Trinidad judge loses bid to halt legal inquiry into his private life – The Guardian

‘Judges in London have dismissed an attempt by the chief justice of Trinidad and Tobago to halt a legal investigation into his private life and alleged business dealings.’

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The Guardian, 16th August 2018

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Town council rejects poll calling for funding of legal action where it is a defendant – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 16th, 2018 in judicial review, local government, news, planning by sally

‘A Dorset town council has rejected the outcome of a parish poll that would see it take legal action against itself.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th August 2018

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British expats in EU launch Brexit legal challenge – The Guardian

‘British expatriates have launched a fresh legal challenge against the 2016 referendum, arguing that the result has been invalidated by the Electoral Commission’s ruling on leave campaign spending.’

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The Guardian, 14th August 2018

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Family claims win in high court challenge to Northants library cuts – The Guardian

Posted August 15th, 2018 in budgets, judicial review, libraries, local government, news, statutory duty by sally

‘A young girl and her family who took on Northamptonshire county council over its plans to close 21 libraries have claimed a win in the high court, after a judge ruled that the cash-strapped council would have to revisit its plans while “paying attention to its legal obligations”.’

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The Guardian, 14th August 2018

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Justice secretary wrong to push Parole Board chair to quit, judge rules – The Guardian

‘A high court judge has ruled it was unacceptable for the justice secretary to pressurise the Parole Board chair Nick Hardwick into resigning, and that the board lacks independence from the government.’

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The Guardian, 9th August 2018

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Divisional Court strikes down irrational and unfairly made decision to cut criminal legal aid – Blackstone Chambers

Posted August 9th, 2018 in budgets, criminal justice, judicial review, legal aid, news, solicitors by sally

‘A Divisional Court comprising Lord Justice Leggatt And Mrs Justice Carr DBE has allowed a judicial review challenge brought by the Law Society to a decision made by the Lord Chancellor to introduce a 40% cut to the maximum number of pages of prosecution evidence (‘PPE’) that count for payment of criminal defence solicitors. The regulations that introduced the cut will be quashed (p.143 of the judgment).’

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Blackstone Chambers, 3rd August 2018

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R (Sambotin) v Brent LBC – Arden Chambers

Posted August 9th, 2018 in disabled persons, homelessness, housing, judicial review, news, statutory duty by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by a local authority in which they had sought to withdraw a concluded decision as to what duty was owed to a homeless person; such a decision could only be withdrawn in cases of fraud or fundamental mistake of fact, neither of which were present.’

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Arden Chambers, 31st July 2018

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Civil service unions start legal case after government fails to consult on pay – The Guardian

Posted August 9th, 2018 in civil servants, consultations, judicial review, news, remuneration, trade unions by tracey

‘Civil service unions are seeking a judicial review over the government’s failure to consult on pay. Three unions, representing 200,000 public employees, have accused ministers of never intending to consult staff before offering a new pay cap of 1.5%.’

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The Guardian, 8th August 2018

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High Court dismisses legal challenge to local government reorganisation in Dorset – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 7th, 2018 in boundaries, judicial review, local government, news by sally

‘A High Court judge has rejected a legal challenge brought by Christchurch Borough Council over local government reorganisation in Dorset.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th August 2018

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Government to face IWGB union in landmark court case for outsourced workers’ rights – The Independent

‘The government is taking on a union in court in a landmark case that could have huge ramifications for the UK’s army of 3.3 million outsourced workers, many of whom have fewer rights and face worse pay and conditions than in-house colleagues doing the same jobs.’

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The Independent, 7th August 2018

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What’s another decade? – Nearly Legal

Posted July 16th, 2018 in housing, judicial review, local government, news by tracey

‘TW, SW, and EM, R (On the Application Of) v London Borough Of Hillingdon (2018) EWHC 1791. This was a judicial review of Hillingdon’s allocation scheme and in particular, the thresholds for eligibility for inclusion on the housing list set by Hillingdon.’

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Nearly Legal, 15th July 2018

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Government reinstates legal aid for child migrants in major U-turn – The Independent

Posted July 13th, 2018 in children, judicial review, legal aid, news, refugees by tracey

‘The government has bowed to pressure to reinstate legal aid for child migrants in a major U-turn after admitting unaccompanied minors in the UK may have been denied access to justice. Campaigners, who said that access to justice for these vulnerable individuals is an “absolute lifeline”, hailed the decision after a five-year legal challenge.’

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The Independent, 12th July 2018

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Judge refuses permission for legal challenge to Inner Temple planning permission – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 12th, 2018 in inns of court, judicial review, news, planning by sally

‘The High Court has refused permission for a judicial review of the Corporation of the City of London’s grant of planning permission for educational facilities in the Inner Temple Treasury Building, which involves the loss of the upper gallery of its library, it has been reported.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th July 2018

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High Court Rejects Challenge to Inner Temple Development Proposals – Landmark Chambers

Posted July 4th, 2018 in inns of court, judicial review, news, planning by sally

‘The High Court has refused permission to seek judicial review of the Corporation of the City of London’s decision to grant planning permission for the provision of new educational facilities in the Inner Temple Treasury Building. The proposals were particularly controversial, because they entail the loss of the upper gallery of the Inner Temple library. Although constructed after the Second World War, the library is a notable feature of the Treasury Building, and is regarded with strong affection by many who have used it. When granting permission, the Corporation’s planning committee accepted that the loss would cause harm to the Treasury Building, but concluded that this was less than substantial and was outweighed by the benefits of the scheme.’

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Landmark Chambers, 4th July 2018

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Council ordered to pay £68k on account in costs over coroner burial policy case – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 27th, 2018 in burials and cremation, coroners, costs, judicial review, local government, news by tracey

‘The Divisional Court has ordered Camden Council to pay £68,000 in costs on account following the high-profile case where judges ruled that the Senior Coroner for Inner North London acted unlawfully in adopting a policy that resulted in Jewish and Muslim families facing delays in the burials of family members, contrary to their religious beliefs.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th June 2018

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Grayling to face legal action over Heathrow expansion plan – The Guardian

‘The transport secretary, Chris Grayling, is facing a fresh headache over Heathrow as a group of councils confirmed they were planning legal action against expansion, just hours after MPs voted overwhelmingly to back a third runway.’

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The Guardian, 26th June 2018

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Tom Hickey: The Republican Core of the Case for Judicial Review – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted June 25th, 2018 in constitutional law, judicial review, news by sally

‘Richard Bellamy is right about many things. One of them is that judicial review cannot be defended on the basis of what he calls its “epistemic properties:” on its supposed capacity to bring about better outcomes in disputes about rights. This is because of the fact of reasonable disagreement about rights combined with the fact that the reasons for that disagreement are no less applicable to judges than they are to ordinary citizens. Thus the premise of epistemic cases for judicial review, like those of Rawls and Dworkin, offends democratic principles.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 25th June 2018

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Government defeated over housing legal aid – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 25th, 2018 in housing, judicial review, legal aid, news by sally

‘The government’s legal aid reforms suffered a new blow today when a High Court judge quashed controversial changes in the way it procures duty contracts for housing. The court was ruling on a judicial review brought by the Law Centres Network (LCN), heard over two days last month.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 22nd June 2018

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Law Centres Network wins battle with MoJ over housing legal aid scheme changes – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 25th, 2018 in housing, judicial review, law centres, legal aid, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

‘A High Court judge has quashed changes introduced by the Ministry of Justice to the Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme (HPCDS), it has been reported.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 22nd June 2018

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Slamming the door on system failure in medical negligence inquests – Jeremy Hyam QC – UK Human Rights Law Blog

Posted June 22nd, 2018 in coroners, hospitals, judicial review, news, statutory duty by tracey

‘R (Parkinson) v. HM Senior Coroner for Kent and Others. If anyone had the lingering hope that the door to argue “system failure” in any but the most exceptional case of medical negligence remained ajar after the decision of the Grand Chamber in Lopes de Sousa, then the recent Divisional Court decision in Parkinson shows the door has been well and truly slammed shut.’

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UK Human Rights Law Blog, 19th June 2018

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