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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


In-house lawyers' update Manchester office

Our next in-house lawyers' sessions will give in-house lawyers the tools and strategies for dealing with some of the problems caused by recent changes to the law.

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In-house lawyers' update Nottingham office

Our next in-house lawyers' sessions will give in-house lawyers the tools and strategies for dealing with some of the problems caused by recent changes to the law.

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Brexit resources

Contract drafting and Brexit: considerations for local authorities

As Brexit Day inches closer there are many things for local authorities to consider. One of which is whether contracts already in place or currently being negotiated will still be accurate or support council business after Brexit.

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Legal updates

International Patient Safety Day – achieving a safety culture in the NHS

The fact that the focus of this year’s International Patient Safety Day on 17 September 2019 is ‘Safety culture at all levels’ illustrates the vital role culture has to play in the provision of safer care across all healthcare settings.


Legal updates

Effective OJEU contract notice defeats claim for declaration of ineffectiveness

High Court dismissed a claim for a declaration of ineffectiveness for a contract entered into by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council (the Council) and Newriver Leisure Limited (NLL) for a major regeneration scheme on Basingstoke Leisure Park.


Upcoming webinars

Parallel imports what brand and IP owners need to know

Parallel importers seek to exploit price differentials for goods sold in different countries.


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