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Month: June 2020

Administrative Court quashes Academy Order in respect of maintained middle school due to failure to consider prejudice to ongoing local authority review of unviable three-tier school structure

R(Somerset County Council) v Secretary of State for Education & Ors [2020] EWHC 1675 (Admin) The Administrative Court has quashed an Academy Order permitting a community middle school maintained by Somerset County Council to join a Multi-Academy Trust (‘MAT’) in the midst of an on-going local authority-led review process seeking a solution to an unviable […]

Challenges to major rail franchise procurements rejected

Rhodri Thompson QC led an exceptionally large legal team in successfully defending three related challenges to major rail procurement exercises conducted by the Department of Transport in relation to the West Coast, East Midlands and South Eastern rail franchises, in one of the largest and most complex set of procurement cases ever brought in the […]