Legal

  • Changes to governance structures are needed in a time of pandemic

    31 March 2020

    Decision making is a pressing concern facing local government lawyers due to the evolving pandemic, but it is not the only one, says Helen McGrath


  • Lawyers warn Deprivation of Liberty safeguards will be 'paralysed' by pandemic

    31 March 2020

    COVID-19 will ‘paralyse’ the system of Deprivation of Liberty safeguards (DoLS), says the organisation for legal and governance council officers.


  • Union and council end dispute amid coronavirus crisis

    24 March 2020

    Trade union Unite has said its dispute with Veolia over holiday pay for refuse staff working at Tower Hamlets LBC has been resolved.


  • Jenrick urges councils not to delay on coronavirus spending

    17 March 2020

    Local government secretary Robert Jenrick this week urged council leaders not to put off decisions because of money in their response to the coronavirus pandemic.


  • Experts' warning over McCloud

    09 March 2020

    Implementing and communicating changes that address age discrimination in the local government pension scheme (LGPS) will be ‘extremely challenging,’ experts have warned.


  • NHS trusts lodge business rates appeal

    25 February 2020

    NHS trusts have applied for permission to appeal a High Court ruling that said they were not eligible for business rates relief.


  • Social care 'tipping point in nine years'

    24 February 2020

    Failings by councils and government mean the crisis in social care and specialist housing for older people will reach a tipping point in nine years, law firm Irwin Mitchell has warned.


  • Councils consider judicial review amid SEND crisis

    17 February 2020

    Councils are starting to talk to lawyers about a potential judicial review of the Government amid a crisis in special educational needs and disability (SEND).


  • Local authority borrowing: a re-think

    12 February 2020

    Neil Waller and Andrew Scopes outline alternatives to Public Works Loan Board (PWLB) funding, urging councils to take into account costs, timing implications and additional legal responsibilities.


  • Ensuring a commercial hit

    12 February 2020

    Heather Jameson examines the findings of a round table featuring local government lawyers hosted by The MJ and Penna.


  • Councils threat to Grenfell firms

    07 February 2020

    Councils would be unlikely to use products from any company that fails to cooperate fully with the Grenfell Tower inquiry, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.


  • Short-term thinking

    07 February 2020

    Ahead of the impending introduction of new licensing powers for short-term lets in Scotland, Stephen McGowan says the Scottish Government needs to give full attention to the impact the regulations will pose to already-struggling local authorities.


  • Kier takes on Birmingham highways contract as Amey departs

    05 February 2020

    Kier is to take over highway services in Birmingham on an interim basis, bringing an end to the city council’s rocky 10-year partnership with Amey.


  • Council pays compensation to Amey after High Court challenge

    05 February 2020

    West Sussex CC has paid £4m in compensation to Amey over a contested highways procurement process.


  • K&C against contractors' immunity bid

    04 February 2020

    Kensington and Chelsea RLBC has distanced itself from efforts by Grenfell Tower contractors to receive immunity from prosecution for their evidence to the disaster’s inquiry.


  • Winning back the public’s trust

    28 January 2020

    Peter Stanyon says there are urgent lessons to learn from the 2019 elections – and challenges ahead in 2020 and beyond include the wider need for urgent reform to election law, funding and support.


  • Council to face Grenfell inquiry

    28 January 2020

    Kensington and Chelsea LBC has become the only party involved in the second phase of the Grenfell inquiry to concede its role in the disaster.


  • Medway caves after Ombudsman rap

    16 January 2020

    Medway Council has finally accepted the recommendations in a Local Government Ombudsman public interest report after a two-year stand-off.


  • An efficient collaboration

    15 January 2020

    Victoria Gould of Warwickshire CC’s award-winning Young People Legal Service team (YPLS) explains how it is working collaboratively with other local authorities to minimise legal costs in times of increasing demand.


  • 'One-fifth of audit contracts should be put back out to tender'

    14 January 2020

    The organisation responsible for appointing auditors should take away up to 20% of current contracts from existing suppliers and put them back out to tender, a top accountancy body has said.