Plans to form a new council in Leicestershire have been branded ‘financially reckless’ at a recent council meeting. Coun Michael Mullaney, Liberal Democrat spokesman for finance, called on Leicestershire County Council leader Nick Rushton to scrap plans to get rid of the districts, boroughs and the county councils, with a view to forming a new council. The proposal was discussed at full council and by the scrutiny commission. Here’s the latest on the process... Where are we now? Coun Rushton has said that despite continuing opposition from some members, the local MPs and district and borough council leaders, the process should continue. In response to the "financially reckless" description Coun Rushton said it's the right thing to do for local people. Scrutiny committee are still in the middle of discussing the proposal, so far they've heard from leaders of Wiltshire, Durham and Cornwall councils, all of which have made the switch to unitary. Members have quizzed them … [Read more...] about Local government shake-up plan branded ‘financially reckless’
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The influential Legal 500 publication has published its definitive guide to the best lawyers and law firms in Wales. Here we feature a snapshot of their analysis in the areas of commercial property and corporate and commercial. Corporate and commercial south Wales Tier one firms Acuity Legal (Cardiff) Blake Morgan LLP (Cardiff) Capital Law LLP (Cardiff ) Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP (Cardiff) Geldards LLP (Cardiff ) Hugh James (Cardiff) Tier two Berry Smith (Cardiff) Greenaway Scott (Cardiff) JCP Solicitors (Swansea) Morgan LaRoche (Swansea, Carmarthen) Tier three Darwin Gray LLP (Cardiff) Douglas-Jones Mercer (Swansea) Tier four Dolmans (Cardiff) Red Kite Law LLP (Pembroke) Leading individuals Andrew Bound | Berry Smith Andrew Morris | Geldards LLP Christian Farrow | Acuity Legal Duncan Macintosh | Capital Law LLP Geraint Tilsley | Geldards LLP Gerallt Jones | Hugh James Greg Williams | Hugh James Iwan Walters | Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP Paul Pugh | … [Read more...] about The best legal firms and lawyers in Wales revealed by the Legal 500
A young child and her family have successfully challenged bankrupt Northamptonshire County Council’s decision to close 21 of the county’s 36 libraries. The High Court has ruled the council’s library cuts unlawful. The judge said it failed to consider whether it would operate a comprehensive and efficient library service after the closures. This meant a failure to comply with its statutory duties as a council. After being instructed by a local young girl with the help of her mother (they remain anonymous), Irwin Mitchell solicitors issued proceedings for a judicial review of the council’s decision in March. It was the council’s effective bankruptcy – which made national headlines in February – that led to its decision to close the threatened libraries. Northamptonshire County Council failed to properly consider the outcome of a public consultation on its libraries’ future, failed to account for how much money it … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight Has a little girl from Northamptonshire just ended local government cuts?
Drink driving councillor Thomas Hogg under investigation by local government watchdog BelfastTelegraph.co.uk The Local government Standards Commissioner is investigating an Antrim & Newtownabbey councillor who was convicted of drink driving. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/drink-driving-councillor-thomas-hogg-under-investigation-by-local-government-watchdog-37063868.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/article36945998.ece/d7901/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-05-14_new_40918750_I1.JPG Email The Local government Standards Commissioner is investigating an Antrim & Newtownabbey councillor who was convicted of drink driving. The BBC reports a complaint has been made about Thomas Hogg's conduct to the watchdog which oversees standards in local government. The former mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey admitted drink driving in court in Belfast on May 25. His lawyer told the court he got behind the wheel in an "act of kindness" to help a … [Read more...] about Drink driving councillor Thomas Hogg under investigation by local government watchdog
Trans people are all around us. They're our doctors and nurses; our lawyers and bankers; our journalists and artists; our neighbours and our loved ones. One resolution many cisgender people are making this year – cisgender, by the way, means you were lucky enough to identify as the gender you were assigned at birth – it's to be stronger allies to the trans community; to do more; to be better; to stand shoulder to shoulder with our trans siblings in the face of their persecution. To get you started, indy100 asked 14 leading trans and non-binary activists, campaigners and voices about the transphobia they experience on a daily basis and how we can all be better allies to the trans community in 2018. But don't just listen to their advice now. Follow them on social media. Support their work. Help them feel included and valued in society. Just be a good person, basically. (Note: some of our trans and non-binary contributors prefer to use the … [Read more...] about We asked 14 trans activists how cis people can be better allies in 2018