Standards and Bias – An Update

Standards and Bias – An Update

CategorySeminars Archive Author Richard Harwood OBE KC, Alex Ruck Keene KC (Hon) Date

This seminar will examine:

  • Part 10 of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007: overview and implications
  • Local assessment and local investigations
  • Bias and predetermination: where is the law heading?

Richard Harwood specializes in local government, planning and environmental law. He has acted in numerous bias matters, including the leading case of Bovis Homes. Richard drafted many of the debated amendments to the ethical standards provisions of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill, securing concessions that members would be notified of complaints against them. He is a case editor of the Journal of Planning and Environment Law and Deputy Chairman of the Advisory Panel on Standards for the Planning Inspectorate. Richard was a Finalist for the ‘Barrister of the Year’ Award at The Lawyer Awards 2006.

Gordon Nardell acts for and against local authorities in cases about local government powers and conduct, planning/ environment and procurement. Gordon appeared for the successful claimants in the bias case R (Lewis) v Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council [2007] EWHC 3166 (Admin). He has appeared in other significant cases on local government issues including including Scrivens v Ethical Standards Officer [2005] LGR 641 (personal and prejudicial interests), Nottingham City Council v Thames [2003] H.L.R. 14 (scope of power to seek injunction under s. 152 Housing Act 1996), Burgoine v Waltham Forest LBC [1997] BCC 347 (officers’ indemnities for ultra vires acts) and the leading human rights/planning case of Alconbury [2003] 2 AC 295. Gordon is a councillor in a London Borough.”

Alex Ruck Keene specialises in administrative law. He has a wide-ranging local government practice, with a particular expertise in conducting both internal investigations into officer conduct and Standards Board inquiries into member conduct. He also trains councillors in a number of local authorities inside and outside London on the new Model Code of Conduct and on the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act. Alex also regularly acts for local authorities in community care, mental health and Court of Protection proceedings.

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