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County council to pay record damages for unlawful deprivation of liberty
Local authority to pay £60k in damages, £50k+ in costs and other elements of compensation after 91 year old kept in care home unlawfully for 13 months
Challenge by council to London super-sewer "out of time"
Legal actions by Southwark and another claimant thrown out after being made a day after expiry of six weeks provided for in Planning Act
Supreme Court to hear appeal by council over costs award in children case
Court of Appeal awarded costs to father even though council had not engaged in reprehensible behaviour or taken unreasonable stance in hearing at first instance
Former senior partner at Wragges to chair Birmingham improvement panel
Establishment of independent panel at city council was key recommendation of Kerslake review published in December
Ministers lose High Court case over handling of appeals on Travellers pitches
Communities Secretary and junior minister indirectly discriminated by deciding to recover all appeals, judge finds
Two councils launch judicial review proceedings over s. 106 changes
Legal action over introduction of threshold of developments below which affordable housing and tariff style contributions should not be sought
Court of Appeal rejects challenge to closure of passenger transport unit
Proposed closure was part of cost-cutting measures that city council hoped would save £600k a year
Key case on intentional homelessness goes before Supreme Court next week
Issue is whether homelessness was intentional on date tenant quit property or date of council's decision
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Row breaks out between Oxfordshire authorities over unitary proposal
Research by county claims there would be £33m savings through reorganisation
City of Lincoln moves closer to introduction of ban on 'legal highs'
Executive backs plan for Public Spaces Protection Order covering areas of city centre. Proposals to go before full council
MPs call for single ombudsman for health and social care complaints
Health Select Committee says handling of complaints about health services still “overly complex". Single gateway needed “with clearer, adequately resourced arrangements for advocacy and support”
Schools Adjudicator blasts "unnecessarily complex" admission arrangements
Arrangements at schools that are their own admission authority “more likely to enable the school to choose which children to admit” rather than simply having oversubscription criteria as required by Code
Councils "need info sharing powers to help young people off the radar"
Powers to ensure partner organisations share information on 16- to 18-year-olds who have disappeared from system, says LGA
LGA blasts Ofsted for “blinkered” approach to inspecting children’s services
Council chiefs say regulator fails to assess contribution of other agencies such as police and health
Legal action threatened over compensation in NHS contaminated blood cases
Claimants who contracted Hepatitis C virus paid less in compensation scheme than those who contracted HIV
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New articles on Local Government Lawyer
Lessons of the Hackney election petition
An Election Court last month dismissed a challenge to the validity of an election for a ward in Hackney. Sappho Dias sets out what can be learned from the case.
Placing children with family members
When children in need are accommodated with family members, is it a private arrangement or s.20 placement? Hilton Harrop-Griffiths and Eirwen Pierrot look at the lessons from case law.
Below threshold contracts and SMEs
Ruth Connorton and Wesley Hall examine below threshold contracts and the SME agenda in the light of the draft Public Contracts Regulations 2015 due to come into force this year.
The role of business common sense
In the third article in a five-part series, Stephen Brown and Sappho Dias consider the role of business common sense in the interpretation of contracts.
ASB and family members
The Court of Appeal has handed down an important ruling in relation to possession orders against tenants due to anti-social behaviour caused by a family member. Karl Anders reports.
Life after Denton
How have the courts approached cases following the landmark ruling in Denton? Mandy Yeandle reviews the most recent judgments.
The Court of Appeal on planning enforcement notices
Richard Honey outlines the key points from a significant Court of Appeal case on planning enforcement notices.
Fracking planning battles on this year
Roy Pinnock reviews some of the key developments in relation to fracking and looks at what is in store for 2015.
Key developments in the housing sector
Sarah Pearson reviews some of the key legal decisions in 2014 affecting the housing sector and some important developments to look forward to in early 2015.
Life as a trainee
What is it like to start your career as a trainee solicitor in the public sector? Amy Mills explains.
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The latest blogs...
What a difference a day makes by Angus Walker
This entry reports on proceedings in the High Court on the Thames Tideway Tunnel, including the failure of a judicial review challenge by a London council.
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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.
Children: 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.
Children: 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.
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.
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.
Education: Asset finance in the education sector
analyses the key issues – including ultra vires – for state schools entering lease agreements for equipment.
Employment: On call hours and working time
Does 'on call' time count towards 'working time'? Graham Richardson
looks at the key considerations.
Employment: 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
Governance: 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
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: 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.
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: 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.
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