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public matters newsletter - October 2015

23 October 2015
In this month's edition the team look at:
  • procurement – two Advocate General opinions on third party reliance and the 'living wage'
  • Teckal-ing public-public contracts in the PCR 2015
  • recent case law decision on duty of good faith provisions
  • employment law update – a look at recent legislative changes plus a case law round up!
  • increase in custodial sentences for fire safety offences 
  • the main proposals under the Emergency Services Collaboration consultation
  • directors' duties in the context of local authority companies.
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Legal updates

Vicarious liability - when is the role of an Independent Contractor sufficiently “akin to employment”

The beginning of Spring 2020 saw the Supreme Court give judgment in two important cases concerning the principle of vicarious liability.

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Legal updates

Vicarious liability for employers: mere opportunity does not in itself confer liability

On 1 April 2020 the Supreme Court gave judgment in WM Morrison Supermarkets v Various Claimants.

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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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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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