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  LATEST HEADLINES

September 25, 2020

Court of Appeal upholds level of fines imposed for listed building and planning notice breaches

The Court of Appeal has upheld the £25,000 fines imposed on a company and its director in respect of breaches of a listed building enforcement notice (LBEN) and a planning enforcement notice (PEN).
September 25, 2020

Cabinet Office to make new delivery model for social value mandatory for central government procurements

The Cabinet Office has launched a new model for delivering social value through government’s commercial activities.
September 25, 2020

London borough secures confiscation orders against landlords amounting to hundreds of thousands of pounds

Waltham Forest Council has secured six-figure confiscation orders in two cases against landlords who adapted their properties without seeking appropriate planning permissions – and then refused to revert them to their original structures.
Sep 24, 2020

Ombudsman raps council which failed to help care users maintain their homes

Hertfordshire County Council has been asked by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman to review its social care practices to ensure it meets its Care Act duties to help people keep their home tidy.
Sep 24, 2020

LLG branch sets up student mentoring scheme with university

The North East branch of LLG has launched a student mentoring scheme in partnership with Northumbria University.
Sep 24, 2020

Council secures continued prohibition on art installation where fibreglass sharks make speeches, sing song

A group of fibreglass sharks that make speeches and perform a popular French song are at the centre of a legal battle involving the London Borough of Hackney.
Sep 24, 2020

High Court judge quashes s.17 Children Act assessment made by council

A judge has strongly criticised a London borough over its handling of the assessment of a family’s accommodation needs.
Sep 24, 2020

November deadline looms as LGA co-ordinates legal action against vehicle supplier cartel

Councils have until November to initiate actions for potentially millions of pounds worth of damages against vehicle suppliers found in 2016 to have operated a cartel.
Sep 23, 2020

Council blames COVID-19 restrictions as it rejects petition calling for referendum on having elected mayor

The London Borough of Croydon has cited COVID-19 restrictions to reject a petition calling for a referendum on creating an elected mayoralty.
Sep 23, 2020

Larger local authorities face reporting requirement on steps taken to prevent modern slavery

The Government is to strengthen the Modern Slavery Act 2015 to require larger local authorities and other public bodies and businesses to take action against modern slavery risks in their supply chains.
Sep 23, 2020

Welsh Government publishes charter on planning and placemaking

The Welsh Government has issued a charter intended to put quality, sustainability and community at the heart of planning.
Sep 22, 2020

HMCTS announces further eight Nightingale Courts including converted hotels and theatre

A theatre and two hotels have been converted into ‘Nightingale Courts’ and will begin hearings next week in a further bid to alleviate the pressure on courts and tribunals resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has announced.
Sep 22, 2020

Watchdog launches ‘landscape review’ of public standards

The Committee on Standards in Public Life has launched a landscape review of the institutions, processes and structures in place to support high standards of conduct.
Sep 22, 2020

Council to pursue Crown Court appeal over ruling that ex-policeman convicted of child abduction should be granted taxi licence

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council has lodged an appeal with Liverpool Crown Court over whether a former policeman convicted 14 years ago of abducting a 15-year-old girl should be granted a taxi driver licence.
Sep 21, 2020

Law Commission consults on reforms to confiscation regime

The Law Commission has launched a consultation on proposals to reform the confiscation regime which it says “could help recover an extra £8m per year from convicted criminals, by more accurately and efficiently determining a defendant’s criminal proceeds and more effectively enforcing confiscation…
Sep 21, 2020

Master of the Rolls issues statement on resumption of possession cases

The Master of the Rolls, Sir Terence Etherton, has published a statement on the resumption of possession cases from 20 September.
Sep 21, 2020

LLG President warns on Law Society representation for sector, impact of exit payment cap on those earning £40k+

LLG has hit out at plans to reduce the number of representatives from local government on the Law Society Council.
Sep 21, 2020

Judge orders placement for adoption for three children amid extreme over-reaction of parents to involvement of professionals

A High Court judge has ordered that three children be placed for adoption after calling their mother “the most egregious liar I have ever encountered”.
Sep 21, 2020

Top licensing QC joins 11KBW

One of the leading licensing QCs in the country, Philip Kolvin, has joined 11KBW.
Sep 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.
Sep 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”.
Sep 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.