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public matters - November 2018

23 November 2018

Welcome to our Public Matters Newsletter.

This month we have:

Local government re-organisation: successes and warnings

Re-organisation continues to be a hot topic, whether it be through moving to a unitary model, or the establishment of combined authorities. Karl Edwards looks at some local government success stories and warning signs.

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Innocent employers could be liable for massive-scale data breaches caused by rogue employees

Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc v Various Claimants is one of the UK’s first data protection class action cases. Read our summary by Ella Greenwood.

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

The LGA recently published its objection to the inclusion of major shale gas production projects in to the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects Regime. Karl Edwards explores the NSIP regime and why the LGA are against the inclusion of shale gas projects within it.

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Concession Contracts Regulations 2016: when is an arrangement a service concession?

Ocean Outdoor UK Ltd v Hammersmith and Fulham LBC is the first reported decision of its kind on the interpretation and application of the Concession Contracts Regulations 2016. Alex Kynoch summarises the decision and key points for local authorities.

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Litigation privilege: how confidential are your legal papers?

Over the past few years we have seen an increase in which assertions of litigation privilege have been challenged in the courts. Nichola Evans takes us through the important Court of Appeal decision in SFO v ENRC, and practical considerations for local authorities.

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Part 36: the provision that keeps on giving (or taking away…)

What Part 36 lacks in size it makes up for in its pedantries. John Appleyard reviews the key issues and significant cases in its development.

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Vicarious liability for contractors - hear from James Arrowsmith

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Local planning authorities may now agree to extend the time period for determining prior approval applications

On 31 January 2020 the High Court handed down judgment in Gluck v Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government [2020] EWHC 161 Admin

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Social value in procurement

The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 extends public bodies’ thinking beyond the financial costs of a contract and makes them evaluate how the services they procure might improve the economic, social and environment wellbeing of an area.

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Should heading the ball be banned in football lessons?

It is an accepted fact that a school owes their pupils a duty to take reasonable care of their safety.

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