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June 15, 2018

Purchasing group for Catholic education bodies names eight firms to £15m panel

A purchasing body set up to promote better buying within Catholic education establishments (CEEs) in England and Wales has appointed eight law firms to a legal services framework agreement worth an estimated £15m.
Jun 15, 2018

Education law firm Stone King launches Birmingham office

Law firm Stone King has opened an office in Birmingham as part of a strategy “to provide its national education expertise on a local basis”.
Jun 12, 2018

Council to consider judicial review challenge over train timetable changes

St Albans City and District Council is to look at the possibility of a judicial review challenge over the introduction of a new timetable for the Thameslink train line.
Jun 12, 2018

Use of Streams app lawful and compliant with data protection laws, insists NHS trust

An independent audit carried out by law firm Linklaters for the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust (RFL) has concluded that the trust’s use of Streams, an app intended to deliver improved care to patients with acute kidney injury (AKI), is lawful and complies with data protection laws.
Jun 11, 2018

City council faces judicial review over £5m SEND funding reduction

Bristol City Council has become the latest local authority to face a judicial review challenge over a decision to cut funding for special educational needs and disabilities.
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 to tackle the threat.
Jun 11, 2018

Virgin Media to take council to Upper Tribunal over broadband rollout and land access

Virgin Media has instigated legal proceedings in order to reach a court-imposed agreement under the updated Electronic Communications Code (ECC) over land access with Durham County Council.
Jun 08, 2018

High Court hears legal challenge to plans for police station closures in London

The High Court this week heard a legal challenge to the London Mayor’s Office for Police and Crime’s (MOPAC’s) plans to close 37 of the 73 police stations across the capital.
Jun 08, 2018

One in four teenage mystery shoppers "able to buy knives without age checks"

One in four teenage mystery shoppers were able to buy knives from high street retailers in 2017 without proof of age being requested, a leading retail age check company has said.
Jun 08, 2018

Council rapped for delays while homeless family left in crowded conditions

The Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) has criticised a London borough after an investigation found that a mother and her five children were accommodated in a damp and mouldy single bedroom.
Jun 08, 2018

Government wins appeal over LGPS and guidance on boycotts and divestment

The Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal by the government over a ruling that the Communities Secretary acted unlawfully when he issued statutory guidance on the investment strategy for the local government pension scheme (LGPS) that sought to prevent boycotts, divestment and sanctions against…
Jun 07, 2018

High Court quashes planning permission for care home expansion: report

The High Court has quashed planning permission for a care home expansion granted by Bath and North East Somerset Council despite officers’ objections, it has been reported.
Jun 07, 2018

Council faces judicial review challenge over redevelopment plan and new HQ

Warwick District Council has been threatened with judicial review by a local campaign group over a redevelopment plan in Leamington Spa that would provide it with new offices.
Jun 07, 2018

Councils to be able to apply to establish new town development corporations

Councils will be able to set up locally accountable new town development corporations to promote new homes, Housing Minister Dominic Raab has said.
Jun 06, 2018

High Court to hear challenge to PSPO creating safe zone near abortion clinic

The High Court is due today (Thursday) to hear a challenge to a council’s use of a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) to control activities in a 'safe zone' around an abortion clinic.
Jun 06, 2018

High Court judge rejects bid for judicial review of major development in Essex

A High Court judge has dismissed an application for judicial review brought over a multi-million pound development on council-owned land in Essex.
Jun 05, 2018

Judge rejects legal challenge over NHS decision on homeopathic medicines

A High Court judge has rejected the British Homeopathic Association’s judicial review challenge to a NHS England (NHSE) consultation and subsequent guidance that homeopathy should not routinely be prescribed in primary care.
Jun 05, 2018

NALC urges right of appeal where principal authorities reject new local councils

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has called on the government to introduce a right of appeal direct to the Secretary of State where a principal authority unfairly rejects a campaign for a new local council.
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.
Jun 04, 2018

Councils mull legal action over government direction to cut newspaper editions

Two London boroughs are considering whether to launch a judicial review challenge to directions by the government requiring them to only publish four issues of their newspapers a year, it has emerged.

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