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public matters newsletter - November 2017

15 November 2017

This month we have six topical articles for you, which include:

  • a look at local authority property investments
  • corporate governance reform focusing on director's duties under section 172 Companies Act 2006
  • litigation is on the rise so how might mediation assist?
  • a look at the case Armes v Nottinghamshire County Council (2017) UKSC 60
  • EFTA rules that a simple breach of procurement law can trigger liability
  • our final article is from our guest writer, Tony Edeson. A senior risk professional who looks at business continuity.

Paradise lost? The release of the Paradise Papers and implications for local authority property investments

The so called Paradise Papers - a set of 13.4 million confidential electronic papers relating to offshore investments has attracted considerable attention in the press.

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A focus on director's duties under section 172 Companies Act 2006

There has been considerable activity in the recent months in the proposed reform of the UK’s corporate governance framework.

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With litigation on the rise how might mediation assist?

Litigation is on the up. Recent court statistics show that the number of claims is increasing. In this article we will look at the trends in terms of cases being brought and then how mediation might assist.

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Armes v Nottinghamshire County Council: What does this judgment mean for local authorities?

The Appellant had been abused by foster parents but the abuse was not as a result of any negligence on the part of the local authority.

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EFTA rules that a simple breach of procurement law can trigger liability

The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Court has recently handed down its decision in the case of Fosen-Linjen AS v AtB AS Case E-16/16.

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Business continuity - why 'M' is more important than 'P'

Many organisations (and their staff) believe that having a business continuity plan (the ‘P’ of the title) makes them business continuity aware and prepared for, and ready to cope with, anything that is thrown in their direction.

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training and events

25Sep

In house lawyers forum Birmingham Birmingham office

As in house lawyers you’re ultimately responsible for the reputation of your business. This update seminar looks at various areas of law and at your role in protecting that reputation.

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26Sep

Public sector breakfast club Exeter office

We are pleased to invite you to our next public sector breakfast club - procurement and contracting in a challenging environment.

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Legal updates

Update on MEES: Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

Concerns have been raised about the impact of the new regime on market practice and the overall reliability of EPC assessments. In response, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy is now seeking feedback on how the regulations are performing by way of an open consultation.

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Guides

Leadership in Turbulent Times: The importance of influence, risk management and engagement

In this paper we set out to identify examples of best practice in maintaining upwards influence, managing risk and engendering employee engagement.

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Legal updates

Enforcement notice issued against council by the ICO due to subject access request backlog

An enforcement notice has been issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office (the ICO) under the Data Protection Act 1998 which requires the London Borough of Lewisham to clear a backlog of subject access requests by 15 October 2018.

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Legal updates

Privilege revisited: Court of Appeal judgment in Serious Fraud Office (SFO) v Eurasian Natural Resources Corp. Ltd

On Wednesday 6 September, one of the most awaited court judgments in recent times was handed down by the Court of Appeal.

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