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September 17, 2020

High Court allows appeal by claimant after council bids to withdraw admissions of liability in failure to remove case

An unnamed South Wales local authority has been stopped by the High Court from withdrawing three admissions of lability made in a lengthy dispute over the care while a child of J, who is now aged 20 and seeks damages.
September 17, 2020

Pilot ‘nitrate trading’ platform could be rolled out if successful in south Hampshire: DEFRA

The Government has revealed that a pilot online ‘nitrate trading’ auction platform could, if successful in south Hampshire and the Solent, be extended and rolled out to a number of other areas, “providing a vital wider application to other parts of England”.
September 17, 2020

Government upholds decision by council to issue direction cancelling international boat show

The Minister of State for Patient Safety, Suicide Prevention and Mental Health, Nadine Dorries MP, has upheld Southampton City Council’s decision to issue a direction which cancelled the Southampton International Boat Show (Boats 2020).
Sep 16, 2020

Union calls on care workers who make multiple visits to claim payments for travelling time

Trade union Unison has urged care workers and others to enter litigation over payments for time spent travelling between work appointments, following an Employment Tribunal ruling.
Sep 16, 2020

Government extends period of protection for commercial tenants from eviction

The government has extended protection for commercial tenants from eviction until the end of the year, the Communities Secretary has announced.
Sep 16, 2020

Local resident loses Court of Appeal challenge over planning permission for school near US air force base

The Court of Appeal has rejected a bid to seek judicial review of Suffolk County Council’s decision to give itself planning consent for a new primary school in Lakenheath.
Sep 16, 2020

Birmingham bar sees licence revoked by council after COVID-19 breaches

The Licensing Sub-Committee at Birmingham City Council has revoked the premises licence of a bar in the Jewellery Quarter after it was found to be breaching COVID-19 guidelines.
Sep 16, 2020

Temporary increase in the notice period for eviction in Wales to be extended

The temporary increase in notice periods for eviction in Wales, including those announced in July, will be extended to 31 March 2021, Housing and Local Government Minister Julie James has announced.
Sep 16, 2020

Claimant firms call for more representative panel for review of administrative law

A group of leading claimant law firms has written to the Lord Chancellor to voice concern that the panel members of Independent Review of Administrative Law (IRAL) “are not fully representative of those concerned about the future of judicial review”.
Sep 16, 2020

Ombudsman calls for mandatory signposting of complaints system for all social care providers

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has called on the Government to use planned social care reforms to require adult social care providers to tell people, if they are unhappy with the services they are receiving, how to complain not only to the providers themselves, but also how to…
Sep 16, 2020

Newly-merged education group to establish legal services panel

An education group established this year by the merger of two colleges in the East Midlands is to set up a legal services framework.
Sep 15, 2020

Councils warn on impact of revised housing formula on levelling-up agenda, rural areas

An updated algorithm designed by government to set how many new homes need to be built in local areas will lead to London and the South seeing a housing boom while swathes of the north will see fewer homes built, the Local Government Association has claimed.
Sep 15, 2020

Health and care workers report lack of legal training on how to uphold human rights law during COVID-19: BIHR

More than three quarters (76%) of people working in health and care who responded to a call for evidence told the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) that during COVID-19 they were not provided with legal training or clear information about upholding human rights law.
Sep 15, 2020

Doughty Street strengthens public law and civil liberties team with four barristers including QC

Doughty Street Chambers has added four barristers including a QC to its public law and civil liberties and human rights team.
Sep 14, 2020

Housing and property specialist joins Cornerstone Barristers

Housing and property specialist Matthew Feldman has joined Cornerstone Barristers from 42 Bedford Row.
Sep 14, 2020

Council awarded indemnity costs after High Court waste dispute win

A High Court judge has awarded Essex County Council indemnity costs after ruling earlier this year that the local authority had been entitled as of 13 June 2019 to terminate a 25-year contract with UBB for the processing of household waste.
Sep 14, 2020

Care home business in South Wales fined £432k for fire safety failings

A residential care home business in Cardiff has been fined more than £430,000 for serious fire safety failings, following a prosecution brought by South Wales Fire and Rescue Service.
Sep 11, 2020

Children’s Commissioner calls for ban on use of unregulated accommodation for under 18s

The use of unregulated accommodation for under 18s in care should be banned, the Children's Commissioner's Office has said following an investigation into vulnerable children in care living in semi-independent accommodation.
Sep 11, 2020

Shadow authorities for new Northamptonshire unitaries name prospective directors of legal

The two shadow authorities for the new Northamptonshire unitaries have named the recommended candidates for the roles of director of legal.
Sep 11, 2020

Six new High Court judges appointed, with another ten on the way

The former director general of the Attorney General’s Office, Rowena Collins Rice, and barristers from 11KBW and Kings Chambers are among six new Justices of the High Court.
Sep 10, 2020

Yorkshire council to set up legal services framework panel

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council has unveiled plans to establish a legal services framework panel of experienced solicitors.
Sep 10, 2020

Ombudsman criticises council which left family in poor accommodation for three years

A disabled father and his family were left in “mouldy, mouse-infested” temporary accommodation, despite Enfield Council accepting it was not suitable for their needs, an investigation by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found.
Sep 09, 2020

Investment trust flotation aims to raise £250m for housing homeless

An investment firm plans to raise some £250m by floating a real estate investment trust, with the funds used to house homeless people.
Sep 09, 2020

Government faces legal challenge over exclusion of municipal waste incinerators from emissions trading scheme

An environmental campaigner has initiated an application for judicial review of the government’s decision to exclude municipal waste incinerators from the UK Emissions Trading Scheme.
Sep 09, 2020

High Court to hear legal battle next month over award of festival contract

The High Court is due next month to hear a procurement challenge over how the Royal Parks awarded a contract to organise concerts in London’s Hyde Park.
Sep 09, 2020

Developer loses Court of Appeal battle over refusal of 765-home schemes

A developer has lost on all four grounds in a legal challenge to Salford City Council and the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government over their refusal to grant permission for a major scheme.
Sep 09, 2020

Campaign group crowd funds legal challenge to government over air quality

The Good Law Project, a not-for-profit organisation that aims to use the law to protect the interests of the public, is seeking to crowd fund an action against the government on air quality.
Sep 09, 2020

Council anger after magistrate allows appeal over refusal of taxi licence

A Merseyside council has deplored a magistrate's decision to grant a taxi licence to a man convicted in 2006 of abducting a 15-year-old girl.
Sep 09, 2020

Review calls for new body to lead local audit framework

An independent review has called for the establishment of a new organisation, the Office of Local Audit and Regulation (OLAR), to act as the system leader for the local audit framework.
Sep 09, 2020

Judicial review panel led by Lord Faulks QC issues call for evidence

The Independent Review of Administrative Law (IRAL) has issued a call for evidence “on how well or effectively judicial review balances the legitimate interest in citizens being able to challenge the lawfulness of executive action with the role of the executive in carrying on the business of…
Sep 09, 2020

Head of Government Legal Department stands down amid reports of unhappiness at re-writing of Withdrawal Agreement

The Treasury Solicitor and Permanent Secretary of the Government Legal Department, Sir Jonathan Jones, has resigned.
Sep 08, 2020

City council shuts loss-making energy company, agrees action plan to address governance failings

The UK's first energy company to be set up and run by a council is to be shut down and its customer base sold to a rival energy supplier, following an audit which found serious governance failings.
Sep 08, 2020

Ministry consults on impact of exit payment reforms on local government workforce

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has launched a consultation on proposals for reforming exit payment terms for local government workers.
Sep 08, 2020

Trowers advises not-for-profit housing company on £100m regeneration project

Trowers & Hamlins has advised Tirion Homes, a “not-for-profit” housing company, on first phase refinancing of The Mill, a £100m, residential-led urban regeneration project in Cardiff, by M&G Investments.
Sep 07, 2020

High Court to hear legal challenge this week to call-in of planning application for UK Holocaust Memorial

The High Court will this week hear a case relating to the decision by the Minister of State for Housing to “call-in” the determination of the planning application for the proposed UK Holocaust Memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens next to the Palace of Westminster.
Sep 07, 2020

Consultation held on short Social Work Evidence Template for use in urgent hearings

A consultation is being held on a proposed short Social Work Evidence Template (SWET) for use in urgent hearings, as well as an updated version of the full SWET.
Sep 07, 2020

Divisional Court to hear legal challenge next month on permitted development changes

A Divisional Court will next month hear campaign group Rights : Community : Action’s (RCA’s) judicial review challenge to the government’s new rules on permitted development.
Sep 07, 2020

Cumbria County Council legal team and Swansea Council solicitor shortlisted for Law Society Excellence Awards

Cumbria County Council has been shortlisted in the Excellence – In-House category for this year’s Law Society Excellence Awards.
Sep 07, 2020

Housing Ombudsman sets out best practice on dealing with complaints from leaseholders and shared owners

The Housing Ombudsman has issued a report containing almost 40 recommendations for dealing with complaints from leaseholders and shared owners.
Sep 07, 2020

University names Eversheds Sutherland to £1.2m legal services contract

The University of Portsmouth has appointed Eversheds Sutherland to a £1.2m contract to work in partnership with its in-house legal team.
Sep 03, 2020

Ombudsman slams council over treatment of elderly couple who were split up after 59 years

An elderly couple of 59 years were split up with little regard for their welfare by the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found.
Sep 03, 2020

Findings of maladministration by Housing Ombudsman edge up in 2019/20

The Housing Ombudsman found full or partial maladministration in 39% of cases determined in 2019/20, up 2% on the previous year, its Annual Report and Accounts have revealed.
Sep 03, 2020

Academy of Experts issues guidance for expert witnesses on giving evidence remotely

The Academy of Experts has issued guidance for expert witnesses on giving evidence remotely, with the document approved by its judicial committee.
Sep 03, 2020

Employment Appeal Tribunal upholds ruling specialist foster carers were employees of Scottish council

A trade union has hailed as a landmark ruling a case in which the Employment Appeal Tribunal found that foster care workers were council employees and so entitled to employment rights.
Sep 03, 2020

Legal challenge launched against Environment Agency over height of chimney for proposed incinerator

A group opposed to incineration has applied through law firm Leigh Day to the High Court for permission to judicially review a project whose chimney it complains is too small.
Sep 03, 2020

Cabinet votes against trading company proposal despite concerns of monitoring officer over conduct of meeting

Broadland District Council’s Cabinet has voted down a proposal to form a local authority trading company for waste services despite concerns from its monitoring officer about the conduct of the meeting.
Sep 03, 2020

Isle of Wight Council takes preliminary steps for legal action over ‘floating bridge’ ferry

Isle of Wight Council has taken pre-action legal steps with suppliers of the island’s ‘floating bridge’ ferry after it spent most of the summer out of action.
Sep 03, 2020

London mayor granted permission for judicial review challenge over incinerator plan

The High Court has agreed to allow London mayor Sadiq Khan to challenge at judicial review a plan to build an incinerator at Belvedere, in south-east London.
Sep 03, 2020

Mayor intervenes to prevent zip wire in Liverpool city centre after legal threats

Liverpool’s elected mayor has stepped in to prevent a zip wire attraction being built in the city centre after conservation group the Victorian Society threatened legal action.
Sep 02, 2020

LGSS Law announces return to profit

Local authority-owned law firm LGSS Law has reported a return to profit having made a profit of £349,612 in the last financial year, after enduring a “challenging” couple of years.
Sep 02, 2020

Legal charity receives over £420,000 to expand legal advice clinics in Wales

Legal charity LawWorks has announced it will expand its services in Wales having received a grant of £422,760 from the National Lottery Community Fund.
Sep 01, 2020

Scheme handing Housing Ombudsman new powers goes live

New powers in the revised Housing Ombudsman Scheme that takes effect from today (1 September) will help improve awareness, accessibility and speed of complaint resolution, it has been claimed.
Sep 01, 2020

Council mulls legal action over neighbouring authority's road closures

Bromley Council has threatened to take legal action against Croydon Council after temporary road closures have caused displaced traffic to congest Bromley's roads.
Sep 01, 2020

Council to hire legal services provider on £1.7m contract to advise on major bypass

North Somerset Council is to appoint a provider to a £1.7m contract to provide legal services for a major transport scheme.
Sep 01, 2020

Welsh social landlord appoints council and eight firms to £4.2m legal services framework

Social landlord Cartrefi Conwy, which has more than 3,800 properties throughout the county of Conwy in North Wales, has appointed its local authority and eight law firms to a legal services framework estimated to be worth £4.2m.
Aug 31, 2020

Court of Appeal agrees to hear case on how homelessness applicants should proceed with challenges

The Court of Appeal has granted permission for an appeal in a case that is said to raise an important point of legal principle relating to homelessness appeals.
Aug 31, 2020

Court of Appeal to hear challenge to dilution of children’s safeguards this week

The Court of Appeal will this week (4 September) hear Article 39’s appeal over a High Court ruling that while the Department for Education’s Coronavirus Regulations did damage children’s safeguards, they were not unlawful due to the pandemic.
Aug 28, 2020

Replacing all district and county councils with unitary authorities “could save £3bn”: report

Merging district and county councils into single unitary councils could save £2.94bn over five years, reduce complexity and maximise economic growth, a study published by the County Councils Network has claimed.
Aug 28, 2020

Court of Appeal refuses council and claimants permission for appeal over Kent stroke services reconfiguration

The Court of Appeal has refused permission to appeal a High Court ruling dismissing a judicial review challenge to a stroke services review in Kent.
Aug 28, 2020

Lambeth eyes joining LBLA for access to barristers framework

Lambeth Council is to consider joining the London Boroughs Legal Alliance (LBLA) as an associate member so it can access its barristers framework.
Aug 27, 2020

Government hit with legal challenge over failure to publish contract award notices during pandemic

The Good Law Project and three MPs have launched a judicial review challenge amid claims that the Government has repeatedly failed to lawfully publish contract award notices, in respect of contracts connected to COVID-19, which have been awarded.
Aug 27, 2020

Council to pay £1,700+ after London man housed in Birmingham forced to give up job

Merton Council has agreed to pay more than £1,700 in compensation to a man who had to give up one of his jobs because the authority gave him accommodation in Birmingham – leaving him with a three-hour commute.
Aug 27, 2020

Council loses appeal over £200 confiscation order in housing case when benefit said to be several hundreds of thousands of pounds

The London Borough of Islington has lost “a most unusual” Court of Appeal action in which it argued that a confiscation order in a housing overcrowding case was too lenient.