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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.
August 05, 2020

Housing Ombudsman sees rise in percentage of complaints relating to tenant behaviour

Complaints about tenant behaviour received by the Housing Ombudsman between April and June this year amounted to 21% of the total compared to 12% for the same period in 2019, it has been revealed.
August 05, 2020

Bevan Brittan sees turnover pass £50m for 2019/20, double-digit growth in profit

Law firm Bevan Brittan has reported double-digit growth in both revenue and profit for the financial year 2019/20.
August 03, 2020

Council wins appeal over order discharging interim care orders

Herefordshire Council has won an appeal from an order discharging interim care orders in relation to girls aged nine and seven.


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

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.
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 29, 2020

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.
July 28, 2020

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.


July 27, 2020

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.
July 20, 2020

Possession proceedings

Helen Tucker and Bex Sembuuze discuss how social landlords can get to grips with what's happening with possession cases during the evictions ban/possession stay.
July 20, 2020

Navigating school admission appeals during coronavirus

Yvonne Spencer considers the changes to school admissions appeals due to coronavirus and how they should be handled.
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July 27, 2020

Court of Appeal finds judge should have recused herself in child care fact-finding hearing

The Court of Appeal has ruled that a judge should have recused herself from child care proceedings after she was inadvertently heard making pejorative comments about the mother.
July 23, 2020

ICO issues toolkit to help public bodies respond to FOI requests in COVID-19 recovery period

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has launched an online toolkit to help public authorities respond to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests as organisations prepare to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
July 22, 2020

Home Office issues guidance on new temporary off-sales permissions

The Home Office has published guidance on the new temporary off-sales permissions contained in the alcohol licensing provisions in the Business and Planning Act 2020.
July 22, 2020

High Court judge outlines reasons for granting interim injunction over anti-social behaviour in park

A High Court judge has given his reasons for granting, despite his misgivings, the London Borough of Hackney an interim injunction against anti-social behaviour in a park.
July 21, 2020

Government consults on extending some COVID-19 children’s social care flexibilities, will allow most to lapse

The Department for Education has launched a consultation on extending some of the measures in the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 that were introduced to provide local authorities and children’s social care providers with…
July 20, 2020

Government admits failure to carry out Data Protection Impact Assessment for ‘Test and Trace’ programme

The Government has admitted, following a legal challenge from a privacy campaigning organisation, that it deployed the COVID-19 'Test and Trace' programme without carrying out a Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) beforehand.
July 20, 2020

Government sets out arrangements for resumption of possession proceedings in August

Legislation has been laid before Parliament setting out arrangements for managing the resumption of possession proceedings next month.
July 19, 2020

Ministry of Justice identifies ten locations for ‘Nightingale Courts’ to help deal with coronavirus delays

The Lord Chancellor has named an initial ten locations for so-called ‘Nightingale Courts’ which will hear civil, family and tribunals work as well as non-custodial crime cases.
July 18, 2020

Government issues guidance for councils on use of new powers to impose local shutdowns in response to COVID-19 outbreaks

The Government has issued guidance for local authorities in England on what the new local shutdown regulations allow them to do, how they should exercise those powers and how those powers should be enforced.
July 16, 2020

Implementation of Liberty Protection Safeguards delayed until April 2022

Implementation of the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS), the scheme designed to replace the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), has been put back until April 2022, the Government has confirmed.
July 15, 2020

Disabled claimants gear up for legal action over guidance for councils on managing pavements during COVID-19

Two people with disabilities are trying to raise funds for a legal challenge to Government guidance to local authorities on managing pavements for more walking and cycling during the pandemic.
July 13, 2020

Regulator notifies large social landlords of plans to increase regulatory activity

The Regulator of Social Housing has this month told large social landlords that it intends to gradually scale up its regulatory activity as the pandemic situation eases.
July 02, 2020

Council persuades High Court judge to quash judgment in default in data breach claim after papers posted to empty office during lockdown

The High Court has quashed a judgment in default awarded against the London Borough of Tower Hamlets because pandemic restrictions had made it impossible to the council to receive the claim concerned.
July 01, 2020

“All hands to the pump” for courts with no constraints on sittings days and no hesitation in using fee-paid and deputy judges: senior judges

The Lord Chancellor has agreed that there should be no constraints in the number of sitting days available during the COVID-19 recovery period for the courts or any hesitation in using fee-paid and deputy judges to fill any gaps which cannot be filled by the…
July 01, 2020

Reports from social landlords of anti-social behaviour surge during COVID-19

Reports of anti-social behaviour have increased by 43% since March, the latest COVID-19 impact monitoring report by Housemark has revealed.
July 01, 2020

New regulations to allow trials of rental e-scooters

Rental electric scooters will be allowed on roads, cycle lanes and tracks in the UK on a trial basis from this Saturday (4 July), the Government has said.
June 29, 2020

Judge rejects application for interim relief after council offered unfurnished flat to claimant particularly vulnerable to COVID-19

A High Court judge has rejected an application for interim relief against a district council amid claims that an unfurnished one-bedroom flat was unsuitable accommodation for a claimant who was particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.
June 29, 2020

High Court gives green light to judicial review challenge over removal of children’s social care safeguards during COVID-19

Children’s rights charity Article 39 has been granted permission for a judicial review of the Department for Education’s removal and dilution of children’s legal protections during the coronavirus pandemic.
June 26, 2020

Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman resumes taking new complaints online

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has announced that, after pausing all casework during the COVID-19 crisis, it will be resuming all existing casework and taking on new complaints through its website from next week (29 June).
June 25, 2020

County council in legal action against Health Secretary over ‘ordinary residence’ determination

Worcestershire County Council has started legal action against the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care in a dispute over which council should provide after-care services under the Mental Health Act 1983 to someone who has been detained on two…
June 24, 2020

Councils told not to prioritise preparations for Liberty Protection Safeguards

The Government has told local authorities and other agencies not to give priority to the introduction of the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) due to pressures from dealing with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
June 24, 2020

Spending watchdog issues guide on financial reporting and management during COVID-19

The National Audit Office (NAO) has warned against any weakening of controls over spending public money as a result of pressures from dealing with the coronavirus outbreak, and has called for attention to possible new opportunities for fraud and error.
June 23, 2020

Chancery Lane demands action to clear employment tribunals backlog

The Law Society has called for action to be taken to clear a backlog of cases in employment tribunals ahead of an anticipated "avalanche" of post-COVID claims.
June 22, 2020

Just 4% of Directors of Adult Social Services confident they will have budget to meet statutory duties: research

Only 4% of Directors of Adult Social Services are fully confident that their budget will be sufficient to meet their statutory duties this year, down from 35% in 2019/20, the annual budget survey by ADASS has found.
June 22, 2020

Government to extend consents for sites with planning permission that would have expired during lockdown

Sites with planning permission that have an expiry date between the start of lockdown and the end of 2020 will see their consent extended to 1 April 2021, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick, has announced.


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

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.
July 24, 2020

Coronavirus – accentuating the differences

V. Charles Ward looks at the issues thrown up by the COVID-19 pandemic in relation to exchange of contracts, transfer of funds, and due diligence identification.
July 24, 2020

Procurement: how to reduce the risk of fraud

Following publication of a government review into the risks of fraud and corruption in local government procurement, Matt Marsh looks at what local authorities and other public bodies can do to tackle the issue.
July 17, 2020

Lifting the stay

A County Court judge has been persuaded to use its discretion to lift the general stay on possession cases in order to enable a claim to be finalised. Anya Newman explains why.
July 16, 2020

The rules for independence day...and beyond

Charles Holland, Gary Grant and Leo Charalambides provide an in-depth summary of the regulations to remove the closure restrictions that had been imposed on English restaurants, cafes, bars and public houses to tackle COVID-19.
July 09, 2020

COVID-19, homelessness and rough sleepers: how to help persons ineligible for support

Tara O'Leary looks at what legal powers local authorities will have to deal with rough sleepers once lockdown ends.
July 03, 2020

COVID-19 - Code of principles on commercial leases

The Government has issued a new Code of Practice for commercial property relationships: What does it mean for landlords and tenants? Sara Bailey, Yvette Bryan and Nick Levy explain.
June 30, 2020

No5 Barristers' Chambers Planning Podcast - Episode 9 - Infrastructure

Richard Kimblin QC interviews Angus Walker, Chair of the Board of the National Infrastructure Planning Association on infrastructure projects during the emergency, whether consenting procedures might actually be better after the emergency and infrastructure and economic recovery.
June 30, 2020

Vaccinations: Public Law Update

Focusing on the Court of Appeal's recent decision in Re H (A Child)(Parental Responsibility: Vaccination), Joanna Moody discusses vaccinations within the sphere of public law proceedings.
June 29, 2020

Disrepair during COVID-19

Victoria Curran looks at how to take a pragmatic and common sense approach to housing disrepair during the coronavirus pandemic.
June 29, 2020

The COVID-19 “New Deal”​

Russell Harris QC explains how the delivery of housing association dwellings could be boosted at a stroke.
June 29, 2020

Income-strip and housing supply

When it comes to boosting housing supply, is income-strip a potential solution? Paul McDermott looks at the advantages.
June 26, 2020

COVID-19 & RIDDOR for care providers

Edward Sainsbury and Peter James consider when and when not to report in relation to COVID-19 and RIDDOR.
June 25, 2020

Al Fresco eating and drinking under the Business and Planning Bill 2020

Through the Business and Planning Bill 2020, introduced this week, the government is looking to simplify and reduce the costs of the licensing process for outdoor seating and stalls. Gary Grant analyses the licensing aspects of the legislation.
June 19, 2020

COVID-19 changes to SEN duties

Steve Broach and Gethin Thomas look at the latest changes to SEN duties during the Covid-19 pandemic.
June 18, 2020

Coronavirus and the duty to house

The High Court has found that local authorities are not obliged to provide furniture and white goods for unfurnished accommodation, writes Tom van der Klugt.
June 09, 2020

The LLG Grapevine 8th June

Deborah Evans (CEO), Dennis Hall (Bulletin Editor) and Helen McGrath (Head of Public Affairs) from LLG discuss the Seven Principles of Public Life, new school regulations, judicial review, remote meeting case studies, child vaccination disputes, the Commons Briefing on the role of the governments law officers, local lockdown powers and Brexit - remember that?!
June 05, 2020

Decision time

Shivaji Shiva looks at government initiatives, as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to reshape our towns and cities for safer travel.
June 05, 2020

The outdoor café campaign

Philip Kolvin QC looks at a potential solution to the challenge of allowing outside drinking as premises look to recover from lockdown.
June 04, 2020

Changes to insolvency legislation

The Government has announced changes to the insolvency framework, including provisions relating to PPP and PFI contracts. Melanie Pears and Tim Care look at the key points.
June 02, 2020

Emergency procurements in the UK

How do things look in the Covid era? Michael Bowsher QC and Ben Rayment consider the thorny issues around emergency procurements.
June 01, 2020

Compulsory purchase in the time of coronavirus

Simon Randle, Vivienne Sedgley and Katharine Elliott analyse recent government guidance on compulsory purchase orders during the pandemic.
May 29, 2020

Planning and re-starting the housing market

Simon Randle, Vivienne Sedgley and Katharine Elliot analyse government measures to restart the housing market and how they impact on the planning system.
May 29, 2020

Coronavirus and the Development Agreement

It is important to review existing Development Agreements and associated contract documentation, writes V. Charles Ward, given that all significant development delays have contractual consequences, particularly for housing regeneration.
May 28, 2020

Housing in lockdown: avoid the pause button

Tom Lawal reviews the number of ways COVID-19 can effect the progression and outcome of housing cases and how practitioners can continue to engage in effective case management during this challenging period.
May 28, 2020

Committal applications during COVID-19

Clare Jones and Sian Evans analyse the courts' approach to committal applications during the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 28, 2020

Social landlords and relaxation of the lockdown

What does the easing of the lockdown mean for providers of social housing? John Murray explains.
May 28, 2020

COVID-19: Responsible contracting behaviour

Katrina Day and Lee Clarke summarise key recommendations from the Government on contracting and how they might impact on housing providers' relationships with contractors.
May 28, 2020

Homelessness and domestic violence

Andy Lane and Rowan Clapp examine government proposals of support for survivors of domestic violence who are facing homelessness.
May 21, 2020

Holiday pay and annual leave on furlough

Debra Gers examines the government guidance on holiday pay and annual leave for employees on furlough.
May 20, 2020

Pubs and the lockdown regulations

A pub licence has been revoked at a summary review hearing for breaking lockdown regulations. Gary Grant reports.
May 15, 2020

COVID-19 and inquests: an update with Peter Skelton QC

In this episode of Law Pod UK, Emma-Louise Fenelon and Peter Skelton QC discuss the recent changes in legislation and guidance concerning the Coronial jurisdiction since the outbreak of COVID-19 and the ways in which Coroners and practitioners are rising to meet the challenges faced in lockdown.
May 13, 2020

Doing different and doing better

John Pugh-Smith considers how, more creatively, to ease the lockdown in a planning context.
May 13, 2020

COVID's Metamorphoses: the future of the social economy

Philip Kolvin QC and Alicia Scholer consider the long-term impact of COVID-19 on the future of the social economy.
May 12, 2020

Gambling and advertising controls

Jeremy Phillips QC examines the move to online gambling and the development of advertising and player controls during lockdown.
May 12, 2020

Locking down anti-social behaviour - an introduction to Public Spaces Protection Orders

In the third instalment of her series on community safety law during the lockdown, Kuljit Bhogal discusses Public Spaces Protection Orders.
May 12, 2020

SEN and COVID-19

Richard Freeth assess the changes made to special educational needs and disability (SEND) legislation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
May 12, 2020

Care planning, placement and case reviews during COVID-19

Daniel Benjamin assesses the impact of the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 on the care planning, placement and case review obligations of local authorities.
May 12, 2020

The monitoring officer during COVID-19

Allison Cook and Mark Heath consider the role of the Monitoring Officer in the coronavirus pandemic.
May 11, 2020

Time to go home

A recent clarificatory ruling in the Court of Protection has provided a helpful précis of the law on derogation from the European Convention on Human Rights, says Alison Harvey.
May 07, 2020

Coronavirus and completing Section 106 agreements

John Pugh-Smith examines some of the challenges around completing s.106 agreements during the coronavirus pandemic, and sets out some potential ways forward.
May 07, 2020

Article 8 breaches and local authority statutory duties

A recent case provides an important discussion of the positive duties of the state under Article 8 ECHR – and specifically, the issue of when an Article 8 breach may arise in the absence of any failure of a local authority to carry out its statutory duties, writes Arianna Kelly.
May 07, 2020

Local authority legal practice during COVID-19

What is it like working in local authority legal practice during the coronavirus pandemic? Matthew Dineen explains.
May 07, 2020

COVID-19: Houses in multiple occupation

Sonia Rai and Ben Maltz consider the issues around houses in multiple occupation during the coronavirus pandemic.
May 04, 2020

DNACPR orders during coronavirus

Victoria Mortimer examines issues around care planning and the use of DNACPR orders in the current crisis.
May 04, 2020

Late night levy in lockdown

This year, pub, club and restaurant owners will be paying a late night levy for premises they cannot open because of the lockdown. Philip Kolvin QC and Clare Eames explore two solutions.
May 04, 2020

School admissions appeals during COVID-19

Allison Cook reviews the government's recently introduced regulations covering school admissions appeals during the coronavirus outbreak, and outlines some key considerations.
May 01, 2020

Welsh remote meetings regulations - getting democracy moving in the lockdown?

The Welsh Local Authorities (Meetings) (Wales) Regulations 2020 differ from the England and Wales 2020 Regulations in a number of ways, including not requiring the public to be able to hear meetings. Annabel Graham Paul discusses their main features, interpretation, and thoughts for their application.
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