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Climate emergency #4: have you thought about Retrofitting?

Maxim Laithwaite, David Hutton and Nathan Bradberry analyse how local authorities and registered providers can use retrofitting to help deliver on climate emergencies. Read more
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Dec 13, 2019

Overlapping planning permissions: which one is valid?

The High Court has recently revisited the principles for determining the validity of overlapping consents. Gary Soloman and Alex Minhinick highlight the key points for landowners, developers and local authorities.
Dec 05, 2019

Council forced to apply for retrospective planning permission for ground source heat pumps after thinking it was unnecessary

Northumberland County Council has had to grant itself retrospective planning permission for three ground source heat pump arrays after realising that it had gone ahead in the mistaken belief that permission was not needed.
Dec 02, 2019

Campaigners secure funds for potential judicial review of new Bedford to Cambridge rail route

A campaign group has said it has successfully raised sufficient funds to pursue a judicial review against East West Rail (EWR) should a route announcement for the new Bedford to Cambridge rail line be by way of Bassingbourn or neighbouring villages.
Nov 20, 2019

Council loses Supreme Court appeal over whether community fund donation was material consideration for grant of planning permission

The Supreme Court has upheld a ruling that a district council acted unlawfully when, in granting planning permission for a wind turbine, it took into account a proposed donation to a local community fund.
Nov 07, 2019

Court of Appeal rules planning inspector went beyond her powers in section 73 TCPA case

A planning inspector exceeded her powers in a case concerning permission for wind turbines, the Court of Appeal has ruled.
Nov 05, 2019

Bevan Brittan makes new partner, four associates in mid-year promotions round

Law firm Bevan Brittan has appointed Colin McConaghy, a commercial projects specialist in its Bristol office, as a partner in its mid-year promotions round.
Oct 21, 2019

Sharpe Pritchard advises borough council on 30-year, £1bn joint venture

Sharpe Pritchard has advised Brentwood Borough Council and its property company, Seven Arches Investments, on a joint venture expected to be worth as much as £1bn over the next 30 years.
Sep 26, 2019

Council leader resigns and refers himself to Ombudsman after Welsh Audit Office letter

The leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council has resigned and referred himself to an Ombudsman.
Sep 25, 2019

Council hit by judicial review challenge over planning permission for site near scheduled ancient monument

Campaigners have launched a judicial review challenge over Folkestone and Hythe District Council’s decision to grant planning permission for development on land adjacent to the Royal Military Canal, a scheduled ancient monument.
Sep 06, 2019

Ministry invites 100 places to apply for ‘Town Deals’ in bid to boost regeneration

The Government has invited 100 places to develop proposals for a new generation of so-called “Town Deals” under which they could receive up to £25m.
Sep 02, 2019

Government publishes revised guidance aimed at simplifying advice on Community Infrastructure Levy regime

The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government has published new planning practice guidance designed to “further simplify advice on the CIL regime, helping communities and developers understand what is required”.


December 06, 2019

Climate emergency #3: have you thought about New Housing?

In the latest of a series of articles on how local authorities can respond to a climate emergency, Maxim Laithwaite and David Hutton consider the opportunities provided by new housing?
December 06, 2019

Poor performance and exclusion of bidders

In a recent case the Court of Justice of the European Union has provided guidance on applying exclusions to potential problem bidders. Rebecca McLean reviews the judgment.
November 29, 2019

Heads up on 'material considerations'

You really can’t buy a planning permission, the Supreme Court has said. Mark Lowe QC and Estelle Dehon report on a significant ruling in a case involving proposed community donations and the grant of planning permission for a wind turbine.
November 01, 2019

Public procurement with SMEs - and the mafia

A recent judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union should act as a reminder of the importance of adapting procurement to the needs of SMEs, writes Anja Beriro.
November 01, 2019

The public/private joint venture – why do they succeed?

Anthony Vittadini highlights some of the keys to success when implementing public/private joint ventures and those involving property in particular.
October 29, 2019

Retrofitting social housing

Retrofit social housing is crucial to meet zero net emission targets. Nathan Bradberry explains what this opportunity involves for local authorities and registered providers.
October 25, 2019

Appeals after the Rosewell Review

Nagla Stevens considers the new accelerated procedure for appeals against the refusal or non-determination of planning applications.
October 11, 2019

What is a ‘reasonable endeavours’ obligation, and is it a sensible solution?

Gwendoline Davies explains what a party needs to do to comply with a ‘reasonable endeavours’ obligation, and considers whether endeavours clauses are always a sensible solution.
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Aug 22, 2019

Council to appoint legal adviser to £125k contract to support compulsory purchase for major estate regeneration scheme

Wokingham Borough Council is looking to appoint a specialist compulsory purchase adviser, lawyer or firm to a £125,000 contract to advise on a key estate regeneration project.
Aug 20, 2019

Gowling WLG to be official legal advisers to Birmingham 2022 Commonweath Games

Law firm Gowling WLG has been appointed as exclusive Official Legal Advisers for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Aug 06, 2019

Council defeats High Court bid for declaration of ineffectiveness over development agreement

A High Court judge has dismissed a property investment company’s bid for a declaration of ineffectiveness of a contract entered into by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council for a major regeneration scheme.
Aug 02, 2019

Council seeks to overturn gagging order following change of political control

One of three councils that signed gagging orders with Highways England over the Oxford-Cambridge Expressway project has said it will reconsider the issue, and two now oppose the project outright.
Jul 12, 2019

Most Local Enterprise Zones have failed to significantly improve employment: research

The creation of Local Enterprise Zones (LEZs) has failed to produce significant increases in employment in most areas where they have been set up, new research has found.
Jul 11, 2019

Oxford becomes first authority to sign up to 'Councils for Fair Tax Declaration', calls for procurement law changes

Oxford City Council has become the first local authority to sign up to the Councils for Fair Tax Declaration, which calls on the EU and UK governments to review procurement legislation and support greater powers for the exclusion of ‘tax dodgers’.
Jul 01, 2019

Birmingham City Council and Amey reach deal for contractor to exit highways PFI contract

Birmingham City Council and Amey have reached a settlement agreement that will allow the contractor to exit from the £2.7bn Birmingham Highways PFI contract.
Jun 05, 2019

Campaign group crowd funds legal challenge over green light for waste bulking facility

Campaigners against a proposed waste bulking facility in rural Wales have launched a crowdfunding campaign for a legal challenge.
May 15, 2019

Sharpe Pritchard advises Southend on its largest ever regeneration project

Sharpe Pritchard has acted for Southend-on-Sea Borough Council in what is said to be the local authority’s most significant and largest ever regeneration project.
Apr 29, 2019

Swansea Council defeats claim it failed to enforce its rights under contract to build Liberty Stadium

The City and County of Swansea has successfully defended a claim over its alleged failure to enforce its rights under the building contract for the Liberty Stadium.
Apr 24, 2019

National Audit Office sets out updated framework for reviewing major projects and programmes

The National Audit Office has published an updated framework for its reviews of major projects and programmes, giving new examples of good practice and lessons learnt from the 140 reports it has completed since 2010.
Apr 16, 2019

Bevan Brittan advises district council on coastal management project

Law firm Bevan Brittan has advised North Norfolk District Council on a coastal management project said to be of national importance.
Apr 12, 2019

Excluding suppliers in public procurement

Tim Care and Melanie Pears look at recent government guidance on applying exclusions in public procurement, managing conflicts of interest and whistleblowing.
Apr 11, 2019

Regulator warns policy makers to “think very carefully” before setting up charity for singular public project

The fact that more than £50m of public funds was spent by the Garden Bridge Trust without producing demonstrable public benefit or impact represented “a failure for charity which risks undermining public trust”, the Charity Commission has said.
Apr 11, 2019

Claimant lawyers press for early trial of incinerator procurement

Lawyers acting for campaigners against a Gloucestershire incinerator have said they will press for an early trial of their claim that it was tendered in breach of regulations.
Apr 04, 2019

National Grid pauses pylon removals in national park over “emerging complexities” surrounding EU habitats regulations

National Grid has paused work on a landscape enhancement project involving the removal of pylons in the New Forest National Park, saying its decision was “due to emerging complexities surrounding the European regulations designed to protect the natural habitats of protected species”.
Mar 26, 2019

Browne Jacobson advises council on £6.6m hotel and leisure development

Law firm Browne Jacobson has advised Newark and Sherwood District Council on its plans for a new 66-bedroomed Travelodge in Newark.
Mar 13, 2019

Cabinet Office consults on new evaluation model for social value for central government buyers

The Cabinet Office has launched a consultation on requiring central government departments carrying out procurements to take account of social impact as part of the award criteria, “where the social impact is linked to the subject-matter of the contract and proportionate to what is being procured”.
Mar 12, 2019

Anglesey Council awards £3m contract to law firm for advice on major projects

Isle of Anglesey County Council has awarded a £3m contract to law firm Burges Salmon to provide legal support and advice on major projects.
Feb 28, 2019

Borough council faces legal challenge over procurement of development partner

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council faces a legal challenge over its choice of development partner for a major regeneration project.
Feb 26, 2019

Government publishes ‘outsourcing playbook’ to deliver better public services

The Government has launched an ‘outsourcing playbook’ intended to improve how Whitehall works with industry and deliver better public services.
Feb 12, 2019

Campaigners threaten legal action over construction plan for tower redevelopment

A local campaign group has threatened to take the London Borough of Camden to judicial review over the construction plan it approved for the redevelopment of a key site.
Jan 22, 2019

Trowers & Hamlins advises combined authority on 5G testbed roll-out

Trowers & Hamlins has advised the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) on the 5G testbed roll-out which is expected to see the region become the first in the UK to trial the new advanced connectivity.
Jan 21, 2019

Council seeks provider for £200k contract to deliver legal advice on nuclear issues

Copeland Borough Council is procure the provision of legal advice in relation to nuclear power, nuclear decommissioning, radioactive waste management and wider energy related issues.
Dec 10, 2018

Welsh council to procure £3m panel for legal advice on major projects

Isle of Anglesey County Council is to procure a legal services framework worth an estimated £3m for the provision of support and advice on major projects.
Dec 03, 2018

City agrees settlement with contractor over closure of 17 schools in 2016

The City of Edinburgh Council has agreed a proposed settlement with the Edinburgh Schools Partnership (ESP) following the closure of 17 schools in 2016.
Nov 19, 2018

Court of Appeal allows appeal over development agreement and procurement

The Court of Appeal has handed down a key ruling on public procurement law and development agreements, also making the first declaration of ineffectiveness in England.
Nov 06, 2018

Combined authority to appoint legal adviser to district heating network project

Tees Valley Combined Authority is to appoint a legal firm with strong experience of delivering district heating and/or energy schemes to advise in relation to the Middlesbrough District Energy Network ('MDEN') Project.
Oct 30, 2018

Council ends PFI deal, takes legal action over tower block cladding

Camden Council is to end a private finance initiative deal and take legal action against contractors in a dispute over the recladding of tower blocks.
Oct 15, 2018

Council wins Court of Appeal battle over stadium and state aid

Coventry City Council has won a Court of Appeal case in the latest round of a four-year long litigation saga over the city’s sports stadium the Ricoh Arena.


October 11, 2019

Procuring bike share schemes

Colin Murray and Bradley Martin set out how public bodies can procure bike share schemes - without reinventing the wheel.
September 20, 2019

CIL Pools and the latest changes (in England)

Rachel Sykes analyses the impact on local authorities of the latest changes to the Community Infrastructure Levy regime that came into force at the beginning of September.
September 06, 2019

Cleaning up the air we breathe

Rob Hann looks at the pressures on local authorities to push forwards at pace with their clean air initiatives.
September 06, 2019

Bidders and legal entities

Is it obligatory for bidders to remain as the same legal entity between pre-selection and submission of tenders? Tim Care and Melanie Pears comment on a CJEU judgment.
August 30, 2019

Declarations of ineffectiveness and the Public Contracts Regulations 2015

A recent procurement case has brought into focus the circumstances when the remedy of a declaration of ineffectiveness may be available under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, write Richard Collins and Kathrine Eddon.
August 09, 2019

Local authority companies and governance: LLG's Codes of Practice

Rob Hann looks at the Lawyers in Local Government’s Codes of Practice for Local Authority Companies.
August 02, 2019

Local Authority Companies – the importance of good governance

James Hawkins and Scott Dorling consider the key issues that councils must consider when setting up local authority companies.
August 02, 2019

State aid, MEOP and district heating

Karl Edwards analyses a recent ruling that gives guidance on applying the market economy operator principle to district heating schemes.
July 05, 2019

Tenant consultation in housing regeneration

Karl Edwards examines some of the issues local authorities face when consulting tenants as part of a regeneration scheme.
June 21, 2019

Service models: the hazards of TUPE law

At a time when public sector employers are closely examining whether they have the right service models, Philip Woolham looks at the challenges of managing TUPE law.
June 14, 2019

Setting local authority companies up for success

Rob Hann provides some practical tips for local authorities setting up local authority companies.
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May 24, 2019

Further reflections on Faraday

In the second in a two-part series, Trevor Watt looks at the Court of Appeal's approach in the Faraday case to VEAT notices and limitation periods.
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May 17, 2019

Development arrangements and works contracts

When does a development arrangement get caught as a works contract? Matthew Mo analyses the key Court of Appeal ruling in Faraday.
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May 10, 2019

Airports NPS challenges: the result

A Divisional Court has rejected the legal challenge brought by a group of councils and other claimants over the endorsement of a third runway at Heathrow. Angus Walker looks at the judges' findings.
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May 10, 2019

New guidance on outsourcing and contracting with the private sector in delivery of public services

The Outsourcing Playbook provides guidance on outsourcing and contracting with the private sector. Nat Avdiu looks at the different policies, and how they can be a useful tool for both central and local government professionals.
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April 26, 2019

The Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 has its day in the sun

Colin Ricciardello examines a recent Court of Appeal ruling on whether third party claimants could enforce a contract they did not know existed.
April 26, 2019

Termination of ICT contracts, unfinished works and liquidated damages

The Court of Appeal has considered the application of liquidated damages following termination of an ICT contract. Amy Brown analyses the ruling and provides some practical tips.
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April 12, 2019

Problems with service of CIL documents

Christopher Cant examines the challenges that arise when seeking to comply with the Community Infrastructure Levy regime.
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April 05, 2019

Who is in the frame?

Frameworks account for a huge amount of the UK’s procurement activities. Michael Mousdale looks at two issues that frequently arise, and a recent case that provides some clarity.
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March 22, 2019

The MEAT tender and price

The Court of Justice of the European Union has reiterated that a MEAT tender is not necessarily the cheapest. Tim Care and Melanie Pears analyse its findings.
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