Public law / local government news

May 12, 2021 Identification is key: High Court decision on local authority claims for injunctions against ‘persons unknown’

Today in London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and Others v Persons Unknown (London Gypsies and Travellers Friends, Families and Travellers and National Federation of Gypsy Liaison Groups intervening), the court held final orders brought against ‘persons unknown’ cannot bind newcomers. Between interim order and subsequent trial, a claimant must identify the person against whom the final injunction is sought.

March 05, 2021 Joshua Swirsky acts 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.