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Prosecuting manslaughter

Sarah Wilson sets out the key considerations in the recent prosecution for manslaughter of a defendant who sold 'fat-burning capsules'.

News headlines

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 27, 2018

Budget cuts hitting ability of councils to tackle unauthorised development: RTPI

Complexity and cost are preventing councils from tackling unauthorised developments in England, the Royal Town Planning Institute has warned.
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 11, 2018

Government launches call for evidence on tackling organised waste crime

The Government has launched a call for evidence on how to crack down further on organised waste crime, with the review looking amongst other things at how the Environment Agency, other organisations, and the law enforcement system can work together…
Jun 04, 2018

Welsh council secures £1.6m confiscation over teeth whitening products

Powys County Council has secured a £1.6m confiscation order against three family members who were prosecuted for selling unsafe teeth whitening products.

Features and analysis

Laying informations and time limits

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Edmund Walters discusses a recent case in which he successfully appeared in the Divisional Court on a point concerning the laying of informations and doing so before the six-month time limit expires.

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.

Capping the number of hackney carriages

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A Yorkshire council has fought off a Crown Court challenge to the limit it placed on the number of hackney carriage licences. Gary Grant explains how.

Older articles

May 24, 2018

Council successfully applies for reconsideration of available amount under POCA

A local authority has successfully applied under section 22 of the Proceeds of Crime Act for the reconsideration of the available amount for breach of planning enforcement notices, it has been reported.
May 14, 2018

Councils demand streamlined court process for fly-tipping offences

Councils have called on the Government to “urgently streamline” the courts and prosecution process for fly-tipping offences.
May 11, 2018

Tesco fined £1.6m after prosecution by London borough over store incident

A prosecution undertaken by Ealing Council has seen supermarket chain Tesco fined £1.6m fine for health and safety failures at one of its Tesco Metro stores.
May 08, 2018

Health and Safety Executive to procure £9m enforcement legal services panel

The Health and Safety Executive has launched the procurement of enforcement legal services worth up to £9m over three years.
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 01, 2018

Cosmetics store and owner ordered to pay £60k over skin lightening products

A hair and cosmetics store has been hit with what is thought to be a record fine in London for breaching cosmetics regulations by illegally selling dangerous skin lightening products.
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 18, 2018

Landlord fails in appeal to tribunal over £2k fine for defective smoke alarm

The First-tier Tribunal (General Regulatory Chamber) has rejected a landlord’s appeal over a £2,000 fine imposed by a council for a defective smoke alarm at a flat he owned.
Apr 18, 2018

Prosecution by council over waste dumping sees business fined £35k

A business in Brent has been ordered to pay more than £36,000 in fines and costs after being found guilty of illegally dumping waste on a number of occasions.
Apr 13, 2018

Capping the number of hackney carriages

A Yorkshire council has fought off a Crown Court challenge to the limit it placed on the number of hackney carriage licences. Gary Grant explains how.
Apr 13, 2018

Manchester on Alcohol & Entertainment Law

Professor Roy Light reviews the 4th edition of Manchester on Alcohol and Entertainment Law. Woods Whur Publishing, Leeds. £115 soft cover.
Apr 10, 2018

Councils need more effective legal system for serious fly-tipping offences: LGA

Councils need a faster and more effective legal system which means fly-tippers are given hard-hitting fines for more serious offences, the Local Government Association has said.
Apr 10, 2018

London borough wins appeal over body piercings and underage clients

Carrying out body piercings on someone under the permitted age is a strict liability offence, the Divisional Court has said in a case punctuated by an unusual interruption by the respondent.
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

Government launches review of law and powers to tackle unauthorised sites

The government has launched a review of the law and powers to deal with unauthorised caravan sites and developments.
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 16, 2018

Trading standards team at Royal Borough secures its longest-ever sentence

The Trading Standards team at the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead has secured its longest-ever sentence after a rogue builder was jailed for six years.
Mar 16, 2018

Selective licensing and conditions

Jonathan Manning analyses an important Court of Appeal ruling on selective licensing and the power of local authorities to impose conditions.
Mar 16, 2018

Context is king

Tim Briton looks at how licensing authorities - and their lawyers - can reach the "right" decisions in the absence of specific guidance from the law.

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