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March 05, 2021 Joshua Swirsky and Sarah Salmon act for local authority whose criminal investigation into person who lied to obtain s.17 Children Act support found to be lawful

The case reaffirms the right of a local authority in most circumstances to carry out an investigation before deciding whether to start a prosecution under s222 of the Local Government Act 1972. For claimants, the case stresses the need to show they have some identifiable interest in the remedy sought to have standing to bring judicial review proceedings.

January 27, 2021 Sarah Salmon in High Court case deciding issues of principle in local authority claims for injunctions against ‘persons unknown’

Sarah Salmon is acting for the London Borough of Hounslow in a High Court case to decide issues of principle in local authority claims for injunctions against ‘persons unknown’. The case could have much wider application as local authorities have used the same statutory provisions to seek injunctions against ‘persons unknown’ to restrain raves and car cruising (among other things).