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public matters - September 2018

25 September 2018

Welcome to our Public Matters Newsletter.

This month we have:

Enforcement notice issued against council by the ICO due to subject access request backlog

Charlotte Harpin offers practical tips for local authorities on how to avoid enforcement action by the Information Commissioner’s Office.

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Privilege revisited: Court of Appeal judgment in Serious Fraud Office (SFO) v Eurasian Natural Resources Corp. Ltd

Helen Simm looks at what this means for public bodies, who may find themselves facing a criminal or regulatory investigation as a result of an incident, accident or whistleblower allegations.

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Update on MEES: Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

Ayesha Khalique looks at the concerns raised about the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards Regulations and Energy Performance Certificate assessments, and invites local authority landlords, purchasers and MEES enforcement bodies to participate in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy open consultation.

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What we're up to

LLG Governance Conference

2-5 October 2018

Hear Peter Ware and Michael Mousdale speak about getting better value from your contracts, and visit us at stand 10.

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EM LawShare conference

12 October 2018

EM LawShare members will be able to hear James Arrowsmith speak about liability for abuse by foster parents, and visit our stand.

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SOLACE Summit 2018

17-19 October 2018

Visit us at stand 6.

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Legal updates

Electronic signatures in conveyancing

On 9 July the Land Registry published draft guidance setting out the basis on which it will accept for registration transfers (and certain other deeds) that have been signed electronically.


Legal updates

Treasury consults on future lending terms of the Public Works Loan Board

The consultation has been prompted by the specific issue of ‘debt for yield’ to ensure that the PWLB can continue to support local authority investment.


Brexit resources

UK shared prosperity fund

The UKSPF has been proposed to replace the EU ESI funding for less developed regions, however a number of issues require resolution before the fund can be set up.

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Legal updates

Modern Slavery Act 2015 - updated statutory guidance for public authorities in England and Wales

This is timely guidance given that modern slavery will not be exempt from the health, social and economic challenges brought about by Covid-19.


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