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LOCAL CHALLENGES OVER LEAGUE TABLE UNLIKELY

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The chances of a flood of judicial reviews as councils contest their position in the league tables are slim. ...
The chances of a flood of judicial reviews as councils contest their position in the league tables are slim.

A legal expert said legislative trends meant judicial reviews were less likely to succeed, and the Audit Commission's independence would insulate it from such challenges.

Association of Council Secretaries & Solicitors vice-president Mike Kendall said: 'Increasingly legislation these days is pretty well judicial-review proof.'

The Audit Commission sees itself as independent, he added, and the court would say it has no axe to grind.

He doubted a judicial review would get beyond the first stage.
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