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Disciplining councillors

The High Court has handed down an important ruling on the obligation to discipline councillors under the code of conduct procedure. Richard Clayton QC and Jonathan Goolden look at the lessons for local authorities.

News headlines

May 23, 2018

Government spent £200m+ on inquiries but their impact is unclear: watchdog

The government has spent more than £200m on completed inquiries since 2005, but without it being obvious what if any action has resulted from their findings.
May 22, 2018

Christchurch formally kicks off judicial review challenge to Dorset reorganisation

Christchurch Borough Council formally issued proceedings in the High Court yesterday for a judicial review of the Secretary of State’s decision to implement local government reorganisation in Dorset.
May 21, 2018

Councillor succeeds in High Court challenge to imposition of sanctions

A councillor has won a High Court battle with a town council in Herefordshire over sanctions the authority imposed following a complaint by the clerk and deputy clerk.
May 15, 2018

Commissioners begin to take over key functions at Northamptonshire

Commissioners appointed this month by Communities Secretary James Brokenshire will take over Northamptonshire County Council’s functions associated with governance and scrutiny, appointment of statutory officers and strategic financial management.
May 09, 2018

Borough council issues pre-action letter in bid to stop Dorset reorganisation

Christchurch Borough Council is making a last ditch legal bid to hold onto its independence.
Apr 30, 2018

Brokenshire named Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

James Brokenshire has become the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government after Sajid Javid’s appointment as Home Secretary.

Features and analysis

Standards matter

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The Committee on Standards in Public Life is carrying out a review of local government standards. Dr Jane Martin explains what this involves, and sets out some of the key lessons learned so far.

Exercising delegated authority in planning

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A parish council recently enjoyed success in a legal challenge over a purported exercise of delegated authority. Meyric Lewis explains how.

The need to plead

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Andrew Williams examines the tort of misfeasance in public office and why a recent claim was struck out.

Accessibility of law in Wales

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A draft Bill published by the Welsh Government could make radical changes to the way that law is drafted in Wales, addressing concerns about the accessibility of the law in Wales, write Tiffany Cloynes and Clare Hardy.

Older articles

May 21, 2018

Disciplining councillors

The High Court has handed down an important ruling on the obligation to discipline councillors under the code of conduct procedure. Richard Clayton QC and Jonathan Goolden look at the lessons for local authorities.
May 18, 2018

Standards matter

The Committee on Standards in Public Life is carrying out a review of local government standards. Dr Jane Martin explains what this involves, and sets out some of the key lessons learned so far.
May 04, 2018

Exercising delegated authority in planning

A parish council recently enjoyed success in a legal challenge over a purported exercise of delegated authority. Meyric Lewis explains how.
May 04, 2018

The need to plead

Andrew Williams examines the tort of misfeasance in public office and why a recent claim was struck out.
Apr 27, 2018

Accessibility of law in Wales

A draft Bill published by the Welsh Government could make radical changes to the way that law is drafted in Wales, addressing concerns about the accessibility of the law in Wales, write Tiffany Cloynes and Clare Hardy.
Apr 13, 2018

Establishing a regional adoption agency

What issues should local authorities consider when establishing a regional adoption agency? Olwen Dutton explains.
Apr 06, 2018

Best value inspections and Northants

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.
Apr 06, 2018

Ports and good governance

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.
Feb 23, 2018

The Company Sec in local government

As commercialisation grows, Azhar Ghose outlines the increasing importance of the Company Secretary role within local authorities and offers some tips on how it can be performed.
Feb 16, 2018

Peters v Haringey and the LLP debate

The High Court's ruling on a controversial Haringey Council regeneration scheme has some important lessons for local authorities considering similar projects, write Alex Kynoch and Karl Edwards.
Feb 09, 2018

Disciplinary action against statutory officers

Sarah Lamont looks at how local authorities can get to grips with the new regime for disciplinary action against statutory officers.
Feb 02, 2018

Imprisonment for council tax arrears

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.
Jan 19, 2018

Licensing procedure and the Ombudsman

The Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman recently upheld a complaint against a council on licensing procedure. Paddy Whur examines the ruling.
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.

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