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In brief for week ending 23 July 2014

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Central government:

Civil litigation:

  • The High Court has:
    • held that where a matter is settled it is a matter of discretion for the relevant judge as to whether a judgment is handed down (Greenwich Inc Limited v Dowling and others); and
    • refused to hand down a costs order after the parties had settled all issues in their claim without agreeing on costs and had subsequently asked the court to determine costs only (RG Spiller Ltd v Derhalli and another).


Education and children’s services:

  • The High Court has:
    • given guidance on when safeguarding enquiries for third parties in private children proceedings should be undertaken (Re D (Child)); and
    • made an interim care order following the removal of a newborn baby from its mother as a result of an emergency protection order (X County Council v M and Others).
  • The DfE has published:
    • statutory guidance on the care of unaccompanied asylum seeking and trafficked children; and
    • a consultation on revisions to the School Admissions Code 2012.

Employment and pensions:


  • The Court of Appeal has held that the tort of conversion does not apply to copies of documents or intangible property as part of environmental investigations (Environment Agency v Churngold Recycling Ltd).
  • The High Court has:
  • The government has:
    • published its eighth statement of new regulation which will have implications for environmental practitioners; and
    • announced that the electricity demand pilot will be open to formal expressions of interest on 29 July 2014.


Information and data protection:

Local government:

  • The Registration of Civil Partnerships (Fees) Order 2014 has been made.
  • The Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Fees) (Amendment) Order 2014 and Marriage of Same Sex Couples (Registration of Buildings and Appointment of Authorised Persons (Amendment) Regulations 2014 have been made.
  • The High Court has held that:
  • The government has announced that it intended to introduce legislation to exempt travel expenses payments to local councillors from income tax and national insurance contributions.
  • A White Paper has been published on reforming local government in Wales.

Property and planning:

Public procurement:

Regulation and enforcement:

  • The government has published statutory guidance on anti-social behaviour powers under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
  • The HSE has published a consultation on proposed definitions for the self-employed worker exemption under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

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