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Court of Appeal Considers the Meaning of 'Inappropriate Development' in the Green Belt

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

The recent case of R (Lee Valley Regional Park Authority) v Epping Forest District Council dealt with the issue of how the construction of agricultural buildings in the Green Belt sits with the government's wider Green Belt policies.


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New Report Urges Local Authorities to Amend Planning Charges to Help Smaller House Builders

Friday, 15 April 2016

A new report – ‘Housing development: the economics of small sites – the effect of project size on the cost of housing construction’ – compiled by the Building Cost Information Service of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyor on behalf of


Articles & Blogs Public Sector

Watford Allotment-Holders Win Landmark Ruling

Friday, 15 April 2016

In a landmark ruling, the High Court has quashed a decision by the Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to allow Watford Borough Council to “appropriate”, i.e. take over, 128 allotments at Farm Terrace in central Watford...


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Nuisance Call Prevention Service Fined £50,000 for…Sending Nuisance Calls

Friday, 15 April 2016

A company that sold its service as preventing nuisance calls has been fined £50,000…for making nuisance calls of its own to win business.


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Enabling Closer Working Between the Emergency Services

Friday, 01 April 2016

On 26 January 2016, the government published ‘Enabling Closer Working Between the Emergency Services’.


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Procurement - New Draft Regulations Published

Monday, 14 March 2016

The Cabinet Office has published the government's response to consultations on the UK transposition of


Articles & Blogs Public Sector

First Declaration of Ineffectiveness Made in the UK

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

The Scottish Court has recently ruled that a call-off contract awarded under a framework agreement should be declared ineffective.


Articles & Blogs Public Sector

Back to Work - Recovery of Public Sector Exit Payments

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

HM Treasury have published a consultation regarding the government's proposal for exit payments to be recovered if high earning individuals leave the public sector and return within 12 months.


Articles & Blogs Commercial Property Public Sector

Insolvency Litigation Update - The End of the Exemption

Thursday, 17 December 2015

The exemption afforded to claims by liquidators, administrators and trustees in bankruptcy which allowed them to recover success fees and insurance premiums in litigation will end in April 2016.


Articles & Blogs Public Sector

State Aid - Beware Compound Interest!

Friday, 20 November 2015

A recent case from the European Court of Justice serves as a useful reminder of the risks of getting state aid wrong and the consequences of a recovery order.


Articles & Blogs Public Sector

New Guidance - Disclosing Information Safely and Removing Personal Data

Thursday, 19 November 2015

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has issued new guidance on how to disclose information safety by removing personal data from information requests.


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Pension Ombudsmen - No Maladministration in Conditional Enhanced Pension Offer

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

The Pension Ombudsmen has held that it was not maladministration for a Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) employer to make an offer for an enhanced pension conditional on the employee...


Articles & Blogs Employment Public Sector

Appeal Capable of Rectifying Procedural Deficiencies

Friday, 03 July 2015

The Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) has upheld the Employment Tribunal (ET)'s decision that an employee's dismissal was fair, despite procedural failings at the first stage of the disciplinary hearing.


Articles & Blogs Higher Education Public Sector

Freedom of Information - How to Recognise a Vexatious Request

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Higher education institutions have learnt through hard experience the importance of getting Freedom of Information requests right.

Freedom of Information - How to Recognise a Vexatious Request