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In brief for week ending 18 June 2014

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Central government:

  • The Commission on Devolution in Wales has published Part 2 of its report on the devolution settlement for Wales.
  • The government has published guidance on naming and registering government websites.

Civil litigation:

Education and children’s services:

  • Sections 120 and 121 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 came into force on 16 June 2014, making forced marriage a criminal offence.
  • The High Court has:
    • rejected a father’s claim for damages against CAFCASS stating that it did not owe a public duty to children’s parents in proceedings (F-D v The Children and Family Court Advisory Service); and
    • ruled that it has the power to set aside an order made by a judge of the same level under the Child Abduction and Custody Act 1985 (TF v PJ).
  • The Family Court has given guidance on the approach that should be taken when evidence or information changes during child proceedings that leads to a party requesting a court to review or vary existing findings (Re ZZ and others (Children)).
  • The DfE has published guidance on standards for school food in England.
  • The Welsh Government has published a consultation on Welsh school transport.
  • The President of the Family Division has published his twelfth View from the President’s Chambers.

Employment and pensions:


  • The Serious Crime Bill 2014-15 has been introduced to Parliament and will be relevant to environmental practitioners.
  • Natural England has launched an online tool to assist in identifying whether proposed developments will affect sites of special scientific interest.


  • The Court of Appeal has held that a notice to quit was lawful despite the appellants claiming that there was evidence of presumed undue influence and that the elderly tenant lacked sufficient mental capacity to give the notice (Beech and another v Birmingham City Council).

Local government:

Property and planning:

  • A further consultation on Crossrail 2 has been launched.

Public procurement and state aid:

  • The General Court has dismissed an appeal by an unsuccessful bidder in relation to a procurement procedure organised by the European Commission for language-training services.
  • The European Commission has:
    • announced that it has adopted a proposal to amend the Financial Regulation on the financial rules application to the general budget of the EU (which governs public procurement by EU institutions); and
    • adopted a communication on state aid on criteria for the analysis of the compatibility of state aid to promote the execution of important projects of common European interest.

Regulation and enforcement:

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