Cinema operator in judicial review against council over stadium project
£44m stadium development faces delay due to judicial review brought by cinema operator Vue, but local authority reaffirms its commitment to project
Farm owners fined over 'Stoulton Stink' after court wins High Court appeal
Owners of farm responsible for smell known as 'Stoulton Stink' sentenced, after district council successfully appealed to High Court
Court puts demolition of estate on hold until hearing of second judicial review
Residents fighting proposed demolition of estate in Lambeth secure court order preventing its demolition pending hearing of judicial review
Housing association hit by resignations and downgrade over governance
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UT in guidance for where parents cannot agree on school in SEN statement
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Council ordered to pay £115k over failure to manage roadworks properly
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Analysis on Local Government Lawyer
Warrants for possession and suspended possession orders
The Court of Appeal has issued an important ruling on warrants of possession and suspended possession orders. Carys Williams analyses the judgment and sets out the key points for local authorities and social housing landlords.
Statutory incompatibility and deemed dedication of highways
Brendon Lee analyses the application of statutory incompatibility to deemed highway dedication following recent developments on such legal principle in a number of village green cases.
CCTV and care packages
The use of CCTV in packages of care in the community represents a serious risk issue for commissioners, providers and care co-ordinators. Hannah Taylor explains the key issues.
Policing social media
New guidelines have been issued by the Crown Prosecution Service for prosecutors deciding whether or not a criminal offence has been committed by the sending of a communication via social media. Laurie Child reports.
Procurement challenges and damages as an adequate remedy
Joseph Barrett reports on the courts’ approaches to the lifting of automatic suspensions, following a challenge to the procurement of the UK perinatal mortality project.
Procurement and social/environmental criteria
One of the stated objectives of the 2014 EU procurement Directives was to "facilitate a qualitative improvement in the use of public procurement" – that is, ensuring greater consideration for social and environmental criteria. Melanie Pears and Tim Care examine the key provisions and recent guidance.
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Adult Social Services: Private deprivations of liberty
This LexisPSL Local Government
article produced in partnership with Tim Spencer-Lane
considers the concept of 'private' deprivations of liberty for the purposes of Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights, involving people who lack the material decision-making capacity.
Adult Social Services: Bulk applications for deputyship remuneration
The Court of Protection recently considered a not-for-profit organisation's 'bulk application' in relation to deputyship remuneration. Bethan Harris
looks at the judgment.
Children: When is enough, enough?
analyses a recent High Court ruling on runaways and the duty to accommodate under section 20 of the Children Act 1989.
Children: Adoption and family placements
The Court of Appeal recently considered the approach to be taken in determining a child's long-term welfare once the child has become fully settled in a prospective adoptive home and, late in the day, a viable family placement is identified. Laura Briggs
Children: Children giving evidence
Are more children about to give evidence in care proceedings? Jason Hadden
reports on a recent Court of Appeal ruling.
Children: Children, consent and deprivation of liberty
This LexisPSL Local Government
article, produced in partnership with Tim Spencer-Lane
considers recent court decisions on whether a parent can consent to the confinement of their child which, absent a valid consent, would amount to a deprivation of liberty.
Children: How to draft a local authority threshold document in care proceedings
LexisPSL Local Government
in partnership with Tim Earl,
Solicitor to the Council and Head of Legal Services of Suffolk County Council, explains how to draft a local authority threshold document in care proceedings.
Community Safety: Busy Bodies charter or effective tool?
Bans on hats, lying down in public, car cruisers and skateboarders...what next for Public Space Protection Orders? Kuljit Bhogal
Education: Tackling illegal schools
Councils have been calling for greater powers to tackle illegal schools. Tom Tabori
examines some of the issues raised.
Education: Schools, sport and the duty of care
A recent Northern Ireland case provided guidance on, and a useful review of the case law in England and Wales relating to, the duty of care owed by a school to its pupils when participating in sport, write Bruce Ralston
and Richard Rowe
Employment: Unfair dismissal: extension of time
Harmajinder Hayre e
xamines a case involving a school which looked at the issue of time limits on Tribunal claims.
Employment: Mind the TUPE gap
considers a recent case where the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (“TUPE”) was found not to apply on termination of a Council contract, despite the service continuing with a new provider.
Governance: Setting up community libraries
A High Court judge recently concluded that a council's decision to set up five community libraries was lawful. James Goudie QC
analyses the ruling.
Governance: Decisions under challenge
When it comes to judicial review, which decision is the one you are being challenged upon or should challenge? Nathan Holden
examines the issue.
Healthcare: No longer the end of the road
The High Court has issued a key ruling on challenging factual accuracy comments in the Care Quality Commission's regulatory process. Jonny Landau
and Andrew Parsons
analyse the outcome.
Housing: Issuing warrants for possession
Does a landlord need court permission to issue a warrant for possession? Andrew Lane
reports on a key Court of Appeal hearing and the implications for landlords.
Housing: Council housing companies – another new build model
With councils beginning to build homes again, Ian Doolittle
examines the legal issues arising out of the use of local housing companies.
Information Law: Dransfield revisited
Does the presence of public interest act as a barrier to a refusal of a request for information based on vexatiousness? Robin Hopkins
reports on a ruling that should be welcomed by public bodies.
Information Law: Understanding FOIL compliance monitoring
The Information Commissioner’s Office recently announced that Trafford Council will be monitored over the timeliness of its responses to freedom of information requests. Jeremy Isaacson
, in discussion with LexisPSL Public Law
, considers the background to this announcement and the various issues surrounding monitoring.
Licensing: Licensing committees
This LexisPSL Local Government
article was produced in partnership with Walaiti Rathore
of Fraser Browne and sets out the law and practice in relation to the duties and responsibilities of a licensing authority under the Licensing Act 2003.
Licensing: Problems at licensed premises
looks at a case where a responsible operator stopped the need for a review of his premises licence.
Litigation: Changes to the rules on civil appeals
reviews recent amendments to the rules governing civil appeals.
Litigation: Judicial review: key developments
The LexisPSL Public Law
team provides a summary of key developments in judicial review and sets out some important dates for practitioners’ diaries.
Litigation: Litigants in Person and costs budgeting
Can litigants in person ‘escape’ the rules relating to costs budgeting in all claims? To what extent does the costs management regime under CPR 3.12 to 3.18 apply to the costs of a litigant in person? Ruwena Khan
examines a recent ruling.
Management: Helping to define the client
With Lawyers in Local Government calling for clarification of who local authority solicitors can act for, Crispin Passmore
sets out the Solicitors Regulation Authority's view.
Planning: Boundaries of the 'soft touch' approach
A High Court judge has handed down a significant decision marking the boundaries to the 'soft touch' approach adopted to the scrutiny of neighbourhood plans. Mark Lowe QC
, Rob Williams
and David Lintott
Planning: Improving the use of planning conditions?
The Government’s proposed reforms to the use of planning conditions do not go far enough, writes Georgina Reeves
Planning: A cautionary note on reasons
The Court of Appeal has handed down a significant decision on the standard of reasons required when granting planning permission. Caroline Daly
explains the ruling.
Planning: Is the force of localism still with us?
The Localism Bill was heralded as introducing “A new era of people power” in 2010. Since then, talk of the Big Society has been eclipsed, but neighbourhood plans have been bigger news than anyone expected. Sue Chadwick
highlights some current issues and makes a few predictions for the future.
Procurement: Move over PQQ, here is the SQ!
The Government has issued a selection questionnaire to replace the current pre-qualification questionnaire. Jenny Beresford-Jones
sets out the key points for procurement practictioners
Procurement: Dispute settlement and new tender procedures
LexisPSL Public Law
analyses a ruling that the Public Sector Directive required a new tendering procedure to be carried out where the parties had made changes to the scope of a public contract, even though they were made pursuant to a settlement aimed at resolving difficulties that had arisen during performance of a complex project.
Procurement: Development agreements, best consideration and procurement
The High Court has dismissed best consideration and procurement claims against a local authority development agreement. Deborah Ramshaw
Procurement: Voluntary transparency notices
Is a voluntary transparency notice published in the OJEU? How in practice is this distinguished from the OJEU notices that are published in advance of a procurement process? The LexisPSL Public Law
Procurement: Reservation of public contracts
What is the interrelationship between regulations 20 and 77 of the Public Contract Regulations 2015? The LexisPSL Public Law
team analyse the reservation of public contracts.
Projects: Regeneration X: Failed CPOs
The Communities Secretary earlier this month refused to confirm a compulsory purchase order for a key regeneration scheme in London, prompting Southwark Council to announce a judicial review challenge. Simon Ricketts
analyses the minister's decision.
Property: Interpreting tenancy agreements
summarises a recent ruling on the interpretation of tenancy agreements, where one of the parties was a city council.
Property: If in doubt, strip it out
examines the vexed question of "vacant possession" and analyses the lessons from a recent High Court case.
Property: Public houses and the ACV regime again
A fresh batch of Assets of Community Value (ACV) appeal decisions has been released and inevitably most concern public houses. Christopher Cant
analyses the rulings.
Property: Sub-tenants and section 20 consultation
and Mark Robertson
consider new law on dealing with sub-tenants when undertaking Section 20 consultation.
Regulatory: End of the pier?
and Nicholas Mallen
analyse a Supreme Court decision which meant a local authority had to pay a significant amount of compensation over a decision to close a pier.
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