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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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Training and events

1Feb

ICS Development Microsoft Teams

This one-hour webinar will include an overview of new legislation in a developing ICS, as well as the key features for developing integrated care partnerships, how local authorities can work collaboratively with health organisations, and how ICS structures can be developed to support key system priorities.

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Press releases

High Court strikes out ‘failure to remove’ Human Right Act claim against two local authorities

The High Court has considered the application of the Human Right Act to local authorities in cases where they are carrying out their statutory child protection functions after dismissing the latest ‘failure to remove’ claim against two local authorities.

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Legal updates

Employment law in 2022

As we move into 2022, we take a look at what employment law developments may be on the cards for the coming year.

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Legal updates

Exclusion grounds under the new procurement regime

A range of questions were subject to consultation on the grounds for excluding bidders from a procurement process. We consider some of the key proposals which will be taken forward in the new regime.

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Legal updates

New year, new Brexit transport rules

From 1st January, new import rules come into effect, with potential for significant delay, disruption and cost for importers and exporters.

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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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Partner and Head of Government Sector

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