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Local authority challenged on cuts to legal advice services

Bryan McGuire QC and Matt Hutchings appeared in the Administrative Court last week defending the London Borough of Newham in a judicial review claim that it had unlawfully cut and failed to replace legal advice services in its borough.

The assertion was that by so doing it had acted in breach of its Public Sector Equality Duty and had failed conduct a lawful consultation.

Argument covered questions such as what triggers a duty to consult or to commence an Equality Impact Assessment. The hearing was before Cranston J, and judgment has been reserved.