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Public matters newsletter - September 2014

17 September 2014

We have had a very busy summer with two new partners joining the Government and Infrastructure team. Stephen Matthew is based in our London office and Lynne Rathbone is in Exeter. We are all really excited to welcome them to our team and they would, of course, be delighted to meet as many of you as is possible over the coming months.

Anyway in this months public matters we have articles on the end of Industrial and provident societies, the Public Services Social Value Act, a very interesting case involving Boris Johnson (R (on the application of Core Issues Trust) v Transport for London), the issue of subsistence payments to NRPF families and a roundup of some very important cases for the public sector.

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The Building Safety Bill – what does it mean for you?

Earlier this month the Government published the Building Safety Bill as part of its continuing efforts to respond to the Grenfell disaster and recommendations made following the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety led by Dame Judith Hackitt.

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Legal updates

Japanese knotweed – a diminishing risk?

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (‘RICS’) is in the process of updating its guidance to surveyors on their approach to Japanese knotweed when valuing a property.

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Legal updates

Local authority leisure provision in a time of Covid

It was no surprise that the leisure sector was one of the hardest hit by the pandemic, and that many local authority leisure contracts required significant intervention.

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Legal updates

Special Severance Payments

It took over 5 years for secondary legislation implementing the £95,000 cap on public sector exit payments to be brought into force; only a few months after their implementation, the Government announced in February of this year that the Public Sector Exit Payments Regulations 2020 would be revoked, citing ‘unintended consequences’ which had been identified after ‘extensive review’.

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Peter Ware

Peter Ware

Partner and Head of Government Sector

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