Limited weight placed on local authority age assessment and guidance as to reliability of social media evidence

Limited weight placed on local authority age assessment and guidance as to reliability of social media evidence


R(AY) v LB Barnet JR/5284/2019  Tribunal Decision here. Age assessment “fact-finding” judgments (conducted in circumstances where a local authority has determined an applicant for services under the Children Act 1989… Read more »

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WEBINAR: The Latest Developments in Local Government Law


In this webinar, one of a weekly series by Chambers’ Public Law Group, the speakers discuss: Remote decision-making – committees and consultations, and opportunities to rebuild after Covid-19 – Fenella… Read more »

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R (Drexler) v Leicestershire City Council [2020] EWCA 502


The Court of Appeal has dismissed a challenge to a local authority’s school transport policy and upheld the first instance judgment of Swift J.  The local authority proposed to withdraw… Read more »

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All Skype Trial


Peter Mant appeared last week in a three day trial conducted entirely over Skype, in what the Law Society Gazette described as a “legal first”. The case was legally and… Read more »

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Mediation and planning disputes (John Pugh-Smith for Local Government Lawyer)


Despite early encouragement by Central Government and the publication of guides to mediation in planning, over the past ten years there has been less progress than might have been hoped… Read more »

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Permission granted in challenge to closure of 19 children’s centres


On 13 June 2019, following a half day hearing, Supperstone J granted permission to apply for judicial review in the case of R (F) v Buckinghamshire County Council, a challenge… Read more »

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Society’s Darkest Crimes: A Legal Analysis of Historic Sexual Abuse Claims


This is a seminar intended for both claimant and defendant practitioners. Date: Tuesday 2nd July 2019 Time: 6pm – 7pm (registration from 5.45pm) There will be a drinks reception following… Read more »

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Public Law Analysis – Tom Tabori


Tom Tabori, interviewed by Varsha Patel of LexisNexis, discusses the principles that should be considered when assessing proportionality of interference with qualified rights on the basis of pressing social need…. Read more »

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Jockey Club Racecourses obtained a permanent injunction in the High Court


Jockey Club Racecourses obtained a permanent injunction in the High Court in March 2019 against persons unknown to prevent touting at Cheltenham Racecourse. This was a ground breaking case commencing… Read more »

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Crowdfunding Councils?


Fenella Morris QC, Sian Davies and Katherine Apps give their opinions on whether cash-strapped councils could use crowdfunding in order to defend cases in an interview with ‘The Law Society… Read more »

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