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June 21, 2018

Judge dismisses contempt application against fourth defendant in tree felling case

A High Court judge has dismissed an application by Sheffield City Council to have a defendant, Paul Brooke, committed to prison for contempt of court for breaching an injunction in relation to the local authority’s controversial Streets Ahead highways maintenance programme.
Jun 21, 2018

Top family judge concerned at prospective closure of FDAC National Unit

The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, has expressed concern at the “profoundly disturbing news” that the Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) National Unit has had to withdraw its application for funding to the Life Chances Fund because lack of support from local…
Jun 21, 2018

Mayor of London to join legal action by councils over Heathrow expansion

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced that he will join the legal action being brought by a group of councils against Heathrow Airport expansion if Parliament votes in favour of a third runway next week.
Jun 21, 2018

Council criticised for failure to take into account health conditions of tenant

The Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) has criticised a London borough for failing to take into account a man’s life-threatening health conditions – despite receiving letters from his specialists – when it decided the type of homes for which he could apply.
Jun 20, 2018

Judge quashes permission for estate redevelopment over breach of equality duty

A High Court judge has quashed a council’s grant of planning permission for the demolition of up to 542 dwellings on a housing estate in Bath and their replacement with up to 700 dwellings, concluding that the local authority had breached the public sector equality duty.
Jun 20, 2018

Appeal judges uphold ruling on ministerial failure to take into account earlier decision

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government was wrong to decide a planning appeal without referring to a decision he reached shortly before on a similar issue in the same area, the Court of Appeal has said.
Jun 20, 2018

Judge rules on planning fee refunds, extensions

A planning fee need not be refunded if an application is left undetermined after 26 weeks if a longer period for decision has been agreed between the parties, the High Court has said.
Jun 20, 2018

Houseboat owners partially successful in appeal over moorings court order

A High Court judge has overturned parts of an order granted to the London Borough of Hounslow against houseboat owners moored on the River Thames in Brentford.
Jun 20, 2018

Westminster to pursue judicial review over cycle superhighway plans

Westminster City Council has issued judicial review proceedings over the route of a Transport for London (TfL) cycle superhighway across the borough.
Jun 19, 2018

Commissioners recommend end of oversight at Rotherham Council

The commissioners sent into Rotherham Council by the government have recommended to ministers that the council no longer needs their oversight.
Jun 19, 2018

Councils in England selling 4,000+ buildings and open spaces a year on average

The Local Government Association has defended decisions by councils in England to dispose of publicly owned buildings and spaces, after research suggested that some 4,131 such properties are being sold off on average each year.
Jun 19, 2018

National park authority secures prosecution of driver over ‘off-roading’

A national park authority has successfully prosecuted the driver of a 4x4 car who was caught ‘off-roading’ in October last year.
Jun 19, 2018

Council defeats appeal over revocation of licences of taxi driver and company

A judge at Liverpool Crown Court has upheld a decision by Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council to revoke the operating licence of a taxi driver.
Jun 19, 2018

High Court hears judicial review over library closure consultation

A High Court judge is this week hearing a judicial review challenge to Darlington Borough Council’s plans to close a library in Crown Street.
Jun 18, 2018

Council to challenge grant of planning permission for 350-home scheme

South Gloucestershire Council is to bring a legal challenge over a planning inspector’s decision to grant planning permission for a 350-home development in Thornbury.
Jun 18, 2018

Home Counties housing association to set up £2m legal panel

A housing association that owns more than 18,000 homes in the Home Counties between Oxford and Cambridge is to procure a £2m legal services panel.
Jun 15, 2018

Briefing for Electoral Reform Society suggests voter ID trial may have been unlawful

A briefing by barristers for the Electoral Reform Society has suggested that May’s trial of voter identification at polling stations could have been unlawful.
Jun 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 15, 2018

ICO hits police force with £80k penalty for revealing identities of abuse victims

A police force has been hit with an £80,000 monetary penalty by the Information Commissioner’s Office after it sent a bulk email that identified victims of non-recent child abuse.

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