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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.

News headlines

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 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.

Features and analysis

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.

Manchester on Alcohol & Entertainment Law

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

Agents of Change

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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.

Selective licensing and conditions

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

Older articles

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.
Mar 08, 2018

Council admits chief inspector of weights and measures was not properly qualified

Cheshire East Council has admitted that its chief inspector of weights and measures did not have a required qualification for the job.
Mar 06, 2018

High Court rules on whether children are ‘residents’ for HMO rules

Children aged under 18 are ‘residents’ for the purpose of calculating how many people live in a house in multiple occupation, the High Court has ruled.
Mar 02, 2018

Couple jailed for combined 12 years over failure to meet £1.4m confiscation order

A husband and wife in Surrey have been jailed for a combined total of more than 12 years after they failed to pay back £1.4m owed under a confiscation order imposed for planning breaches.
Mar 02, 2018

Fly-tipping - the cure is working

Steven Woolf sets out some new strategies to help local authorities turn the tide on fly-tipping.
Mar 02, 2018

Another air quality setback

The High Court recently gave judgment against the Government on the challenge to its latest UK Air Quality Plan by environmental campaigning organisation ClientEarth. Angus Walker reports on the outcome and the local authorities affected.
Mar 01, 2018

Government consults on single ombudsman for entire housing market

The government has launched a consultation on whether to introduce a single housing ombudsman to cover the whole of the housing market.
Feb 23, 2018

LGA calls for minimum £30k fine for rogue landlords

Rogue landlords who commit housing offences should be fined a minimum of £30,000 by magistrates as part of common sentencing guidelines to improve standards in the private rental sector, the Local Government Association has said.
Feb 19, 2018

Staffordshire secures £567k confiscation for sale of counterfeit DVDs

Staffordshire Trading Standards has secured its largest ever confiscation order at £567,000, against a defendant convicted of selling counterfeit DVDs on eBay.
Feb 19, 2018

Appeal judges reject claim £59k confiscation for planning breaches was excessive

The Court of Appeal has rejected claims that a fine of £3,500 and a confiscation order of £59,000 for breach of planning laws were excessive.
Feb 07, 2018

Judges reject appeal by planning defendant over ‘impersonation’ in magistrates court

The Court of Appeal has rejected a claim that a fine and a £4m-plus proceeds of crime order made over a planning case in Ealing should be overturned because the defendant was impersonated in the magistrates’ court.

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