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Spanning a wide range of areas from trade and industry to equality and human rights - government bodies play diverse and specialised roles. We provide expert strategic and regulatory advice to help you achieve your objective of consistently delivering high quality and fit for purpose public services. We have considerable experience of helping government bodies through their formation, structural and statutory reforms and to maintain their good reputation.

what we do...

  • Our experience - recognised nationally as ‘a true heavyweight’ in the public sector by legal directories.
  • Diverse client base - membership of the Crown Commercial Service Panels, National Procurement Service for Wales Panel, Welsh Government Panel, Homes and Communities Agency, Health and Safety Executive, Natural Resources Body for Wales, Department for Business Innovation and Skills and the Security Industry Authority.
  • Over 100 dedicated specialists - based in Nottingham, Birmingham, London, Manchester and Exeter.
  • Added value of knowledge transfer - from our wider public sector practice including NHS bodies, registered providers and local authorities.
  • In-depth knowledge of public sector issues - extensive public sector seminar programme and we assist our clients to propose and implement statutory and policy reforms.
  • Thought leadership on key issues - such as devolution, shared services and the mutual programme.

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Legal updates

FOIA and data protection: the difficult balancing exercise for public authorities when a request is made for third party personal data

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (‘FOIA’) allows members of the public to request information from public bodies. As guidance issued by the Information Commissioner explains, the main principle behind FOIA is that people have a right to know about the activities of public authorities, unless there is a good reason for them not to.

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Legal updates

State aid in loans to wholly owned subsidiaries

State aid is a key concern for public bodies establishing and funding commercial entities, whether wholly or jointly owned.

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Legal updates

The Queen’s speech - the mark of a new Parliament

The Queen’s speech is a long standing tradition to mark the start of the parliamentary year which forms part of the State Opening of Parliament ceremony which can be dated back to 1523. The most recent Queen’s speech was given on 19th December and it outlines the laws that Parliament aims to deliver.

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Poole Borough Council -v- GN [2019] UKSC 25 – What does this mean for my organisation?

Six months on from the Supreme Court decision in the Poole Borough Council -v- GN case we look at emerging behaviours in response to this key decision, and its impact on agencies involved in child protection, including health, police, social care and education.

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Richard Barlow

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