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April 13, 2018

Claimant nets permission for judicial review of police station closures in London

A robbery victim has been granted permission to bring a judicial review challenge over the Mayor’s Office for Police and Crime's (MOPAC's) plans to close 37 of the 73 police stations across London. Read more

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Funding continuing care

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A judge has confirmed that a clinical commissioning group has no legal power to fund a continuing care patient for whom it had no statutory responsibility. David Lock QC explains why.

Capping the number of hackney carriages

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A Yorkshire council has fought off a Crown Court challenge to the limit it placed on the number of hackney carriage licences. Gary Grant explains how.

Principles for reforming social care

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Will Jeremy Hunt's principles for social care reform be a game changer for the sector? Stuart Marchant analyses the Health and Social Care Secretary's proposed approach.

Establishing a regional adoption agency

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What issues should local authorities consider when establishing a regional adoption agency? Olwen Dutton explains.

Multiple allegations of misconduct

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In situations where there are multiple allegations of misconduct, employers need to tread carefully to avoid unfair dismissal, writes Mark Foster.

Mineral extraction in the Green Belt

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The Court of Appeal finds that visual effects must be considered when assessing whether openness is preserved, write Peter Village QC and Ned Helme.

Manchester on Alcohol & Entertainment Law

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Professor Roy Light reviews the 4th edition of Manchester on Alcohol and Entertainment Law. Woods Whur Publishing, Leeds. £115 soft cover.

Best value inspections and Northants

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Secretary of State Sajid Javid has said he is minded to send commissioners in to Northamptonshire County Council. Dr Paul Feild sets out the lessons from the troubles faced by the local authority.

Developer contributions: reforms

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The regime for developer contributions is set to be reformed. Stephanie David examines the proposals in the government's consultation.

TUPE and gaps between contracts

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The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice has confirmed that a five-month gap in operations does not necessarily prevent TUPE applying. Doug Mullen looks at practical guidance for employers where there is a gap in operations.

GDPR and contract negotiations

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Azhar Ghose highlights some of the issues that have arisen in contract negotiations of GDPR clauses.

Ports and good governance

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Local authorities that manage municipal ports need to consider and implement the government's new Ports Good Governance Guidance, writes Lara Moore and Ione McGregor.

LAs and energy efficiency standards

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An English local authority can add energy efficiency requirements to its local plan which exceed those of Building Regulations. David Browne explores the key points for local authorities.

QOCS and Part 20 defendants

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The Court of Appeal recently considered the application of the Qualified One Way Shifting Regime (QOCS) to a case involving a local authority and Part 20 Defendants added to the proceedings. Esther Pounder reports.

Interpreting overage clauses

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Overage continues to be a potential minefield. James Hall analyses the latest case on interpretation of a clause.

Agents of Change

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Will the introduction of an Agent of Change principle in planning succeed in protecting live music venues? The operation of other regimes in relation to licensing and statutory nuisance means this is far from certain, writes Michael Greig.

Failing to meet criteria

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A recent case has shown the importance of contracting authorities making clear the criteria they apply to procurement exercises and the implications of failing to meet any of these. Tiffany Cloynes and Clare Hardy consider the ruling.

A new approach to viability

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Rose Grogan examines the proposed changes in approach to viability in the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and accompanying guidance.

Teachers and disclosure of relationships

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The Supreme Court recently upheld the fairness of the dismissal of a head teacher, for non-disclosure of a relationship with a convicted sex offender. Phil Allen looks at the lessons from the judgment.

NHS trusts and health and safety fines

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A £2m fine against Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust is the highest financial penalty imposed against a Trust for health and safety offences. Graeme Irvine considers the ruling.

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