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public matters - February 2019

13 February 2019

Welcome to our Public Matters Newsletter.

This month we have:

Google penalised €50m for GDPR breach

The first major financial penalty of €50m (£44m) has been imposed on Google for GDPR breach – what does this mean for you?

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London Borough of Southwark and another v Transport for London - Supreme Court decision

The Court of Appeal case of London Borough of Southwark and the City of London v Transport for London centred on the transfer of ‘highways’ to Transport for London and what constituted a ‘highway.’ Kassra Powles reviews the recent Supreme Court judgment.

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MEAT methodology examined in recent case: Proximus v Council [2019]

Olivia Watkinson summarises the recent procurement case of Proximus v Council and what it means for you.

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When the accused can’t stand trial?

There are many situations whereby after a criminal investigation has started, an accused individual can no longer stand trial. Laura Broadhead looks at when this might happen and when a trial of facts may be used.

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Modern Slavery Act 2015 – latest developments

Momentum is gathering in the call to take a tougher approach to how large businesses tackle modern slavery issues in their supply chains. Emma Grant and Raymond Silverstein look at the latest developments.

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training and events

26Jun

Managing procurement risks and challenges Exeter office, 1st Floor, The Mount, 72 Paris Street, Exeter, EX1 2JY

Have you ever received a letter challenging a regulated procurement procedure? Has your authority ever had proceedings issued against it for breach of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015? This all day workshop is designed to give you the confidence to understand the pressure points in procurement processes and how they can give rise to risk.

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4Jul

Public sector planning club Nottingham office

We will be covering planning performance agreements, expert evidence in planning inquiries and certificates of lawful use.

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Upcoming webinars

Local authority acquisition and disposal of land

Our speakers will cover commercial and public law considerations in relation to local authority acquisition and disposal of land.

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Legal updates

Public matters - June 2019

This month includes procurement, net-zero emissions, judicial review, fixed recoverable costs, construction contracts, austerity and political uncertainty, the UK companies register, and the Modern Slavery Act.

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Legal updates

Extending the scope of fixed recoverable costs: Ministry of Justice consultation

In March 2019, the Ministry of Justice launched a formal consultation (which came to an end on 6 June 2019) aimed at extending the use of fixed recoverable costs in civil claims.

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Legal updates

Case update: abandoning a public procurement process

In the case of Amey Highways Ltd v West Sussex County Council, the High Court considered whether it was lawful for a contracting authority to abandon a procurement process and whether that decision extinguished a bidder’s accrued causes of action.

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