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public matters - August 2019

14 August 2019

Welcome to our Public Matters Newsletter.

This month we have:

The Information Commissioners Office flexes its muscles: first fines under the GDPR

Two significant ‘statements of intention’ to fine have been issued by the ICO. Both have much wider relevance, especially for the health sector given the volume of sensitive information processed by health organisations. Charlotte Harpin takes a closer look.

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Local authority acquisition and disposal of land - watch our webinar recording

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Frameworks - still fit for purpose?

Anja Beriro and Peter Ware look at some of the polarised views on framework agreements, and whether anything can be done to improve their reputation.

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Conservation newsletter - August 2019

Our August conservation newsletter looks at climate change, bird netting, Oak Processionary Moth, recent case law and legislation updates.

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Third country bidders and goods in the EU procurement market

Whilst the European Commission ‘Guidance on the participation of third country bidders and good in the EU procurement market’ is not specifically Brexit related, it does provide useful guidance for UK companies on how they may be treated if the UK leaves the EU, particularly without a deal. Lucy Gregory summarises the key points.

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Government publishes MSA review response and associated consultation

Emma Grant outlines the key themes coming out of the Government’s response to the independent review of the Modern Slavery Act 2019.

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training and events


Maximising Public Sector Opportunities Workshop London office

Suppliers often comment that the public procurement regime does not provide a great deal of detail around the role of challenge during a tender process. When taking part in a public sector tender process do you really want to challenge what the contracting authority is doing as it may disadvantage your submission?

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Managing procurement risks and challenges Manchester office

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?

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Legal updates

Local government relationship with central government

Since the enactment of the Local Government Devolution Bill in January 2016, the Brexit vote and subsequent deal negotiations has dominated the attention of central government and as a result, devolution and departmental restructure has invariably taken a back seat.


Legal updates

Horizon scanning

In the first of what we hope will become a regular feature in Be Connected, Nick MacKenzie reviews what’s on the horizon for the education sector and briefly shares with you a number of themes.


Legal updates

Public matters - November 2019

This month includes publicity considerations for public bodies, including the health service in the pre-election period, ECJ guidance on applying exclusions to potential problem bidders, devolution deal for Metro Mayors.


Legal updates

Rise in the cost of borrowing from the Public Works Loan Board - to harm project viability?

The Treasury’s recent decision to raise the borrowing rate from the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB) (from 1.8% to 2.8%) will inevitably increase the cost of infrastructure projects as councils face higher interest rates.


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