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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

18Dec

Claims club Birmingham office

Our final Birmingham claims club will be a review of the year just gone and a look ahead to the challenges to come.

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17Jan

Procurement workshop London office

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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Brexit

No deal Brexit and the UK oil and gas industry

Energy analysis: Selina Hinchliffe, partner, and Andrew Douglas, member of the energy sector team, from Browne Jacobson, consider the potential implications of a ‘no deal’ Brexit in relation to the oil and gas industry. The government has recently published guidance on this topic.

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Legal updates

Public matters - November 2018

In this month's public matters the team look at local government re-organisation, vicarious liability for employers and from contractors, the LGA's shale gas concerns, Concession Contracts Regulations, litigation privilege and Part 36.

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Legal updates

Local Government Association voices concerns on the inclusion of fracking projects in the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project Regime

The Local Government Association (LGA) recently published its objection to the inclusion of major shale gas production projects in to the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP) Regime in response to the BEIS consultation.

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Legal updates

Litigation privilege: how confidential are your legal papers?

Over the past few years we have seen an increase in which assertions of privilege have been challenged in the courts. A large number of these cases have involved the major banks but the issues which have been raised are equally of importance to public bodies.

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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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