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August 13, 2018

University to procure £1m legal services framework

The University of Wolverhampton has launched the procurement of a legal services framework worth an estimated £1m over three years.
Aug 13, 2018

Birmingham to seek legal advice on city centre development

Birmingham City Council’s property arm is to seek legal advice in relation to a city centre development scheme.
Aug 06, 2018

Council to investigate 2012 sale of housing estates to developer

The London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham last month passed a special motion backing a “full investigation” into a deal six years ago to sell to housing estates to a developer.
Aug 06, 2018

High Court judge quashes decision by council to cut SEND budget by £5m

A High Court judge has quashed Bristol City Council’s decision to reduce spending on special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) by £5m.
Aug 06, 2018

Council wins challenge to decision that right of way was ‘byway open to all traffic’

Slough Borough Council has won a High Court challenge to an inspector’s decision that a right of way should be open as a ‘byway open to all traffic’ (BOAT).
Aug 03, 2018

County council right not to treat man as asylum seeker: High Court

Kent County Council was right not to treat a man as an asylum seeker when he had made fresh representations on his case but the government had yet to decide on these, the High Court has found.
Aug 02, 2018

Court of Appeal rejects council bid to retake homelessness decision

A local authority cannot take a decision a second time other than in exceptional cases, the Court of Appeal has ruled in a homelessness case.
Aug 02, 2018

Government settles legal action over discrimination and Universal Credit rollout

The Government has settled a case of unlawful discrimination against two men with severe disabilities whose benefits were reduced when they moved from one local authority area to another and became required to claim Universal Credit.
Aug 02, 2018

Judge allows challenge over screening but refuses to quash permission for school

A High Court judge has declined to grant relief against the grant of conditional planning permission by Hertfordshire County Council to itself for the construction of a new secondary school, despite allowing a ground of challenge that a screening opinion was incomplete.
Aug 02, 2018

Ministry in U-turn over plans to house sex offenders at open prison

The Ministry of Justice has reversed a decision to authorise the housing of prisoners convicted of sexual offences at an open prison in Warrington, following a threat of a judicial review challenge by the borough council and after concerns were expressed by a local MP, the Police and Crime…
Aug 01, 2018

Council defeats High Court challenge over development at historic railway yard

Historic England has failed in a challenge to Milton Keynes Council over its decision to allow a development on part of a historic railway yard.
Aug 01, 2018

Campaigners eye legal action over festivals in Lambeth parks

Campaigners have set up a crowd funding campaign to try to take legal action against the London Borough of Lambeth over commercial festivals in parks.
Jul 31, 2018

Council faces procurement challenge from bidder who missed out on contract by 0.03

West Sussex County Council is facing a procurement challenge from a bidder who missed out on being awarded a ten-year highways contract by just 0.03 marks, it has emerged.
Jul 31, 2018

Borough to pursue oral hearing in challenge to release of funds for bypass surveys

Maidstone Borough Council has applied for an oral hearing in its judicial review challenge into how Kent County Council released £200,000 in developer contributions for surveys into a by-pass.
Jul 31, 2018

Insurance London Consortium appoints five firms to £7.5m panel

The Insurance London Consortium has named five law firms to its legal panel, which is worth an estimated £7.5m over five years.
Jul 30, 2018

No mandatory requirement for court order to withdraw CANH where clinicians and family agree: Supreme Court

There is no mandatory requirement for a court order to be obtained before clinically assisted nutrition and hydration (“CANH”), which is keeping a person with a prolonged disorder of consciousness (“PDOC”) alive, can be withdrawn, the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled.
Jul 30, 2018

Consultation on new offence of intimidating Parliamentary candidates and campaigners

The government has launched a consultation on the introduction of a new offence in electoral law of intimidating Parliamentary candidates and party campaigners.
Jul 27, 2018

Council defeats challenge to prioritisation of residents with 10 years in borough

A London borough has successfully defended a High Court challenge to the prioritisation under its housing allocation scheme of those people who have been resident in the borough for 10 years.
Jul 26, 2018

Court of Appeal to consider general circumstances of housing in district and PSED

The Court of Appeal was this week due to consider for the first time the interplay between legislation allowing local authorities to have regard to the general circumstances of housing in their district and the public sector equality duty, it has been reported.
Jul 26, 2018

Judge refuses permission for challenge to district council HQ relocation plans

A High Court judge has this week refused permission for a judicial review of Warwick District Council’s plans to relocate its headquarters.

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