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Heads up on 'material considerations'

You really can’t buy a planning permission, the Supreme Court has said. Mark Lowe QC and Estelle Dehon report on a significant ruling in a case involving proposed community donations and the grant of planning permission for a wind turbine. Read more
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December 05, 2019

Council fined £1.4m after child suffers life-changing head injury in “easily preventable” incident

Hampshire County Council has been fined £1.4m after a six-year-old girl playing on an unsecured street bollard suffered a life-changing head injury.
December 05, 2019

Trafficked woman loses judicial review challenge amid age assessment confusion

A trafficked Vietnamese woman has lost a judicial review against two councils over her age assessment, though the judge involved criticised both authorities for failing to resolve the matter earlier.
December 05, 2019

School launches legal proceedings after receiving 'inadequate' rating from Ofsted

A school in Trafford has issued a legal challenge to regulator Ofsted in a bid to overturn being rated as ‘inadequate’.
December 05, 2019

Supreme Court to hand down key ruling next week on village greens and land held by public bodies pursuant to statutory powers

The Supreme Court will next week (11 December) hand down a key judgment on village green registration where publically accessible land is held by public authorities pursuant to statutory powers.

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November 29, 2019

Powers to control anti-social behaviour under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014

This guidance note provides a comprehensive and up to date overview of powers to control anti-social behaviour under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, Reform of anti-social behaviour powers (2014), Part 1 Civil Injunctions and Part 2 Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO).
November 29, 2019

Climate Emergency #2 - have you thought about Planning?

Kathryn Lawrance considers how local authorities can use their planning role to further the climate change agenda.
November 29, 2019

The GPDO and Convention rights

A gliding club’s successful challenge to approval of a residential barn conversion under the GPDO may have potentially significant implications under the Human Rights Act, writes Jenny Wigley.
November 29, 2019

Fair hearings in the Family Courts

A 'fair hearing' in the family court includes the judge creating the appropriate atmosphere. Maria Scotland analyses a recent case where a judge was criticised for holding a hearing that was procedurally unfair.
November 29, 2019

Climate emergency #1 - have you thought about governance?

With many councils declaring a climate emergency, Victoria Barman examines the governance issues they face.
November 29, 2019

Confidentiality Rings

Helen Prandy sets out the key considerations when confidentiality rings are employed in procurement cases.
November 29, 2019

Facing the future

Rowan Clapp looks at the key points from the Information Commissioner’s opinion on live facial recognition technology, law enforcement and privacy.

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November 29, 2019

Facing the future

Rowan Clapp looks at the key points from the Information Commissioner’s opinion on live facial recognition technology, law enforcement and privacy.
November 22, 2019

‘Code Red’ - Guidance for landowners on the (New) Electronic Communications Code

Were the initial anxieties of public and private sector landowners about the Electronic Communications Code justified? James Nelson, Lillee Reid-Hunt and Nicholas Grundy QC examine its impact.
November 22, 2019

Implications of the Giordano decision for CIL

A recent Court of Appeal decision in relation to the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) has significant implications - and some odd consequences, writes Christopher Cant.
November 22, 2019

Applying heritage policies: levels of harm

A High Court judge has recently issued an important ruling concerning the application of heritage policies. Killian Garvey and Philip Robson examine the outcome.
November 22, 2019

Vulnerable witnesses and parties in the Family Courts

Natalie Cross summarises important guidance on the approach to be taken to vulnerable witnesses and parties in the Family Courts.
November 22, 2019

Reasonable adjustments and s.15 claims

Gareth Price discusses reasonable adjustments and s.15 claims in light of Northumberland NHS v. Ward.
November 22, 2019

Traffic management orders and equalities impacts

The High Court has dismissed an equalities challenge brought by the trustees of the Central Gurdwara over the impact of a traffic management order on the Sikh Temple. Charles Streeten explains why.
November 21, 2019

Heat networks – climate emergency medicine?

Many local authorities have declared a “climate emergency”, sometimes committing to carbon neutrality within particular timescales in their authority areas. One of the issues that is often in the “difficult” box is gas heating, which currently largely relies on individual boilers. Heat networks can be a part of the solution, writes Richard Brooks.
November 15, 2019

Hard Law and Soft Law - in the context of local government

Dr David Sykes analyses the role soft law plays the decision-making of local authorities and other local democratic institutions.
November 15, 2019

Objectively assessed need within the Local Plan process

The Court of Appeal has dismissed legal challenges to the Waverley Local Plan. Wayne Beglan explains why.
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