Anna Bicarregui

Can human rights treaties require a “bright line” approach? The Supreme Court speaks in R(AB) v Secretary of State for Justice

The Supreme Court has, today, handed down judgment in R(AB) v Secretary of State for Justice [2021] UKSC 28. In AB the Appellant sought to argue that the solitary confinement… Read more »

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Local Government Newsletter – Spring 2021

Spring is well and truly in the air, and what better way to mark it than by digging into the Spring 2021 edition of 39 Essex Chambers Local Government Newsletter…. Read more »

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Local Government Newsletter – Autumn 2020 Edition

Welcome to 39 Essex Chambers’ Autumn 2020 edition of our Local Government Newsletter – just what is needed to lift the spirits as the novelty of Lockdown 2.0 wears off…. Read more »

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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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