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Councils to tap £1m Planning Enforcement Fund to secure injunctions
Local planning authorities will be able to apply for up to £10,000 per case
LLG Southern Branch councils launch search for new legal services panels
Calls for expressions of interest made on behalf of thirty-six authorities
City council faces potential judicial review over trading standards cuts
Trading Standards Institute providing support to local resident, who is a member of the TSI
Judge upholds challenge to decision by council to join housing consortium
Claimant had argued that exercise of power to dispose of property under s. 123 of Local Government Act 1972 was unlawful
Court of Appeal rejects challenge to permission for 1,700 home development
Claim by local resident included allegations of defects in consultation
Charity threatens judicial review over revised school exclusions guidance
Lack of consultation by DfE despite significant changes being made that cut protections for those vulnerable to exclusion, says Just for Kids Law
Council making good progress but "yet to make lawful decision on allowances"
Audit watchdog issues follow-up report after special inspection and two reports in public interest
TfL policy on black cabs using bus lanes survives European Court challenge
Practice does not amount to conferring of selective economic advantage, says Court of Justice of European Union
Ninety-three lawyers appointed Queen's Counsel in 2014/15
Planning barristers at Francis Taylor Building and Landmark Chambers among those to be successful, while a number of advocates specialising in children law also recognised
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Rights of way battle between council and trail riders reaches Supreme Court
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Supreme Court to hear bedroom tax challenge from adults with disabilities
Five claimants had housing benefit cut through 'under-occupancy charge' despite being unable to share bedroom
Watchdog to appeal decision on gambling in pubs to Upper Tribunal
Gambling Commission says First-Tier Tribunal ruling appeared to handicap it from doing what it was set up to do
Policy statement issued on proposed enabling power for public procurement
Draft regulations also published for enabling power that would allow Government to make secondary legislation
Number of DoLS authorisation forms cut in bid to speed up processing
Cutting from 32 to 13 was not an easy task, says ADASS project lead
Supreme Court to consider anonymity of mental health patients in civil courts
Issue is whether patients conducting litigation are entitled to presumption of anonymity
Legal execs regulator reveals interest in members running own businesses
Nearly 50 expressions of interest received from CILEx members since applications made possible. Also interest from already regulated legal practices
Private company to withdraw from running NHS hospital
Employee-owned partnership disputes findings of report from Care Quality Commission, which puts trust in special measures
Draft local audit code laid before Parliament for approval
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New articles on Local Government Lawyer
The interpretation of contracts
In the second article in a five-part series, Stephen Brown and Sappho Dias, barristers at 4-5 Gray's Inn Square, consider how the Court will go about construing a contract.
On call hours and working time
Does 'on call' time count towards 'working time'? Graham Richardson looks at the key considerations.
How to apply the DPA
The Upper Tribunal has endorsed a number of propositions around the use of the DPA condition in relation to requests for disclosure of personal data. Robin Hopkins reports.
Asset finance in the education sector
Thomas Evans analyses the key issues – including ultra vires – for state schools entering lease agreements for equipment.
Caste or no caste?
A recent EAT ruling in a case where an employee sought to claim in part for caste discrimination has important implications for public bodies, writes Mirza Ahmad.
Licensed premises associated with serious crime
The High Court has rejected a judicial review challenge against the Metropolitan Police and the London Borough of Newham over the bringing of summary review proceedings. Gerald Gouriet QC reports on the judge's reasoning.
Section 17 and no recourse to public funds
The latter half of 2014 saw the Administrative Court consider challenges to local authority decisions concerning the provision, under s. 17 of the Children Act 1989, of financial support for families who have no recourse to public funds. Eirwen Pierrot examines the rulings.
No duty to review?
Are Local Safeguarding Children Boards under a duty to conduct a serious case review into alleged institutional abuse or neglect? Bryan McGuire QC reviews a recent High Court judgment.
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|Recent Developments in Information Rights Law and Practice 2014
||In this presentation, the Deputy Information Commissioner Graham Smith provides an update on some of the key issues in freedom of information and data protection law.
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NSIP judicial reviews more than double by Angus Walker
This entry reports on judicial reviews of nationally significant infrastructure project decisions.
National Networks NPS approved by House of Commons
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Adult Social Services: Not like Cranmer
The test for capacity to consent to sex has changed. Bryan McGuire QC
explains a recent High Court ruling.
Adult Social Services: Habitual residence – the latest word
The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street
examine an important ruling on the issue of habitual residence
Children: Realising the jigsaw does not resemble the picture on the box
In the second article in a two-part series, Shaun Spencer
analyses two significant Court of Appeal rulings in relation to adoption.
Children: Removal of children from the care of their parents
A High Court judge has given guidance on cases where a local authority seeks to remove children living at home under a care order. Jason Hughes
outlines the ruling.
Community Safety: The Counter Terrorism and Security Bill and local authorities
and Frances Woodhead
analyse the impact on local authorities and educational institutions of proposed legislation aimed at helping prevent individuals being drawn into terrorism.
Employment: Access to justice in the employment tribunal
Last month UNISON lost the latest stage of its judicial review challenge in relation to employment tribunal fees. Susan Belgrave
examines the ruling.
Employment: Zero hours contracts and the Public Sector
The use of zero hours contacts in the public sector is greater than it appears. David Widdowson
considers some of the issues they raise.
Governance: Hail the Chief (Finance Officer)
The Chief Finance Officer plays a vital role in administering a local authority’s affairs. However, their functions are set by statute and are limited; there can be no prospect of a coup d’etat by the Chief Finance Officer. Sappho Dias
and Lee Parkhill
examine the role.
Housing: Article 8 challenges and possession orders
The Court of Appeal has dismissed an Article 8 challenge over the making and enforcement of a possession order. Jon Holbrook
Licensing: The wrong name of appellant
In a judgment that will be of interest to all practitioners involved in licensing appeals, the High Court has dismissed a nightclub’s judicial review. Gary Grant
Litigation: The E-Courtbundle has landed
“You had better get used to it as it appears to be the future,” said one judge. Geoff Russell
reports on the piloting of E-Courtbundle in childcare proceedings in Nottinghamshire.
Planning: Local plans, housing supply and the NPPF
A “radical” change in the National Planning Policy Framework has rendered a council’s housing figures unsound, the Court of Appeal has ruled. Zack Simons
Procurement: Did I agree that!?
In a series of articles Stephen Brown
and Sappho Dias
of 4-5 Gray's Inn Square will look at the principles of interpretation of contracts, consider the pitfalls and provide some drafting tips.
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