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Common assault after meeting

The High Court has rejected a claim that a defendant's conviction for common assault after she had been escorted out of a meeting of a local Police & Crime Panel was unsafe. Claire Booth explains why.

News headlines

Jan 03, 2018

Labour leader reports all 19 Tory councillors to monitoring officer in planning leak row

The Labour Leader of Basildon Council has reported all 19 members of the Conservative Group to the council’s monitoring officer amid claims of a leak to a journalist of planning committee documents.
Jan 03, 2018

Council urges Javid not to adopt Future Dorset plan, agrees budget for legal advice

Councillors at Christchurch Borough Council have agreed to write to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, to set out their vision of an alternative to the proposed Future Dorset shake-up.
Dec 15, 2017

MPs call for strengthened overview and scrutiny in local government

Overview and scrutiny in local government is often not held in high esteem, leading to a lack of constructive challenge to improve services for residents, MPs have claimed.
Dec 14, 2017

Law Commission to consider reforms to administrative review procedures

The Law Commission is to consider whether reforms are needed to procedures for administrative reviews, where public bodies look again at a decision when someone complains that they have been treated unfairly by a decision.
Dec 12, 2017

Director of legal services and monitoring officer at NW council resigns

The Director of Legal Services and Monitoring Officer at Cheshire East Council, Bill Norman, has resigned with immediate effect.
Dec 11, 2017

Human rights watchdog launches inquiry into Grenfell Tower tragedy

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched an inquiry into the human rights and equality dimensions of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, saying it would determine if the State is fulfilling its duties under human rights and equality law.

Features and analysis

Running local authority trading companies

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When it comes to local authority trading companies, who should be involved? Members, officers, others? Rob Hann reports.

Devolution is a process not an event

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As local government in England is handed additional powers and responsibilities, Lynda Towers, former Solicitor to the Scottish Parliament, gives her perspective on devolution and the lessons to be learned.

Getting tough on councillor misconduct

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A DCLG consultation on proposals to update the criteria that bar individuals from becoming or being a local councillor or directly-elected mayor represents a missed opportunity, writes Judith Barnes.

Good governance in a 'commercial council'

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As more and more authorities are following the ‘commercial council’ model, Richard Auton and Kate Webster outline and evaluate the risks that come with the rewards.

Older articles

Dec 15, 2017

Common assault after meeting

The High Court has rejected a claim that a defendant's conviction for common assault after she had been escorted out of a meeting of a local Police & Crime Panel was unsafe. Claire Booth explains why.
Dec 08, 2017

Running local authority trading companies

When it comes to local authority trading companies, who should be involved? Members, officers, others? Rob Hann reports.
Oct 13, 2017

Devolution is a process not an event

As local government in England is handed additional powers and responsibilities, Lynda Towers, former Solicitor to the Scottish Parliament, gives her perspective on devolution and the lessons to be learned.
Sep 22, 2017

Getting tough on councillor misconduct

A DCLG consultation on proposals to update the criteria that bar individuals from becoming or being a local councillor or directly-elected mayor represents a missed opportunity, writes Judith Barnes.
Aug 31, 2017

Good governance in a 'commercial council'

As more and more authorities are following the ‘commercial council’ model, Richard Auton and Kate Webster outline and evaluate the risks that come with the rewards.
Aug 17, 2017

Local authorities and the Modern Slavery Act 2015

Is your authority compliant with the Modern Slavery Act 2015? Raj Shah outlines what you need to know.
Jul 28, 2017

Property on trust and council tax

If a property is held on trust, who has liability for council tax, the trustees or the beneficiary? LexisPSL Local Government team, in partnership with Kevin Long of Hackney Community Law Centre, consider the issue.
Jul 28, 2017

Property held on trust and liability for council tax

If a property is held on trust, who has liability for council tax, the trustees or the beneficiary? LexisPSL Local Government team, in partnership with Kevin Long of Hackney Community Law Centre, consider the issue.
Jul 07, 2017

Standards and investigating misconduct

The High Court has dismissed a challenge to a council standards procedure. James Goudie QC, Peter Oldham QC and Ronnie Dennis set out why.
Jun 16, 2017

Councillors, council tax arrears and FOI

Ibrahim Hasan looks at how local authorities have responded when faced with FOI requests asking for the names of councillors in arrears over their council tax.
Jun 09, 2017

Becoming British and EU rights

An Advocate General has recently concluded that becoming British does not mean the end of an EU citizen’s EU rights. George Peretz QC reports.
Jun 09, 2017

Election challenges

With the general election this week, returning officers and their teams may be considering what options are open to the disgruntled candidate or elector who seeks to challenge a result. Emyr Thomas explains.
Jun 01, 2017

Polling day and the count

As 8 June approaches, Mark Heath reviews issues that may arise on Election Day itself around polling and the count to provide guidance as to how the day should be approached.
May 26, 2017

The gap in the law in England and Wales

Huw Williams examines the increasing divergence between the law in England and Wales and considers what this means for local authorities.
May 26, 2017

The role of the Returning Officer

Mark Heath examines the legal status of the Returning Officer for those running the General Election on 8 June.
May 19, 2017

The law behind the General Election

Mark Heath sets out where the law can be found underpinning the forthcoming General Election on 8 June and where those running the election or giving electoral law advice should look to find guidance and assistance.
May 05, 2017

Licensing procedures - traps for the unwary

Ian de Prez examines some of the procedural issues faced by licensing sub-committees, and considers a House of Lords committee's proposal that their responsbilities be transferred to planning committees.
Apr 20, 2017

The future shape of local authorities

What sorts of characteristics will the local authorities of the future display? Tiffany Cloynes reports.
Mar 30, 2017

English devolution

Richard Clayton QC analyses the complex scheme for the establishment of combined authorities under the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 and considers the lessons from the Derbyshire County Council case.
Mar 30, 2017

Any port in a storm?

Local authorities that manage municipal ports need to consider a wide range of legal issues, writes Lara Moore.

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