Campaigners take legal action over £27bn UK road-building scheme – The Guardian

Posted April 22nd, 2020 in climate change, environmental protection, news, planning, roads, transport by sally

‘Campaigners have launched a legal challenge to try to prevent billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money being spent on a huge road-building programme, which they say breaches the UK’s legal commitments to tackle the climate crisis and air pollution.’

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The Guardian, 21st April 2020

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Sawkill -v- Highways England Company Ltd [2020] EWHC 801(Admin) – No. 5 Chambers

Posted April 16th, 2020 in chambers articles, news, planning, roads, statutory interpretation by sally

‘This case, although legally technical in nature, provides an interesting illustration of the way that the courts grapple with interpreting statutory powers in real-world situations.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 8th April 2020

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Court rejects “fanciful” conveyancing negligence claim – Legal Futures

Posted April 7th, 2020 in conveyancing, damages, duty of care, law firms, negligence, news, roads by sally

‘The High Court has rejected a “fanciful” £600,000 conveyancing negligence claim against the law firm Gateley, based on an error admitted by the firm.’

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Legal Futures, 6th April 2020

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Landowner loses Upper Tribunal appeal over certificate of appropriate alternative development for site acquired for link road – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 25th, 2020 in appeals, local government, news, planning, roads, tribunals by sally

‘The owner of a field that was compulsorily acquired to provide land for the construction of a link road has lost his appeal over the certificate of appropriate alternative development he was given.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 23rd March 2020

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Luton Council pursues judicial review of neighbouring council’s link road approval – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 19th, 2020 in judicial review, local government, news, planning, roads by sally

‘Luton Council is to bring a judicial review of Central Bedfordshire Council’s decision to approve an application for a new link road after it says local plan examination inspectors’ letters calling the plan into question were not properly considered.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th February 2020

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Teenager who threatened suicide on road prosecuted for third time – The Guardian

‘A teenager with long-term mental health problems has been prosecuted three times in the last nine months after threatening suicide near busy roads.’

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The Guardian, 16th January 2020

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Council fined £1.4m after child suffers life-changing head injury in “easily preventable” incident – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 6th, 2019 in fines, health & safety, local government, news, personal injuries, roads by sally

‘Hampshire County Council has been fined £1.4m after a six-year-old girl playing on an unsecured street bollard suffered a life-changing head injury.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th December 2019

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Extinction Rebellion protesters guilty of obstructing highway – BBC News

‘Four Extinction Rebellion campaigners who caused hours of traffic disruption at a climate change protest have been found guilty of obstructing a highway.’

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BBC News, 20th September 2019

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When is a Highway “Maintainable at Public Expense”? – Zenith PI Blog

‘The claimant brought an action against the defendant for personal injury following a tripping incident on a path in Abram Park, Wigan. At trial the judge found that the path was in a dangerous and defective state but also found that the path was not a highway “maintainable at public expense” for the purposes of section 36 of the Highways Act 1980 and as such the defendant did not owe a duty under section 41 of the Act.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 28th June 2019

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Council wins High Court battle over development and certificate of lawfulness – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 3rd, 2019 in appeals, local government, news, planning, roads by sally

‘A borough council has won a High Court challenge over a planning inspector’s decision to allow an appeal against the local authority’s refusal of a certificate of lawfulness of proposed use or development.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd July 2019

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M4 Newport relief road scrapped: environment v economics – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted June 26th, 2019 in environmental protection, inquiries, news, planning, road traffic, roads, Wales by sally

‘Plans to build a fourteen mile, six lane motorway through the Gwent Levels south of Newport to relieve congestion on the M4 have been scrapped by the Welsh government. The announcement by first minister Mark Drakeford was welcomed by environmentalists, local residents and small businesses who opposed the scheme at last year’s public inquiry. Alasdair Henderson, Dominic Ruck Keene and Hannah Noyce from 1 Crown Office Row with other barristers from Guildhall Chambers (Brendon Moorhouse) and Garden Court (Irena Sabic and Grace Brown) represented Gwent Wildlife Trust and an umbrella of other environmental objectors in the proceedings which lasted from February 2017 to September 2018. All these barristers acted for free.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 24th June 2019

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Ep 85: M4 relief road U-turn – Alasdair Henderson – Law Pod UK

Posted June 25th, 2019 in environmental protection, news, planning, roads, Wales by sally

‘Rosalind English talks to Alasdair Henderson about the Welsh government U-turn on the M4 relief road. Alasdair acted for some of the objectors in the inquiry and regards it as “probably one of the biggest environmental success stores in terms of challenging a major infrastructure project on environmental grounds.’

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Law Pod UK, 24th June 2019

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Suspension of Contract – Local Government Law

‘Kenson Contractors v Haringey LBC (2019) EWHC 1230 (Admin) was an application made by the Claimant contractor, for an interim injunction against the Council to suspend its decision to award or execute a road-improvement contract to the Interested Party, Marlborough Highways Limited (“MHL”). Kenson came second in the procurement exercise for that contract and MHL came first. Because of the value of the contract (some £630,000 plus VAT) this procurement exercise was well below the threshold for the operation of the otherwise relevant parts of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. The underlying claim was brought by way of judicial review (“JR”) of the Council’s decision to award the contract to MHL rather than Kenson.’

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Local Government Law, 22nd May 2019

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Drivers to face automatic £100 fines for ignoring lane closures – BBC News

Posted May 17th, 2019 in fines, news, road traffic offences, roads by sally

‘Drivers who ignore lane closures on smart motorways in England will face automatic £100 fines and penalty points on their licence, under new laws.’

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BBC News, 16th May 2019

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High Court rejects appeal by cyclist over dismissal of claim following pothole accident – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 6th, 2019 in appeals, bicycles, local government, news, personal injuries, roads by sally

‘A High Court judge has rejected a claim against a highways authority brought by a cyclist who was injured after she hit a pothole near a roundabout.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th Mach 2019

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More flexibility, but potentially more disputes, after UK highways case – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 14th, 2019 in appeals, interpretation, limitations, news, roads, Supreme Court by tracey

‘A recent UK Supreme Court decision on the common law meaning of ‘highway’ will have significant implications for property developers, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th January 2018

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High Court rejects challenge by motorcyclists over ban on use of three ‘green lanes’ – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 11th, 2018 in local government, motorcycles, news, roads by sally

‘Hampshire County Council has successfully defended a legal challenge brought by trail riders over its decision to prohibit the use of three linked ‘green lanes’ by motor vehicles and motor cyles.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th December 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

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Naomi McLoughlin Discusses the Recent Case of Surrey County Council v Hilliard (2018) – Park Square Barristers

‘The legal test in considering a breach of s41 remains to be found in James v Preseli Pembrokeshire DC [1993] PIQR P114 and Jones v Rhondda Cynon Taff CBC [2008] EWCA Civ 1497. Whilst the appellant was successful on the basis two pieces of evidence had not been considered with the correct weight, the lower Court had nonetheless applied the correct legal test.’

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Park Square Barristers, 30th October 2018

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