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LexisPSL Local Government analyses the key issues where litigants in person and McKenzie friends are involved in public law children cases.

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Jan 16, 2018

Insurance London Consortium to set up £5m legal panel

The Insurance London Consortium (ILC), which has nine local authority members, is to procure a legal services panel to handle work estimated to be worth £5m over five years.
Jan 09, 2018

Caselines and Iken unveil integration initiative for sending evidence documents

Technology firms CaseLines and Iken have unveiled a joint initiative to deliver integration that will allow Iken clients to send evidence documents directly to CaseLines Digital Courtroom technology.
Jan 04, 2018

Court of Appeal judge refuses permission for challenge to casino decision

A legal challenge to the decision of Southampton City Council to grant a large casino licence has failed at the final hurdle, with a Court of Appeal judge refusing to grant the claimant permission to appeal.
Jan 02, 2018

City council refused permission to appeal in equal pay litigation

The Court of Session in Scotland has refused Glasgow City Council permission to appeal against an equal pay ruling affecting thousands of the local authority’s staff.
Dec 29, 2017

Councils lose High Court challenge over hospital services downgrade

A High Court judge has dismissed a legal challenge led by Cherwell District over plans to downgrade services at Banbury’s Horton General Hospital amid claims of a flawed consultation process.

Features and analysis

Aftercare services and restitution claims

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Jonathan Auburn analyses an important Court of Appeal ruling on restitution claims for a failure to pay for aftercare services.

Compliance with the cost budgeting process

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The High Court has sent a firm message to litigants who seek to take advantage of the courts' hard-line stance on the cost budgeting process, writes Laura Murray.

Decisions on care home fees

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The High Court recently rejected a judicial review challenge to a council's decision on care home fees. Claire Booth explains why.

Social services and negligence

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The Court of Appeal has this week handed down a judgment of importance to all those involved in litigating claims in negligence against local social services authorities. Paul Stagg and Robert Hams consider the implications of the ruling.

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Dec 21, 2017

Social services and negligence

The Court of Appeal has this week handed down a judgment of importance to all those involved in litigating claims in negligence against local social services authorities. Paul Stagg and Robert Hams consider the implications of the ruling.
Dec 20, 2017

Developer nets injunction preventing council from presenting winding up petition

A developer has secured a final injunction from the High Court preventing Liverpool City Council from presenting or advertising a winding up petition.
Dec 20, 2017

Judge upholds demolition of rectory and replacement with modern home

A High Court judge has upheld a decision by a council’s development committee to approve plans to demolish a rectory and replace it with a modern home.
Dec 19, 2017

Court of Appeal rejects damages claim over fall on ice in council car park

The Court of Appeal has rejected a 78-year-old appellant’s claim for £10,000 in damages after he slipped and fell on ice in a car park owned by a local authority.
Dec 19, 2017

Council pays damages to taxi firm co-owner for breach of confidence

A council has publicly apologised and paid damages for a breach of confidence to the owner of a taxi firm who provided the local authority with information on a driver from another operator.
Dec 19, 2017

Forbes Solicitors appoints Shackell to head debt collection service

Law firm Forbes Solicitors has appointed Janet Shackell as head of Forbes Collect, its debt collection service.
Dec 18, 2017

Court of Appeal refuses to strike out restitutionary s.117 after-care claim

A local authority and a clinical commissioning group have failed to convince the Court of Appeal that a restitutionary claim for payment of after-care services should be struck out as an abuse of process.
Dec 15, 2017

Bonds, liabilities and the CoP

The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Chambers look at a local authority's attempt to have part of a bond held by a mother and deputy called in.
Dec 15, 2017

Limitation periods and care home fees

A High Court ruling has provided important clarity for local authorities on limitation periods and care home recovery, writes Jonathan Auburn.
Dec 14, 2017

Council loses appeal over quashed permission and “unlawful” community donation

The Court of Appeal has rejected appeals by a council and a wind turbine developer over the quashing of a planning permission because the planning committee took into account a proposed donation to the community.
Dec 14, 2017

Government policy on rough sleeping by EEA nationals unlawful: High Court

The Government’s policy of treating rough sleeping by EEA nationals as an abuse of EU treaty rights, rendering the individuals liable to removal if proportionate to do so, is unlawful, a High Court judge has ruled.
Dec 13, 2017

Upper Tribunal judge refuses to set aside flawed SEN school ruling

The First Tier Tribunal made a legal error in a case concerning which school a child with special needs should attend, but not one so serious that it required its decision to be set aside, an Upper Tribunal judge has ruled.
Dec 13, 2017

London borough proposes £100m fund for survivors of abuse at children’s homes

The London Borough of Lambeth has proposed a £100m fund for survivors of historic child sexual, physical and psychological abuse at its former children’s homes.
Dec 13, 2017

Environment Agency consults on revised enforcement and sanctions policy

The Environment Agency has launched a consultation on updates to its enforcement and sanctions policy, which it described as evolutionary rather than a fundamental alteration.
Dec 11, 2017

Council secures fines for planning company over wilful obstruction of officers

A planning company, and its representative, have been fined for wilfully obstructing officers from Brentwood Borough Council in the course of their work, the local authority has revealed.
Dec 08, 2017

Court of Appeal sends council and football club owners to mediation in state aid row

The Court of Appeal has ordered Coventry City Council and the owners of Coventry City Football Club, the Sisu group, to mediate their long-running dispute over the Ricoh Arena.
Dec 08, 2017

Safeguarding and the Court of Protection

Safeguarding issues frequently underpin or arise in welfare proceedings in the Court of Protection. LexisPSL Local Government, in partnership with Alex Ruck Keene, Michelle Pratley and the Legal Action Group, set out the key considerations.
Dec 08, 2017

Giving reasons for planning decisions

Ned Westaway and Charlie Merrett consider the duty to give reasons for planning decisions in light of the Supreme Court's ruling in Dover District Council v CPRE Kent.
Dec 08, 2017

NAI or not?

Carol Binnion examines the Family Court's disposal of care proceedings in what was originally thought to be a case of non-accidental injury.
Dec 07, 2017

Council defeats High Court challenge over care home fees increase

Essex County Council has successfully defended a judicial review challenge to the fees it proposed paying to operators of care homes.

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