Ombudsman urges councils to check procedures when dealing with people with ‘hidden disabilities’ – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 3rd, 2019 in disabled persons, local government, London, news, ombudsmen, reports by sally

‘The Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman has called on councils to check their procedures to avoid disadvantaging people with ‘hidden disabilities’, following the publication of three separate investigation reports into London councils.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd July 2019

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UK property register ‘needed urgently’ to stop money laundering – The Guardian

‘Proposals for the first register of foreign-owned property aimed at preventing “McMafia-style” money laundering should be put in practice urgently and reinforced to plug potential loopholes, the government has been told.’

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The Guardian, 20th May 2019

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Demand for commercial courts hits new peak as competition circles – Litigation Futures

Posted May 10th, 2019 in brexit, Commercial Court, courts, jurisdiction, London, news, statistics by sally

‘The number of commercial cases heard in London grew significantly last year, according to new research which highlights the difficulties for new international courts to challenge the UK’s position post-Brexit.’

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Litigation Futures, 8th May 2019

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Speech by Chancellor of the High Court: The effect of Brexit on Financial Services Disputes in London – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted May 8th, 2019 in brexit, judges, jurisdiction, London, speeches by tracey

‘Speech by Chancellor of the High Court: The effect of Brexit on Financial Services Disputes in London.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 7th May 2019

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Speech by The Rt Hon Sir Nicholas Hamblen: Litigating financial disputes in London and the Financial List – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Speech by The Rt Hon Sir Nicholas Hamblen: Litigating financial disputes in London and the Financial List.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 7th May 2019

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Facial recognition wrongly identifies public as potential criminals 96% of time, figures reveal – The Independent

‘Facial recognition technology has misidentified members of the public as potential criminals in 96 per cent of scans so far in London, new figures reveal.’

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The Independent, 7th May 2019

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Councils fail in legal challenge over Heathrow Airport expansion – Local Government Lawyer

‘A Divisional Court has dismissed a legal challenge brought by five councils, the Mayor of London and a number of other claimants over the Secretary of State for Transport’s decision to designate the Airports National Policy Statement (“ANPS”), which sets out that the Government’s preferred location for additional airport capacity in the South East of England is a new runway at Heathrow.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st May 2019

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Liverpool judge refuses to move huge claim to London – Litigation Futures

‘The High Court in Liverpool has refused to transfer one of the biggest claims ever filed in this country to the Rolls Building in London.’

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Litigation Futures, 24th April 2019

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Give local authorities extra powers to curb junk food ads – report – The Guardian

Posted April 24th, 2019 in advertising, children, enforcement, food, health, local government, London, news by sally

‘Local authorities should be given greater powers to make it easier for them to impose restrictions on junk food advertising in their areas, a report has recommended.’

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The Guardian, 24th April 2019

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

‘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.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th April 2019

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Garden Bridge which cost the taxpayer more than £50m was ‘a failure for charity’ that undermines public trust, commission rules – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 10th, 2019 in budgets, charities, Charity Commission, London, news, taxation, transport by sally

‘The London Garden Bridge, which cost the taxpayer more than £50 million, was “a failure for charity” that undermines public trust, the Charity Commission has ruled.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th April 2019

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London borough secures temporary injunction prohibiting illegal encampments at 350+ sites – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 10th, 2019 in injunctions, local government, London, news, travellers, waste by sally

‘Hillingdon Council has secured a High Court injunction until 18 June that prohibits illegal encampments on more than 350 sites across the borough.’

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Local Government Lawyer, April 2019

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ULEZ: New pollution charge begins in London – BBC News

‘Drivers of older, more polluting vehicles are being charged to enter the congestion zone area at any time.’

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BBC News, 8th April 2019

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Uber drivers sue Sadiq Khan for discrimination against ethnic minority drivers – The Independent

Posted March 1st, 2019 in congestion charges, equality, London, news, race discrimination, statistics, taxis by tracey

‘Private hire vehicle drivers are mounting a legal challenge against London mayor Sadiq Khan after he proposed new rules which require minicab and Uber drivers to pay the congestion charge.’

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The Independent, 1st March 2019

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Equality Act – Local Government Law

‘McNutt v Transport for London [2019] EWHC 365 (Admin) was an appeal by way of case stated against a decision of Hendon Magistrates Court to find Mr McNutt, guilty of the offence contrary to Section 165(7) of the Equality Act 2010 (“the EA 2010”). It raised an important point of statutory construction in relation to the duty, pursuant to Section 165(1)(a) and Section 165(4)(b) of the EA 2010 on the driver of a taxi which has been hired by or for a disabled person in a wheelchair “not to make any additional charge for doing so”. By Section 165(7), it is a criminal offence to make such an additional charge.’

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Local Government Law, 25th February 2019

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Black cab drivers lose High Court challenge against Uber’s London licence – The Independent

Posted February 27th, 2019 in bias, conflict of interest, judges, licensing, London, news, taxis by tracey

‘Black cab drivers have lost a High Court challenge against Uber’s London operating licence, after senior judges rejected their claims of bias.’

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The Independent, 26th February 2019

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Knife offenders to wear GPS tags in London pilot scheme – The Guardian

Posted February 11th, 2019 in electronic monitoring, London, murder, news, pilot schemes, police, recidivists, statistics, weapons by tracey

‘Knife crime offenders in London will be tagged with tracking devices upon their release from prison in an attempt to reduce violence in the capital, the mayor has announced.’

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The Guardian, 11th February 2019

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London borough acted unlawfully in dismissing three housing officers, tribunal rules – Local Government Lawyer

‘The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham acted unlawfully when it dismissed three housing officers, an Employment Tribunal has ruled. The ruling of the East London Employment Tribunal was handed down last month (27 December), following a hearing in October and November 2018. The council dismissed the three employees in the summer of 2017, suggesting that their roles were redundant. However, the Employment Judge ruled that in reality their roles were not redundant and that all three employees were unfairly dismissed.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th January 2018

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New Judgment: London Borough of Southwark & Anor v Transport for London [2018] UKSC 63 – UKSC Blog

Posted December 11th, 2018 in appeals, local government, London, news, roads, Supreme Court by sally

‘This appeal considered whether the effect of a Transfer Order, which transferred to Transport for London certain roads in London, was only to transfer the surface of the highway and sufficient sub-soil (normally called the two top spits) as is necessary for the maintenance of the surface, or whether it was to transfer to TfL the entire interest held by the council in the land on which the highway ran.’

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UKSC Blog, 5th December 2018

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Councils lose Supreme Court battle with TfL over vesting of highway – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 6th, 2018 in local government, London, news, roads, Supreme Court, transport by sally

‘Southwark Council and the City of London Corporation have lost a Supreme Court case with Transport for London over the vesting of highways.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th December 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk