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Public matters - March 2020

20 March 2020

Welcome to our Public Matters Newsletter.

This month we have:

Public decision-taking during coronavirus restrictions

Richard Barlow reviews what organisations can do to meet the guidance and to maintain functioning democratic decision-taking.

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Coronavirus Bill – impact on local authorities

Stephanie McGarry outlines what it means for local authorites.

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Local business support announced, Local Governments’ key role

Peter Ware outlines the government's measures to provide support to businesses during this unprecedented time.

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Procurement and Coronavirus

Jennifer Grigg looks at how potential high rates of absence and government measures will impact current procurement schedules and requirements.

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Coronavirus - contracts, force majeure and frustration

Paula Dumbill summarises what organisations can do if they are no longer able to perform their contract obligations with customers.

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Coronavirus in the Health and Social Care Workplace – FAQs

Jacqui Atkinson sets out below some answers to some of the most commonly asked workplace queries.

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Coronavirus hub: COVID-19 legal implications

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Procurement and freedom of information

Anja Beriro shares a reminder of the importance of procurement and freedom of information officers in an organisation working together.

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Can a Welsh registered social landlord who is not a public body for Office National Statistics be the subject of a judicial review when it delivers a public function?

Tim Edds looks at the Regulation of Registered Social Landlords (Wales) Act 2018, how it amends powers in the Housing Act 1996 and its impact on Registered Social Landlords.

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Use of restraints in school: EHRC inquiry

Leah Jones outlines the Equality and Human Rights Commission recently launched inquiry into the monitoring and recording of the use of restraints and restrictive interventions within schools in England and Wales.

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Historical child abuse and limitation – check your public liability policies

Sarah Erwin-Jones summarises the recent Court of Appeal decision in London Borough of Haringey v FZO and its significant implications for organisations that may face historical abuse claims.

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State aid - getting the basics right webinar

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In house lawyers: our digital future Online

As lawyers what can we do to stay on top of the changes and make sure we're prepared for what's ahead?

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In house lawyers: our sustainable future Online

This might be the greatest challenge facing C-Suite and legal teams over the next few years. What does that mean for you?

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Legal updates

Public Matters - June 2021

This month includes updates on GPoC, JCT or NEC, 'failure to remove' claims, regeneration, risk in health and social care and subsidy control.

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Legal updates

General Power of Competence: what does this mean for Wales?

With the recent enactment of the Local Government and Elections (Wales) Act 2021 (the ‘Act’), the General Power of Competence (‘GPoC’) is soon to be conferred on Welsh Local Authorities and eligible community councils, putting them in line with their English counterparts regarding these broader powers.

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Legal updates

Early contractor involvement is growing in popularity with local authorities, but which is the best route, JCT or NEC?

Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) and New Engineering Contract (NEC) - which drafting works best, and where are the traps for the unwary?

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