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CPO and compensation: key changes

Gary Soloman looks at a number of provisions relevant to compulsory acquisition in the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017 and Housing and Planning Act 2016 that come into force on 6 April 2018.

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Apr 26, 2018

IoL publishes guidance on suitability of applicants for taxi and PHV licences

The Institute of Licensing (IoL) has launched guidance to assist local authorities making decisions about the suitability of applicants and licensees in connection with taxi and private hire driver, vehicle and operator licences.
Apr 26, 2018

Council hit with procurement and public law challenge over hotel funding decision

Two hotel groups have threatened Bournemouth Borough Council with a public law and public procurement challenge over its decisions earlier this year to approve the funding of the construction of a hotel on the site adjacent to Bournemouth…
Apr 26, 2018

NICE defends guidance on spotting injuries to babies after criticism from researchers

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has defended its guidance on spotting injuries to babies after criticism from researchers on television.
Apr 26, 2018

Asylum-seeking A-level student wins first round in battle over right to study

A teenager barred from studying by the Home Office because of her immigration status has won the first round of a legal challenge.
Apr 26, 2018

Browne Jacobson advises city council on funding for £58m skills hub

Browne Jacobson has advised Nottingham City Council on a £18m loan facility to fund the construction of a flagship £58m skills hub for Nottingham College.
Apr 25, 2018

Judicial review challenge over fate of town hall ended: report

Local activists are said to have abandoned an attempt to take the London Borough of Haringey to judicial review over the future of Hornsey town hall.
Apr 25, 2018

Planning decision errors see council lose Court of Appeal battle over retail store

Errors in a planning decision by the London Borough of Lambeth have seen it lose a Court of Appeal case over how a large retail store in Streatham may be used.
Apr 25, 2018

Media watchdog upholds complaint by council over “distorted” coverage of foster case

The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) has upheld a complaint by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets against a national newspaper’s coverage of a fostering case.
Apr 25, 2018

Select committee calls for councils to have wider housing enforcement powers

MPs have backed wider and more widely used housing enforcement powers for councils and further protections for tenants from retaliatory eviction, rent increases and harassment.
Apr 25, 2018

Council defends decision to discuss recovery of £10m loan behind closed doors

Northampton Borough Council has come under fire for choosing to hold a cabinet meeting in private to discuss a report on recovery of a £10m loan made to Northampton Town Football Club.

Features and analysis

Magical sparkle powers

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Mr Justice Mostyn has recently issued two rulings on secure accommodation and consent. Andrew Pack examines the judgments and the prospect of an appeal.

Proving an error of law

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Elizabeth England discusses a recent Court of Appeal case that reminds us who has the burden of proving an error of law in homelessness appeals under Part VII Housing Act 1996.

Case management and apparent bias

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A recent Court of Protection judgment is a salutary warning on the dangers of judges giving early indications of the conclusions they are like to reach. The CoP team at 39 Essex Chambers reports.

Supply chain visibility

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Following the government's publication of a new procurement policy note on supply chain visibility, do you need to update your T&Cs? Ruth Smith explains.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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