We stand at the forefront of high-profile public inquiries. Our experience spans decades of acting in statutory and non-statutory public inquiries, such as the Savile independent inquiries, the Manchester Arena bombings, Grenfell Tower and the UK Covid-19 pandemic.
At Browne Jacobson our pragmatic and personable public inquiries team has the capability and resources to support you with any inquiry, regardless of whether you’re a core participant or a witness.
Our team is highly-skilled at finding solutions to the web of issues that arise during an inquiry, including public interest immunity, restriction orders, immunity from prosecution, spin out judicial review proceedings and funding.
At Browne Jacobson, we’re fully aware that the disclosure process is a significant part of any inquiry. It’s critical to effective engagement with an inquiry to be on top of managing the disclosure. That’s why we’ve built up effective protocols to manage the disclosure, often working in partnership with specialist eDisclosure providers.
We understand how stressful the uncertainty of a public inquiry can be. Our expertise in dealing with extremely high-profile and life-changing cases means we are able to bring empathy as well as professionalism to the table, when providing witness support. We’ll be there for you from statement preparation all the way through to giving evidence.
Representing a core participant from the outset of the inquiry including disclosure, preparation of Rule 9 evidence and representation at the public hearings.
Advising the Trust on the non-statutory inquiry surrounding the deaths of mental health inpatients between 2000-2020.
We have a permanently seconded a team of solicitors working in a dedicated team advising and representing individual officers who are core participants to the inquiry.
Supporting and advising NHS England as a core participant in response to the Inquiry’s request to provide disclosure and a statement in respect of issues surrounding emergency preparedness which formed part of the inquiry's terms of reference.
In the Autumn Statement delivered on 17 November, rises to the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates were announced, to take effect from 1 April 2023.
Announced in September but scrapped on 17 November the investment zone proposals were very short lived. The proposal has now morphed into the proposal for a smaller number of clustered zones earmarked for investment.
Settlement agreements are commonplace in an employment context and are ordinarily used to provide the parties to the agreement with certainty following the conclusion of an employment relationship.
On 2 November 2022, the Supreme Court handed down its judgment in the much awaiting case of Hillside Parks Ltd v Snowdonia National Park Authority  UKSC 30. The Court’s judgment suggests that the long established practice of using drop-in applications is in fact much more restricted than previously thought. This judgment therefore has significant implications for both the developers and local planning authorities.
Across the UK, homelessness is an urgent crisis, and one that is set to grow amid the rising cost of living. Local authorities are at the forefront of responding to this crisis, but with a lack of properties that are suitable for social housing across the UK, vulnerable individuals and families are often housed in temporary accommodation.
Updates include UK Shared Prosperity Fund, contracts, Subsidy Control Bill, data controller liability, Government Covid-19 procurement and Highway Code revisions.
The complex and rather nebulous transitional subsidy control regime set out in the UK-EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement and the UK’s wider international commitments has made it difficult for public authorities and those working with them to proceed with certainty where subsidies are involved.
Investment zones have been introduced by the Conservative party to get the United Kingdom (UK) ‘working, building and growing’. They are to be designated sites which provide time-limited tax incentives, streamlined planning rules and wider support for local growth to encourage investment and accelerate the development of housing and infrastructure that the UK needs to drive economic growth. Processes and requirements that slow down development will be stripped back with the intention of attracting new investment.
Created at the end of the Brexit transition period, Retained EU Law is a category of domestic law that consists of EU-derived legislation retained in our domestic legal framework by the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018. This was never intended to be a permanent arrangement as parliament promised to deal with retained EU law through the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill (the “Bill”).
It is clear that the digital landscape, often termed cyberspace, is a man-made environment, in which human behaviour dominates and where technology both influences and aids our role in it — through the internet, telecoms and networked computer systems, which are often interdependent. The extent to which any organisation is potentially vulnerable to cyber-attack depends on how well these elements are aligned.
Three months on from the commencement of the new statutory Integrated Care Systems (ICS) Anja Beriro and Gerrard Hanratty reflect on the main themes and issues that have come from the new relationship between local government and health.
The Procurement Bill (the Bill) has now been with us for about four months, during which time there have been a huge number of amendments proposed in the House of Lords (circa 320). Lately, there has been less mention of it — unsurprising, really, given everything else going on in politics recently — but here’s a summary of some of the key issues and themes so far.
Browne Jacobson has been named as a supplier on Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) Public Sector Legal Services Framework on Lot 1a – full-service provision (England and Wales) and Lot 2a – general service provision (England and Wales).
Welcome to our September edition of Public Matters, our monthly round-up of legal updates, news and insights for the public sector.
Since the UK left the EU and are now able to move away from the EU data protection regime, the UK government have implemented a national data strategy with the aim of reducing the burden on organisations but maintaining a high data protection standard.
The Chancellor’s recent mini-budget provided a significant announcement for business as it was confirmed that the off-payroll working rules (known as “IR35”) put in place for public and private sector businesses from 2017 and 2021 will be scrapped from April 2023.