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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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training and events

17Sep

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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25Sep

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

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.

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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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Legal updates

Contingent loss in negligence claims

Contingent loss is relevant to limitation; specifically, the date at which a claimant’s cause of action accrues for the purposes of a claim in the tort of negligence (as many claims against professional advisers are framed).

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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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