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October 07, 2021

£95,000 pay-off approved by Council leader, exceeding his authority

Pembrokeshire County Council’s leader exceeded his authority when he approved a £95,000 pay-off to the council’s former chief executive, a report by the authority's deputy monitoring officer has found.
October 07, 2021

200 unresolved noise complaints accumulated by council during the pandemic

Calderdale Metropolitan District Council accumulated a backlog of 200 unresolved complaints about noise during the pandemic, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found.
October 07, 2021

Judicial review of government plan to create two unitary councils in Cumbria delayed by call-in

Cumbria County Council's judicial review bid of the secretary of state's decision to reorganise local government in the county has been delayed following a call-in from the local authority's scrutiny committee.
Oct 07, 2021

Severe maladministration at housing association saw resident live with damp and mould for two years, Ombudsman investigation finds

A Housing Ombudsman investigation into a housing association's failure to respond to a resident's request to deal with damp and mould in her home has uncovered two instances of severe maladministration.
Oct 07, 2021

Water park dispute results in legal action from Council

Scarborough Borough Council is to take legal action in an £800,000 dispute over a local water park.
Oct 07, 2021

River bank site planning decision creates three-way row

A three-way row has erupted between Norfolk Constabulary, the Broads Authority and a council leader over a planning decision affecting a river bank site.
Oct 07, 2021

Asylum seeker wrongly declared as intentionally homeless by Council

Westminster City Council wrongly declared an asylum seeker intentionally homeless after she left a flat in Middlesbrough because of the activities of an intruder.
Oct 07, 2021

Case against social landlord with "no basis for liability" must be struck out

A community interest company’s case against a social landlord was “hopelessly muddled” and must be struck out, a judge has said.
Oct 07, 2021

Search of personal documents of former Health and Social Care Secretary to be carried out, to challenge contract awards to Abingdon Health

Mr Justice Fraser has ordered a search of former Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock’s personal emails and social media apps.
Oct 07, 2021

Unnecessary disruption and emotional upset caused by “egregious” failings in child care case by Council.

Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council committed “egregious” failings in a child care case so bad that “a public judgment is appropriate to attempt to ensure that repetition of those failings is avoided”, HHJ Sharpe has said.
Oct 06, 2021

High Court raps councils over failure to progress injunctions against travellers

Four councils have been found by the High Court to have engaged in an abuse of process relating to injunctions against travellers and a fifth has been severely criticised in cases where they showed “complacency, even insouciance”.
Oct 05, 2021

Regulator makes three appointments to board of Liverpool social housing provider in bid to resolve governance failures

The Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) has made three statutory appointments to the board of a provider of social housing in Liverpool that was the subject of a strongly-critical regulatory notice.
Oct 05, 2021

Leading child protection QC joins 1 Crown Office Row

A QC who specialises in child protection cases has joined 1 Crown Office Row in Brighton.
Oct 05, 2021

Government to introduce series of measures in bid to clamp down on disruption of infrastructure including motorways

The Government is to introduce a new offence of interfering with the operation of key infrastructure – including motorways, railways, and airports – where the impact will affect the distribution of essential goods, such as fuel and medicine.
Oct 05, 2021

Regulations and guidance issued on support councils must give domestic abuse victims

The Government has published new regulations and guidance setting out the level of support councils are required to provide to domestic abuse victims who need to escape home.
Oct 05, 2021

Browne Jacobson appoints Antoniou as new London Head of Education

Browne Jacobson has appointed Charlotte Antoniou as a partner and the new head of its London education team.
Oct 05, 2021

Law firm advises borough on deal to build largest film and tv production centre in London

Law firm Gowling WLG has advised the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and its regeneration and development company Be First on an agreement with Hackman Capital Partners (HCP) to build London's largest film and TV production centre in Dagenham.
Oct 05, 2021

Government to reform Human Rights Act before next election: Justice Secretary

The Government will overhaul the Human Rights Act in this Parliament, the Justice Secretary has said.
Oct 05, 2021

Bevan Brittan advises borough council on £7m purchase of town centre site

A team from law firm Bevan Brittan's London and Leeds offices has advised Worthing Borough Council on the £7m acquisition of a major town centre site.
Oct 04, 2021

Law Society report hits out at “vanishing” civil legal aid

People living in areas without a major city are particularly badly hit by “vanishing” availability of civil legal aid across housing, welfare, education, community care and immigration, the Law Society has claimed.
Oct 04, 2021

Thinktank sets out principles that should underpin Levelling Up White Paper

The LGiU thinktank has set out six principles that it believes should underpin the Government’s forthcoming Levelling Up White Paper.
Oct 04, 2021

Claimant disability discrimination law firm goes into administration

A leading disability discrimination law firm, Fry Law, has gone into administration.
Oct 04, 2021

Jackie Weaver and top comedians to hold “the ultimate council meeting” to mark Handforth anniversary

Jackie Weaver and a panel of comedians are to celebrate a year since the infamous Handforth Parish Council meeting went viral by forming “the ultimate council meeting” for a special live comedy event.
Oct 04, 2021

Anthony Collins Solicitors hires Wright Hassall head of housing as partner

Anthony Collins Solicitors (ACS) has appointed Andrew Dudley, the head of housing at Wright Hassall, as a new partner to its social housing property team.
Oct 04, 2021

Liverpool names Fenwick as City Solicitor and Monitoring Officer

Liverpool City Council has appointed Daniel Fenwick, Director of Legal and Governance at the London Boroughs of Newham and Havering for the last six years, as its City Solicitor.
Oct 01, 2021

MPs call for devolution to become default option in England

Devolution in England must extend not only to combined authorities but to local government as a whole, and to rural as well as urban areas, the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has said.
Oct 01, 2021

Fewer than one in four care and supervision cases disposed of within 26-week timeframe: MoJ

The percentage of care or supervision cases to be disposed of within 26 weeks has reached its lowest level since 2012, government data has revealed.
Sep 30, 2021

Ombudsman finds social landlord guilty of severe maladministration after resident waited seven years for repairs

The Housing Ombudsman has found severe maladministration in relation to a South East housing association’s complaint handling, after a resident waited seven years for repairs.
Sep 30, 2021

Discussions between Welsh Government and UK Government over future of justice in Wales to begin “shortly”: Counsel General

The Welsh Government expects discussions with the UK Government about the future of justice in Wales to begin shortly, Counsel General and Minister for the Constitution Mick Antoniw MS has said.
Sep 30, 2021

Lord Chief Justice appoints 40 Deputy High Court Judges

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon, has appointed 40 Deputy High Court Judges, for a single fixed six-year term.
Sep 29, 2021

High Court authorises deprivation of liberty for 16 year old and expresses concern at Ofsted threatening prosecution of children's home where she lives

A judge has expressed concern about Ofsted’s intention to prosecute a non-registered children’s home in which a child deprived of liberty appears to be making progress.
Sep 29, 2021

Welsh Government issues planning guidance on development in flood zones

Wales has issued the UK’s toughest planning guidance on development in flood zones, which will effectively bar new homes in these areas unless strong defences are provided.
Sep 29, 2021

Councillor eyes legal challenge over closure of local ambulance station

A town councillor is trying to raise funds to take legal action over the proposed closure of an ambulance station in Evesham.
Sep 29, 2021

"Relentless rise" in proportion of complaints about adult social care upheld, Ombudsman warns

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has said a gulf exists between what the public expects from adult social care and what it delivers, and the service is “progressively failing to deliver for those who need it most”.
Sep 29, 2021

LawCare research warns of high risk of burnout among legal professionals

Legal professionals are at high risk of burnout, mental ill-health and workplace bullying, harassment or discrimination, legal mental health charity LawCare has said.
Sep 29, 2021

Property specialist becomes fifth High Court judge appointed in September

A fifth new High Court judge – real property law specialist Edwin Johnson QC – has been appointed this month.
Sep 29, 2021

Cafcass prioritisation protocol extended to Greater Manchester

Cafcass last month extended the use of its prioritisation protocol for managing high workloads to the Greater Manchester area, it has emerged.
Sep 29, 2021

High Court judge approves bespoke placement in case where he had declined to authorise continued deprivation of liberty of 12 year old in psychiatric admissions unit

A High Court judge who last week refused to exercise the inherent jurisdiction to authorise the continued deprivation of the liberty of a 12-year-old child (LT) in an acute psychiatric admission unit for adolescents, has since authorised her deprivation of liberty in an empty children’s home found…
Sep 28, 2021

Bevan Brittan strengthens construction offering with hire of two partners and two senior associates

Law firm Bevan Brittan has bolstered its Construction Team with the appointment of two partners and two senior associates.
Sep 28, 2021

Government faces legal challenge from pupil with SEN over “unfair” use of PCR testing in schools

The parents of a 15-year-old pupil with special educational needs and disabilities have instructed lawyers to challenge the lawfulness of government guidance to schools on Covid-19 testing, arguing that it should be urgently revised to enable pupils with disabilities to take less intrusive saliva…
Sep 28, 2021

Judge refuses to authorise deprivation of liberty of vulnerable 12-year-old girl in acute psychiatric admissions unit, despite lack of alternative accommodation

A High Court judge has declined to find that it was in the best interests of a 12-year-old girl (LT), who does not have a psychiatric condition requiring hospitalisation, to be deprived of her liberty on an acute psychiatric admission unit.
Sep 28, 2021

Council hits out at placement of asylum seekers in Blackpool hotel ahead of hearing of its injunction application

The Leader of Blackpool Council has accused the Home Office of acting “in a way that smacks of a deliberate move to frustrate the justice system”, after asylum seekers were placed in a local hotel ahead of a court hearing of the authority’s application for an injunction.
Sep 27, 2021

Anthony Collins Solicitors housing partner appointed as Midlands deputy district judge 

Helen Tucker, a partner in Anthony Collins Solicitors’ housing management team, has been appointed as a part-time deputy district judge (DDJ) for the Midlands Circuit.
Sep 27, 2021

Independent fostering agency loses appeal over lawfulness of only accepting heterosexual evangelical Christians as potential carers

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by an independent fostering agency over whether it is lawful for it only to accept heterosexual evangelical Christians as potential carers.
Sep 27, 2021

Government must learn lessons from use of criminal law in pandemic including avoiding blurred line between guidance and the law: Justice Committee

Given the speed and scale with which the Government needed to create new regulations in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, in future it needs to have the requisite tools in advance "to respond in a swift and proportionate manner that does not risk criminalising behaviour in ways incompatible with…
Sep 27, 2021

FTB and Poppleston Allen issue report on Covid-19 legislative changes and hospitality sector

Barristers’ chambers Francis Taylor Building and law firm Poppleston Allen have published a 50-page report covering the COVID-19 related legislative changes which affected the hospitality sector, from the start of restrictions to Step 4 of the Roadmap and the full re-opening of hospitality in July…
Sep 24, 2021

Council fails in bid for final injunction prohibiting defendants from anti-social behaviour in any public space in borough

A High Court judge has rejected an application by the London Borough of Hackney for a final injunction prohibiting a number of defendants until 13 September 2022 from engaging in various activities which were said to constitute anti-social behaviour and/or public nuisance in any public space in the…
Sep 24, 2021

MPs criticise Cabinet Office for failing to enforce code for public appointments in relation to arm's length bodies

The Cabinet Office has “not been enforcing the code for public appointments” in relation to arm’s length bodies (ALBs), the Public Accounts Committee has warned.
Sep 24, 2021

Council to pay looked after child £10k for loss of suitable education, following Ombudsman investigation

The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames has agreed to pay more than £10,000 to a looked after child after an investigation by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) found the quality of care he received impacted his education and relationship with his family.
Sep 23, 2021

"Act now or risk a surge in homelessness”, Kerslake Commission warns

Lessons learnt from emergency initiatives aimed at reducing rough sleeping during the pandemic need to be embedded in long-term policy, a group of cross-party politicians and experts from the health, housing, and homelessness sectors have told the Government.
Sep 23, 2021

Council secures anti-harassment injunction in High Court against landlord who waged “deliberately offensive” campaign against councillors, lawyers and other officers

A Deputy High Court judge has granted Ashford Borough Council a final anti-harassment injunction against a large-scale landlord who engaged in a campaign of “repetitive, frequent, oppressive and offensive correspondence”.
Sep 23, 2021

Court of Appeal counsels against orders in childcare cases extending time for making application for appeal until receipt of transcript

The Court of Appeal has warned against orders in childcare proceedings extending the time for making an application for permission to appeal by reference to the receipt of a transcript rather than by reference to a specific date.
Sep 23, 2021

District censures councillor after upholding complaints from senior officers and other councillors

Maldon District Council has warned a councillor who said he wanted to wear its censure letter to him as a hat.
Sep 23, 2021

Leader calls on Government to intervene in council over governance issues

Thanet District Council’s leader has taken the rare step of asking the Government to intervene to resolve its governance problems.
Sep 22, 2021

First-Tier Tribunal SEN proceedings not unfair despite difficulties faced by hearing impaired mother, judge rules

A First-Tier Tribunal (Health, Education and Social Care Chamber) case was not conducted unfairly despite an appellant and a witness having difficulty in hearing the online proceedings, the Upper Tribunal Administrative Appeals Chamber has decided.
Sep 22, 2021

MoJ sets up expert working group on electronic signatures

The Ministry of Justice has established an expert working group to seek ways to improve standards, reliability and security in electronic signatures and other means of legally executing documents.
Sep 22, 2021

Department for Transport rules out appeal over Stonehenge Tunnel judgment

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has accepted that he must redetermine the Stonehenge road tunnel project after his High Court defeat last month.
Sep 22, 2021

Fourth new High Court judge appointed

A personal injury and clinical negligence specialist has been appointed a High Court Judge, the fourth new justice to be unveiled this month.
Sep 21, 2021

Cycling charity secures permission from Court of Appeal for judicial review challenge over removal of bike lanes, after earlier High Court refusal

The Court of Appeal has given the go-ahead for a judicial review of West Sussex County Council's decision to remove a cycle lane installed during the pandemic.
Sep 21, 2021

Welsh Government to simplify planning and historic environment law as part of codes plan

The Welsh Government has launched a new programme to simplify planning and historic environment law, as part of a long-term plan to create Codes of Welsh law.
Sep 21, 2021

Council loses appeal over £125k personal injury award amid claims of fundamental dishonesty

A council has failed in an appeal over a judge’s decision that a personal injury claimant had not been fundamentally dishonest in relation to his claim.
Sep 21, 2021

London borough secures £111k confiscation order over flat and bedsit conversions

A property owner in London who built a number of extensions and converted them into seven flats and two bedsits, all without planning permission, has been ordered to pay more than £144,000.
Sep 21, 2021

Court of Appeal to live stream contempt of court appeal next week from builder of “Britain’s biggest man cave”

The Court of Appeal will next week hear an appeal by a defendant found in contempt of court for failing to demolish a leisure building housing a cinema and bowling alley that he was ordered to take down in 2018.