.
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Housing in NSIP clause passes the Lords unscathed
by Angus Walker
What with all the excitement about the National Infrastructure Commission and the Budget, the Housing and Planning Bill has been somewhat overlooked, but it has been slowly chugging its way through Parliament.
First National Infrastructure Delivery Plan published
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Adult Social Services: Whose call?
Alex Ruck Keene
analyses where decision-making responsibilities lie – and the role of social workers – when it comes to powers of attorney, care homes, best interests and deprivations of liberty.
Adult Social Services: “I reasonably don’t believe you”
looks at the issues when local authorities consider refusing social care support on credibility grounds.
Adult Social Services: Care home regulation
Is care and nursing home regulation and monitoring due for a shake up (or shake down)? Jonathan Auburn l
ooks at the Government’s Cutting Red Tape review.
Children: Section 17 and Child Arrangements Orders
sets out some practice points arising out of a recent case involving section 17 and Child Arrangements Orders.
Children: Section 20 of the Children Act 1989 – local authority duties
LexisPSL Local Government
and Claire Cousin
outline a local authority’s duty to provide accommodation to children under section 20 of the Children Act 1989, identifying the challenges a local authority may face including parental consent and capacity.
Education: School closure consultation
The High Court has rejected a legal challenge to a Welsh council’s plans to close a secondary school. James Goudie QC
Education: The OIA and judicial review
, Deputy Adjudicator, sets out ten principles from ten years of legal challenges involving the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education. (ON PUBLIC LAW TODAY)
Education: Academy sponsorship details and FOI
A recent case in the First-tier Tribunal has served as a pertinent reminder that certain information relating to the funding of academies may be disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Richard Auton
reports. (ON PUBLIC LAW TODAY)
Employment: Reasonable adjustment after Griffiths
analyses a significant Court of Appeal ruling on the correct comparator in a disability claim.
Employment: Caring for your carers
The Supreme Court has handed down an important decision in the case of the duties employers owe to employees working outside in areas over which they have no control. Steven Conway
looks at the impact of the ruling.
Governance: Article 8 and decision-making
Two recent decisions demonstrate the reach, applicability and importance of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights in terms of the functions and decision-making of public bodies, write Peter Wake a
nd Nick Peel
Governance: Is your Constitution due a health check?
With Annual Council only a few months away, now is the time to be checking your authority’s constitution, write Judith Barnes
and Frances Woodhead
Healthcare: A human rights cautionary tale?
A recent High Court judgment involving claims against an NHS trust and an ambulance service dealt with the legal test for liability, causation and victim status. Francesca O'Neill
reports on the outcome. (ON PUBLIC LAW TODAY)
Healthcare: Corporate manslaughter and public bodies
The first prosecution of an NHS Trust for corporate manslaughter collapsed. Tracey Longfield
and Colin Moore
explain what the case tells us. (ON PUBLIC LAW TODAY)
Housing: The mandatory ground post Akerman-Livingstone
One year after the Supreme Court ruling in Akerman-Livingstone
, whither the ‘new’ mandatory ground for possession? Toby Huggins
Housing: Extending the local connection requirement
looks at the extension of the "local connection" requirement to four years for homeless applicants.
Housing: Enforcement of possession orders
looks at the issues raised by enforcement of a possession order by High Court writ rather than County Court warrant.
Housing: What now for selective licensing?
examines the latest developments in relation to selective licensing, including the Government's ‘20/20 rule’ and the end of borough-wide schemes.
Housing: Housing cases of interest
sets out the recent housing cases of interest over the last three months.
Information Law: Personal data and politicians’ names
The Upper Tribunal recently ruled that, following an FOI request from a journalist, a council should disclose the identity of councillors who had failed to pay council tax on time. Julian Milford
examines the ruling.
Information Law: Public health funerals and FOI
examines the issues surrounding public health funerals, heir hunters and freedom of information.
Licensing: Step changes proposed to summary reviews
and Josef Cannon
consider the implications of the recently proposed changes to the Summary Review procedure in the Licensing Act 2003.
Licensing: Bingo in pubs: the Greene King case
considers the recent decision of the Upper Tier Tribunal in favour of the Gambling Commission in its appeal in the Greene King case concerning bingo in pubs.
Litigation: Infrequently used highways and dangerousness
The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in a case that clarifies the test for dangerousness in respect of defects on infrequently used highways, writes Lucy Stranney
Litigation: The Supreme Court on vicarious liability
Two important Supreme Court judgments concerning vicarious liability were handed down last week. Kate Richmond
Management: Selling your services
deals with the question of what is permissible under the SRA's Handbook and the Legal Services Act 2007 for those local authorities looking to sell their services more widely.
Planning: Discarding a Core Strategy requirement
The High Court has recently ruled that discarding a recent Core Strategy housing requirement was lawful. Christopher Young
Planning: NPPF 14 and sustainable development
A High Court judge has considered the application of paragraph 14 of the National Planning Policy Framework. Richard Honey
sets out the key findings.
Planning: Clarity at last on 'relevant policies for the supply of housing'?
reports on a Court of Appeal ruling described as of “critical importance to national planning throughout the country”.
Planning: Two into one….
Is it lawful to charge the Community Infrastructure Levy by treating two planning permissions as a single planning permission? Christopher Cant
analyses a recent High Court ruling.
Procurement: Wrangling with TUPE in procurement documents
and John Houlden
analyse the issues raised for bidders and purchasers by TUPE in procurement.
Procurement: The digital agenda
sets out the key issues for public bodies looking to exploit the opportunities for collaboration and innovation provided by the digital agenda.
Procurement: Plus ça change…
and Tom Benjamin
give five reasons why Brexit is unlikely to spell the end of procurement regulation in the UK.
Projects: Sweating your assets
How can local authorities get more from their assets without selling off the family silver? Owen Willcox
Projects: State aid - beware compound interest!
A recent case from the European Court of Justice (CJEU) serves as a useful reminder of the risks of getting state aid wrong and the consequences of a recovery order, writes Robert Prater
Property: Dealing with mistakes in registered land
examines a recent High Court case involving a London borough and the mistaken inclusion of a basement within the registered title for a ground floor property.
Property: Legal costs and service charges
When it comes to the recovery of legal costs as a service charge, what has changed since the Supreme Court ruling in Arnold v Britton? Howard Lederman
Property: Real estate and smart property management
What does the 'one public estate' concept mean in practice? Clive Bleasdale
and Nathan East
set out some of the key considerations.
Regulatory: Game of drones – the law
examines the issues that local authorities may face as a result of the use of drones.
Regulatory: Contaminated land - one to watch
Stephen Tromans QC
and Victoria Hutton
provide an overview of a Part 2A Inquiry concerning a remediation notice served by a local authority.
Transport: TfL and roads in the capital
A High Court judge has ruled on a dispute over the extent of Transport for London’s interests in London’s roads. Charles Banner
reports on the outcome.
|Neighbourhood Planning: A Legal Perspective
||John Pugh-Smith and Daniel Stedman Jones look at how lawyers can square the circle of greater localism in the planning system and the need for more housing and infrastructure development.
|Housing and Local Plans
||Peter Village QC and Rose Grogan analyse the key features of the Housing and Planning Bill and outline some of the problems and pitfalls created by Local Plans as identified by recent case law.
|Human Rights, the Equality Act and Social Housing
||This course looks at the arguments faced by public authorities and social landlords when faced with claims based on the Equality Act 2010 or the Human Rights Act 1998 and outlines some of the defences and tactics available to defend them.
|Social Housing Eligibility Update 2015
||This course looks at which groups of people subject to immigration control are and are not eligible for social housing in the light of changes to welfare and immigration rules and recent case law.
|Possession Claims Update 2015
||This presentation provides an update on new housing legislation, regulation and case law before going on to look at the issues faced by social landlords as the first flexible tenancies granted under the Localism Act 2011 begin to expire.
|Local Government Law Update 2015
||Recorded in April 2015, leading barrister Richard Clayton QC outlines and analyses the key local government cases of the preceding 12 months across a range of disciplines. Includes a comprehensive downloadable paper.
|The Commercial Council
||Michael Mousdale and Bradley Martin provide a practical and legal guide for council officers and lawyers looking to establish local authority trading companies.
|Information Law Update 2015
||Steve Wood, Head of Policy Delivery at Information Commissioner’s Office, outlines and discusses the implications of some of the key developments surrounding Freedom of Information, the Data Protection Act and the Environmental Information Regulations.
|FOI and Data Protection Update 2016
||This presentation reviews the main changes in the past 12 months in the fields of Freedom of Information and Data Protection, with an extended look at Monetary Penalty Notices and an overview of the latest developments in relation to property search charg
|Social Housing Fraud
||This presentation identifies the main types of social housing fraud committed, the remedies available to tackle it and provides guidance on which are most suitable for particular types of fraud.
|Governance and Monitoring
||This presentation focuses on four topical areas of local authority governance: employee surveillance (including on social media), decision-making (pecuniary interests, bias, and committee make-up), whistleblowing and the counter-terrorism Prevent duty.
|Managing Cuts Lawfully
||This presentation looks at how legal challenges to decisions resulting from budget cuts can be avoided, mitigated and defended, focusing on the two grounds of challenge which appear most frequently unlawful consultation and breach of the PSED.