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public matters - July 2018

26 July 2018

Welcome to our Public Matters Newsletter.

This month we have:

GDPR and civil claims

The new General Data Protection Regulation has caused all sorts of businesses to re-assess how they process personal data. This article deals with several areas of concern for local authorities.

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Vicarious liability and independent contractors: the law continues to evolve

The Court of Appeal’s judgment in the case of Various Claimants v Barclays bank [2018] EWCA Civ 1670 confirms that Barclays Bank is vicariously liable for sexual assaults conducted by Dr Gordon Bates during employees’ pre-employment medical examinations.

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A reliable historian? Be prepared to prove it

As anyone who has handled a personal injury claim will know, the success or otherwise of the claim is heavily dependent upon witness evidence and the weight given to the testimony of that witness, the most influential of which is likely to be the claimant.

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Sir Andrew McFarlane, the new Family President: what do we know?

On 27 July 2018, Sir Andrew McFarlance will take over the role as President of the Family Division. What should those involved in social care expect from the President incumbent?

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Japanese knotweed: a real nuisance

Landowners (including local authorities and other public bodies) may be at risk of nuisance claims following the recent ruling of the Court of Appeal in Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd v (1) Williams (2) Waistell [2018] EWCA Civ 1514.

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How to implement the GDPR for public sector

This training will give planning committee members an outline of the key terms and practices you need to be aware of, including the Nolan Principles, Localism Act 2011, Codes of Conduct, the Wednesbury rules and will look at the planning process and relevant case law.

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Business and government must work together to improve public services

A CBI/Browne Jacobson public procurement report calls for focus on creating long-term partnerships, improving consistency and reducing complexity in public contracts.

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training and events


Child Abuse Claims – Design your own Redress Schemes and Codes of Conduct seminar Manchester office

We are delighted to invite you to attend our next social care forum.

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Private sector development club Nottingham office

We are pleased to invite you to our next private sector development club. At this session we will guide you through a fictional development scenario – covering site acquisition, resolving title issues, negotiating a development agreement and the role of collateral warranties.

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Legal updates

Clean Air Bill – what is its impact and will it ever become law?

Only a minority of Private Members’ bills become law, however by creating publicity surrounding a certain subject, in this instance clean air, they are often influential in shaping future government policy.


Mental health, capacity and deprivation of liberty case law update

We are pleased to invite you to our next webinar which will focus on updates on serious medical treatment cases and deprivation of liberty.


Legal updates

Update: Mencap sleep-ins case heard by the Supreme Court

This week, the Supreme Court has heard what will be a landmark case for the care sector look at the long running case of Tomlinson-Blake v Mencap.


Upcoming webinars

Common contractual pitfalls and what you can do to avoid them

During this short webinar our experts will deconstruct the most typically occurring contractual disputes.


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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