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April 26, 2018

IoL publishes guidance on suitability of applicants for taxi and PHV licences

The Institute of Licensing (IoL) has launched guidance to assist local authorities making decisions about the suitability of applicants and licensees in connection with taxi and private hire driver, vehicle and operator licences.
Apr 26, 2018

NICE defends guidance on spotting injuries to babies after criticism from researchers

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has defended its guidance on spotting injuries to babies after criticism from researchers on television.
Apr 26, 2018

Asylum-seeking A-level student wins first round in battle over right to study

A teenager barred from studying by the Home Office because of her immigration status has won the first round of a legal challenge.
Apr 26, 2018

Browne Jacobson advises city council on funding for £58m skills hub

Browne Jacobson has advised Nottingham City Council on a £18m loan facility to fund the construction of a flagship £58m skills hub for Nottingham College.
Apr 25, 2018

Judicial review challenge over fate of town hall ended: report

Local activists are said to have abandoned an attempt to take the London Borough of Haringey to judicial review over the future of Hornsey town hall.
Apr 25, 2018

Planning decision errors see council lose Court of Appeal battle over retail store

Errors in a planning decision by the London Borough of Lambeth have seen it lose a Court of Appeal case over how a large retail store in Streatham may be used.
Apr 25, 2018

More than 1,000 university students sign up to group claim over lost teaching time

More than 1,000 students in the UK have signed up to a group claim for breach of contract over lost teaching time against universities affected by industrial action, the law firm behind the scheme has said.
Apr 25, 2018

Media watchdog upholds complaint by council over “distorted” coverage of foster case

The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) has upheld a complaint by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets against a national newspaper’s coverage of a fostering case.
Apr 25, 2018

Select committee calls for councils to have wider housing enforcement powers

MPs have backed wider and more widely used housing enforcement powers for councils and further protections for tenants from retaliatory eviction, rent increases and harassment.
Apr 25, 2018

Council defends decision to discuss recovery of £10m loan behind closed doors

Northampton Borough Council has come under fire for choosing to hold a cabinet meeting in private to discuss a report on recovery of a £10m loan made to Northampton Town Football Club.
Apr 24, 2018

NHS trust fined £300k over failure to control risk of legionnaires disease

A NHS trust has been fined £300,000 after failing to control the risk to patients from exposure to legionella bacteria in its water systems.
Apr 24, 2018

Sir Andrew McFarlane named new President of Family Division

Sir Andrew McFarlane, a Lord Justice of Appeal since 2011 and the Supervising Lord Justice for Family Cases, has been named President of the Family Division.
Apr 24, 2018

MPs urge Government and Ombudsman to improve handling of NHS complaints

MPs have urged the government to take action to improve the NHS complaints system, properly investigate cases of historic injustice and modernise the legislation for England's Ombudsmans' services.
Apr 24, 2018

School transport providers fined after council carries out licensing checks

A private hire operator and a driver have been fined after licensing officers at Reading Borough Council carried out checks on vehicles and drivers fulfilling school transport contracts.
Apr 24, 2018

LGA “extremely concerned” at reported blocking of plans to cut max FOBT stakes

The Local Government Association has expressed concern at reports that plans to reduce the maximum stakes on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) have been blocked by the Treasury.
Apr 23, 2018

Ex-hospital worker prosecuted for inappropriately accessing patient records

A former receptionist of a Milton Keynes hospital trust has become the latest NHS employee to be prosecuted for accessing patient records without authorisation.
Apr 23, 2018

Employees win Court of Appeal dispute with council over pay increases

Nottingham City Council has lost a Court of Appeal battle over whether several hundred of its employees were entitled to incremental pay increases with effect from April 2011.
Apr 23, 2018

Housing team at Forbes sees number of Higher Court Advocates rise to seven

The Housing and Regeneration Department at Forbes Solicitors now has seven Higher Court Advocates after the latest Higher Rights of Audience qualification assessments.
Apr 20, 2018

Council and NHS Property Services lose Court of Appeal cases on village greens

The Court of Appeal has handed down a key ruling in conjoined cases covering village greens, land owned by public bodies and the concept of “statutory incompatibility”.
Apr 20, 2018

Judge to give directions in NHS trusts business rates dispute

A judge was due this week to give directions in a case being brought by a group of hospitals who claim they should not be liable for business rates.

Consortium with 250,000 homes under management to set up legal panel

The South East Consortium, an efficiency savings membership organisation for social housing providers, local authorities, education and health related organisations, is to procure a new legal services framework agreement.

Members of SEC, who include a number of councils as well as housing associations, collectively manage more than 250,000 properties.

SEC said it intended “to appoint suitable qualified legal services providers to provide a responsive and comprehensive legal advisory and management service.

“The types of legal activity required will include advice and guidance on relevant law, drafting, negotiation and review of legal documents, advice and assistance on structuring of commercial transactions, advice and assistance on funding issues, compliance with relevant government policy and guidance, construction of contracts, licences and other legal documents, legal risk management, training as required.”

The framework will be divided into the following lots:

  1. High value non contentious work
  2. High value contentious work
  3. Housing and Asset Management
  4. Property
  5. Development
  6. Property Sales
  7. Corporate governance and finance
  8. Employment Advice

The contract is expected to last four years.

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