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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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In-House Lawyers

Covid-19 and the challenges associated with it grind on into a second wave. Not only that but there’s the prospect of Brexit and a looming recession ahead. It would be entirely forgivable not to be on top of the law right now. Watch our on-demand video, where we have discussed Brexit and intellectual property and consumer and commercial law changes.

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Legal updates

Public matters - November 2020

This month includes updates on conservation, judicial review, re-organisation, procurement and social value.

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Legal updates

The Government’s proposes consultation on Environmental Impact Assessment

Whether there will be a weakening of the regime or not, it seems clear that the government intends to facilitate and simplify the EIA process.

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Legal updates

Pushing water uphill? Water Quality and the 25 Year Environment Plan

The government has outlined an ambitious target for improving the quality of water, and based on its own progress report and the Environment Agency’s results, it faces an increasingly uphill challenge to meet these goals.

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