Court of Appeal confirms that Local Government Act 1972 provides local authorities with power to authorise music festivals in parks held on trust for the public

Author: Nicola Tilche / Brian Hurwitz Factual background In April 2016 the Friends of Finsbury Park (“the Friends”) commenced judicial review proceedings against the decision of Haringey London Borough Council (the “Council”) to grant a licence and hire out part of Finsbury Park to hold the 2016 Wireless Festival. The judge, Supperstone J, granted permission to…

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Data Protection: The pitfalls of handling employee medical data

Beware the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) which, particularly in recent months, has demonstrated its willingness to use their statutory Code of Practice enshrined under section 52 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) to impose monetary penalties (of up to £500,000) to those organisations who fail to take the appropriate measures to safeguard Medical Data…

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In the courts – Privy Council Appeal

Case: Holt v Attorney General [2014] UKPC 4 (19/2/14) Client: Attorney General of the Isle of Man (Respondent) Court: Privy Council Solicitor: William Rose Result: Appeal allowed, convictions to be quashed The appeal to the Privy Council was against the conviction of a young advocate for money laundering and making false documents. The prosecution involved the…

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A guide to claims and remedies for breaches of the public procurement rules

Download a PDF version of the full article here. Introduction It is becoming increasingly common for unsuccessful tenderers in public tendering exercises to commence court proceedings against contracting authorities for breaches of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 or its equivalent statutory instruments, for example the Utilities Contracts Regulations. Juli Lau, a solicitor in Sharpe Pritchard’s procurement…

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Rights to light reform – do the Law Commission’s recommendations offer some light at the end of the uncertain tunnel?

To download a printable PDF version of this article click here. Introduction Following the publication of its consultation paper in February 2013, the Law Commission has now published its recommendations and draft Right to Light (Injunctions) Bill relating to the reform of the law on rights to light. Within its report of recommendations the Law Commission…

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