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Sexual harassment and harassment at work – EHRC’s technical guidance

Ingrid Mcghee examines the new guidance released by the Equality and Human Rights Commission on sexual harassment and harassment in the workplace. Read more
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  NEWS

February 21, 2020

High Court grants permission for planning judicial review challenge over alleged Equality Act breach

A High Court judge has granted permission for a planning judicial review challenge in part over an alleged breach of the public sector equality duty, Landmark Chambers has reported.
February 21, 2020

LBLA names 26 chambers to £55m advocacy and related legal services framework agreement

The London Boroughs Legal Alliance (LBLA) has named 26 barristers’ chambers to a specialist advocacy and related legal services framework worth an estimated £55m over four years.
February 21, 2020

Council rethinks commercial property investment in light of CIPFA guidance and PWLB rate hike

West Berkshire Council is considering whether to invest the £37.5m remaining in its property budget in further properties after new guidance and increased borrowing costs put a question mark over continuing to use the money in this way.
February 21, 2020

County offers to take over local plan from district council

Oxfordshire County Council has said it is willing to take over preparation of the local plan of one of its districts after the government threatened rare use of powers that allow this.

  FEATURES AND ANALYSIS

February 21, 2020

Parental contact – private v public law proceedings

Lucy Sowden and Shabab Rizvi analyse how the promotion of contact differs whether proceedings are in relation to private law or public law.
February 21, 2020

Open spaces and the ACV regime

Christopher Cant looks at the key considerations when attempts are made to have open spaces listed as Assets of Community Value (ACV).
February 21, 2020

Banning parents’ access to school premises

Michael Brotherton looks at the action schools should take when considering banning parents from their premises.
February 21, 2020

Finding the right balance with constrained resources

A recent decision is a useful reminder of the distinction between public law decisions and best interests decisions (the Court of Protection having jurisdiction over the former but not the latter) and the way in which, in practice, public law decisions may limit significantly the best interests decisions that can sensibly be made, writes the CoP team at 39 Essex Chambers.
February 21, 2020

Placing young people in unregulated accommodation

Local authorities face potential claims for damages where young people have been placed in unregulated accommodation and suffered exploitation. Cynthia Watts sets out how they can minimise the risk.
February 21, 2020

Persuading a judge to strike the claim out

Francesca O’Neill looks at the lessons to be learned from two recent cases where defective service of the Claim Form or the Particulars of Claim led to a judge striking out the claims.
February 21, 2020

Infrastructure planning and conventional planning: the borderlines between the two regimes

The High Court recently upheld the Secretary of State for Transport’s decision that expansion proposals for London Stansted Airport should not be treated as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project. Charles Banner QC explains why.

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February 21, 2020

Infrastructure planning and conventional planning: the borderlines between the two regimes

The High Court recently upheld the Secretary of State for Transport’s decision that expansion proposals for London Stansted Airport should not be treated as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project. Charles Banner QC explains why.
February 14, 2020

Interpretation of lawful use certificates

Michael Rudd analyses the outcome of a recent case concerning the applicability of the familiar interpretative principles of planning permissions to lawful development certificates.
February 14, 2020

Coronavirus, public health and coercive powers

The UK Coronavirus regulations contain legal powers to control a public health crisis. David Lawson looks at the key elements.
February 14, 2020

Employees and child protection issues

The Employment Appeal Tribunal recently considered whether a probation service officer who failed to disclose a child protection issue was fairly dismissed. Ceri Fuller, Zoë Wigan and Hilary Larter analyse the outcome.
February 14, 2020

How to be a judge of openness

A county council recently won a Supreme Court appeal over whether, as local planning authority, it properly understood the meaning of the word “openness” in the national planning policies applying to mineral working in the Green Belt. Harriet Townsend looks at the lessons to be learned.
February 14, 2020

Consulting on the reconfiguration of hospital services

The Court of Appeal last month rejected a challenge to reorganisation plans by two clinical commissioning groups in the North East. 39 Essex Chambers explains why.
February 14, 2020

Fluctuating capacity – another judicial take

A judge has set out a way forward for the Court of Protection to grapple with the difficult issue of fluctuating capacity, writes Alex Ruck Keene.
February 14, 2020

We need to talk about Section 73: The Lambeth and Finney cases

Michael Dempsey discusses whether two recent decisions are indicative of something more fundamental about section 73 and how it is used and understood in practice.
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February 13, 2020

Obtaining possession of a secure tenancy

Produced in partnership with Karl King of Hardwicke Chambers, this LexisNexis Local Government guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering the range of tenancy types for social housing and the processes involved in obtaining posession for each.
February 07, 2020

Green Space borough-wide preventative injunctions: the view from the Court of Appeal

Steven Woolf examines the Court of Appeal's recent decision and guidance on Green Space borough-wide preventative injunctions.