LGSS Law

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The 3-Tier Covid Regulations: Impact on Licensed Premises

Oct 19, 2020
Gary Grant and Charles Holland summarise the new system brought in through the 3-Tier Covid Regulations and focus on its impact on licensed premises.

Getting off the hook

Oct 16, 2020
Parishil Patel QC and Katherine Barnes provide a guide to securing release from contractual obligations and varying public contracts in light of COVID-19. [1]

Building Safety Charges – five things you need to know

Oct 16, 2020
Douglas Rhodes sets out some key points for local authority landlords ahead of major reforms to the law of service charges.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - local government tracker

Oct 16, 2020
This LexisNexis tracker is intended to be used to track key developments, legislation, guidance, parliamentary briefing notes and other sources of interest relating to COVID-19, where relevant to local government lawyers.

Getting a job as a paralegal: tips and interview techniques

Oct 16, 2020
Amanda Hamilton considers what makes a successful paralegal applicant, and provides interview tips.

Discharging obligations to P and the court

Oct 16, 2020
Alex Ruck Keene reports on a salutary tale where a local authority was found to have failed an 18-year-old man with autism.
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The New Shared Ownership Scheme

Oct 16, 2020
The Government’s proposed changes to the shared ownership scheme provide more questions than answers, write Hugo Stephens and Louise Leaver.

The Winter Plan and the right to family life

Oct 16, 2020
In the second of a three-part series from 39 Essex Chambers on the Government’s Adult Social Care: COVID-19 Winter Plan 2020-2021, Steve Broach looks at the implications for the right to respect for private and family life.

Permitted Development: disapplication and loss of permitted development rights

Oct 16, 2020
In the third in a series of short papers from Landmark Chambers on key issues arising in permitted development, Robert Walton QC sets out the key issues in relation to the disapplication and loss of permitted development rights.

The future of State aid law in the UK

Oct 13, 2020
A Select Committee appearance has revealed that progress has been made to find common ground on State aid regulation and that a consultation on a new UK State aid law regime may go ahead this year. Jonathan Branton and Alexander Rose report.

Collection and use of personal data: A guide for landlords

Oct 09, 2020
This webinar provides up to date guidance and advice for landlords and those who represent them on complying with data protection obligations, lawfully collecting CCTV for ASB and Tenancy Fraud investigations, and how such data can be used in court proceedings.

The Law Society Virtual AGM 2020

Oct 09, 2020
Maria Memoli, Law Society Council Member for Local Government, sets out the background to Chancery Lane's Virtual AGM next week and calls on the sector’s solicitors to register to vote.

The Planning White Paper

Oct 09, 2020
LexisNexis looks at the government's proposals for a ‘whole new planning system for England’ in White Paper published for consultation, alongside interim reforms.

Using compulsory purchasing powers and the planning system to deliver regeneration and income

Oct 09, 2020
Christopher Stanwell examines how compulsory purchase order (CPO) powers can be secured and used in housing or mixed-use regeneration projects.

Enforcement of self-isolation

Oct 09, 2020
Alex Ruck Keene looks at another minefield to navigate in the capacity context - how new requirements on self-isolation apply to those with impaired decision-making capacity.

The importance of clarity in local authority prosecutions

Oct 09, 2020
A council recently lost an appeal over a £200 confiscation order in a housing case when the benefit was said to be several hundreds of thousands of pounds. Gary Pons looks at the reasons why.

Department for Health and Social Care Winter Guidance: issues for local authorities

Oct 09, 2020
Siân Davies provides an overview of the Department of Health and Social Care (non-statutory) guidance issued on 18 September 2020.

Shared services – collaboration is key

Oct 09, 2020
With a trend away from outsourcing and once again towards shared service models, Lucy Doran looks at the impact of two recent EU cases on these arrangements.

Lessons to learn – RSH annual consumer review 19-20

Oct 09, 2020
The Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) issued its annual consumer review on 22 September 2020. Its 8th report covers the year 19–20 which saw them serve 15 regulatory notices - the highest number ever. Helen Tucker reviews the main lessons to learn and actions to take when things go wrong.

Public law and discrimination challenges to possession claims

Oct 08, 2020
This webinar considers the current state of play of such matters being raised in defences to possession claims, and increasingly (with discrimination) as a damages counterclaim as well, and considers strategies to deal effectively and confidently with them.

Dealing with mental health problems/capacity issues in ASB cases

Oct 08, 2020
In the second webinar of Cornerstone Barristers' Housing Week series, Kuljit Bhogal chairs a discussion on the different roles of each court and how they can be co-ordinated to secure expeditious outcomes in circumstances where the County Court sometimes defers to the CoP, whilst the CoP may want to defer to the County Court.

Housing-related Judicial Review

Oct 07, 2020
In light of the increase of housing-related judicial review, the third instalment of Cornerstone Barristers' Housing Week series provides a timely and focussed update and practical analysis of the law and procedure from pre-action protocol to costs.

Looking backwards to go forwards - Housing 2020 and 2021

Oct 07, 2020
In the first webinar in Cornerstone Barristers' Housing Week series, Ranjit Bhose QC, Catherine Rowlands, Andy Lane and Ruchi Parekh provide their experience and insight into the highs and lows of housing past, and the opportunities and pitfalls to come.

The Public Sector Equality Duty

Oct 02, 2020
The following LexisNexis Public Law guidance note, produced in partnership with Zoe Bedford of Ellis Whittam, provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering the scope of the Public Sector Equality Duty.

Virtual Training – why didn’t we think of it earlier!?

Oct 02, 2020
Member development trainer Bethan Evans relives her experiences of switching from face-to-face to online training during lockdown and looks at how they may affect the physical/virtual divide post-pandemic.

Revoking EU state aid rules: where next?

Oct 02, 2020
Jonathan Branton and Alexander Rose consider the implications of revoking EU State aid rules without a domestic subsidy regime in place, and set out a short term solution.

The Court of Protection, s.48 and interim orders

Oct 02, 2020
Lee Parkhill analyses an important Court of Protection ruling on s. 48 of the Mental Capacity Act and interim orders.

Data protection challenges of remote working

Oct 02, 2020
Samantha Smith looks at how organisations can handle the data protection challenges of remote working.

Mandatory decibel limits in hospitality venues

Sep 30, 2020
Charles Holland sets out the legislative background to the new music level requirement, and Peter Rogers reviews its effectiveness and enforceability in terms of an acoustic test.

The resumption of Part 55 CPR possession cases

Sep 30, 2020
Raghav Trivedi provides an outline of practice and procedure in light of the resumption of Part 55 CPR possession cases.

PSPOs - a vital tool for tackling anti-social behaviour

Sep 29, 2020
Kuljit Bhogal outlines the uses of Public Space Protection Orders for tackling drinking and other issues in public spaces.

Shared ownership reform

Sep 29, 2020
What do the new proposals on shared ownership mean for tenants and registered providers? Nalton Stembari, James Chaplin and James Howard explain.

Landlords and "no DSS" policies

Sep 29, 2020
A second county court has ruled that a landlord's “no DSS” lettings policy discriminated against disabled tenants. Sian Evans examines the case.

Housing Case Law Update - September 20

Sep 29, 2020
Michael Owen and Clive Adams analyse the latest housing law judgments from the High Court and highlight two recent reports from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman.

Uber and the fit and proper person test

Sep 28, 2020
Gerald Gouriet QC and Charles Holland examine the Deputy Senior District Judge's ruling that Uber is a fit and proper person to hold a London PHV operator's licence.

The LLG Grapevine 28th September

Sep 28, 2020
Deborah Evans, Dennis Hall and Helen McGrath discuss modern slavery, the CSPL review of institutions, local lock-downs, the adult social care winter plan, climate change, resumption of possession claims, local government earnings and demographics and the law society council seat reduction.

Possession - after the stay

Sep 28, 2020
Following the end of the possession stay on 21 September, Helen Tucker and Rebecca Sembuuze discuss the most recent guidance, priority cases and what to expect in court.

Housing disrepair for local authority landlords - a practical guide

Sep 25, 2020
The following LexisNexis Local Government guidance note, produced in partnership with Alexander Bastin of Hardwicke, provides comprehensive and up to date legal information for local authorities covering all aspects of dealing with disrepair issues.

Striking out failure to remove claims

Sep 25, 2020
Steven Ford QC, Andrea Ward and Joanne Kingsland report on a council's successful bid to secure a strike out, following the Supreme Court ruling in CN & GN v Poole, of a 'failure to remove' claim.

Proportionality and the Regulator’s decision to prosecute in the time of Coronavirus

Sep 25, 2020
Has the public interest test for prosecution been changed in the regulatory context by COVID-19? James Puzey analyses the issues.

Who decides who decides? Withdrawal of care proceedings

Sep 25, 2020
Where a local authority determines that the medical evidence falls short of proving that an injury to a child was deliberately inflicted, in what circumstances should it be allowed to withdraw its application? Laura Vickers reports.

Working with Planning Reform: Part 2

Sep 25, 2020
The Government has published its long awaited White Paper Planning for the Future. While we should embrace reform, what are the issues? In the second article in a two-part series the planning law team at Dentons looks at more of the main themes including s.106 agreements, removal of CIL and the consequences for local planning authorities.

Planning, the PSED and EIA alternatives

Sep 25, 2020
The Court of Appeal has handed down an important planning judgment on the Public Sector Equality and EIA alternatives, writes Charles Streeten.

New equal pay guidance from the Court of Appeal

Sep 25, 2020
Anna Beale considers the importance of a recent Court of Appeal judgment in relation to equal pay.

The 24 September Coronavirus Restrictions

Sep 24, 2020
Gary Grant examines the main provisions of the latest coronavirus regulations imposing restrictions on opening hours and the service of food and drink.

Extra-Care schemes after the Rectory Homes decision

Sep 23, 2020
John Pugh-Smith looks at the potential to avoid further muddle and misunderstanding in relation to Extra-Care schemes, following the High Court's ruling in the Rectory Homes case.

Do local authorities have the power to impose a full scale local 'lockdown'? UPDATED

Sep 18, 2020
Christopher Bevan examines the powers available to local authorities particularly under Regulation 6 of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 in providing a local public health response to the incidence and spread of coronavirus.

POCA and planning offenders

Sep 18, 2020
Roderick Morton considers a recent Court of Appeal ruling which suggests the pendulum is swinging back towards a more balanced view of POCA confiscations in planning cases.

Money for nothing?

Sep 18, 2020
Catherine Urquhart looks at the background to why sacked employees are chasing interim relief.

Public law children case update: contact, nationality and stays

Sep 18, 2020
Georgina Dalton summarises the latest public law children rulings, covering issues such as contact during care, changing the nationality of children in care, and practice on granting short-term stays.

Emergency Services collaboration

Sep 18, 2020
Nathan East considers the PEEL report which looked into the successes and pitfalls of police-to-police collaboration.

Working with Planning Reform

Sep 18, 2020
The Dentons Planning Law Blog looks at the issues arising out of the Government's proposals for planning reform, including in relation to zoning and affordable housing.

Decisions whether to prosecute

Sep 18, 2020
Ben Williams sets out the general principles when it comes to decisions to prosecute.

Employment law and Covid-19

Sep 17, 2020
This Employment guidance note from LexisNexis provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering employment law issues arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Permission In Principle: In Practice

Sep 16, 2020
Meeta Kaur, Zack Simons, Duncan Field, Heather Sargent and Simon Ricketts discuss permission in principle.

The "Rule of 6" Coronavirus Regulations

Sep 15, 2020
Gary Grant sets out the key elements of the government's new 'Rule of 6' regulations.

The LLG Grapevine 14th September

Sep 14, 2020
Deborah Evans, Dennis Hall and Helen McGrath discuss the EU Withdrawal Agreement, obesity, council audits, The Housing Ombudsman Annual Report, disqualification of non-compliant bids, employment law considerations of working from home, and more.

Introduction to Public Contracts Procurement

Sep 11, 2020
The following LexisNexis Local Government guidance note, produced in partnership with Walker Morris, provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering public contracts procurement, including the impact of Brexit.

The NPPF and “out-of-date”

Sep 11, 2020
The Court of Appeal has handed down a judgment on the meaning of “out-of-date” in paragraph 11(d) in the National Planning Policy Framework. Matthew Fraser sets out the key points.

Continuous supervision and control

Sep 11, 2020
Alex Ruck Keene analyses a further judicial take on deprivation of liberty.
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