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public matters - January 2019

15 January 2019

Welcome to our Public Matters Newsletter.

This month we have:

Practical tips for local government re-organisation

Karl Edwards looks at some of the practical considerations when looking at moving to a unitary model.

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Future high streets

The Future High Streets Fund is an integral part of the government's strategy to try and help regenerate town centres. Thomas Howard looks at who can apply, how will it work, and what the key ingredients are for a successful bid.

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Court makes example of developer for breach of restrictive covenant

The Court of Appeal decision in Millgate and Others sends a strong message to developers of the importance of respecting restrictive covenants. Lucy Coe takes us through the background behind the case, and what it means for advisors and developers.

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The scope of litigation privilege and ‘purely commercial discussions’

Nicola Hollick reviews the Court of Appeal decision of West Ham United v E20 Stadium LLP, and what it means for you.

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Planning deliverable developments: viability assessment under NPPF 2018

As the transitional arrangements under the previous National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) come to an end on 24 January 2019, Will Thomas re-visits how viability assessment has changed under NPPF 2018 and what this means for local planning authorities, developers and others.

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Ofsted v Durand – outcome of the appeal

Katie Michelon examines the latest Court of Appeal decision and identifies the key points for you to take away from this important case law development.

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training and events


Minimising the risk, understanding the limits London office

The Supreme Court handed down its decision in Travelers Insurance Company Ltd (Appellant) v XYZ (Respondent).

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HR Conference for Education Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Burlington Arcade, 126 New St, Birmingham

The theme for 2019 is ‘organisational resilience’ - with keynotes and workshops designed to provide you with innovative ideas and practical solutions that can be implement in your schools and across academy trusts.

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Legal updates

Purdah: publicity considerations for public bodies, including the health service in the pre-election period

What is Purdah? ‘Purdah’ is a term which refers to the pre-election period when specific restrictions apply principally around the activity of those working in central and local government.


Upcoming webinars

Poole Borough Council -v- GN [2019] UKSC 25 – What does this mean for my organisation?

Six months on from the Supreme Court decision in the Poole Borough Council -v- GN case we look at emerging behaviours in response to this key decision, and its impact on agencies involved in child protection, including health, police, social care and education.


Legal updates

Devolution deal for Metro Mayors

Devolution in England has resulted in a number of devolution deals with combined authorities created, certain powers developed and local mayors elected.


Care Quality Commission and health & care regulatory update 7 November

Carl May-Smith provides an update on CQC & Competitions & Markets Authority enforcement.


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