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Public bodies are expected to deliver their functions with increasing emphasis on improvement and efficiency savings. Our experienced lawyers understand these pressures and align themselves to our public sector clients to deliver best value legal services. With a long track record of successful delivery to public bodies which accounts for a substantial part of our firm’s turnover, we are determined and committed to supporting and working with our public sector clients.
The hot topic is the ‘Gender Pay Gap Reporting’ duty and if you haven’t started gathering your data, you need to get your skates on!
The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) Regulations 2017 ('the Regulations') come into force on 31 March 2017. The Regulations require all public authorities included under the legislation with more than 250 relevant employees to publish their gender pay gap.
With continued pressure on local authorities to deliver savings, the outsourcing of services to external contractors is likely to be here to stay.
The decision of R (Wylde) v Waverley Borough Council significantly restricts the ability of third parties to bring judicial review actions on the basis of non-compliance with public procurement regulations.
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They are very experienced and really know their stuff. They can call on years worth of experience and it is not often they haven't already seen an issue before.
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Acting for a Council in relation to the construction of a new public highway required to run through a business park – our advice included site assembly, drafting infrastructure delivery agreements, SDLT/VAT/planning/procurement and state aid issues, Landowners’ Agreement and related Infrastructure Delivery Agreement and ransom strip arrangements.
Providing advice, guidance and support to an employee led Mutual in their spin out from a probation Trust. We supported on HR and Pensions issues through to corporate structures and state aid advice. We provided specific advice on how best to structure the contracts with the winning bidder and future implications for the new mutual.
Advising the Welsh Government on the transfer of environmental functions in Wales to a new single body, Natural Resource Wales (NRW) involving numerous different aspects of advice from administrative law (legislative drafting) advice through to wider commercial support in drafting of shared services arrangements between the Environment Agency (EA), Forestry Commissioners (FC) and NRW.
As of 6 April, the controversial apprenticeship levy came into force. This is effectively a 0.5% tax on employers with a pay bill of more than £3m. The levy money flows into a centralised apprenticeship training fund.
The Modern Slavery (Transparency in Supply Chains) Bill has effectively been dropped by its sponsoring MP and will not progress any further.
We have seen a rash of claims for breach of Human Rights being brought in the course of care proceedings.
At a recent conference on Big Data, chief executive of the Civil Service, spoke about the potential of big data in government and the commitment to becoming a “data-driven government”.
We recognise the financial constraints that our public sector clients operate under.
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