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Implementing a compulsory purchase order

Simon Bell considers the lessons for local authorities and claimants from a recent High Court challenge to a council's decision to execute a general vesting declaration. Read more
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July 23, 2021

Supreme Court to rule on liability of claimant for costs of other parties in statutory and JR cases where challenge refused at permission stage

The Supreme Court will next week (30 July) hand down its ruling in a dispute over whether a claimant in statutory and judicial review cases who is unsuccessful at the permission stage should be liable for the costs of multiple other parties, including…
July 22, 2021

High Court criticises Magistrates Court for failure to state a case in closure order dispute

Leeds District Magistrates Court erred by deeming an application frivolous and refusing to state a case for the opinion of the High Court, a judge has ruled.
July 21, 2021

Powers for judges to modify quashing orders among key measures as Judicial Review and Courts Bill introduced

The Judicial Review and Courts Bill has been introduced to Parliament today (21 July), with the Government claiming it would “equip judges with the tools to give more tailored solutions in judicial review cases”.
July 21, 2021

Cornerstone Barristers bolsters housing and local government teams with arrival of Sarah Salmon

Sarah Salmon, a specialist in local government, housing and property law and chair of the Social Housing Law Association, has joined Cornerstone Barristers.


July 22, 2021

How to ensure better protection for tenants around the country

Shona Ali looks at worrying recent trends in relation to illegal evictions and sets out what local authorities can do to combat the problem.
July 22, 2021

Why insisting on flexible hours could discriminate against women

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.
July 21, 2021

Mediation and planning: here to stay?

John Pugh-Smith, Harry Spurr and Josef Cannon review important recent developments in the use of mediation in planning.
July 15, 2021

Self-builders, CIL exemptions and retrospective planning permission

Trevor Ward analyses a recent High Court ruling that the CIL payment exemption is not available for self-build houses granted retrospective planning permission.
July 15, 2021

The housing possessions backlog and Nightingale Courts: a simple solution?

Natalie Foster explores the potential role of ‘Nightingale Courts’ and extended operating hours in unclogging the housing possessions backlog – and ensuring that the wheels of justice keep turning.
July 08, 2021

Good faith in commercial agreements

The following Commercial practice note from LexisNexis examines the concept of good faith and the extent to which it is applied in commercial agreements.
July 08, 2021

Introduction of the Building Safety Bill

Lorna Kenyon offers some initial thoughts on the scope of the Building Safety Bill.
July 08, 2021

The New Model for Shared Ownership Lease: a decade of repair costs for landlords

Mark Foxcroft looks at the impact on registered providers of the 10-year repair-free period under the Shared Ownership model.

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July 07, 2021

Electronic execution: how to save time and money sealing your property documents

A new era of paperless property deals is upon us following the Land Registry’s landmark decision in July 2020 to accept e-signed documents for registration, writes Sandy Munroe.
July 07, 2021

Housing case law update - June 2021

Daniel Skinner, Sarah Christy and Laura Waby round up the latest judgments of interest to housing associations and local authorities.
July 07, 2021

Good news for landlords! No requirement to provide EPC for pre-2015 tenancies

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.
July 01, 2021

Early contractor involvement

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.
July 01, 2021

Tree safety management

Nicholas Thorne examines a recent case that considered the landowner's duty of care when it comes to tree safety management.
July 01, 2021

Can mediation solve the housing possessions backlog?

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.
July 01, 2021

Gender-critical views are a protected "philosophical belief" under the Equality Act 2010

Jane Fielding and Connie Cliff consider what a recent high-profile ruling on gender-critical views means in practice.
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June 29, 2021

New tenders must be published on ‘Find a Tender’ website first: Cabinet Office

The Cabinet Office has updated its Legal and Policy requirements for publishing procurement information, replacing references to the OJEU and TED with the UK government's new Find a Tender Service (FTS) following the end of the Brexit transition period.
June 18, 2021

No preference is a reasonable preference - R (Mallon Montero) v London Borough of Lewisham

A High Court judge has upheld the disqualification of housing applicants owed the reasonable preference duty on the basis of lack of local residence. Matt Hutchings QC analyses the ruling.
June 17, 2021

Possession - anti-social behaviour, nuisance and crime

This Local Government practice note from LexisNexis provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering the options available to social housing landlords when taking possession proceedings against tenants engaged in anti-social behaviour.
June 11, 2021

The national procurement policy statement – what does it mean for local government?

The Cabinet Office last week launched its National Procurement Policy Statement (NPPS). Kieran McGaughey takes a look at the implications for local government.
June 10, 2021

Nutrient neutrality, the Solent and new development

The High Court has rejected habitats challenges on nutrient neutrality in the Solent. David Elvin QC explains why.