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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

20Jun

public sector planning club Nottingham office

We are pleased to invite you to our next planning club where we will be covering a number of topics.

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26Jun

health and care together Manchester office

Without doubt, better integration and collaboration between local government and the NHS is crucial to solving the crisis. Hear the thoughts of our panel of experts on how to solve the adult social care crisis.

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Brexit

Brexit: will the lights go out? A review of the electricity interconnectors with the EU

With less than a year to go to 'Brexit day', Wednesday 29 March, many scaremongering tabloids have speculated that Brexit will bring blackouts as a result of the UK’s electricity interconnectors with the EU.

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Legal updates

Suing big oil companies for their contribution to climate change

2018 has seen an onslaught of cities, states and celebrities in the United States attempting to sue big oil companies for climate change-related damages.

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Potential pre-action protocols for abuse claims the impact on your organisation and stakeholders

Sarah Erwin-Jones and James Arrowsmith of our abuse team will provide you with a background on pre-action protocols, how your organisation can be preparing for them, and how you can be ready, in the unfortunate event that a claim is made against your organisation, to handle it as quickly and compassionately as possible.

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Upcoming webinars

GDPR - what to expect in your contracts

This webinar, the first of our series, covers what you need to consider in your contracts with customers, suppliers, joint venture partners and others.

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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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