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Public matters - January 2020

21 January 2020

Welcome to our Public Matters Newsletter.

This month we have:

Construction and the environment: building green contracts to meet your carbon-neutral commitments

James Harwood provides a summary of the short and longer-term enviornmental issues in construction projects.

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Clean air - where we are and what we may expect in the future

Sophie Hoffman looks at current clean air legislation, recent developments and the role of local authorities going forwards.

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Local authority ordered to disclose legally privileged material under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004

Natasha Stay provides an update on legal privilage in light of the recent decision in Brooksbank v Information Commissioner and another.

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Dissipation of assets to avoid care home fees

We have seen an increase in local authorities contacting us for advice about dissipation of assets in the context of care homes/nursing homes fees. Amba Griffin-Booth provides an overview of the considerations that local authorities should take into account.

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State aid in loans to wholly owned subsidiaries

Alex Kynoch reviews decision 2019/1712 on a public loan granted by Slovakia to Železničná Spoločnosť Cargo Slovakia [ZSSK Cargo], and it's imapct on public bodies.

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FOIA and data protection: the difficult balancing exercise for public authorities when a request is made for third party personal data

Matthew Alderton looks at the principle behind the Freedom of Information Act 2000, and exceptions for public authorities.

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A claimant’s Part 36 offer – just beat it

Emma Marshall summarises the recent case of Hochtief (UK) Construction Limited, Volkerfitzpatrick Limited v Atkins Limited, and the effectiveness of Part 36 offers.

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Training and events

9Jun

The use and misuse of social media. Managing the impact of difficult behaviour ON24 webinar

In this webinar, James Tait and Ros Foster come together to discuss the use of social media and difficult behaviour, the tools that the law provides to help manage such situations and provide practical hints and tips based on their experience and relevant case law.

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5Oct

Automotive webinar - EV Charging Points: Contractual and Liability issues to be aware of ON24 Webinar

This webinar will look at some practical contractual and liability issues involved in installing, owning, operating, and maintaining electric vehicle charge points.

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Legal updates

Public Matters - May 2022

Updates include Section 106, Changes to the statutory framework for local government in Wales and more.

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Legal updates

A new Modern Slavery Bill

Public sector and private sector organisations, particularly those who meet the £36 million threshold, are encouraged to review their approach to combating modern slavery in their organisation and its supply chains before the Modern Slavery Bill becomes law.

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Press releases

Browne Jacobson’s two ‘rising stars’ announced winners at the WeAreTheCity Awards 2022

A lawyer and a HR business partner from law firm Browne Jacobson have been announced as winners of the WeAreTheCity’s Rising Stars Awards 2022.

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Guides

A Guide to the Schools Bill 2022

we have published a series of briefings which we hope will help you understand what the Bill will mean for your school or trust.

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The content on this page is provided for the purposes of general interest and information. It contains only brief summaries of aspects of the subject matter and does not provide comprehensive statements of the law. It does not constitute legal advice and does not provide a substitute for it.

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Peter Ware

Partner and Head of Government Sector

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