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Public matters newsletter - November 2014

20 November 2014

In this month's edition, Angelica Gavin starts us off with a look at procurement challenges in light of the recent case of Group M UK Ltd v Cabinet Office in which an unsuccessful bidder brought an application for specific disclosure against the Cabinet Office; Lynne Rathbone considers governance issues for local authorities in light of the best value inspection of London Borough of Tower Hamlets; and Nichola Evans examines the courts approach to costs management following the introduction of the new regime last year (and provides a link to her very useful costs budget guide). Sharon Jones takes a special look at the progress of the Commissions state aid modernisation programme, and Angelica then rounds things off with an insightful summary of the EU Treaty Principles and their application to regulated procurements.

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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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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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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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