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. Read more

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December 01, 2020

Charity hails amendment that means in-person contact to facilitate kinship care not prohibited by lockdown restrictions

The Family Rights Group, which last month sent a pre-action letter to the Department of Health and Social Care over the lack in lockdown restrictions of an exemption for children to meet potential kinship carers, has welcomed changes to new Covid regulations…
December 01, 2020

Family President introduces requirement for court to notify Ofsted of unregistered placements where inherent jurisdiction used to authorise deprivation of liberty of child

The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has amended the practice guidance he issued in November 2019 explaining the registration and regulation structure applicable in England and, separately, in Wales for residential care facilities for…
December 01, 2020

High Court gives permission for legal challenge to decision to close hospital A&E department temporarily as part of plans for Covid-safe “Green Site”

A High Court judge has given permission for a legal challenge over a decision to close Grantham and District Hospital’s A&E department and replace it with an urgent care centre until at least 31 March 2021.
November 30, 2020

Campaign group crowd funds judicial review challenge of Stonehenge dual carriageway plan

A group in opposition to the government's recently approved plan to build a dual carriageway beneath the Stonehenge World Heritage Site has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund a judicial review of the decision.
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  FEATURES AND ANALYSIS

November 27, 2020

Local Government Brexit tracker

This tracker is intended to be used to track key developments, legislation, guidance, parliamentary briefing notes and other sources of interest relating to Brexit relevant to local government lawyers. It is arranged alphabetically by topic and is designed to provide an easy reference point for relevant content for lawyers to support preparation for and implementation of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union.
November 27, 2020

Vaccinations for children

When it comes to vaccinations for children, what happens when there is disagreement either between parents or between parents and the local authority? Sophia Stapleton looks at the legal background.
November 27, 2020

Robust decision-making

Matthew Alderton examines how public bodies reduce the scope for an irrationality challenge.
November 27, 2020

The Divisional Court on new permitted development rights

The Divisional Court recently rejected a challenge to radical new permitted development. Gary A Grant summarises the judgment.
November 27, 2020

On good terms? Part 2

In the second of a two-part series, Kieran McGaughey completes his 10 top tips for contracting via the procurement process.
November 27, 2020

Can foster carers be employees?

Mark Radford looks at the question of whether or not foster carers can be employees following a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal case.
November 26, 2020

HMO licensing, the ‘fit and proper’ test and spent convictions

The Court of Appeal has provided clarity for the test of a ‘fit and proper’ licence holder for houses in multiple occupancy (HMOs), write Simon Kiely and Christian Grierson.
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Exit pay cap regulations

What do the Exit Pay Cap Regulations do and what challenges might they present? Allison Cook and Mark Heath discuss the regulations.

November 2020 Mental Capacity Report walkthrough

Alex Ruck-Keene provides an overview of 39 Essex Chamber's November update on mental capacity issues in the courts this month.

The LLG Grapevine 24th November

This week sees a special feature with guest contributor Ed Hammond from the Centre for Governance and Scrutiny to discuss pandemic stresses and pressures on local authorities, governance challenges, the need for safeguards, reporting of decisions and the…

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November 26, 2020

Who is going to win the race to the bottom? Make sure it's not you

Rebecca Rees and Scott Dorling look at potential solutions to some of the significant issues facing the social and affordable housing sector.
November 26, 2020

Housing case law update - November 2020

The last month has seen the Court of Appeal and the High Court hand down a number of key rulings affecting the housing sector. Paul Lloyd, Charlotte Rawson and Jatinder Bhamber analyse the judgments.
November 26, 2020

Empty home strategies and homelessness

Lyndon Campbell examines why local authorities are using enforced sales to tackle homelessness.
November 26, 2020

An end to the water re-seller saga?

The Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling leaving social landlords facing significant compensation bills for water overcharging. Does your water arrangement expose you to compensation claims? Virginia Cooper and Jason Tandy analyse the impact of the judgment.
November 25, 2020

Exit pay cap regulations

What do the Exit Pay Cap Regulations do and what challenges might they present? Allison Cook and Mark Heath discuss the regulations.
November 24, 2020

November 2020 Mental Capacity Report walkthrough

Alex Ruck-Keene provides an overview of 39 Essex Chamber's November update on mental capacity issues in the courts this month.
November 24, 2020

The LLG Grapevine 24th November

This week sees a special feature with guest contributor Ed Hammond from the Centre for Governance and Scrutiny to discuss pandemic stresses and pressures on local authorities, governance challenges, the need for safeguards, reporting of decisions and the importance of review and reflection.
November 20, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Managing the Workplace

The following LexisNexis Employment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering the management of workplaces during the Coronavirus pandemic.
November 20, 2020

Local authority powers to obtain injunctions

The Court of Appeal has upheld the right of local authorities to obtain injunctions using their broad, general power to issue legal proceedings under section 222 of the Local Government Act 1972. Alexander Campbell looks at the lessons to be learned.
November 20, 2020

On good terms?

In the first in a two-part series, Kieran McGaughey provides top tips for contracting via the procurement process.
November 20, 2020

Environmental sustainability as a governance priority for housing associations

Nathan Bradberry, Sarah Greenhalgh and Deborah Rowntree look at the National Housing Federation Code of Governance’s new requirement for boards of housing associations to set financially sustainable plans with specific consideration given to “carbon neutrality and environmental sustainability”.
November 20, 2020

Whistleblowing: Employment tribunal time limits and the application of the ACAS code of practice

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has held that the ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures may apply to whistleblowing allegations. It has also held that the imposition of a new contract was a one-off act with continuing consequences, not an act extending over a period, write Zoë Wigan, Ceri Fuller and Hilary Larter.
November 20, 2020

Prospective adopters and return of the child to the local authority

Francesca Massarella examines a recent mandatory injunction application by prospective adopters for the return of one sibling back to their care pursuant to the Human Rights Act 1998.
November 20, 2020

Lawyers, a call to arms, you need to defend local democracy

Cllr Clive Stevens outlines the need for more transparency in local government and highlights the role monitoring officers play.
November 19, 2020

Licensing v.2.0 – a system reboot post-Covid

Philip Kolvin QC considers possible reforms to the licensing system that he says, if made in the wake of the pandemic, might determine the future of our towns and cities over the next 25 years.
November 18, 2020

Section 73 permissions, planning conditions and planning obligations

Four recent decisions have not only decided important points regarding planning conditions, section 73 permissions and section 106 planning obligations but have also provided helpfully a more general consideration of the operation of these two statutory provisions which provided the building blocks leading to the decisions reached, writes Christopher Cant.
November 16, 2020

Who needs to know what?

The latest phase in the roll-out of the 5G mobile phone network has thrown up a legal issue of general interest to local government lawyers about the way consultations are conducted, writes David Wolfe QC.
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