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January 27, 2022

Court of Protection approves move to Jewish care home in best interests of 86-year-old despite council, Official Solicitor being against

An elderly man who may not have long to live can move from a general nursing home into a Jewish one, the Court of Protection has ruled.
January 27, 2022

High Court rules National Disability Strategy unlawful over consultation failings

The National Disability Strategy has been declared unlawful by the High Court over flaws in the consultation held for it.
January 27, 2022

Council defeats appeal over status of former bus depot

No charitable trust was created when the London Borough of Brent bought a former bus depot for conversion to a community centre, even though charities were involved in the transaction, the Court of Appeal has found.
Jan 27, 2022

Claimant wins appeal over duration of EHC Plan

An education, health and care (EHC) plan can in some situations extend to the day before a person’s 26th birthday, the Upper Tribunal has ruled.
Jan 27, 2022

High Court agrees to hear claim brought by family against London borough amid row over banding, overcrowding

A family has gained permission to take the London Borough of Southwark to the High Court over what they claim is an unreasonable period in which they have been left in overcrowded accommodation.
Jan 27, 2022

Council facing legal claim over abuse suffered at school for vulnerable children

A law firm has urged former pupils of a school where they may have suffered abuse to come forward in a case against Lincolnshire County Council.
Jan 26, 2022

Mobile home park owner and company ordered to pay £33k in fines, compensation and costs following council prosecution

Winchester City Council has successfully prosecuted the owner of a mobile home park following reports of harassment and failure the keep the land in a suitable condition for residents.
Jan 26, 2022

Four local authorities migrate local land charges to central register run by Land Registry

Four more local authorities have this month migrated to HM Land Registry’s Local Land Charges (LLC) Register.
Jan 26, 2022

Crown Court upholds convictions for running unregistered school

A man and woman from London have had their appeals against conviction and sentence for running an unregistered school dismissed by the Crown Court.
Jan 26, 2022

MPs and peers express concern at government reforms on age assessment

MPs and peers have expressed concern at the age assessment provisions in the Nationality and Borders Bill, warning that the legislation could greatly increase the risk that a child is wrongly assessed to be an adult.
Jan 26, 2022

Leak complaint leads to Ombudsman accusing housing association of severe maladministration

The Housing Ombudsman has uncovered complaints handling practices that amount to "severe maladministration" at a housing association, following an investigation into a resident's disrepair complaint.
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Jan 26, 2022

Law firm advises social landlord on “first of its kind” £300m sustainability-linked bond issue

Law firm Devonshires has acted for leading housing association L&Q on the issue of £300m Sustainability-Linked Bonds (SLBs) due 2032.
Jan 26, 2022

Landlord who illegally evicted tenant given suspended sentence, ordered to pay £3k compensation

A district council has successfully prosecuted a landlord who illegally evicted his tenant, locked him out of the house and disposed of all his belongings.
Jan 26, 2022

Public law barrister joins Landmark Chambers

Public law barrister Miranda Butler has joined Landmark Chambers’ 51-strong Public Law group.
Jan 25, 2022

Council to pay £8k after man it failed to identify as homeless spent 21 months in van

A homeless man, who suffered physical and mental health problems, slept in a van for 21 months after Bristol City Council failed to provide proper assistance, an investigation from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found.
Jan 25, 2022

Housing regulator to procure £850,000 legal services panel

The Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) is to procure a new legal panel for services worth an estimated £850,000 over four years.
Jan 25, 2022

Residents secure permission for judicial review challenge over distributor road for 4,000-home development

The High Court has given permission for a residents' group's judicial review challenge which claims that Wiltshire Council "did not consult appropriately" before deciding to pursue a major infrastructure project.
Jan 25, 2022

Defendant who never moved in pleads guilty to unlawful subletting of council property

A defendant has pleaded guilty to subletting a council property owned by a London borough, after it emerged that he never moved in and had obtained alternative accommodation with a local authority in Yorkshire.
Jan 25, 2022

EM LawShare adds three law firms to next legal services framework amid soaring demand

EM LawShare, the largest public sector legal services consortium in the UK, has expanded its 2022-2026 framework to ten law firms amid an increase in members and rising levels of instructions.
Jan 24, 2022

All Party Parliamentary Group launches inquiry into legal aid for kinship carers

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Kinship Care has launched an inquiry into access to legal aid for kinship carers and potential kinship carers.
Jan 24, 2022

Council agrees to reconsider decision to de-register common land around historic racecourse buildings after judicial review challenge

North Yorkshire County Council has agreed to reconsider its decision to de-register common land surrounding three historic buildings on Low Moor, Richmond, the site of a former horse racing track.
Jan 24, 2022

High Court rejects ‘failure to remove’ Human Rights Act claim brought against two councils

A Deputy High Court judge has dismissed a claim brought by a claimant (AB) under the Human Rights Act against two local authorities over their alleged failure to remove him from the care of his mother.
Jan 24, 2022

Law firm cites increased demand for hire of social housing development partner

Law firm Shakespeare Martineau has recruited a new partner to head-up its social housing development team.
Jan 24, 2022

Family Division judge backs proposals for future applications for third party disclosure from Prison Service and similar bodies

A judge in the Family Division of the High Court has backed proposals made by the Justice Secretary for how parties seeking disclosure from the HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) in public law children proceedings should approach the issue.
Jan 21, 2022

More than half of candidates pass first SQE assessment

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has published the results of the first ever Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) assessment, with 53% passing, but has commissioned research into "troubling differences” in results between ethnic groups.
Jan 21, 2022

Regulator fines companies £33m+ over cartel behaviour in prepaid cards market used by councils and housing associations to distribute welfare payments

The Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) has concluded that five parties infringed competition law by agreeing not to compete or poach each other’s customers in the prepaid cards market in Great Britain.
Jan 21, 2022

City council to recruit eight trainee solicitors in one go as part of “grow our own” initiative

Coventry City Council is to take on eight new trainee solicitors with the hope that they will take on "any vacancies that might arise" at the local authority over coming years and reduce the legal department's reliance on agency staff.
Jan 21, 2022

High Court rules Home Office guidance on age assessments at Kent Intake Unit was "unlawful"

Guidance issued by the Home Office to social workers at the Kent Intake Unit (KIU) and age assessments carried out by them in relation to two claimants were unlawful, a High Court judge has ruled.
Jan 21, 2022

NHS Resolution names 11 firms to £772m legal services framework

NHS Resolution has appointed 11 law firms to a two-lot legal services framework that will come into effect on 1 March 2022.
Jan 20, 2022

Crown Commercial Service notifies costs lawyers of upcoming £50m framework

The Crown Commercial Service is preparing to establish a framework of costs lawyers for public sector bodies and central government worth an estimated £50 million.
Jan 20, 2022

Welsh council outlines training plan after recognition that at extraordinary meeting it would have acted unconstitutionally if monitoring officer advice had not been followed

Wrexham Council has issued a statement on the conduct of future meetings, amid recognition it ran the risk of acting unconstitutionally had the advice of its monitoring officer not been followed at an extraordinary meeting in November 2021.
Jan 20, 2022

Bakery handed £26k fine after dishwasher pollutes stream

A Natural Resources Wales (NRW) prosecution has seen a bakery fined for polluting a stream with its dishwasher.
Jan 20, 2022

Leading regulatory crime barrister joins 2 Hare Court

Richard Heller, an established figure in trading standards and food safety work, has joined leading set of chambers, 2 Hare Court.
Jan 20, 2022

Judge criticises housing association over anti-social behaviour injunction bid, awards £27,500 damages for anti-discrimination counterclaim

A judge has strongly criticised Rosebery Housing Association on its mishandling of a case where it sought an injunction against residents for anti-social behaviour.
Jan 20, 2022

Government defeats High Court challenge to ending of ‘Everyone In’ initiative

A High Court judge has dismissed a judicial review challenge over the Government’s decision to end the ‘Everyone In’ initiative that was launched to get rough sleepers off the streets during the pandemic.
Jan 20, 2022

Failure in childcare case to identify cognitive difficulties of appellant and to make appropriate participation directions “amounted to serious procedural irregularity”, Court of Appeal rules

Failure to identify an appellant's cognitive limitations led to procedural unfairness in a case involving children, the Court of Appeal has found.
Jan 20, 2022

Judge rules challenge to grant of planning permission by City of London Corporation for new court building and police HQ out of time

The High Court has rejected a claim by campaign group Save Britain's Heritage (SBH) to a planning decision by the City of London Corporation as being both out of time and unfounded.
Jan 20, 2022

Family Court judge criticises "seriously flawed" investigation into injuries suffered by boy

A county council failed to establish that a child’s injuries were inflicted and the investigation into responsiblity for those injuries was "seriously flawed", a Familiy Court judge has found.
Jan 20, 2022

Council fails in High Court challenge to grant by inspector of permission for scheme for 10 affordable dwellings

Wiltshire Council has lost on all three grounds a challenge to the decision of a planning inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government to allow a development it had refused.
Jan 20, 2022

High Court rejects appeals over business rates and sham transactions findings

The High Court has dismissed appeals against a case brought by Cardiff City Council over shams designed to avoid business rates.
Jan 19, 2022

Law firm advises county council on agreement with Lovell for £700m homes scheme

Law firm Pinsent Masons has advised Suffolk County Council on its proposed public-private alliance with Lovell Partnership to deliver nearly 3,000 homes across the region.
Jan 19, 2022

High Court refuses permission for Cumbria County Council challenge to local government restructuring

The High Court has denied permission to Cumbria County Council for a judicial review of the Government's decision to create two unitary authorities in the county.
Jan 19, 2022

Council declares ‘critical incident’ in adult social care

Cornwall Council has declared a "Critical Incident" in adult social care, a move which it said would “help alleviate pressure on our hospitals, reduce ambulance waiting times and allow more patients who no longer require hospital care to be discharged back into the community”.
Jan 19, 2022

Minister proposes “unprecedented” intervention into council despite absence of best value inspection or Government review

The Government is “minded to” send commissioners into Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council as part of an intervention package, the Minister of State at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has said whilst acknowledging the move would be "unprecedented".
Jan 19, 2022

Council lawyer shortlisted for ‘Legal Personality of the Year’ at LexisNexis Legal Awards 2022

Pauline Campbell, a senior lawyer at the London Borough of Waltham Forest, has been shortlisted for ‘Legal Personality of the Year’ at the LexisNexis Legal Awards 2022.
Jan 19, 2022

City council to set up committee to consider action over chief executive after Cabinet Office leaving drinks admission

Sheffield City Council is to set up a cross-party committee to consider what action should be taken in relation to its chief executive, Kate Josephs, after she last week said she was "truly sorry" for going to a leaving party in December 2020 to mark the end of her role as Director General of the…
Jan 19, 2022

Claim that council negligently designed road which saw fatal crash was wrongly struck out, Court of Appeal finds

A legal challenge by a widower against Cornwall Council that contended the road that his wife had a car accident on was negligently designed has been allowed to progress, following a decision by the Court of Appeal.
Jan 19, 2022

Campaign group launches judicial review challenge against Welsh Ministers over “unevidenced” Covid Pass scheme

Campaign group Big Brother Watch has launched a judicial review challenge against the Welsh Government over its ‘Covid Pass’, claiming that the scheme is unlawful “as it is disproportionate and unevidenced”.
Jan 19, 2022

Universities pledge to end use of non-disclosure agreements when dealing with sexual harassment claims

Six universities have signed up to a pledge promising not to use legally binding Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) against students and staff in dealing with complaints of sexual misconduct, bullying, and other forms of harassment.
Jan 19, 2022

Decision by council leader to put brakes on housing development flawed and left resident "in limbo", says Ombudsman

A decision by the leader of Haringey Council to abandon a housing development after agreeing to purchase a private property on the earmarked land has been criticised as "flawed" by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman.
Jan 18, 2022

Court of Appeal overturns High Court ruling that award of £560,000 focus group contract to friends of Dominic Cummings was unlawful

The Government has won an appeal over a High Court ruling that its decision to award a £560,000 contract for the provision of focus group and communications support services during the pandemic to Public First without public notice or competition gave rise to apparent bias and was unlawful.
Jan 18, 2022

Council leader issues second statement on £4m food safety “abuse of process” settlement, defends former chief executive at predecessor authority

The Leader of North Northamptonshire has issued a second statement in a bid to clarify its decision to pay £4m to a publican who alleged abuse of process in a food safety case brought against him by East Northamptonshire District Council more than 20 years ago, and to defend a former chief…
Jan 18, 2022

Magistrates to have power to impose year-long prison sentences in latest bid to tackle Crown Court backlog

The maximum 6-month prison sentence that can currently be handed out by Magistrates is to be doubled to a year, Justice Secretary Dominic Raab has announced.
Jan 18, 2022

Ombudsman raps council for delayed damp repairs, finds severe maladministration

Great Yarmouth Borough Council failed to deal with mould growth throughout a resident’s home that was causing damage, and then delayed in putting right faulty improvement works that worsened the situation, an investigation by the Housing Ombudsman has found.
Jan 18, 2022

High Court declaration in case concerning landfill site regulation by Environment Agency “went beyond the scope of the court’s functions”: Court of Appeal

A declaration by a High Court judge, which required the Environment Agency to achieve prescribed outcomes within a prescribed timetable in relation to a landfill site, went beyond the scope of the court's functions in dealing with a claim that the regulator was acting incompatibly with the…
Jan 17, 2022

Legal challenges over age assessments for unaccompanied asylum seeking children and incorrect Home Office decisions “placing additional pressure on children’s services departments”: ADCS

Local authorities are “picking up the pieces” where decisions made by the Home Office on the age of unaccompanied asylum seekers are incorrect, the President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) has warned.
Jan 17, 2022

Welsh Government promises "one clear legal framework" with implementation of Renting Homes (Wales) Act in July

The Welsh Government intends to implement the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 on 15 July, Climate Change Minister Julie James has confirmed.
Jan 17, 2022

Unlicensed puppy trader ordered to pay £100,000 after council prosecution

An unlicensed puppy trader has been ordered to pay £100,000 for placing misleading adverts, following a prosecution prepared and presented by Telford and Wrekin Council’s legal services department.
Jan 17, 2022

Second environmental group launches legal challenge over Net Zero Strategy

Campaign group Friends of the Earth has filed papers in the High Court challenging the Government's Net Zero Strategy (NZS) and its Heat and Building Strategy over "lacklustre" commitments to tackling climate change, making the policy the subject of two separate legal challenges.
Jan 17, 2022

Leeds appoints Pinsents to advise on major infrastructure and housing development

Leeds City Council has appointed Pinsent Masons to a two-year contract worth an estimated £200,000 to provide legal advice on two of the largest infrastructure schemes in the city for decades.
Jan 14, 2022

City council chief executive expresses regret over Cabinet Office leaving drinks

The chief executive of Sheffield City Council has said she is "truly sorry" for going to a leaving party in December 2020 to mark the end of her role as Director General of the Cabinet Office's COVID-19 Task Force.
Jan 14, 2022

Use of VIP lanes in government PPE procurement unlawful, High Court finds

The Government's use of a fast track "VIP" lane for awarding PPE (personal protective equipment) contracts was unlawful, the High Court ruled this week.
Jan 14, 2022

Watchdog accuses Welsh council of "serious breakdown of governance", ignoring Head of Legal and disregarding external legal advice

The process that led to a £95,000 departure payment being made to a former chief executive of Pembrokeshire County Council “represented a serious breakdown in governance” including a failure to comply with legal requirements, a failure to address the concerns of the Head of Legal and Democratic…
Jan 13, 2022

ClientEarth brings legal action over “unlawful” net zero plans produced by Government

Environment law group ClientEarth has launched a legal action against the Government over what it calls an “inadequate” net zero strategy.
Jan 13, 2022

Ombudsman expresses concern at "flawed decisions" by London borough on Covid business grants

A decision by Camden Council's to refuse Covid business grants to two businesses over incorrect ratepayer records at the local authority was wrong, an investigation from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found.
Jan 13, 2022

Councils win appeal over final injunctions against unauthorised encampment and prevention of newcomers occupying land

A High Court judge was wrong to hold that the court cannot grant final injunctions against unauthorised encampment that prevent newcomers from occupying and trespassing on land, the Court of Appeal has said.
Jan 13, 2022

Weightmans and RadcliffesLeBrasseur pursue March 2022 merger

Law firms Weightmans and RadcliffesLeBrasseur have revealed they are in formal contract negotiations with a view to completing a merger at the end of March 2022.
Jan 13, 2022

County council awards £150k contract for legal case management system

Devon County Council has awarded a contract worth £150,000 to the Access Group for the provision of a legal case management system.
Jan 13, 2022

Powers to assess handling of code of conduct complaints could help end “toxic long-running” standards disputes, Ombudsman says

Complainants as well as sanctioned councillors should be given the right to ask the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) to review a council’s handling of alleged breaches of its code of conduct, the Ombudsman, Michael King, has said.
Jan 13, 2022

Welsh council says it is unable to disqualify councillor who pleaded guilty to soliciting sex worker: report

Newport City Council has said it has no powers to disqualify a councillor who admitted soliciting a sex worker.
Jan 13, 2022

Council prosecution sees dog breeders ordered to pay £450k+

A couple who illegally bred dogs have been ordered to pay more than £450,000 following a successful prosecution by Vale of Glamorgan Council.
Jan 13, 2022

Council settles claim brought by couple over halting of adoption process

City of Bradford Council has made a payment put in five figures to settle a claim by a couple who were deprived of a child they wished to adopt.
Jan 13, 2022

Parish loses legal challenge over decision by borough council to grant planning permission for road bridge to housing developments

Ashchurch Rural Parish Council has lost a judicial review challenge it brought over construction of a bridge to access large planned housing developments.
Jan 12, 2022

Good Law Project ends judicial review challenge over Levelling Up Fund

The Good Law Project has withdrawn its judicial review challenge over the multi-billion pound “Levelling Up Fund”.
Jan 12, 2022

Councils must receive full funding for role in implementing new 'Protect Duty'

If the Government introduces the proposed new ‘Protect Duty', local authorities will require significant resource and capacity to ensure that those within its scope are aware of their responsibilities and comply, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.
Jan 12, 2022

Cornerstone Barristers bolsters public sector practice with Cantor arrival

Alistair Cantor, a specialist in commercial & regulatory litigation (including insolvency), local government work, property and housing law, has joined Cornerstone Barristers as a tenant.
Jan 12, 2022

Major social landlord appoints 17 firms to £12.8m legal services framework

Sovereign Housing, one of the largest housing associations in the UK, has named 17 law firms to a legal services framework worth an estimated £12.8m over five years.
Jan 11, 2022

TLT bolsters public sector practice with technology partner hire

TLT has strengthened its public sector team with the appointment of Gemma Townley as a partner in its technology, IP and data team.
Jan 11, 2022

Centre for Governance and Scrutiny appoints new chief executive

Andy Fry has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Centre for Governance and Scrutiny (CfGS).
Jan 11, 2022

Supreme Court to hear appeal by council in dispute over secure flexible tenancies and possession during fixed term

The Supreme Court will this week hear an appeal from a council this week over whether a landlord can terminate a flexible tenancy agreement prior to the expiry of the fixed term if the tenancy agreement does not expressly provide for re-entry or forfeiture.
Jan 11, 2022

Private landlord ordered to pay £65k after breaching planning enforcement notice over unlawful HMO

A landlord has been ordered to pay more than £64,000 for breaching a planning enforcement notice served on a property in Barking being used illegally as a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO).
Jan 11, 2022

Largest social landlord in the country appoints ex-law firm partner to housing association board

The UK's largest housing association, Clarion, has appointed a former partner at law firm Winckworth Sherwood to its Housing Association Board.
Jan 11, 2022

Ombudsman finds London borough guilty of severe maladministration in handling of complaint about leak

A Housing Ombudsman investigation has found complaint handling failures at the London Borough of Ealing that amounted to severe maladministration, in a case in which a resident had to wait six years for a leaking roof to be replaced.
Jan 10, 2022

Supreme Court to hear case on planning conditions and dedication of highways

The Supreme Court has given Swindon Borough Council permission to appeal in a case about whether a planning condition can require the dedication of a highway.
Jan 10, 2022

Simon Bird QC elected Head of Chambers at FTB

Simon Bird QC has been elected as Head of Chambers at Francis Taylor Building, taking over from Andrew Tait QC.
Jan 10, 2022

Court of Protection authorises vaccination of autistic boy despite parental objections

The benefits of vaccination against Covid-19 for a child with autism, severe learning disability and asthma "significantly outweigh" the possible risks, the Court of Protection has found, despite objections from the boy's parents.
Jan 10, 2022

Gove sets deadline for residential property developers to agree action plan for remediation of unsafe cladding

The Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove, has given developers a deadline of early March to agree a fully funded plan of action including remediating unsafe cladding on 11-18 metre buildings.
Jan 07, 2022

Councillor breached Code of Conduct by acting anonymously through Twitter, independent investigator finds

A former Cabinet member for housing at Southwark Council breached the local authority’s Code of Conduct by acting anonymously through a Twitter account, an independent investigation by law firm Bevan Brittan has found.
Jan 07, 2022

Council agrees to pay £4m damages and costs to publican on rare abuse of process grounds after 20-year legal fight

North Northamptonshire Council has agreed to pay "substantial damages" to a publican who alleged abuse of process in a food safety case brought against him by a predecessor authority more than 20 years ago.
Jan 07, 2022

Ombudsman recommends county council pay nearly £7k after boy left without education for two years

A boy with special education needs who received “virtually no” education for two years should be given £6,900 in compensation by Suffolk County Council, an investigation by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has recommended.
Jan 06, 2022

London borough’s housing allocation policy in breach of Equality Act, Ombudsman finds

A mother of two disabled children has successfully brought a complaint against Greenwich Council after a Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman investigation found the local authority's social housing allocation policy disadvantaged the family.
Jan 06, 2022

Resident ordered to pay £90,000 in fines and costs after poisoning protected tree

BCP Council has successfully prosecuted a man following the suspicious death of a protected Monterey Pine tree.
Jan 06, 2022

Council secures continuation of High Court interim injunction over unauthorized development

West Berkshire Council last month won a continuation of an interim injunction preventing any further unauthorised development at the Lawrences Lane site in Thatcham.
Jan 06, 2022

Council facing potential legal challenge over planned transfer of former leisure centre site to university

Winchester City Council has been threatened with a judicial review by a local campaign group over its plans to turn over a former leisure centre site to the University of Southampton.
Jan 06, 2022

Council ends legal fight over permission for 133-home retirement village

South Oxfordshire District Council last month confirmed it has dropped any further legal challenges to a planning inspector’s approval of a 133-homes retirement village in Sonning Common, which the council had rejected as it would be in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Jan 05, 2022

NHS Shared Business Services to procure next £80m legal services framework

NHS Shared Business Services has issued a prior information notice on its next legal services framework, which is estimated to be worth up to £80m.
Jan 05, 2022

Major social landlord to procure legal services framework

A major provider of affordable homes in Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire is to procure a legal services framework.
Jan 05, 2022

Government Legal Department awards contract for delivery of e-learning content

The Government Legal Department has awarded a contract for consultation on and development of bespoke digital e-learning content that will support the delivery of the GLD learning strategy.
Jan 05, 2022

Groups representing lawyers and democratic services officers launch petition calling for councils to be given choice of holding remote meetings

The Association of Democratic Services Officers (ADSO) and Lawyers in Local Government (LLG) have launched a petition calling for councils to be given the choice to meet remotely.
Jan 05, 2022

Government minister reiterates need for primary legislation if councils to be allowed to hold meetings remotely on permanent basis

The Government has reiterated the current position that any permanent change allowing local authorities to meet remotely requires primary legislation, after calls last month from organisations including the Local Government Association (LGA), Lawyers in Local Government (LLG) and the Association of…
Dec 30, 2021

Judge gives permission for judicial review over grant of changed dredging licence for material from nuclear power station construction site

An umbrella organisation, acting for environmental groups, has secured permission for a judicial review of the Marine Management Organisation’s (MMO’s) decision to grant a changed licence for the deposit of 800,000 tonnes of dredged mud and sediment in the Severn estuary.
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