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Feb 12, 2018

Council to procure legal services for aquatic centre for 2022 Commonwealth Games

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council has launched the procurement of legal services for a £60m aquatic centre that will be constructed for the Commonwealth Games in 2022.
Feb 09, 2018

Council defeats challenge to grant of permission for energy from waste plants

A legal challenge to a council committee’s grant of planning permission for the construction of two plants to recover energy from waste has been dismissed.
Feb 08, 2018

Governing board for LGO appoints two new members

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman’s governing board, the Commission for Local Administration in England, has two new members.
Feb 08, 2018

High Court rejects challenge to lawfulness of Haringey development vehicle

A High Court judge has today dismissed a judicial review challenge to the lawfulness of the procedures adopted by the London Borough of Haringey for the establishment of a controversial development vehicle.
Feb 08, 2018

High Court judge quashes intended use policy for private hire drivers

A High Court judge has this week quashed Knowsley Borough Council's intended use policy for private hire drivers, which required them to sign a declaration that they intended to drive predominantly in its area.
Feb 08, 2018

Secretary of State backs reorganisation of district councils in Suffolk

The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, has backed the mergers of district councils in East Suffolk and West Suffolk.
Feb 07, 2018

Flexible and vulnerable workers to benefit from enhanced employment rights: PM

Employees are to get new rights to sickness and holiday pay, Prime Minister Theresa May has announced.
Feb 07, 2018

Review backs use of community protection notices over possessions of homeless

A review by Oxford City Council has supported its policy of using community protection notices (CPN) when piles of possessions are left by homeless people in public places.
Feb 07, 2018

Judges reject appeal by planning defendant over ‘impersonation’ in magistrates court

The Court of Appeal has rejected a claim that a fine and a £4m-plus proceeds of crime order made over a planning case in Ealing should be overturned because the defendant was impersonated in the magistrates’ court.
Feb 07, 2018

Campaigners to crowd fund legal action over conversion of school to academy

Campaigners against the conversion of a Newham primary school to academy status have launched a crowdfunding page to try to raise the money needed to take the dispute to judicial review.

Features and analysis

Disciplinary action against statutory officers

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Sarah Lamont looks at how local authorities can get to grips with the new regime for disciplinary action against statutory officers.

The Agent of Change principle

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What are the implications of the 'Agent of Change' principle? Gareth Hughes explains.

Confinement and children

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The Family President has pronounced upon two key issues in relation to deprivation of liberty and children. Alex Ruck Keene analyses the judge's ruling.

Running with the land

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An imminent amendment to regulations will allow local planning authorities to facilitate development, writes Phillip Hopkins.

Making planning conditions great again!

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Jonathan Darby examines the law surrounding planning conditions, which has been consolidated over the past couple of years.

Taxi licensing policy quashed

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A North West council’s intended use policy for private hire drivers was quashed this week. Philip Kolvin QC explains why.

Carillion: implications for public contracts

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With the number of Carillion’s contracts with the government running into hundreds, Ruth Murray analyses on LexisPSL the impact of Carillion’s collapse on its public contracts and outlines the next steps that authorities should take.

Fundamental dishonesty in PI claims

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The High Court has provided the first authoritative guidance on the meaning of ‘fundamental dishonesty’ in the context of personal injury claims. Roger Jones and Martin Stockdale explain the ruling.

Imprisonment for council tax arrears

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The Divisional Court has ruled on a systemic public law challenge to the enforcement of council tax by committal prison. Tim Buley explains the judgment.

Getting out of a fix

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Alastair Currie looks at a case involving a doctor which provides useful guidance on the tricky question of fairly dismissing employees on fixed term contracts.

Fracking at the Court of Appeal

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The Court of Appeal recently decided a challenge to the grant of planning permission to a fracking company for exploratory works. Ashley Bowes and Estelle Dehon explain the ruling.

Restraining publication of CQC reports

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Jonathan Auburn examines a care provider’s bid to obtain an injunction restraining publication of a Care Quality Commission report.

Procurement challenges and non-parties

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Preferred bidders need to protect their interests in procurement challenges. They may choose not to be a party to the claim but they may still have to pay another party’s costs, write Ian Tucker, Chris Jackson and John Houlden.

Personal injury awards and care costs

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A High Court judge has backed the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman’s decision on the ‘double recovery’ of care costs. Virginia Cooper explains why.

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