Our services

Our team provides cost-effective legal services in a wide range of areas.

We have experienced and dedicated teams available to provide advice on:

Planning

Westminster City Council has the busiest planning department in the UK. Our planning and highways solicitors, part of our non-contentious team, advise internal and are available to advise external clients, notably other local authorities and public sector bodies on:

  • compulsory purchase orders and all ancillary orders
  • highway advice and all agreements required to facilitate highway works
  • planning matters and representation at public inquiries
  • negotiation and, drafting of complex planning, highways and other infrastructure agreements
  • advice on new legislation in the planning and highways areas
  • assistance with major projects
  • Community Infrastructure Levy

Licensing

WCC has the most licensed premises of any authority in the UK. Our central London based team is able to provide legal advice on all aspects of licensing law in England and Wales. We are also able represent you, in respect of challenges to your licensing decisions to the Magistrates’ and High Courts. Moreover, together with the council’s Licensing Service, we are able to provide a complete end to end licensing package.

Education

Our Legal team provide a full range of services to each of the council’s departments, including Education Services, its schools and more recently academies. We undertake prosecutions for school non-attendance, providing training for EWOs, legal adviser to School Attendance Panel, Exclusion Appeals Panel and Education (Awards) Sub-Committee, employment advice and ET litigation and many other areas. Of particular note, we advised on R (Elphinstone) v City of Westminster [2008] ALL ER (D) 101 (Oct) which was an unsuccessful challenge of a decision of Westminster City Council to approve a proposal to discontinue a school to create an academy. Since 2010 we have prosecuted 1,450 summonses over 60 cases of school non-attendance. Our lawyers, who special in criminal prosecutions, have achieved a conviction rate in excess of 90%. A number of prosecutions for school non-attendance were contested and some involved a history of difficulties with the families, which involved Social Services. These cases involved a number of issues re disclosure and we were able to apply our extensive experience and worked with our educational welfare officers to meet the disclosure requirements, making the process as painless as possible.

Non-routine litigation

Westminster City Council has Non-routine litigation is dealt with by the in-house Contentious Team which comprises 14 fee earners. Much of our work is diverse, complex, urgent and high profile. Dealing with diverse and obscure points of law provides a skill-base ability to apply general legal principles to new areas of law, with interest and confidence. Amongst other things, the team deals with judicial reviews, injunctions, licensing appeals, employment law advice, challenges in the Employment Tribunal and High Court, complaints to the Pensions Ombudsman and criminal prosecutions.


Last updated: 19 April 2017
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