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‘Vexatious’ bid to see consultee responses on Fire Safety

August 9, 2019 By

Ministry refusal to disclose rejected by the Information Commissioner. Another story from the category marked ‘Surely this cannot have happened?’ On 8th May 2018, just three weeks before the Grenfell…

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The rising fear about options appraisal

August 8, 2019 By

Over the last 10 years there have been several legal cases challenging the consideration of options by public bodies. In R (ex parte Bokrosova) v London Borough of Lambeth, the…

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NHS learns to defend legal challenges to service transformations

July 31, 2019 By

Are there signs that the NHS is learning how to defend challenges to the lawfulness of its service change consultations? Recent days have suggested that this may indeed be the…

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Boris – comedian or chameleon?

July 24, 2019 By

How consultative a Prime Minister will Boris become? Are there clues in his previous record? In fact, there is one really big one …. Boris Johnson had expressed his view…

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Another Summer of consultation Court judgments?

July 19, 2019 By

This time last year, we had a rush of important Court judgments on the Law of Consultation. On one day alone, August 3rd, 2018 the results of three legal challenges…

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When options are more apparent than real

July 17, 2019 By

When Buckinghamshire decided to close over half its children’s centres, campaigners went to the High Court to fight a Judicial Review. This week, they lost, and the Council won its…

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The elephant in the Council Chamber – consultation needed on de-commissioning non-statutory services

July 5, 2019 By

It is not often that barristers hit the headlines as they argue a case in the High Court. But heads were turned this week by the words of Sir James…

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Attending a judicial review

July 5, 2019 By

Yesterday, I observed the second and final day of the judicial review substantive hearing F v Buckinghamshire County Council. I was only able to hear the final points and submissions…

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Leisure Centre closure declared unlawful

June 28, 2019 By

Campaigners have won their case against Caerphilly Council on the grounds that the decision to close Pontllanfraith Leisure Centre had not met the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. This…

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