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April 18, 2018

Cardiff University to undertake market engagement for legal services procurement

Cardiff University has given notice of its plans to run a procurement to establish a legal services framework for representation and advice in relation to a wide range of its legal needs.
Apr 17, 2018

Serjeants’ Inn bolsters Court of Protection team with Sutton arrival

Serjeants’ Inn has bolstered its Court of Protection and public and administrative law teams with the arrival of Emma Sutton.
Apr 17, 2018

Fewer than half of firms retain place on £46m further education legal services panel

The Crescent Purchasing Consortium, which is owned by bodies in the further education sector, has named 20 law firms to its second legal services framework, which has been estimated to be worth up to £46m.
Apr 13, 2018

Claimant nets permission for judicial review of police station closures in London

A robbery victim has been granted permission to bring a judicial review challenge over the Mayor’s Office for Police and Crime's (MOPAC's) plans to close 37 of the 73 police stations across London.
Apr 13, 2018

Northamptonshire faces multiple legal challenges over library closure plans

Northamptonshire County Council is facing a series of legal challenges over its decision in February to earmark 21 libraries for closure.
Apr 12, 2018

Council rapped after homeless family left to live in hotel rooms for three years

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has sharply criticised a city council after a family, including children with disabilities, shared a single hotel room for more than three years because the local authority did not treat their housing and homelessness applications properly.
Apr 12, 2018

Government issues procurement policy note in bid to boost supply chain visibility

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has issued a procurement policy note setting out new measures intended to increase the visibility of subcontracting opportunities in Government supply chains.
Apr 12, 2018

Parish raises funds for judicial review of decision to route HGVs through village

A parish council in Dorset has raised sufficient funds to launch judicial review proceedings over the county council’s decision to route heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) through the village.
Apr 11, 2018

Number of public law children cases edged up slightly in 2017: MoJ

The number of public law children cases starting in 2017 was up slightly (1%) over the full year compared to 2016, the Ministry of Justice has said.
Apr 11, 2018

Family President issues guidance on final hearings in adoption applications

The President of the Family Division has issued guidance intended to clarify the legal requirements and practical arrangements for final hearings in adoption applications and adoption visits.
Apr 11, 2018

Council fails in appeal over FOI request and commercial prejudice

Hartlepool Borough Council has lost an appeal against a ruling by the Information Commissioner because it failed to provide evidence of what harm to commercial interests would be done by disclosing material dating from 2005 and relating to the transfer of ownership of Durham Tees Valley Airport.
Apr 11, 2018

Campaigners claim DfE to end collection of children’s nationality data

Campaign group Against Borders for Children (ABC) has claimed that the Department for Education (DfE) is to end the collection of children’s nationality and country of birth data in schools.
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

NHS Counter Fraud Authority secures first conviction

The NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) has secured its first conviction since its establishment as a new Special Health Authority in November 2017.
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 10, 2018

Campaigners pursue judicial review of proposals for former town hall

Activists opposed to the London Borough of Haringey’s plans for a former town hall say they have raised enough money to take legal advice on whether to take the dispute to judicial review.
Apr 10, 2018

City council secures conviction for small business rate relief fraud

The City of York Council has brought what is thought to be one of the first prosecutions specifically for small business rate relief fraud.
Apr 09, 2018

Councils “threatening to take children of undocumented parents into care”: claim

When faced with undocumented families in desperate need, local authorities are often only offering accommodation to children – “effectively threatening to take them into care if an undocumented parent asks social services for support”, human rights groups have claimed.
Apr 09, 2018

North East council to procure framework for claims handling legal services

Sunderland City Council has launched the procurement of a framework for claims handling legal services worth an estimated £190,000.
Apr 09, 2018

Education regulator in Wales to procure presenting officer services

The Education Workforce Council in Wales has launched a procurement of presenting officer services to support its fitness to practise work.

Tenant management organisation hands back housing to Kensington & Chelsea

grenfell tower burnt out shell and tributes to the dead JF7KXF Alamy 146x219The Board of the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO) last month unanimously agreed to hand back management of housing to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the latest move in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

In a letter to residents, RBKC Deputy Leader Cllr Kim Taylor-Smith and Director of Housing Management Doug Goldring stressed that while the KCTMO would no longer be involved in managing residents’ homes, it would continue to exist as a legal entity.

This was “so that leaders can be called to the public inquiry and held to account in any criminal or civil legal proceedings that may take place in the future”. It was not a way for the KCTMO to avoid accountability, the authors said.

The letter said the move meant that the council would be taking over repairs, looking after estates and running day to day services.

“We want to be very clear, this is only an interim measure – the Council is not taking over for good. The Council will run services and improve services while you, the residents, decide how you want your homes managed in the future. We know this is the most important aspect for you – and we want to work with communities to begin a true and meaningful consultation with you,” Cllr Taylor-Smith and Mr Goldring said.

“At the same time, we are already making progress on an urgent and thorough review of all the KCTMO's operations including health and safety, finance, repairs and estate management services. We have been prioritising this since the new leadership of the council took over, and we believe it is essential following the tragedy of the Grenfell fire. We will continue to share the results of this as we find them and make improvements and changes wherever needed.”

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