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Cross border hiring and localism

Gerald Gouriet QC analyses some of the thorny issues that can arise around cross-border hiring of private hire vehicle drivers.

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Jul 09, 2018

Neighbour loses challenge to permission for poultry buildings in manure row

A local resident has lost a legal challenge over Shropshire Council’s decision to grant planning permission for the erection of four poultry buildings and associated development.
Jul 02, 2018

High Court rejects challenge to introduction of “safe zone” around abortion clinic

The High Court has rejected a bid to have quashed Ealing Council's decision to introduce – through a public spaces protection order – a “safe zone” outside an abortion clinic.
Jun 28, 2018

Prosecution by city council sees landlord ordered to pay £400k for safety failures

A prosecution brought by City of Lincoln Council has seen a landlord in Lincoln fined £400,000 for failing to comply with fire, health and safety standards in two of his properties.
Jun 26, 2018

Guidance published for housing authorities on extended mandatory HMO licensing

The Government has published new guidance for local housing authorities on extending mandatory licensing of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).
Jun 25, 2018

High Court judge grants borough council three-year injunction against car cruising

North Warwickshire Borough Council (NWBC) has secured a High Court injunction against “street cruising” in its area for the next three years.

Features and analysis

Gang injunctions and human rights

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The Court of Appeal recently rejected a legal challenge brought on human rights grounds over a gang injunction obtained by Birmingham City Council. Jonathan Manning and Ayesha Omar explain why.

Dealing with incursions

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Wendi Batteson of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council sets out some of the lessons learned from a recent planning enforcement case.

Banning orders – how do they work?

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Christi Scarborough looks at new powers available from 6 April 2018, and the circumstances under which private landlords or letting and management agents might end up subject to an order.

Recent changes to the s.182 guidance

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The Home Office has issued revised Guidance under section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003. Is there anything of substance in the changes? Paddy Whur reports.

Older articles

Jun 01, 2018

Fire authority brings legal challenge to transfer of responsibility to PCC

A fire and rescue authority is to bring a judicial review challenge against the Home Office over proposals to transfer responsibility for the service to the local police and crime commissioner.
Jun 01, 2018

Gang injunctions and human rights

The Court of Appeal recently rejected a legal challenge brought on human rights grounds over a gang injunction obtained by Birmingham City Council. Jonathan Manning and Ayesha Omar explain why.
Jun 01, 2018

Dealing with incursions

Wendi Batteson of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council sets out some of the lessons learned from a recent planning enforcement case.
May 29, 2018

Cambridge City Council secures injunction on punt operators using its riverside land

Cambridge City Council has secured an interim High Court injunction to ban unauthorised punt businesses from using council owned land along the middle river to access the River Cam.
May 24, 2018

Court of Appeal rejects legal challenge to gang injunction obtained by council

The Court of Appeal has rejected a challenge from a 21-year-old man that a gang injunction obtained by Birmingham City Council breached human rights law.
May 17, 2018

CPS handed £325,000 monetary penalty after losing victim interview videos

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has been hit with a £325,000 monetary penalty by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after it lost unencrypted DVDs containing recordings of police interviews.
May 17, 2018

Councils hail decision to cut maximum stakes for fixed odds betting terminals to £2

Councils have welcomed the government’s announcement that the maximum stakes on fixed odds betting terminals will be reduced from £100 to £2.
May 04, 2018

Banning orders – how do they work?

Christi Scarborough looks at new powers available from 6 April 2018, and the circumstances under which private landlords or letting and management agents might end up subject to an order.
May 04, 2018

Recent changes to the s.182 guidance

The Home Office has issued revised Guidance under section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003. Is there anything of substance in the changes? Paddy Whur reports.
May 02, 2018

Uber to appeal as Brighton & Hove decides not to renew its licence

Ride-hailing service Uber has vowed to appeal after the licensing panel at Brighton & Hove City Council decided against renewing its private hire operator licence in the city.
May 02, 2018

Campaigners win permission for challenge to sexual entertainment licensing policy

A campaign group has won permission to take Sheffield City Council’s sexual entertainment licensing policy to judicial review.
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 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 16, 2018

Dog walker and council both claim success in High Court ruling on PSPO

A resident and dog walker has partially won a High Court challenge to a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) brought in by the London Borough of Richmond.
Apr 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.
Apr 06, 2018

National database of rogue landlords goes live

A national database of landlords convicted of a range of housing, immigration and other criminal offences such as leasing overcrowded properties, fire and gas safety offences and unlawful eviction, has gone live.
Apr 05, 2018

Police force hit with £130k monetary penalty for losing rape victim interview

The Information Commissioner’s Office has imposed a £130,000 monetary penalty on Humberside Police after disks containing a video interview of an alleged rape victim went missing.
Apr 05, 2018

Supreme Court expedites key case on liability of social services authorities

The Supreme Court has expedited the hearing of a key case over the liability of social services authorities.
Mar 29, 2018

Agents of Change

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.
Mar 28, 2018

Councils to be able to double council tax on homes left empty for 2+ years

Councils in England are to be allowed to charge double the rate of council tax on homes left empty for two years or more, under new legislation unveiled by the government.

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