Public law / local government news

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).

January 26, 2021 Age assessments under the Children Act 1989 (HJ (by her litigation friend) v Croydon LBC)

Tony Harrop-Griffiths reviews this High Court case in which he represented Croydon LBC. The case considered whether a local authority has to assess a person’s needs under the Children Act 1989 when another local authority has found them to be an adult. This case raised issues about which authority should be responsible for the age and needs assessment process (and for providing any support in the meantime) when the person concerned has moved from one authority’s area to another.