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Running local authority trading companies

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

News headlines

Jan 05, 2018

Council tells M&S to honour “legally binding contract” for £80m redevelopment

Rochdale Borough Council has said it fully expects M&S to honour what the authority says is a legally binding contract to be the anchor tenant in a £80m regeneration scheme.
Dec 20, 2017

London Mayor refuses permission for major scheme over loss of affordable homes

The Mayor of London has refused permission for an estate regeneration project in Barnet which he said would result in the net loss of 257 affordable homes.
Dec 05, 2017

Ministers consult on regulations for New Town Development Corporations

The Department for Communities and Local Government has launched a consultation on regulations for locally led New Town Development Corporations.
Dec 01, 2017

Bidding cities urge DCMS to take legal advice over 2023 Capital of Culture decision

The five cities that were planning to bid to become the European Capital of Culture in 2023 have called on the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to take legal advice on a European Commission statement that the UK’s participation will not be…
Nov 30, 2017

Submission of planning CPOs fell by 30% in 2016: research

Submissions of planning compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) decreased by 30% in 2016, research by Womble Bond Dickinson has found.

Features and analysis

Air quality and development

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A High Court judge has recently handed down an important air quality judgment. Ashley Bowes looks at the implications for planning authorities, developers and those resisting development.

Setting up local authority companies

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After 21 years as author of Local Authority Companies and Partnerships (‘LACAP’) and practising as a local government lawyer, Rob Hann provides some practical tips for local authorities setting up LACAPs.

The district heat billing hiatus

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Are you waiting for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to issue an update relating to the installation of final customer meters for district heat networks? Maxim Laithwaite provides a quick reminder of the current position regarding the regulations and in particular the cost effectiveness and technical feasibility tool.

Challenge to CPO dismissed

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The High Court has dismissed a statutory challenge to a compulsory purchase order. George Mackenzie looks at the judge’s approach.

Older articles

Nov 24, 2017

The district heat billing hiatus

Are you waiting for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to issue an update relating to the installation of final customer meters for district heat networks? Maxim Laithwaite provides a quick reminder of the current…
Nov 17, 2017

Government to set up first ever statutory sub-national transport body

The Government has laid legislation in Parliament that will turn Transport for the North (TfN) into the first ever statutory sub-national transport body, with legal powers and duties.
Nov 15, 2017

Permission for wharf scheme quashed over failure to consult on amendments

A judge has quashed planning permission given by the London Borough of Hackney for a major redevelopment on the Regent’s Canal.
Nov 10, 2017

Challenge to CPO dismissed

The High Court has dismissed a statutory challenge to a compulsory purchase order. George Mackenzie looks at the judge’s approach.
Nov 03, 2017

Bringing PFI projects back in-house

Rob Hann, who led the 4ps/Local Partnerships legal team throughout the PFI programme in local government, takes a look at Labour’s recent pledge that it will bring PFI contracts back in house if it gets into power.
Nov 01, 2017

Review calls for improved governance at local enterprise partnerships

Local Enterprise Partnerships should tighten their governance including over actual or perceived conflicts of interest, a government review has said.
Oct 31, 2017

High Court judge dismisses committal proceedings brought against councillor

A High Court judge has dismissed committal proceedings brought by Sheffield City Council against one of its councillors, Alison Teal of the Green Party, over an alleged breach of an injunction.
Oct 30, 2017

Eversheds Sutherland to lead review of PF2 contracts guidance

Eversheds Sutherland has been appointed by the UK Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) to review and update the draft guidance for contracts under PF2, the successor to PFI.
Oct 26, 2017

High Court hears judicial review challenge over £2bn development vehicle

The High Court has this week begun hearing a judicial review challenge to the London Borough of Haringey’s decision to establish the Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV), which is said to be the largest local authority development vehicle of its kind.
Oct 13, 2017

Public procurement after Brexit

Simon Randall CBE has written a paper for the Society of Conservative Lawyers on public procurement after Brexit. Here he puts forward some of the key points.
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 26, 2017

Combined authorities "must reduce institutional blurring" with local government

Combined authorities must begin to reduce the “institutional blurring” with historic local government structures that has occurred with their formation, a report by law firm Bond Dickinson and accountancy firm Grant Thornton has said.
Sep 20, 2017

Report into £1m overspend says officers “knowingly disregarded council procedure”

A special investigation into how the costs of establishing a joint customer services hub in a refurbished building soared from £950,000 to more than £1.9m has found evidence that officers “knowingly disregarded council process and…
Sep 15, 2017

EU grant funding terms

Would your compliance with EU grant funding terms stand up to scrutiny? Tiffany Cloynes looks at the potential issues.
Sep 08, 2017

Report on highways contract litigation costing county £20m+ criticises documentation

A report into Cumbria County Council’s termination of a highways maintenance contract and subsequent litigation that cost the local authority £26m between 2012 and 2017 has criticised the contract documentation.
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 31, 2017

Free-standing sustainable development assessment a mistake

A Planning Court judge has set out propositions for cases involving paragraph 14 of the National Planning Policy Framework. Roy Pinnock highlights some of the key observations.
Aug 30, 2017

Waste authority axes PFI contract, says procurement regulations stop delivery of savings

A High Court judge has urged councils to seek “culturally matched placements” for vulnerable children after approving a request by Tower Hamlets council to move a Christian looked after five-year-old girl from Muslim foster parents to her…
Aug 18, 2017

SAVE given permission to challenge refusal to call in Paddington Cube scheme

SAVE Britain’s Heritage has been granted permission to challenge the Communities Secretary’s refusal to call in the Paddington Cube proposals for public inquiry.
Aug 17, 2017

LGA calls for simpler procurement rules after Brexit

The Local Government Association has called for the introduction of simpler rules regulating how councils buy goods and services after Brexit, arguing that such a move could boost local growth and create jobs.

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