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April 07, 2021

Leader of borough council steps down after report from external lawyers on planning issues

A report by a law firm has led to the resignation of a council leader over planning issues.
April 07, 2021

TfL given permission for appeal in Streetspace dispute

Transport for London has been granted the right to appeal against a High Court ruling that its traffic reduction policies were unlawful.
April 07, 2021

Hospitality industry in Wales crowd fund legal challenge over later reopening than non-essential retail

Hospitality industry figures in Wales are trying to crowdfund a legal challenge to the country’s policy on the reopening of venues as lockdown eases.
Apr 07, 2021

20-6 or 4-1: Council wins High Court battle over lease of stately home

A High Court judge has likened the result of a trial of a lease dispute involving Wigan Borough Council to the outcome of rugby league and soccer matches.
Apr 07, 2021

Religious organisation wins County Court ruling over removal by council of adverts on buses

A religious organisation has won a county court case against Blackpool Borough Council and its wholly-owned Blackpool Transport Services, which refused to advertise its rally on the sides of buses.
Apr 07, 2021

Court of Appeal gives permission for judicial review challenge over low traffic neighbourhood policy in Hackney

A local campaign group opposed to the London Borough of Hackney’s policy of closing streets to through traffic has been given leave for a judicial review at its third attempt.
Apr 07, 2021

Transport for Greater Manchester names six law firms to major projects panel

Transport for Greater Manchester has appointed six law firms to a lot in its £88m Professional Services Framework covering legal services for major or complex projects.
Apr 07, 2021

Merseytravel to appoint single firm as advisors on rail matters under £750k contract

Merseytravel has given notice of its plans to appoint a single law firm or ABS (alternative business structure) to act as its principal external legal advisors in relation to rail matters under a contract worth an estimated £750,000.
Apr 06, 2021

DWP facing legal challenge over lawfulness of ‘consultation’ ahead of National Strategy for Disabled People being drawn up

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is facing a legal challenge over the lawfulness of its consultation on the proposed National Strategy for Disabled People.
Apr 06, 2021

Minister blames election and Covid-19 pandemic for “overdue” Government response to key report in 2019 on local government ethical standards

The Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government has acknowledged that the Government response to the Committee for Standards in Public Life’s January 2019 review, Local Government Ethical Standards, is “overdue” but has not given a date for its publication.
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.
Apr 06, 2021

Good Law Project sends pre-action letter to Secretary of State over allocation of 'Levelling Up Fund'

The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government is facing a potential legal challenge over the allocation of local authorities to different categories of the £4.8bn Levelling Up Fund.
Apr 06, 2021

Councils may have suffered because of ‘pre-paid cards’ cartel, according to provisional findings of regulator

Local authorities may have missed out on an alternative supplier of pre-paid cards or products that were either cheaper or better suited to both their needs and the needs of those using such cards, the Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) has said after provisionally finding that five companies engaged…
Apr 05, 2021

Torbay Council names lawyer as chief executive and head of paid service

An extraordinary meeting of Torbay Council has unanimously appointed solicitor Anne-Marie Bond as the authority’s Chief Executive and Head of Paid Service on a permanent basis.
Apr 05, 2021

Campaigners seek oral hearing after refusal of permission for statutory review challenge over adoption of Local Plan

A campaign group has filed a request for an oral hearing after a High Court judge refused permission on the papers for a legal challenge over South Oxfordshire District Council’s decision to proceed with its Local Plan 2035.
Apr 05, 2021

Health and care regulator names two firms to panel worth up to £6m

The Health and Care Professions Council has appointed two law firms to a legal services framework worth up to £6m over five years.
Apr 05, 2021

Trowers & Hamlins advises social landlord on strategic partnership with investment firm

Law firm Trowers & Hamlins has advised The Hyde Group on the formation of a strategic partnership with global investment firm M&G, which will lead to the development of £500m new sustainably designed affordable homes.
Apr 05, 2021

Devonshires promotes two lawyers to partner

Law firm Devonshires has promoted two lawyers to partner, taking the total number of partners at the firm to 43.
Apr 05, 2021

Housing Ombudsman forecasts increase in enquiries and complaints during 2021/22 as a result of pandemic

The Housing Ombudsman has predicted that the volume of enquiries and complaints the service receives will continue to rise in 2021/22, and that there will be a growing number of more complex complaints requiring investigation of a landlord’s actions in the light of Covid-19 alongside the complaint…
Apr 01, 2021

London airport to pay £86k to homeowners due to expansion noise

The Upper Tribunal has ruled that London Southend Airport should pay over £85,000 compensation to homeowners whose properties depreciated in value after a runway expansion increased noise in the area.
Mar 31, 2021

City Solicitor at Liverpool to retire at end of May after 25 years at council

The City Solicitor at Liverpool City Council, Jeannette McLoughlin, is to retire from her post at the end of May, after 25 years at the local authority.
Mar 31, 2021

Lawyers who act for social housing providers and local authorities among partner promotions at Winckworth Sherwood

Law firm Winckworth Sherwood has promoted five lawyers to partner, effective from the beginning of April.
Mar 31, 2021

Council prepares to retender expiring legal services framework worth £1.6m

Norfolk County Council is seeking expressions of interest for a legal services contract worth an estimated £1.6m to support the in-house insurance team deliver its claims service.
Mar 31, 2021

Public Law Group at 39 Essex Chambers takes on three new members

39 Essex Chambers has bolstered its Public Law Group with the arrival of three new members from Kings Chambers with immediate effect.
Mar 31, 2021

Former elected mayor for Liverpool eyes legal challenge against council over legal costs following arrest

Liverpool City Council’s former elected mayor is expected to take the authority to judicial review over its refusal to pay his legal costs following his arrest in December on suspicion of conspiracy to commit bribery and witness intimidation.
Mar 31, 2021

Claimant wins housing case against council in part but judge rejects anonymity bid

A disabled resident has won part of her housing case against the London Borough of Croydon but failed in a late bid to be made anonymous.
Mar 31, 2021

Claimant secures interim relief in dispute over age assessment by county council

The High Court has ruled that Kent County Council must support and accommodate Sudanese refugee LYB as though he is a child until a full hearing can resolve his age.
Mar 31, 2021

Judge refuses permission for legal challenge to age assessment

The High Court has refused to allow a judicial review of an age assessment by Cardiff City Council.
Mar 31, 2021

Leaseholders win battle with City of London over service charges

Leaseholders have won a Court of Appeal case against the City of London Corporation over whether certain repairs to their homes are chargeable to them.
Mar 31, 2021

Upper Tribunal judge rules online hearing of EHC Plan case not unfair to visually impaired litigants

A hearing held online involving visually impaired litigants was not unfair – or if there was any such unfairness, it made no material difference, the Upper Tribunal Administrative Appeals Chamber has found.
Mar 30, 2021

Ex-local authority lawyer joins Public Law team at Spire Barristers

Former local authority lawyer Holly Littlewood has joined the Public Law team at Spire Barristers.
Mar 30, 2021

NHS trusts give up £2 billion business rates dispute with councils 

Eleven NHS trusts have abandoned plans to petition the Court of Appeal as part of a dispute with councils over the business rates they have to pay on hospitals.
Mar 30, 2021

Government faces legal challenge over ministerial use of self-deleting messages on Signal, WhatsApp  

Ministers who use messaging platforms that delete correspondence automatically have been threatened with legal action by a non-profit organisation over concerns about transparency and democratic accountability in government.
Mar 28, 2021

Average time for care proceedings continued upward trend in 2020 – with final quarter reaching levels not seen since 2013

The average time for a care or supervision case to reach first disposal was 38 weeks in 2020, up 5 weeks from 2019, it has emerged.
Mar 28, 2021

Judge orders defendant to pay back £90,000 after Right to Buy fraud

A defendant who admitted fraud under the Right to Buy scheme has been ordered to pay back more than £90,000.
Mar 28, 2021

Housing Ombudsman names first Independent Reviewer of Service Complaints

The Housing Ombudsman has appointed a former Chief Legal Ombudsman as its first Independent Reviewer of Service Complaints.
Mar 28, 2021

Housing Ombudsman publishes 'systemic framework' covering how it will deal with wider issues beyond individual disputes

The Housing Ombudsman has published its new ‘systemic framework’ setting out how it will look beyond individual disputes to identify key issues that impact on residents and landlords’ services.
Mar 28, 2021

Welsh Government issues taxi and private hire vehicle guidance ahead of development of new legislation

The Welsh Government has issued guidance for local authorities to ensure taxi and private hire vehicle operators and drivers meet licensing requirements.
Mar 28, 2021

Judge gives green light for judicial review challenge to decision by private care home provider to stop providing care services

A judge has given permission to apply for judicial review of a decision of a private care home provider to cases providing the relevant care services, it has been reported.
Mar 28, 2021

Law Society agrees to facilitate creation of new Law Council of Wales

The Law Society has agreed to provide the secretariat for the new Law Council of Wales and to facilitate its establishment.
Mar 28, 2021

Family President asks Court of Appeal judge to consider how to achieve efficient return to court, but predicts some form of remote working likely to foreseeable future

The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has asked Lord Justice Baker to examine how the most efficient return to court can be achieved over the coming months.
Mar 26, 2021

Supreme Court gives green light to appeal over lawfulness of voter ID pilot schemes

The Supreme Court has given a former member of Braintree District Council permission to appeal in a case concerning the lawfulness of the voter identification pilot schemes in the 2019 local elections.
Mar 26, 2021

Supreme Court refuses permission to appeal in dispute over cut by London borough to element of SEND provision

The Supreme Court has refused permission to appeal over the Court of Appeal’s rejection of a claim that a 5% reduction in one element of a London borough’s SEND provision was unlawful because the council was in breach of a duty to consult under s.27 of the Children and Families Act 2014.
Mar 26, 2021

Dismay among councils as Government confirms there will be no extension to emergency legislation regarding virtual council meetings

Emergency legislation regarding virtual council meetings in England will not be extended, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has confirmed.
Mar 26, 2021

Parish council eyes legal challenge after permission granted for housing developments intended to facility heritage works at visitor attraction

A parish council has raised more than £12,000 towards a legal challenge over Durham Council’s decision to give a developer permission for a 72-home development.
Mar 26, 2021

Court of Appeal to hear challenge over environmental impact assessment and end product of developments

The Court of Appeal has agreed to hear a dispute over whether a developer's obligation to provide an environmental statement describing the likely significant effects of a development, both direct and indirect, requires an assessment of the greenhouse gas ("GHG") emissions resulting from the use of…
Mar 25, 2021

Court of Appeal dismisses bid by journalist for access to documents held by council in relation to public law children proceedings, but calls for guidance in form of court rules

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by a journalist after she was refused access to documents held by Southampton City Council in relation to care and placement proceedings.
Mar 25, 2021

Court of Appeal hands down ruling in housing case on where authorities issue late reviews

The Court of Appeal has ruled on two points of law that arose over a case where an applicant first wished to establish a local connection with Milton Keynes but later did not.
Mar 25, 2021

Home Secretary sets out reforms to framework for age assessment of asylum seekers, including fast-track statutory appeal right

The Government is to bring forward plans to introduce a new National Age Assessment Board (NAAB) and consult on creating a fast-track statutory appeal right against age assessment decisions it makes “to avoid excessive judicial review litigation”, the Home Office has said.
Mar 25, 2021

Judge quashes planning permission given in 2014 for lodges and caravans

The High Court has quashed planning permission given seven years ago in error which would have allowed the huge expansion of a caravan site.
Mar 25, 2021

Council wins High Court appeal over grant by inspector of permission for large digital advert

Calderdale Borough Council has won a High Court challenge to a decision by a planning inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to allow a large illuminated digital advertisement on a site in Elland.
Mar 25, 2021

District council loses appeal after inspector quashed enforcement notice over occupation of caravans

Braintree District Council has failed to get an enforcement notice reinstated by the High Court over the residual occupation of caravans.
Mar 25, 2021

Best value report calls for Legal Services team at Liverpool to be built up as Secretary of State decides to send commissioners into city council

The inspectors whose Best Value inspection report led to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick, deciding this week to send commissioners into Liverpool City Council, have called for the local authority’s proposed recovery plan to build the prominence…
Mar 24, 2021

High Court to resolve next month issue of ability of councils to hold meetings remotely after 6 May deadline

LLG (Lawyers in Local Government) and ADSO (the Association of Democratic Services Officers) have – along with Hertfordshire County Council – been given permission to expedite their claim for a declaration in the High Court which will provide certainty for local authorities on whether they can…
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 24, 2021

Public Accounts Committee warns of “huge backlogs” in courts, justice system under “unprecedented pressure”

The Ministry of Justice "faces significant risks across the full range of its services, without a clear sense of prioritisation" and huge backlogs that have built up are causing "unacceptably long waiting times for people to access justice", the Public Accounts Committee has said.
Mar 24, 2021

MPs launch inquiry into Government approach to permitted development rights

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has launched a new inquiry to examine the Government’s approach to permitted development rights (PDR).
Mar 23, 2021

LLG calls for council legal teams to take part in its first national work experience week

Lawyers in Local Government is calling for local authority legal teams to be involved in a remote national work experience program in July.
Mar 23, 2021

HMCTS rolls out on-site rapid testing at four more courts

HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) will from this week offer voluntary on-site rapid testing at four courts to people who attend scheduled hearings and are not showing symptoms of COVID-19.
Mar 23, 2021

Woman left to die alone in Surrey care home, Ombudsman investigation finds

An elderly woman was left to die alone by Surrey care home staff while her daughter was waiting in a nearby room, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) has found.
Mar 22, 2021

LLG looks for clarity on trading legal services with publication of memorandum on exemption for authorisation

LLG has drawn up, in consultation with the Solicitors Regulation Authority, a memorandum on exemption for authorisation under section 15 of the Legal Services Act 2007.
Mar 22, 2021

London borough says planning decision cannot stand after problems with broadcast stream for committee meeting

The monitoring officer at Ealing Council has advised the chair of its planning committee that a decision taken at a meeting on 10 March 2021, which saw an "unexpected problem" with the broadcast stream, cannot stand.
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.