UK ministers face legal challenge over North Sea oil and gas licences – The Guardian

‘The UK government is facing a fresh challenge in the courts over plans to award up to 130 new licences for North Sea oil and gas exploration, in the latest attempt to stop ministers’ proposed expansion of the country’s fossil fuel production.’

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The Guardian, 12th December 2022

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Taxi driver licence appeals: burden of proof – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 28th, 2022 in appeals, burden of proof, licensing, local government, news, taxis by tracey

‘Prof Roy Light analyses the case law around the burden of proof in taxi driver licence appeals.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th November 2022

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Simon Lee: Wednesbury’s 75th Anniversary – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted November 11th, 2022 in constitutional law, judges, legal history, licensing, local government, news, ultra vires by tracey

‘Judgment was given in the famous Wednesbury case 75 years ago today, on 10th November 1947. Readers of this blog know full well the facts of the case, the judgment of Lord Greene (reported [1948] 1 KB 223), the mythical status of “Wednesbury unreasonableness” and critiques thereof, such as Lord (previously Sir Robin) Cooke’s dislike of what he saw as Lord Greene’s circumlocution, a “retrogressive” decision and the unnecessary use of “the geographical epithet” of Wednesbury.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 10th November 2022

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Council makes its first Interim Management Order to take over running of HMO following failings of landlord – Local Government Lawyer

‘Coventry City Council has made its first Interim Management order following what it described as a landlord’s “persistent failure” to licence a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) in the area.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th October 2022

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Property Guardians and HMOs – on we go. – Nearly Legal

Posted October 11th, 2022 in houses in multiple occupation, licensing, local government, news by tracey

‘Global Guardians Management Ltd & Ors v London Borough of Hounslow & Ors (2022) UKUT 259 (LC). This was Global Guardians’ appeal of an FTT decisions that occupation by property guardians was capable of making a property a licensable HMO, and that Global Guardians (and Global 100) were in control and/or management of the property. This was in two matters – one being Global’s appeal of civil penalties imposed by LB Hounslow, and the other being rent payment orders made against Global 100 in favour of guardian occupiers.’

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Nearly Legal, 5th October 2022

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No duty owed to taxi driver – Local Government Lawyer

‘A council has won an appeal in the High Court in a psychiatric injury claim brought by a taxi driver. David Green explains why.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th October 2022

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Council succeeds in part over whether landlords were “fit and proper” – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 15th, 2022 in fraud, housing, landlord & tenant, licensing, local government, news by tracey

‘A London borough has won on two limited points out of four grounds on which it appealed in a case over whether landlords were “fit and proper”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th September 2022

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Environment Agency told to protect wetlands in landmark court case – The Guardian

‘The high court has ordered the Environment Agency to reduce water abstraction and protect England’s rare wetland habitats, in a landmark case that confirms that European nature conservation laws remain enforceable despite Britain having left the EU.’

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The Guardian, 7th September 2022

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Camelot drops UK national lottery legal challenge – The Guardian

Posted September 7th, 2022 in appeals, gambling, licensing, news by sally

‘Camelot has dropped its appeal against a legal ruling over the handover of its licence to operate the UK’s national lottery to its rival Allwyn.’

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The Guardian, 6th September 2022

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Entain to pay £17m for failing on rules to make gambling safer and crime free – The Guardian

Posted August 17th, 2022 in fines, gambling, licensing, news by sally

‘Entain, the gambling firm behind Ladbrokes and Coral, could lose its licence to operate in the UK after it was told to pay a record £17m settlement over its inaction as individual customers spent hundreds of thousands of pounds.’

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The Guardian, 17th August 2022

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Landlord ordered to pay £40k in fine and costs for breaches of property licensing conditions – Local Government Lawyer

‘A London landlord who repeatedly failed to comply with licensing regulations, including refusal to provide a kitchen for a tenant, has been ordered to pay £40,000 in fine and costs.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th August 2022

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New measures in Leicester to tackle rogue landlords – BBC News

Posted July 13th, 2022 in consultations, housing, landlord & tenant, licensing, local government, news by tracey

‘New licensing measures are being introduced in parts of Leicester to help tackle rogue landlords, the city council said.’

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BBC News, 13th July 2022

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Channel 4 subtitles outage breached licence, Ofcom rules – The Guardian

Posted June 21st, 2022 in disabled persons, licensing, media, news by sally

‘Channel 4 breached the conditions of its broadcast licence by failing to provide enough subtitled programming to some viewers in autumn 2021 after a sonic boom destroyed equipment used to broadcast its programmes, the media watchdog has found.’

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The Guardian, 20th June 2022

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Coroner will write to the Government over Emiliano Sala’s illegal ‘grey’ flight – The Independent

Posted March 18th, 2022 in accidents, aircraft, coroners, inquests, licensing, news, sport by tracey

A coroner will be writing to the Government and the sports industry with her concerns about illegal “grey” passenger flights following the death of footballer Emiliano Sala.

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The Independent, 17th March 2022

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Outdoor civil weddings and partnerships here to stay – BBC News

Posted March 15th, 2022 in civil partnerships, consultations, coronavirus, licensing, marriage, news by tracey

‘Outdoor civil weddings and partnerships are being legalised permanently in England and Wales. Until last summer, non-religious ceremonies had to be held inside or in a permanent outdoor structure. The rules were relaxed to allow for more guests while coronavirus social distancing measures were in place.’

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BBC News, 15th March 2022

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Police officers should work under ‘licence’ to restore trust – report for England and Wales – The Guardian

Posted March 8th, 2022 in continuing professional development, licensing, news, police, reports by tracey

‘Police officers should work under a licence that must be renewed every five years and be subject to strict conditions to boost confidence in policing, an independent review has recommended. The Strategic Review of Policing in England and Wales, chaired by Sir Michael Barber and carried out by the Police Foundation thinktank, contains 56 recommendations urging radical reform to police culture, skills and training, and organisational structure.’

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The Guardian, 7th March 2022

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UK drops ‘absurd’ case against Greenpeace for dropping rocks in sea – The Guardian

Posted February 8th, 2022 in demonstrations, environmental protection, fisheries, licensing, news, prosecutions by sally

‘The government agency charged with protecting the marine environment has dropped its case against Greenpeace over a protest intended to obstruct destructive fishing practices in UK coastal conservation areas.’

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The Guardian, 7th February 2022

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Ministers face legal challenge over rules for shooting wild birds – The Guardian

Posted February 8th, 2022 in birds, game laws, licensing, news by sally

‘The government is facing a legal challenge over its newly updated shooting licences for England, which classify game birds as livestock and so allow wild birds to be shot to protect them.’

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The Guardian, 7th February 2022

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Council prosecution sees dog breeders ordered to pay £450k+ – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 13th, 2022 in dogs, guilty pleas, licensing, news, proceeds of crime by tracey

‘A couple who illegally bred dogs have been ordered to pay more than £450,000 following a successful prosecution by Vale of Glamorgan Council.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th January 2022

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UK fishing licences for bottom-trawling could be unlawful, says Oceana – The Guardian

Posted December 17th, 2021 in environmental protection, government departments, licensing, news by michael

‘The British government’s granting of fishing licences to more than 1,000 UK and EU vessels for 2022, which will permit bottom-trawling and dredging in marine protected areas, could be unlawful unless conditions to safeguard ocean habitats are imposed, the conservation group Oceana says.’

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The Guardian, 17th December 2021

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