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public matters newsletter, September 2013

1 September 2013

It has been a very busy summer for lots of us working in or with the public sector and with the policy initiatives coming from central government and the response of local government it is looking like a busy end to the year as well.

We have articles this month on PF2, mutuals, the localism debate, state aid and framework agreements. As in previous editions we have a question and answer section, this month Anja looks at combined authorities.

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training and events

3Jun

Optimus Education - HR and Employment Law in Education Leonardo Royal Hotel London Tower Bridge, 45 Prescot Street, London, E1 8GP

Exclusive offer for Browne Jacobson clients to join Dai Durbridge at popular Optimus Education HR and Employment Law event.

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11Jun

CST Inaugural Annual Conference Hilton Metropole, NEC, National Exhibition Centre, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham, B40 1PP

Come and meet the team at CST’s Inaugural Annual Conference this summer. Partner Nick MacKenzie will also be delivering a workshop on governance leadership.

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Legal updates

Are commercial surrogacy costs recoverable?

Liability was admitted by the Trust in May 2016 in respect of negligent reporting of cervical smear tests in 2008 and 2012 and cervical biopsies in 2012. By a majority, the Supreme Court has dismissed the Trust’s appeal, allowing the recovery of commercial surrogacy costs.

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Legal updates

Execution of deeds and other real estate documents during increased working from home (and can electronic signatures assist?)

Working from home for extended periods can make executing documents challenging, particularly since hard copy real estate documents still seem to be the norm. Different situations each need to be considered on their own facts but set out below are some common questions along with answers and some suggested alternatives to help avoid unnecessary delays.

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Legal updates

COVID-19: The ongoing safety of employees in the workplace

The Health and Safety at Work Act imposes on employers statutory duties to ensure the health, safety and welfare of employees, as well as the health and safety of others affected by the operation of a business. Read more here.

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Legal updates

Government financial support for business in response to COVID-19

The Chancellor has set out a package of measures to support public services, people and businesses through the period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

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The content on this page is provided for the purposes of general interest and information. It contains only brief summaries of aspects of the subject matter and does not provide comprehensive statements of the law. It does not constitute legal advice and does not provide a substitute for it.

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