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public matters - September 2019

24 September 2019

Welcome to our Public Matters Newsletter.

This month we have:

General elections – the role of the Acting Returning Officer

If an election is called, it will be against a backdrop of a charged political climate and the recent creation of a new and potentially major political party. Ben Standing looks at what Acting Returning Officers could be doing to manage risks.

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Election law specialists

Our election team is available to provide urgent advice throughout both the poll and the count to assist returning officers and polling station managers with any unforeseen issues that arise during the likely forthcoming election. Contact Ben Standing for more information.

What does no-deal Brexit mean for public procurement?

Gemma Pearce takes a closer look at what a no-deal Brexit mean for public procurement.

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Brexit: data protection law and local authorities?

Data protection law will be impacted by Brexit. Nat Avdiu summarises the key points for local authorities

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Contract drafting and Brexit: considerations for local authorities

As Brexit inches closer, one of the considerations for local authorities is whether contracts in place or being negotiated will still be accurate or support council business afterwards. Anja Beriro takes us through the issues to review.

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LLG Governance Conference 2019

15 - 17 October 2019

We are looking forward to seeing you at the 2019 LLG Governance Conference. Visit us at stand 9; and catch Peter Ware's procurement update on the 17th, 12noon - 12.45pm.

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Legal updates

Conservation newsletter - July 2020

There is a potential for significant change and public bodies are likely to be at the forefront of delivering that change.


Legal updates

Annual progress report on reducing greenhouse gas emissions: the impact of Covid-19 and future challenges for the Government

For the first time, in this year’s report, tools have been provided to Parliamentarians to scrutinise the progress across Whitehall.


Legal updates

Marine Conservation Zones: protecting seahorse populations in England

Sections 125 and 126 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 impose duties on public bodies in respect of marine conservation zones.


Legal updates

Treasury consults on future lending terms of the Public Works Loan Board

The consultation has been prompted by the specific issue of ‘debt for yield’ to ensure that the PWLB can continue to support local authority investment.


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