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Remote working set to become the norm post-Covid, survey finds

Just 4% of local authority lawyers want to return to the office full-time after Covid-19 outbreak as finished, exclusive new research by Local Government Lawyer in conjunction with LexisNexis has found. Read more
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October 16, 2020

Supreme Court rejects appeal over allocation of housing to members of religious group

The Supreme Court has unanimously dismissed an appeal over the lawfulness and proportionality of a housing charity’s policy of allocating social housing primarily to members of the Orthodox Jewish community in Hackney and in particular the Haredi community.
October 16, 2020

City council apologises after Ombudsman criticises lack of openness during tree removal programme

Sheffield City Council has issued an apology after the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman issued a report accusing the local authority of not, at times, acting with openness and transparency when removing trees across the city, and when dealing with…
October 15, 2020

Leisure trust drops procurement challenge against park authority

Lee Valley Leisure Trust has dropped its legal action in a bitter dispute with the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority after entering administration last month.
October 15, 2020

Borough council dismisses claim its commercial property purchases were unlawful

Spelthorne Borough Council has moved to defend its controversial commercial property purchases after a website published leaked material that purported to show auditor KPMG thought the council had acted unlawfully.

  FEATURES AND ANALYSIS

October 15, 2020

Getting off the hook

Parishil Patel QC and Katherine Barnes provide a guide to securing release from contractual obligations and varying public contracts in light of COVID-19. [1]
October 15, 2020

Building Safety Charges – five things you need to know

Douglas Rhodes sets out some key points for local authority landlords ahead of major reforms to the law of service charges.
October 15, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - local government tracker

This LexisNexis tracker is intended to be used to track key developments, legislation, guidance, parliamentary briefing notes and other sources of interest relating to COVID-19, where relevant to local government lawyers.
October 15, 2020

Discharging obligations to P and the court

Alex Ruck Keene reports on a salutary tale where a local authority was found to have failed an 18-year-old man with autism.
October 15, 2020

The New Shared Ownership Scheme

The Government’s proposed changes to the shared ownership scheme provide more questions than answers, write Hugo Stephens and Louise Leaver.
October 15, 2020

The Winter Plan and the right to family life

In the second of a three-part series from 39 Essex Chambers on the Government’s Adult Social Care: COVID-19 Winter Plan 2020-2021, Steve Broach looks at the implications for the right to respect for private and family life.
October 15, 2020

Permitted Development: disapplication and loss of permitted development rights

In the third in a series of short papers from Landmark Chambers on key issues arising in permitted development, Robert Walton QC sets out the key issues in relation to the disapplication and loss of permitted development rights.

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October 13, 2020

The future of State aid law in the UK

A Select Committee appearance has revealed that progress has been made to find common ground on State aid regulation and that a consultation on a new UK State aid law regime may go ahead this year. Jonathan Branton and Alexander Rose report.
October 09, 2020

The Law Society Virtual AGM 2020

Maria Memoli, Law Society Council Member for Local Government, sets out the background to Chancery Lane's Virtual AGM next week and calls on the sector’s solicitors to register to vote.
October 09, 2020

The Planning White Paper

LexisNexis looks at the government's proposals for a ‘whole new planning system for England’ in White Paper published for consultation, alongside interim reforms.
October 08, 2020

Enforcement of self-isolation

Alex Ruck Keene looks at another minefield to navigate in the capacity context - how new requirements on self-isolation apply to those with impaired decision-making capacity.
October 08, 2020

The importance of clarity in local authority prosecutions

A council recently lost an appeal over a £200 confiscation order in a housing case when the benefit was said to be several hundreds of thousands of pounds. Gary Pons looks at the reasons why.
October 08, 2020

Department for Health and Social Care Winter Guidance: issues for local authorities

Siân Davies provides an overview of the Department of Health and Social Care (non-statutory) guidance issued on 18 September 2020.
October 08, 2020

Shared services – collaboration is key

With a trend away from outsourcing and once again towards shared service models, Lucy Doran looks at the impact of two recent EU cases on these arrangements.
October 08, 2020

Lessons to learn – RSH annual consumer review 19-20

The Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) issued its annual consumer review on 22 September 2020. Its 8th report covers the year 19–20 which saw them serve 15 regulatory notices - the highest number ever. Helen Tucker reviews the main lessons to learn and actions to take when things go wrong.
October 02, 2020

The Public Sector Equality Duty

The following LexisNexis Public Law guidance note, produced in partnership with Zoe Bedford of Ellis Whittam, provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering the scope of the Public Sector Equality Duty.
October 02, 2020

Virtual Training – why didn’t we think of it earlier!?

Member development trainer Bethan Evans relives her experiences of switching from face-to-face to online training during lockdown and looks at how they may affect the physical/virtual divide post-pandemic.