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Acas publishes new advice on handling coronavirus at work

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) has issued advice to employers on to deal with sick pay, staff in quarantine and staff who do not want to come into work due to fears over catching the coronavirus. Read more
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February 20, 2020

Lawyers and women’s rights charities call for family court judge's cases to be reviewed

Over 130 family lawyers and women’s rights groups have called for Judge Tolson's continuing cases to be reviewed, following Justice Russell’s condemnation of the family court judge’s treatment of an allegation of sexual assault in a child protection…
February 20, 2020

Trading standards wins landmark prosecution of ticket touts

Yorkshire trading standards officers have helped to secure the first successful prosecution against a company fraudulently reselling event tickets on a large scale.
February 20, 2020

Ombudsman threatens council with legal action over lack of co-operation

Folkestone and Hythe Council was threatened with a court summons by the Local Government Ombudsman over its handling of a complaint about its treatment of a homeless family.
February 20, 2020

Lewisham merges legal, HR and governance director roles

The London Borough of Lewisham is set to scrap its director of law post and replace it with one additionally covering governance and human resources.
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  FEATURES AND ANALYSIS

February 14, 2020

Interpretation of lawful use certificates

Michael Rudd analyses the outcome of a recent case concerning the applicability of the familiar interpretative principles of planning permissions to lawful development certificates.
February 14, 2020

Coronavirus, public health and coercive powers

The UK Coronavirus regulations contain legal powers to control a public health crisis. David Lawson looks at the key elements.
February 14, 2020

Employees and child protection issues

The Employment Appeal Tribunal recently considered whether a probation service officer who failed to disclose a child protection issue was fairly dismissed. Ceri Fuller, Zoë Wigan and Hilary Larter analyse the outcome.
February 14, 2020

How to be a judge of openness

A county council recently won a Supreme Court appeal over whether, as local planning authority, it properly understood the meaning of the word “openness” in the national planning policies applying to mineral working in the Green Belt. Harriet Townsend looks at the lessons to be learned.
February 14, 2020

Consulting on the reconfiguration of hospital services

The Court of Appeal last month rejected a challenge to reorganisation plans by two clinical commissioning groups in the North East. 39 Essex Chambers explains why.
February 14, 2020

Fluctuating capacity – another judicial take

A judge has set out a way forward for the Court of Protection to grapple with the difficult issue of fluctuating capacity, writes Alex Ruck Keene.
February 14, 2020

We need to talk about Section 73: The Lambeth and Finney cases

Michael Dempsey discusses whether two recent decisions are indicative of something more fundamental about section 73 and how it is used and understood in practice.
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February 13, 2020

Obtaining possession of a secure tenancy

Produced in partnership with Karl King of Hardwicke Chambers, this LexisNexis Local Government guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering the range of tenancy types for social housing and the processes involved in obtaining posession for each.
February 07, 2020

Green Space borough-wide preventative injunctions: the view from the Court of Appeal

Steven Woolf examines the Court of Appeal's recent decision and guidance on Green Space borough-wide preventative injunctions.
February 07, 2020

The power to quarantine

David Lawson considers the law and practice of quarantine – of individuals, of groups and of places, of the unwell and of the healthy.
February 07, 2020

Extending prior-approval time limits by agreement

The High Court has ruled that prior-approval time limits can be extended by agreement. Charles Streeten explains why.
February 07, 2020

Will local authorities become airspace planners?

Local authorities need to have a clear understanding of the legislation on drones and an enforceable policy in place or they are putting themselves at risk, write Richard Ryan and Chris Gee.
February 07, 2020

Cross-border cases and the inherent jurisdiction

A Court of Protection judge recently considered applications for welfare orders for a man in his sixties made by his children who had brought him back from Spain, against the wishes of his second wife. Sophy Miles analyses the outcome.
February 07, 2020

Climate emergency #7 - have you thought about Pensions & Investments?

Philip Woolham looks at how pensions and investment can further the climate change agenda.
February 06, 2020

Local authority social care duties

The following Local Government guidance note, produced in partnership with Ros Ashcroft of DAC Beachcroft and Stephanie Townley of Addleshaw Goddard LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering local authority duties towards social care.
January 31, 2020

Houses in multiple occupation

This LexisNexis Local Government guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering the management, licensing and definition of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).
January 31, 2020

Private damages claim, public procurement context: Essential limitation advice

Gwendoline Davies and Lynsey Oakdene explain the key practical takeaways from an important case on public and private law claims arising out of public procurement.
January 31, 2020

RPRs, attorneys, BIAs and legal aid

A Court of Protection judge recently considered the question of the appointment of a relevant person's representative (RPR) in the context of attorneyship. Alex Ruck Keene examines the outcome.
January 31, 2020

The Epping Forest SAC and grants of planning permission

Permission to bring a legal challenge over a grant of planning permission near the Epping Forest Special Area of Conservation has been rejected. Ashley Bowes explains why.
January 31, 2020

Allocation of risk in construction contracts

Rachel Murray-Smith and Oliver Slater look at the importance when entering construction contracts of the parties reflecting the allocation of risk.
January 31, 2020

Complying with duties under the Equality Act 2010

A recent Scottish case has emphasised that public authority duties under the Equality Act 2010 are not ‘a question of ticking boxes’, write Laura Thornton and Matthew Smith.
January 29, 2020

A new beginning? – Enfranchisement valuation reform

The Law Commission has now published its report on options to reduce the price payable in lease extension and enfranchisement claims. William Bethune and David Zong analyse its findings.
January 29, 2020

New pre-action protocols for disrepair and possession claims

New pre-action protocols will bring clarity for disrepair and possession claims, writes Sian Evans, setting out the key changes.
January 29, 2020

Housing case law update: January 2020

Paul Lloyd and Sarah Christy round up recent cases from courts in England and Wales relevant to the housing sector.
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