Local Government

Rogers & Norton’s commercial and litigation teams have developed an array of experience within the Local Government sector.

Local government departments, authorities and members face increasing pressure from ever-changing government legislation. Our commercial litigation team can provide the support needed to reduce the financial and political pressures that our clients may face. Our breadth of knowledge has assisted a variety of clients, ranging from local government departments and authorities to companies and even individual claimants.

Our team is well versed with advising clients who have been subject to a local government decision whereby the decision-maker did not have the authority to make that decision, or the decision was made without following the correct legal procedures. If you believe you have been subject to an improper local government decision, then we have the expertise to assist with questions of vires and judicial review proceedings.

One of our most recent cases has seen two local councillors have their positions within a local council reinstated, following a successful judicial review claim. The councillors had been unlawfully removed from their roles within the council following a procedure, which was unfair, improper, and unauthorised.

Furthermore, Peter Hastings, head of the litigation team, has built a reputation by acting on behalf of clients who have faced damage to their personal and political reputations due to being subject to false and defamatory statements. Our team understands the highly sensitive nature of these claims and is equipped to handle the media attention which these cases sometimes attract.

Our expertise in Local Government include:

  • Advice on claims under the Localism Act 2011 and the Representation of the People Act 1983
  • Advising on issues of R (Harvey) v Ledbury Town Council [2018] EWHC 1151 (Admin)
  • Advice on statutory powers and questions of vires
  • Construction and engineering
  • Contracts and public procurement
  • Defamation and malicious falsehood
  • Environmental regulation and licensing
  • High Court and County Court Claims, Mediation, Arbitration and Adjudication
  • Judicial review and Injunctions
  • Local authority standing orders
  • Procedural advice, including proofing against claims of bias/procedural impropriety
  • Property and planning, including highways and rights of way.

Recent cases include:

Taila Taylor and Ed Tyrer v Attleborough Town Council (Successful conclusion of a High Court Judicial Review Claim for Taila Taylor) and settlement of defamation claims and an apology.

Advising various Councillors in connection with Andover Town Council.

Acting for members of MaSH against Sheringham Town Council for defamation and successfully recovering damages and an apology.