Two recent cases from the Employment Appeal Tribunal illustrate some potential pitfalls when women with childcare responsibilities are asked to move away from fixed working hours, writes Charles Pigott.
Deborah Evans, Dennis Hall and Helen McGrath discuss the Lord Chief Justice's comments on Serious Court Failings, the Environment Bill and climate change, the future of the planning system, the Public Accounts Committee Test and Trace 2 Inquiry, council's financial black holes, the Supreme Courts position not to interfere with political choices, the Health & Social Care Bill and the CSPL Annual Report.
The Government has announced that people working in care homes in England must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 from October 2021, unless they have a medical exemption, write Rachel Murray-Smith and Francesca Gallagher.
Wayne Beglan and Sam Fowles examine the Planning Court's recent judgment in an important judicial review concerning the correct approach of planning decision-makers in the context of sites presenting serious health and safety risks.
Richard Furlong considers the Court of Appeal decision in Barnet v Kamyab, and the prospect of Edis LJ conducting a fact-finding confiscation hearing. An interesting issue arises as to the first-instance defendant’s right of appeal from that exercise.
Last week the Government published its new Subsidy Control Bill. The Bill represents a significant shift in the way in which subsidies are assessed and also provides some clarity about the regime that will replace the EU State aid regime, writes Peter Collins.
The Domestic Abuse Act (“DAA”) received royal assent on 29 April 2021 following a much-delayed journey through Parliament. The Act will have important ramifications for social housing providers – including changes for homelessness under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 which came into effect on 5 July 2021. Tara O’Leary provides a summary of what to expect.
Michael Grant discusses a recent decision by the Court of Appeal on whether a section 21 notice served by landlords on a tenant was invalid because no energy performance certificate ("EPC") had been served on the tenant prior to the service of the notice.
Rob Hann considers the recent legislative changes to traffic management in England, including the introduction of Clean Air Zones and widening local authorities enforcement powers for moving traffic offences.
Early contractor involvement is growing in popularity with local authorities, but which is the best route, Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) or New Engineering Contract (NEC)? Martin Cannon considers the approach to take.
The freeze on possession hearings is finally starting to thaw – but how will the courts cope with the huge backlog of cases? Will mediation, online hearings, or a dedicated housing tribunal make a difference? In the first of a series of articles from 42BR Housing, looking at the potential solutions, Catherine Urquhart analyses the mediation pilot scheme.
Kathryn Hinchey highlights the challenges faced by local authorities rolling out e-scooter trials due to gaps that remain in the Government legislation and guidance. Here, she discusses the steps needed to ensure that future e-scooter use on UK roads is viable, and that ongoing trials bear fruit.
What are the legal powers that local authorities can use to fight climate change and what legal obstacles do they face? Rachel McKoy, Stephen Cirell, Richard Honey QC and James Lupton consider the problems.
Business rates are an important source of funding but assessment and enforcement of liability require local authorities to address a complex range of issues. Paul Hilsdon and Clare Hardy examine two recent cases have shown that courts are prepared to look closely at the arrangements under which premises are occupied.
The Competition and Markets Authority has this month published its Funeral Market Investigation Order 2021. V. Charles Ward looks at how bereavement-service managers can comply with new regulatory requirements.
The Treasury has issued new guidance which relates to 'Special Severance Payments' (SSPs) made by public sector employers to their employees, setting out the criteria that should be considered and steps to take to obtain Treasury approval. Mark Stevens reports.