Public law barristers host 6th annual Local Government Law Conference

Peter WadsleyBarristers from our public and administrative law team hosted their 6th annual Local Government Law Conference on Wednesday, 12th October 2016 in Bristol. The conference addressed a number of topical issues affecting those working and practising in the field of local government.

The conference was chaired by Peter Wadsley, who has been described by Chambers UK as the number one junior on the Western Circuit for planning and environmental work. It began with Professor Roy Light considering the Policing and Crime Bill, which is currently going through Parliament which contains a number of important licensing provisions.  After the break, Richard Stead addressed the potential liabilities of local authorities in nuisance claims arising from falling trees, tree root encroachment and flooding. Competition law expert Matthew O’Regan then went on to explore how authorities can ensure compliance with the EU State aid rules when funding projects or investing in commercial activities.

The afternoon session kicked off with up-and-coming planning barrister Philip Robson stepping in for Leslie Blohm QC. He discussed the position relating to deception and concealment in the planning system in light of the Court of Appeal judgment in Bonsall and Jackson [2015] EWCA Civ 1246. Philip then went on to run a workshop with Peter Wadsley about a frequent topic of debate at planning inquiries, the issue of 5 year housing land supply and its impact on decision making. David Fletcher was next to take the stand and discussed recent developments in Judicial Review. The conference ended with our experts leading a panel discussion about the topics discussed at the conference, inviting everyone to ask questions and share views and insights.

The conference attracted planning consultants, solicitors, and over 10 local authorities from the South West, South Wales and the Midlands. Delegates described the conference as; “interesting’ and speakers with ‘excellent delivery and knowledge’.  

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