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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


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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Claims Club London office

We will be discussing: whether housing disrepair is the new PPI; school claims; and a legal update on 'hot topics'.

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Brexit resources

General elections – the role of the Acting Returning Officer

If the news is anything to go by, we are likely to have our third UK Parliamentary Election in five years soon.

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Brexit resources

What does no-deal Brexit mean for public procurement?

The UK has been immersed in negotiations to unravel the UK from EU law by the Brexit day on 31 March 2019.

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Brexit resources

Brexit: data protection law and local authorities?

The political situation in Westminster continues to evolve and it is unclear what will happen on October 31st – in particular whether we will remain, leave, or whether there will be a transitional arrangement to bridge the gap?

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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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