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Refusing an offer of accommodation

A London borough has succeeded in the Court of Appeal on the issue of what constitutes a refusal under s.193(7) of the Housing Act 1996. Michael Mullin and Elizabeth England explain why. Read more
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  NEWS

December 04, 2020

Ombudsman criticises council after cancellation of transport sees teenager with autism miss start of term

A council has agreed to pay more than £2,400 in compensation after an investigation from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman into the termination of a child’s transport to school.
December 03, 2020

Council defends High Court challenge over decentralised model of specialist educational support

The London Borough of Redbridge was entitled to operate a decentralised system of specialist support under which teaching assistants are employed directly by schools, the Court of Appeal has ruled.
December 02, 2020

Ministry of Justice consults on reforms to arrangements for obtaining permission to appeal from Upper Tribunal to Court of Appeal

The Ministry of Justice is seeking views on proposals for reforms to arrangements for obtaining permission to appeal from the Upper Tribunal to the Court of Appeal and arrangements for second appeals to the Court of Session.
November 26, 2020

Judge issues ruling on deprivation of liberty for boy with behavioural problems to cover move to new residential school

Mrs Justice Knowles has issued a short judgment explaining how she came to agree a deprivation of liberty order against a 14-year-old boy with behavioural problems who was to be moved to a residential school.

  FEATURES AND ANALYSIS

December 04, 2020

Capacity and EHC Plans

Matthew Wyard considers an important ruling for local authority education departments on how the Children and Families Act 2014 regime for over 18s and the Mental Capacity Act 2005 regime intertwine.
November 27, 2020

On good terms? Part 2

In the second of a two-part series, Kieran McGaughey completes his 10 top tips for contracting via the procurement process.
November 20, 2020

Whistleblowing: Employment tribunal time limits and the application of the ACAS code of practice

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has held that the ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures may apply to whistleblowing allegations. It has also held that the imposition of a new contract was a one-off act with continuing consequences, not an act extending over a period, write Zoë Wigan, Ceri Fuller and Hilary Larter.
November 13, 2020

When practical jokes go badly wrong

Is an employer vicariously liable for its employees’ practical jokes? Zoë Wigan, Ceri Fuller and Hilary Larter analyse a recent High Court judgment.
October 29, 2020

The ICO’s new subject access guidance

The Information Commissioner’s Office has published detailed guidance on how organisations should deal with subject access requests (SARs) “effectively and efficiently”. Ibrahim Hasan looks at the key points.
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 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.
October 01, 2020

Data protection challenges of remote working

Samantha Smith looks at how organisations can handle the data protection challenges of remote working.

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September 24, 2020

New equal pay guidance from the Court of Appeal

Anna Beale considers the importance of a recent Court of Appeal judgment in relation to equal pay.
September 17, 2020

Money for nothing?

Catherine Urquhart looks at the background to why sacked employees are chasing interim relief.
September 17, 2020

Employment law and Covid-19

This Employment guidance note from LexisNexis provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering employment law issues arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.
September 10, 2020

TUPE and splitting contracts of employment

Can a contract of employment be divided between transferees following a TUPE transfer? Charles Pigott examines a recent ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union.
September 04, 2020

Cyfraith ddwy-ieithog a’r iaith Gymraeg yn y Llys Gweinyddol

Mewn penderfyniad diweddar parthed ad-drefnu ysgolion yng Nghymru ceir cymorth barnwrol, am y tro cyntaf, ar y dull gywir i ddehongli statud dwy-ieithog. Mae’r dyfarniad yn pwysleisio pwysigrwydd yr Iaith Gymraeg yn fwy eang, hefyd, ysgrifenna Owain Rhys James ac Isabelle Knight.
September 04, 2020

Bilingual devolved legislation, the Welsh language and public law

A recent High Court judgment deals with the mechanics of school reorganisation in Wales. However, the Court’s approach to interpretation of bilingual devolved legislation, and the importance of the Welsh language more generally, is of broader importance and interest to public law practitioners in Wales, write Owain Rhys James and Isabelle Knight.
August 07, 2020

LexisNexis Gross Legal Product (GLP) Index: Quantifying legal demand growth and the impact of COVID-19

LexisNexis has built a data model to track growth in demand for legal services – the Gross Legal Product Index, or GLP. The report provides a framework for quantifying the impact of COVID-19 on your sector.
August 06, 2020

Who is in charge of the PFI Train?

Rob Hann, former Head of Legal at 4ps/Local Partnerships, gives his unique insight into the pending expiry of many PFI contracts in the local government sector and asks who will take responsibility for the next generation of local government assets and services, an issue that is becoming ever more urgent…..
August 06, 2020

The lawfulness of the registration process in disability discrimination claims

Jennifer Thelen analyses a recent Upper Tribunal school exclusion case which considered – and criticised – the process of “registering” claims for disability discrimination operated in the First-tier Tribunal.
July 23, 2020

Data Protection Officers and conflicts of interest

Samantha Smith examines a recent Belgian case where a data protection officer was found to have had a conflict of interest.
July 16, 2020

Disclosure of staff names in FOI requests

Ibrahim Hasan sets out the key considerations for public authorities when an FOI request calls for the disclosure of staff names.
July 16, 2020

FOIA appeals and enforcement: who has the power?

When the First-tier Tribunal decides an information rights appeal and finds in favour of the requestor, who has the responsibility for enforcing any non-compliance with that judgment? Is it the FTT, or is it the Information Commissioner? Christopher Knight examines an interesting judgment.