Local government Insights

Insights and opinions on the latest law, legislation and policies.

Insights
What happens when the money runs out?

We have now experienced four years of cuts to local government funding. The signs are that austerity is here to stay for the foreseeable future.

Simon Goacher
Simon Goacher Partner

Insights
Ill-health early retirement from LGPS: Independence test for certifying medical practitioner

Mark Poulston comments on a recent determination by the Deputy Pensions Ombudsman that will have implications for many local authorities.

Mark Poulston
Mark Poulston Partner

Insights
Is the clock ticking? The importance of time limits in judicial review

In judicial review proceedings, CPR 54.5 requires that the claim form must be filed not later than 3 months after the grounds to make the claim…

Simon Goacher
Simon Goacher Partner

Insights
Charging for parking - and for other services

Local authorities are trying to raise as much income as possible but a recent decision scuppered an authority's plans to raise money from parking…


Insights
Rates avoidance – all right for some?

A number of recent cases have considered the validity of schemes designed to minimise/avoid business rates liability.

Peter Wake
Peter Wake Partner

Insights
Term of employment

As recently reported in the news, from September 2015 all state schools will be able to decide their own term dates, under plans for more school…


News
Weightmans and Zurich team up to fight fraud

National law firm Weightmans has been working with Zurich to crack down on fraudulent claims faced both by insurers and public authorities.

Kieran Jones
Kieran Jones Partner

News
Landmark judgment confirms local authorities may avoid putting all services out to tender

The Supreme Court has confirmed the extent to which public sector bodies need to comply with EU Directives and Regulations when placing contracts.


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