In brief: Lambeth lawyer faces investigation

The head of legal services at Lambeth Council appeared before a disciplinary hearing last week. Paul Lally, who has been suspended since March, was brought before an investigating panel of three councillors at the town hall on Thursday. The meeting is private and Lambeth Council has refused to discuss the nature of the charges against him. But it is understood that the evidence is extremely detailed and will take several weeks to hear. The investigating committee consists of councillors Bernard Gentry for the Conservatives, Peter O'Connell for Labour, and Keith Fitchett for the Liberal Democrats.