Defendant committed to prison for contempt of court in “man cave” planning enforcement case

The defendant in a long-running planning enforcement case over what has been dubbed “Britain’s biggest man cave” has been committed to prison for six weeks for contempt of court. Read more


August 15, 2022

Local council groups launch “Civility and Respect Pledge” amid bullying and harassment concerns

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC), the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) and One Voice Wales (OVW) have this month launched “The Civility and Respect Pledge” as part of their “Civility and Respect Project” aimed at tackling poor behaviour.
August 15, 2022

Supreme Court refuses City of London permission to appeal in dispute with leaseholders over service charges

The Supreme Court has refused the City of London Corporation permission to appeal in a dispute with leaseholders of a tower block over whether certain repairs to their homes were chargeable to them, it has emerged.
August 15, 2022

Council withdraws objections to two major planning appeals after being told it cannot “defend the indefensible”

A district council has withdrawn its objections concerning two planning appeals “following extensive legal advice”.
August 15, 2022

Treasury consults on expanded administrative control process for public sector exit payments over £95,000 in central government

The Goverment has launched a consultation on an expanded approvals process for employee exits and special severance payments (SSPs), and additional reporting requirements, in relevant parts of central government and certain other public bodies.
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August 12, 2022

Calling off under framework agreements

Joseph Barrett and Raphael Hogarth set out the key points from a landmark procurement case on the use of framework agreements, in which the High Court judge made an order shortening the contract for what is thought to be the first time in this jurisdiction.
August 12, 2022

Net Zero: the Good Law Project continue to turn up the heat on the government

The Good Law Project (“GLP”) continues to challenge the actions of the Government with another successful case in the High Court last week, writes Juli Lau.
August 12, 2022

Greater flexibility for local authorities in age assessments

Joshua Swirsky sets out the lessons for local authorities from a High Court challenge on eight grounds to the lawfulness of a council's short-form age assessment of a young Sudanese refugee.
August 12, 2022

Appealing review decisions of the SEN Tribunal for Wales

The Upper Tribunal has confirmed appeals can be brought against review decisions of the SEN Tribunal for Wales. Matthew Wyard analyses the ruling.
August 12, 2022

Nutrients Fixes

Roy Pinnock and Sophie Pinault examine the Government's proposals for addressing the issue of nutrient neutrality.
August 12, 2022

Breach of condition notices and the public sector equality duty

A High Court judge recently dismissed a judicial review challenge over a council’s decision to issue a Breach of Condition Notice. Roderick Morton explains why.
August 12, 2022

"New buildings" and substantial completeness

A judge has ruled in favour of the Government in a challenge to an enforcement appeal decision. Freddie Humphreys sets out why.
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August 10, 2022

“True value” adjudications and subsequent “smash and grab” adjudications

Michael Comba and Victoria Okafor summarise the case of Bexheat Ltd v Essex Services Group Ltd [2022] EWHC 936 (TCC) (19 April 2022).
August 05, 2022

Latest on what lies ahead for data in health and social care

Darryn Hale, David Hill and Sophie Devlin look at what lies ahead for data in health and social care.
August 05, 2022

Deprivations of liberty of English children in Scotland: latest developments

Justin Gray considers new deprivation of liberty provisions in relation to English children placed in Scotland.
August 05, 2022

Pre-procurement planning

Ikra Saghir highlights the importance of early market engagement in pre-procurement planning.
August 05, 2022

Holiday pay and pensions

Doug Mullen and Billy Richards consider the pensions implications of a recent Supreme Court holiday pay case.
August 04, 2022

Anything but Neutral – Nutrient Budgets & Wyatt v Fareham Borough Council

Roy Pinnock and Sophie Pinault assess the implications of a recent decision on nutrient neutrality and planning.
August 04, 2022

Transforming Public Procurement – "our transparency ambition”

Sophie Mcfie-Hyland asks whether changes to the "transparency" requirements of the new public procurement regime will prove beneficial or burdensome for contracting authorities.
August 04, 2022

The High Court’s approach to cladding claims

Judith Hopper and William Cursham analyse a recent ruling where a High Court judge awarded a housing association substantial damages in a claim relating to defective cladding.
August 04, 2022

HMOs and 'dwellinghouses'

Are small HMOs (Use Class C4) and large HMOs a dwellinghouse? Brendon Lee looks at the lessons from a recent High Court ruling.
August 04, 2022

Housing authority acquisitions policies

The Court of Appeal has recently ruled that a local housing authority failed to comply with its own acquisitions policy. Stathis Kosteletos, Clive Adams and Jonathan Hulley examine the ruling.
August 04, 2022

Housing case law update – July-August 2022

Karen Smith, Catherine Craven and Emily Howe round up the latest housing law judgments of interest to local authorities and housing associations.
August 04, 2022

Consumer Regulation Review 2021-22: key lessons

Melanie Dirom examines the Regulator of Social Housing’s (RSH) recently published annual Consumer Regulation Review for 2021-22.
July 29, 2022

Reasonable costs and the AHAS guidance

The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames recently overturned a County Court decision on a statutory appeal pursuant to the Housing Act 1996, s. 204. Nick Grundy QC and Victoria Osler, who appeared for the council, analyse the ruling.
July 29, 2022

The impending termination of PFI contracts

Michael Mousdale sets out what authorities should be doing now to prepare for the expiry of PFI deals.
July 29, 2022

Further (Mc)Clouds on the horizon in public sector pensions

Doug Mullen considers the likely impact of a pensions legal challenge being brought by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and the British Medical Association (BMA).
July 28, 2022

Holiday entitlement and pay for atypical working arrangements: Harpur Trust v Brazel [2022] UKSC 21

Julie Bann and David Leach analyse a landmark Supreme Court ruling on holiday entitlement and pay for atypical working arrangements.
July 28, 2022

The government’s Procurement Bill - its impact on challenges and remedies for suppliers and public authorities

Jeremy Sharman and Russell Williamson take a look at the Government’s Procurement Bill and its impact on challenges and remedies for suppliers and public authorities.
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