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public matters - May 2019

22 May 2019

Welcome to our Public Matters Newsletter.

This month we have:

The impact of Brexit on environmental law - hear from Richard Barlow

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Freedom of information - vexatious and costly requests

Responding to requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 may be both time consuming and costly for public authorities to manage. Hannah Payne looks at three cases that should assist public authorities in considering the appropriate response to freedom of information requests that cause the greatest burden.

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Tenant consultation in housing regeneration

Karl Edwards outlines some of the key consultation requirements that a local authority should consider when looking to regenerate housing, and additional considerations in London.

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The risks of 'accidentally' exchanging contracts

Kassra Powles looks at the Alexander Kuznetsov and London Borough of Camden case, which serves as a reminder of the fundamental elements of a property sale contract and the risks of unintentionally exchanging contracts.

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New EU regulation to establish standard form public procurement notices

The European Commission has published the draft implementing regulation and new standard form notices, which will be instrumental in the digital transformation of public procurement. Lucy Gregory summarises the key changes.

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Expert evidence

The law in relation to expert evidence is not straightforward. Nichola Evans takes us through the major issues that may arise.

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Children in care and immigration

Naomi De Silva provides an overview of what happens when a child with immigration issues is in the care of a local authority.

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Wearing two hats - Richard Barlow delves into the topic of conflicts of interest

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Ros Foster talks about developments in information law including the recent Morrisons case

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training and events


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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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.


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.


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.


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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