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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. Read more
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Jul 21, 2021

Council repaid £59,000 owed after eight-year dispute over "unsightly clutter" in garden and illegal extension

Buckinghamshire Council has been repaid £59,000 after its planning enforcement team secured the clear up of unsightly clutter and removal of an illegal extension in the garden of a property in High Wycombe.
Jul 20, 2021

Council prosecution sees major chain fined £750,000 over death of cinema-goer

A prosecution brought by Birmingham City Council has seen Vue Entertainment fined £750,000 for breaching health and safety legislation at its Star City theatre in Nechells which led to a cinema-goer’s death.
Jul 07, 2021

Volume of laws makes it impossible for local authorities to enforce them, warn private landlords

Private landlords have complained that there will be 168 pieces of legislation governing their relations with tenants once the new Building Safety Bill passes through Parliament.
Jun 30, 2021

Man who ignored injunction to demolish unpermitted leisure buildings found in contempt of court

Forest of Dean District Council has successfully prosecuted a man in a contempt of court application at the High Court for failing to demolish a leisure building housing a cinema and bowling alley that he was ordered to take down in 2018.
Jun 28, 2021

Wednesbury man sentenced to six months in jail for fabricating personal injury claim against local authority

Walsall Council has prosecuted a man for dishonestly bringing a claim worth £55,000 in damages and legal costs after making what the judge called an "entirely fictitious" personal injury claim against the local authority.
Jun 21, 2021

Councils issue £1m in penalties against businesses for breach of Covid restrictions

Local authorities have issued 1,201 penalties to businesses for violating Covid business restrictions, to a value of £1,076,820, research has revealed.
Jun 01, 2021

City council blocks entrance to barbershop with sandbags after business "repeatedly ignored orders to close" over Covid breaches

The entrance to a barbershop in York has been barricaded with sandbags by City of York Council after the owners who were breaching Covid safety measures failed to comply with council directions to close.
May 26, 2021

Council leads successful prosecution of man who sold £75k worth of fake car service history books online

A man who sold thousands of fake car service history books on eBay has been sentenced to three years in jail, following a prosecution led by Reading Borough Council.
May 10, 2021

Street traders lose legal challenge over “innovative product” criterion imposed by council

A High Court judge has dismissed a legal challenge brought by street traders over a council's implementation of a regulatory framework that requires stall owners to sell products not readily available on the high street.
Apr 20, 2021

Council prosecution sees Tesco fined £7.5m+ for selling food past its ‘use by’ date

Tesco Stores Limited has been fined more than £7.5m at Birmingham Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to selling food which was past its ‘use by’ date in three of its Birmingham stores.


July 22, 2021

Food advertising

This LexisNexis Practice Note, produced in partnership with Katrina Anderson of Osborne Clarke, considers the law and practice applicable to food advertising to consumers.
July 08, 2021

Confiscation and enforcement notices: the roll-back from Panayi

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.
June 24, 2021

The Funeral Market Investigation Order 2021

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.
May 27, 2021

Met Police press release libel claim dismissed following trial

The High Court has dismissed a claim brought over a Metropolitan Police press release, upholding defences of truth and no serious harm at trial, writes Gervase de Wilde.
May 06, 2021

The death of Panayi

Roderick Morton analyses an important Court of Appeal ruling for planning enforcement lawyers in relation to confiscation cases.
April 22, 2021

Fighting fire with fines

Even before the tragedy of what happened at Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017 there could be no doubt that no limit can be put on the personal costs of a fire. The Government has now stated that the same can be said for the financial costs, writes Natalie Puce.
April 15, 2021

Prosecuting unlicensed dog and cat breeders

Gary Grant looks at a recent case where £50,000 in financial penalties were imposed on unlicensed dog and cat breeders.
February 12, 2021

Closing gyms during lockdown

Sarah Clover recently supported a city council in closing down a gym which opened persistently in contravention of Coronavirus Regulations and the lockdown restrictions. She explains what this involved.

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Apr 14, 2021

Council prosecution sees hotel chain fined £80,000 after guest sustains life-changing injury in fall

Sefton Council has successfully prosecuted Britannia Hotels after a guest at one of its hotels fell through rusted iron railings, sustaining life-changing injuries.
Apr 06, 2021

Covid-19 status certification likely to have significant implications for councils: LGA

The Local Government Association has urged the Government to work closely with councils on any proposals for Covid-19 status certification.
Mar 24, 2021

Department of Health and Social Care issues ‘roadmap regulations’

MPs will vote tomorrow (25 March) on the Government's ‘roadmap regulations’ setting out its proposed next phase of ‘easements’.
Mar 22, 2021

Prosecution sees pub and landlord fined for “sewer abuse”

A pub and its landlord have been fined more than £16,000 for allowing cooking fat and oil to enter a town’s sewer network, in a landmark case brought by Thames Water.
Mar 02, 2021

Environment Agency solicitor secures damages and apology over defamatory press release issued by garden centre business

A senior solicitor and prosecutor with the Environment Agency in the west of England has secured damages and an apology in his libel action against the owners and operators of the 'Plants Galore' garden centres in Devon.
Feb 24, 2021

Court fines for fly-tipping up a third in 2019/20: Defra

The number of court fines issued for fly-tipping in England increased 30% in 2019/20 from 2,056 to 2,671, the Government’s annual statistics have revealed.
Feb 24, 2021

Prosecution led by city council sees fly-tipper jailed for 13 months

A fly-tipper prosecuted by Birmingham City Council has been jailed for 13 months after pleading guilty to waste offences and breaches of consumer protection legislation.
Feb 24, 2021

High Court to hold expedited hearing of legal challenge over street trading policy in Birmingham

Two street traders have been given the green light for a judicial review challenge over Birmingham City Council’s new street trading policy.
Feb 23, 2021

London borough secures £740k confiscation order against landlord over planning breaches

The legal team at Brent Council has secured a confiscation order worth nearly £740,000 against a landlord who rented out properties in Willesden in breach of planning enforcement notices.
Feb 22, 2021

Crackdown across London on compliance failures sees 100+ letting agents issued with notice of intent to impose financial penalty – with “many more to come”

Council trading standards officers have launched a London-wide enforcement operation aimed at cracking down on letting agents that fail to comply with the law on protecting tenants’ and landlords’ money, or other legal requirements.
Feb 03, 2021

Tenant of social landlord given six days in prison over breach of civil injunction by breaking Covid rules on illegal gatherings

Bromley County Court has released a tenant of social landlord Peabody Trust who served six days in prison for breaching a civil injunction imposed after breaches of Covid regulations on gatherings.
Jan 28, 2021

Two men given £10,000 fines over snowball fight in Leeds

Two men involved in organising a mass snowball fight in Leeds in breach of coronavirus restrictions have each been given £10,000 fines.
Jan 28, 2021

Divisional Court rejects reasons given by magistrates for finding prosecution in planning enforcement case was within time limits

Reasons given by Reading Magistrates’ Court for deciding that the prosecution in a planning enforcement case had complied with the six months' time limit in s127 of Magistrates Courts Act 1980 cannot be upheld, the Divisional Court has ruled.
Jan 22, 2021

Organiser of wedding attended by 400 people to be considered for £10,000 COVID breach fine

The organiser of a wedding in north London is facing a £10,000 fine after police found hundreds of people packed together in breach of Covid regulations.
Jan 12, 2021

Criminal solicitors body warns members it is not safe to attend Magistrates’ courts

The London Criminal Courts Solicitors' Association (LCCSA) has advised its members that it is not safe to continue to attend Magistrates’ courts.
Jan 07, 2021

Environment Agency warns it does not have resources to carry out enforcement work effectively: report

The Environment Agency (EA) has too little money to carry out its enforcement work effectively, a letter obtained by The Times has said.
Jan 04, 2021

Environment Agency obtains £2.1m confiscation order against operator of illegal waste site

The Environment Agency last month secured one of its largest confiscation orders, against a defendant who operated an illegal waste site.
Dec 09, 2020

Council holds off legal challenge over Tier 3 status for now after receiving response from government lawyers to pre-action letter

Stratford-on-Avon District Council has ruled out a judicial review challenge “at this stage” over ministers’ decision to place it in Tier 3 on the lifting of the latest lockdown, after the Government Legal Department responded to its pre-action letter.
Dec 08, 2020

Environment Agency solicitor sues garden centres business and director for libel over press release

A solicitor at the Environment Agency is suing a garden centres business and one of its directors for libel and harassment over a press release issued in the aftermath of a prosecution he brought, it has emerged.
Dec 07, 2020

Birmingham restaurateur pauses Tier 3 judicial review application following talks between local representatives and Westminster

A restaurateur representing some 256 businesses in the Birmingham area has paused a judicial review bid over the Government's decision to close pubs in Tier 3 regions in light of new, "constructive" talks between regional representatives and Westminster.
Dec 07, 2020

Government issues guidance on three new notices local authorities can issue against premises breaching COVID-secure rules

The Department for Health & Social Care has published guidance on the additional powers that came into force last week (2 December) and which allow local authorities in England to take action against premises that do not comply with COVID-secure rules.
Dec 01, 2020

Government issues regulations for new enforcement notices local authorities can issue in bid to reduce public health risk of Covid-19

The Government has published the regulations for three new notices local authorities in England will be able issue to reduce the public health risk posed by the coronavirus.
Nov 19, 2020

Department store hit with £17k penalty notices after staying open in breach of COVID-19 regulations

Middlesbrough Council has hit a department store in the town with fixed penalty notices totalling £17,000 after it failed to close as required under COVID-19 regulations.
Nov 06, 2020

Police arrest gym owner on suspicion of breaching COVID lockdown regulations, council issues venue with prohibition notice

Essex Police have arrested a gym owner in Harlow on suspicion of breaching coronavirus legislation.
Nov 02, 2020

West Midlands Police obtains closure order for shisha lounge just weeks after venue was hit with £10k fine for COVID-19 rules breaches

West Midlands Police has secured a closure order for a shisha lounge after its second major Covid-19 breach in weeks.


January 08, 2021

Covid-19 Regulations – the enforcement role of local authorities

Horatio Waller looks at defining the enforcement role of local authorities and best practice on ‘designating’ officers for enforcement purposes.
January 06, 2021

Lockdown III: The Impact on Businesses

Gary Grant analyses the new regulations behind the government's latest national lockdown.
December 22, 2020

New local authority Covid enforcement powers

Gary Grant analyses the new enforcement tools that allow local authorities in England to take action against premises that do not comply with COVID-secure rules.
December 20, 2020

The Tier 4 Regulations: impact on businesses

Gary Grant sets out the key points for businesses from the Government's regulations implementing the new Tier 4.
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December 07, 2020

All Reasonable Measures: tidying up the Coronavirus, Restrictions Regulations and the law of unintended consequences

Charles Holland looks at how a “tidying up” amendment in the new All Tiers Regulations has removed an important obligation on the operators of a significant class of premises in Tier 3.
December 04, 2020

The Standard of Proof in Inquests

Jonathan Landau examines the implications for local authorities of the Supreme Court's ruling in the Maughan case.
November 04, 2020

The Lockdown 2 Regulations

Gary Grant and Charles Holland summarise the key points from the regulations implementing the latest national lockdown.
September 24, 2020

Proportionality and the Regulator’s decision to prosecute in the time of Coronavirus

Has the public interest test for prosecution been changed in the regulatory context by COVID-19? James Puzey analyses the issues.
September 17, 2020

Decisions whether to prosecute

Ben Williams sets out the general principles when it comes to decisions to prosecute.
June 26, 2020

COVID-19 & RIDDOR for care providers

Edward Sainsbury and Peter James consider when and when not to report in relation to COVID-19 and RIDDOR.
May 22, 2020

The end of R v Ghosh and the new test for criminal dishonesty

A recent judgment of the Court of Appeal is likely to be welcome news for local authority prosecutors and their investigation teams, writes Matt Marsh.
May 22, 2020

Don’t put it in writing! Problems in store for local authority environmental crime

Ben Mills analyses an important ruling on the powers of local authorities to investigate environmental crime.
May 15, 2020

Selling food after its "use by" date

The High Court has ruled that offering food for sale after its labelled “use by” date is prima facie a criminal offence. Hazel Jackson examines the background to the ruling and looks at its implications.
May 11, 2020

Unlicensed HMOs and liability

A London borough recently successfully defended two claims for judicial review of decisions it made against directors of property companies operating, and owners of property, in its area. Simon Kiely, Aleksandra Wolek and Christos Paphiti explain how the ruling will help local authority housing departments and prosecutors.
April 27, 2020

Civil financial penalties – how much is too much?

Howard Lederman considers the principles which apply to the amount of penalties local housing authorities can impose for relevant housing offences, following recent guidance by the Upper Tribunal.
April 09, 2020

Covid-19 scams and how to tackle them

Supplying counterfeit personal protection equipment (PPE), unproven health supplements purported to prevent infection and failure to supply paid for PPE are amongst a number of scams occurring during the COVID-19 crisis, say Cameron Crowe and Sabrina Goodchild, who look at the powers local authorities can use in response.
March 24, 2020

Enforcing the lockdown

The government is once again using s.45C of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 to impose distancing measures, writes Charles Holland, as new measures are introduced in Wales.
March 23, 2020

Closing restaurants, cafes and pubs during COVID-19

Charles Holland analyses the regulations issued by the government for the closure of restaurants, cafes, pubs and other leisure venues during the coronavirus outbreak.
March 13, 2020

A broken shield isn’t that useful…

Changes to the Primary Authority scheme are needed if it is to retain its credibility, write Helen Atkinson, Ian Andrews and Joyce-Oyella-Ogaba.
February 07, 2020

Will local authorities become airspace planners?

Local authorities need to have a clear understanding of the legislation on drones and an enforceable policy in place or they are putting themselves at risk, write Richard Ryan and Chris Gee.