Covid-19 for local authorities

We are pleased to share you to our Covid-19 webinar, where a number of key members of the team will be providing an update on current issues arising in relation to the pandemic and its effect on local authorities.

16 April 2020

A number of key members of the team will be providing an update on current issues arising in relation to the pandemic and its effect on local authorities.

Procurement and commercial

Anja Beriro will be discussing: impact on current or pipeline tenders, using Regulation 32 for urgent contracts and using Regulation 72 to vary or extend current contracts to fill gaps caused by pausing a tender. On a commercial level she will be looking at PPN 02/2020 how to deal with ‘at risk’ suppliers while protecting the local authority’s interest and how to plan for longer term impact of losing suppliers.

Social care

Cynthia Watts will be covering hospital discharge arrangements under the coronavirus guidance, care obligations under the Act and safeguarding and risk considerations.

Property

Thomas Howard will be looking at how landlords should respond to commercial tenants in difficulty before considering the legal position where development and construction projects are delayed by Covid-19.

Constitutional

Richard Barlow will be covering virtual meetings for local authorities including Section 78 Coronavirus Act 2020, The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 and what can be done without new legislation? The execution of documents including: Contract or Deed and formalities and execution, the appointment of attorneys, Digital Execution and Constitution Revisions. We also briefly talk about education appeals.

Regulatory and Enforcement

Andrew Hopkin will be discussing premises closures and restrictions under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations. In particular looking at local authority powers, proportionate enforcement, safety of staff and practical steps to take in relation to the new regulations. He will also be discussing how to manage your existing and future enforcement cases looking at how the courts are dealing with matters, priorities, government guidance and practical advice for the EHOs.

View our webinar here:

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Speakers

Richard Barlow

Richard Barlow

Partner

Richard specialises in administrative, local authority liability and environmental law; experienced in countryside and environmental litigation.

richard.barlow@brownejacobson.com

+44 (0)115 976 6208

Anja Beriro

Anja Beriro

Partner

Anja is a partner in Browne Jacobson’s government and infrastructure team and is a trusted advisor to numerous public sector clients. Anja is recognised for her experience in public procurement (litigious and non-litigious), outsourcing arrangements, complex governance structures, alternative service delivery models, and joint working between health and local government.

anja.beriro@brownejacobson.com

+44 (0)115 976 6589

Andrew Hopkin

Andrew Hopkin

Partner

Andrew Hopkin specialises in regulatory and health and safety law; advisor and advocate in criminal prosecutions, planning inquiries and inquests for public and private bodies.

andrew.hopkin@brownejacobson.com

+44 (0)115 976 6030

Thomas Howard

Thomas Howard

Partner

Thomas is a commercial property specialist focusing on investment, regeneration, and healthcare sectors.

thomas.howard@brownejacobson.com

+44 (0)121 237 3951

Cynthia Watts

Cynthia Watts

Partner

Cynthia is a partner in our national social care and abuse team and has 30 years’ experience in the defence of civil claims brought against public sector bodies, including the NHS, local authorities, and the police, as well as private sector bodies and their insurers.

cynthia.watts@brownejacobson.com

+44 (0)330 045 2727

Contact

Contact

Anja Beriro

Partner

anja.beriro@brownejacobson.com

+44 (0)115 976 6589

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