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February 14, 2018

Weightmans bolsters planning law expertise with Pritchard hire

Law firm Weightmans has hired Bob Pritchard as a partner in the national planning and infrastructure team, based in its Leeds office.
Feb 13, 2018

Gambling watchdog appoints four chambers to standing panel of barristers

Network Rail is to conduct a market engagement exercise for the supply of legal services worth an estimated £70m over five years.
Feb 13, 2018

Network Rail to hold market engagement for £70m legal services framework

Network Rail is to conduct a market engagement exercise for the supply of legal services worth an estimated £70m over five years.
Feb 13, 2018

Keoghs completes acquisition of insurance business group from Hill Dickinson

Defendant law firm Keoghs has completed the acquisition of Hill Dickinson’s insurance business group in a deal that will see the transfer of 17 partners and 311 staff.
Feb 09, 2018

Council defeats challenge to grant of permission for energy from waste plants

A legal challenge to a council committee’s grant of planning permission for the construction of two plants to recover energy from waste has been dismissed.
Feb 08, 2018

Governing board for LGO appoints two new members

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman’s governing board, the Commission for Local Administration in England, has two new members.
Feb 08, 2018

High Court judge quashes intended use policy for private hire drivers

A High Court judge has this week quashed Knowsley Borough Council's intended use policy for private hire drivers, which required them to sign a declaration that they intended to drive predominantly in its area.
Feb 08, 2018

Secretary of State backs reorganisation of district councils in Suffolk

The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, has backed the mergers of district councils in East Suffolk and West Suffolk.
Feb 07, 2018

Flexible and vulnerable workers to benefit from enhanced employment rights: PM

Employees are to get new rights to sickness and holiday pay, Prime Minister Theresa May has announced.
Feb 07, 2018

Review backs use of community protection notices over possessions of homeless

A review by Oxford City Council has supported its policy of using community protection notices (CPN) when piles of possessions are left by homeless people in public places.
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.
Feb 07, 2018

3PB strengthens family law team with arrival of public law specialist

3PB has bolstered its family law practice with the arrival of James Legg from Northampton Chambers.
Feb 06, 2018

More councils could follow Northamptonshire and impose emergency controls: CIPFA

It is likely that in the next two to three years other councils will reach the point that Northamptonshire County Council has reached if the government does not provide a more sustainable for local government finances, CIPFA has warned.
Feb 06, 2018

PM endorses recommendations from CSPL for action on intimidation in public life

Prime Minister Theresa May has used a speech marking the centenary of women’s right to vote, to endorse recommendations from the Committee on Standards in Public Life on actions that social media companies should take to counter intimidation of politicians.
Feb 06, 2018

Local authority and developer settle dispute over former council offices

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council and a developer have settled a legal dispute over the fate of the former council offices.
Feb 06, 2018

Council fined £100k after vulnerable employee hit by reversing dust cart

A London borough has been fined £100,000 after a vulnerable employee was crushed by a reversing dust cart, suffering significant injury.
Feb 06, 2018

Yorkshire housing association to set up legal services framework

A Yorkshire housing association with around 4,000 properties under management is to set up a four-year legal services framework.
Feb 06, 2018

Child care barrister rejoins Garden Court Chambers after spell in local government

Artis Kakonge has rejoined Garden Court Chambers after a number of years on a sabbatical working in local government.
Feb 05, 2018

Director of Finance at county council imposes emergency spending controls

​The Director of Finance at Northamptonshire County Council issued a section 114 notice on Friday (2 February) imposing immediate spending controls on the organisation.
Feb 02, 2018

Council claims legal first in use of POCA for safety and amenity regulation offences

The London Borough of Brent said this week that it has become the first council in the country to use the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) against landlords for criminal offences linked to safety and amenity regulations. His Honour Recorder Rubin QC at Harrow Crown Court ordered that POCA could be…

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