From 'MEAT' to 'MAT'

Andrew Millross examines a proposal in the Green Paper: Transforming public procurement to change the basis of contract awards from “most economically advantageous tender” (MEAT) to “most advantageous tender” (MAT). Read more
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April 07, 2021

Leader of borough council steps down after report from external lawyers on planning issues

A report by a law firm has led to the resignation of a council leader over planning issues.
April 07, 2021

TfL given permission for appeal in Streetspace dispute

Transport for London has been granted the right to appeal against a High Court ruling that its traffic reduction policies were unlawful.
April 07, 2021

Hospitality industry in Wales crowd fund legal challenge over later reopening than non-essential retail

Hospitality industry figures in Wales are trying to crowdfund a legal challenge to the country’s policy on the reopening of venues as lockdown eases.
April 07, 2021

20-6 or 4-1: Council wins High Court battle over lease of stately home

A High Court judge has likened the result of a trial of a lease dispute involving Wigan Borough Council to the outcome of rugby league and soccer matches.


April 07, 2021

Dealing with Hoarding during the Coronavirus crisis

There has been some focus on the effects of anti-social behaviour upon neighbours but what about cases such as hoarding where the main person affected is the hoarder themselves and the property? Anna Bennett looks at the options.
April 06, 2021

Too much, too soon

A High Court judge recently allowed an appeal against a decision of a Circuit Judge to dismiss a claim that an asylum seeker who had been accommodated by a local authority under the “Everyone In” scheme did not have an arguable case that he had been granted a secure tenancy. Justin Bates explains why.
April 05, 2021

Alternative dispute resolution and the Housing Ombudsman

The Housing Ombudsman has announced plans to publish individual determinations and reports based on complaints that it has reviewed. Matthew Lake examines the proposals.
April 05, 2021

Better late than never: round two

The Court of Appeal has confirmed that where a local authority makes a homelessness review decision late, that decision is valid notwithstanding its lateness, writes Alexander Campbell.
April 01, 2021

Can you decline to sponsor skilled workers under the new immigration rules?

Is there an obligation to consider resident workforce prior to employing migrants? Julie Bann and Aleksandra Wolek report.
March 31, 2021

New and repeat lessons from CIL appeal decisions

The flow of appeals against surcharges and deemed commencement dates under regulations 117 and 118 of the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 to the Planning Inspectorate continues unabated. Christopher Cant looks at what can be learned.
March 31, 2021

Deprivation of liberty and writs of habeas corpus

The Court of Protection has court found that if a local authority does not apply for an order under the inherent jurisdiction, a parent can challenge the deprivation of liberty of their child in a specialist school by bringing a writ of habeas corpus. Joshua Swirsky analyses the ruling.

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March 31, 2021

Approaches by bidders to payment

Jenny Beresford-Jones examines a procurement policy note, effective from the beginning of April, on taking account of a bidder’s approach to payment in the procurement of major contracts.
March 31, 2021

Mid-trial dismissal and withdrawal of allegations

Fran Massarella reports on a case which concerned an interim application to dismiss public law proceedings involving six children where there were numerous allegations of sexual abuse.
March 31, 2021

Complying with a deemed grant of planning permission under the GPDO

The High Court has quashed a planning inspector’s decision allowing the conversion of an industrial warehouse to flats. Charles Streeten explains why.
March 30, 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - implications for property

The following Property practice note from LexisNexis provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering the implications for landlords of the Covid-19 pandemic.
March 29, 2021

Housing case law update - March 2021

Paul Lloyd, Helen Gascoigne and Catherine Craven analyse the latest court rulings and Ombudsman investigations of interest to housing associations and local authorities.
March 29, 2021

From virtual to hybrid? The future of Council meetings

Richard Harwood QC OBE looks at the potential consequences of the government's decison not to extend the use of virtual meetings beyond 7th May.
March 26, 2021

Our treatment of the vulnerable

The pandemic has shone a powerful searchlight on to the unnecessarily damaged lives of too many of our most vulnerable people and children. In a paper given at a Royal Holloway University of London Symposium, Sir James Munby, former President of the Family Division, looks at the challenges facing the family justice system.
March 26, 2021

Transformation? Or transparency gone too far?

Kieran McGaughey provides a local authority view on the transparency obligations contained in the procurement Green Paper.
March 26, 2021

Diverting a footpath under section 119 of the Highways Act 1980

The Court of Appeal has recently considered the criteria for the diversion of a footpath, bridleway or restricted byway. Trevor Ward examines the ruling.
March 26, 2021

The impact of registration of land as a TVG on the pre-existing commercial activities of a landowner

A recent Supreme Court ruling on town and village greens leaves one question answered, another left hanging, writes Richard Wald QC.