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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

26Jun

Managing procurement risks and challenges Exeter office, 1st Floor, The Mount, 72 Paris Street, Exeter, EX1 2JY

Have you ever received a letter challenging a regulated procurement procedure? Has your authority ever had proceedings issued against it for breach of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015? This all day workshop is designed to give you the confidence to understand the pressure points in procurement processes and how they can give rise to risk.

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Legal updates

Joint committee publishes its report on the draft Registration of Overseas Entities Bill

Recently the House of Lords and House of Commons Joint Committee on the draft Registration of Overseas Entities Bill (Bill) published its report on the draft Bill following pre-legislative scrutiny.

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Legal updates

Freelance Solicitors not subject to Minimum Terms

As part of the SRA’s ‘Looking to the Future’ programme, from November 2019 solicitors who provide reserved legal activities who wish to practise on their own have the option to go freelance. Freelance solicitors will be a new class of solicitor.

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CN & GN in the Supreme Court - your questions answered

In this video Sarah Erwin-Jones interviews Paul Stagg of 1 Chancery Lane, the junior counsel for the defendant. They discuss what the decision means for the principal stakeholders involved.

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Legal updates

Charity Commission opens inquiry into care charity following Coroner's report

In May 2016 an inquest into the charity’s care was opened following the death of Sophie Bennett.

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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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