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Government publishes outline of radical changes to planning system

Significant changes to developer contributions to local infrastructure, the introduction of ‘zoning’ into planning law and a requirement for local authorities to complete local plans within 30 months are amongst the proposed changes to the planning system in England officially published by the government today (6th August). Read more

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  NEWS

August 07, 2020

Department for Education’s Coronavirus Regulations did damage children’s safeguards but were not unlawful due to pandemic, High Court says

In a judgment handed down today (7 August), the High Court has rejected claims that the Department for Education acted unlawfully in the process of implementing The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.
August 07, 2020

Campaigners get green light for judicial review of government decision to go ahead with £27bn roads programme

A campaign group has been granted permission for a judicial review challenge of the Transport Secretary’s decision to proceed with the £27bn roads programme (Roads Investment Strategy 2 or RIS2).
August 07, 2020

South Yorkshire Housing Association names 13 firms to £1.75m legal services panel

South Yorkshire Housing Association has appointed 13 law firms to a legal services panel worth an estimated £1.75m.
August 07, 2020

Number of deprivation of liberty orders for children and young people triples in two years: BBC report

The number of children in care in England and Wales subject to deprivation of liberty orders has tripled in the last two years, research by BBC News has found.
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  FEATURES AND ANALYSIS

August 07, 2020

LexisNexis Gross Legal Product (GLP) Index: Quantifying legal demand growth and the impact of COVID-19

LexisNexis has built a data model to track growth in demand for legal services – the Gross Legal Product Index, or GLP. The report provides a framework for quantifying the impact of COVID-19 on your sector.
August 07, 2020

Who is in charge of the PFI Train?

Rob Hann, former Head of Legal at 4ps/Local Partnerships, gives his unique insight into the pending expiry of many PFI contracts in the local government sector and asks who will take responsibility for the next generation of local government assets and services, an issue that is becoming ever more urgent…..
August 07, 2020

Public sector rent deferrals and State aid

Jonathan Branton and Lee Pickett look into some of the ways State aid issues can arise in public sector property transactions, the ramifications and ways to proceed within the rules.
August 07, 2020

Consideration of private evidence and carer’s needs under the Care Act 2014

A recent judgment highlights the importance for local authorities to carefully consider privately-obtained evidence in Care Act 2014 needs assessments and how a carer’s needs interact with those of a person needing care, writes Arianna Kelly.
August 07, 2020

A new lease of life for public space injunctions?

What can councils do to obtain an injunction after the Bromley judgment? Jack Smyth looks at the lessons from the first hearing after the Court of Appeal ruling.
August 07, 2020

Departing from the standard method

The Court of Appeal has recently issued a judgment covering the tilted balance, settlement boundaries and the standard method for calculating objectively assessed housing need. Howard Leithead sets out the key points.
August 07, 2020

The lawfulness of the registration process in disability discrimination claims

Jennifer Thelen analyses a recent Upper Tribunal school exclusion case which considered – and criticised – the process of “registering” claims for disability discrimination operated in the First-tier Tribunal.
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Injunction applications

In this podcast, Alex Loxton and Sumi Begum discuss injunction applications and the courts' approach in light of COVID-19, together with the ban on possession proceedings.

So the Liberty Protection Safeguards are delayed until April 2022 - what should I do now?

In this webinar, Alex Ruck Keene discusses what LPS thinking can be incorporated now, what to do about community deprivation of liberty and the missing cohort - what to do about 16 and 17-year-olds.

New taxi and PHV Standards

The Government last week (21 July) published the long-awaited Statutory Taxi & Private Hire Vehicle Standards. Philip Kolvin QC discusses the implications of the new standards.

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August 07, 2020

Landlord’s knowledge of breach: waiver of forfeiture

The High Court has considered the interrelationship between a landlord’s knowledge and the date of accrual of a tenant’s liability and their effect on waiver of forfeiture. Lachlan Stewart examines the ruling.
August 07, 2020

Continuing care decisions and children

A claimant recently brought a successful irrationality challenge to an NHS continuing care decision. Michael Armitage and Ciar McAndrew explain how.
August 05, 2020

Lockdown powers for local authorities

Tiffany Cloynes examines the powers that local authorities in England have been given to introduce local lockdown measures to tackle local outbreaks of the coronavirus.
July 31, 2020

COVID-19: What’s worrying lawyers?

Elizabeth Rimmer of LawCare examines some of the issues encountered by lawyers when working remotely during the pandemic.
July 31, 2020

The concept of “Openness” - 2020 vision at last?

It is, perhaps, one of the many oddities as well as ironies of 2020, so far, that having been in national “lockdown” the Higher Courts have produced more planning jurisprudence on the concept of “openness” this year than ever before, writes John Pugh-Smith.
July 31, 2020

Alcohol and capacity

A recent case heard by the Vice President of the Court of Protection, Hayden J, raises three important points about the interpretation and application of sections 2 and 3 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (‘MCA’) in the context of alcohol addiction, writes Tony Harrop-Griffths.
July 31, 2020

One size fits all? Considering children law cases on their facts

A recent judgment of the Court of Appeal should serve as a reminder to practitioners in the field of Children Law that each case has to be considered on its peculiar facts and by reference, where applicable, to the welfare checklist in section 1 of the Children Act 1989 or the enhanced welfare checklist contained in section 1 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002, writes Richard Alomo.
July 31, 2020

Taking the Diploma

Rob Hann reflects on how studying for the Law Society's Diploma in Local Government Law and Practice became a pivotal moment in his long and varied local government career.
July 31, 2020

The Mental Health Act, s117 after-care and ordinary residence

The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Chambers explain the background to the government's change of approach to ordinary residence for s.117 after-care.
July 31, 2020

COVID-19, care settings and deprivations of liberty

Rebecca Gowling analyses whether Care Quality Commission data suggests a rise in unauthorised deprivations of liberty.
July 31, 2020

Extreme urgency?

The judicial spotlight is now trained on Regulation 32(2)(c) and the direct award of contracts on the basis of extreme urgency, writes Rachel Whitaker.
July 29, 2020

The End is in Sight – but what then?

The government has set out how possession proceedings will be dealt with once the stay ends next month. Jane Talbot looks at the proposed approach and the issues that could arise.
July 29, 2020

Draft Building Safety Bill Published

The Government has published draft legislation that it says will provide the “biggest improvements to building safety in nearly 40 years”. Jonathan Turner and Louise Robling look at the key points.
July 29, 2020

Access all areas: facilities rights are a big deal

Roy Pinnock and Amy Carter look at the thorny issue of access to facilities in larger schemes.
July 29, 2020

Stock Transfer RPs and the use of mandatory ground 7A

Yetunde Dania analyses a recent housing law case which, she says, will be a source of comfort to Large Scale Voluntary Transfer (LSVT) registered providers of social housing when they are seeking to recover possession based on ground 7A.
July 29, 2020

Renegotiating LSVT sharing agreements

We are seeing a steady stream of stock transfer housing associations re-negotiate their historic sharing agreements that originally formed part of their transfer agreement. Rob Beiley looks at the opportunities this presents.
July 29, 2020

Helping Registered Providers raise funds quickly and efficiently in challenging times

The current pandemic has demonstrated not only the volatility of the financial markets but also the resilience and attractiveness of social housing as a safe haven for investors. David Moore, Louise Leaver and Deborah Rowntree discuss how registered providers can get the most out of the shift towards social housing.
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