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public matters - June 2020

17 June 2020

Welcome to our Public Matters Newsletter.

This month we have:

A mandate to go green?

Despite the Covid 19 headlines, one consistent opinion being voiced by government, public bodies, NGOs, members of the public and the private sector is that the rebuilding after the Covid-19 pandemic needs to be green and sustainable.

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PPN 04/20 – recovery and transition from Covid 19

PPN 04/20 has been issued in recognition of the likelihood that the pandemic will cause continued disruption for the foreseeable future, so what does this mean for contracting authorities?

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Taking a pragmatic and common sense approach to Housing Disrepair during COVID-19

This note focuses on the disrepair element of the guidance with particular reference to points for consideration by local authorities and Arms Length Managing Organisations when resuming routine maintenance works.

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Could the coronavirus crisis reinvigorate English devolution?

Some have suggested that now is the time for greater devolution to enable the loca governments to manage the current crisis, rebuild local economies and build capacity in order to deal with future crises.

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Deborah Barlow v Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council [2020] EWCA Civ 696 – a double-edged sword for highway authorities?

The Court of Appeal has again found for the claimant albeit for different reasons.

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In-House Lawyers

Covid-19 and the challenges associated with it grind on into a second wave. Not only that but there’s the prospect of Brexit and a looming recession ahead. It would be entirely forgivable not to be on top of the law right now. Watch our on-demand video, where we have discussed Brexit and intellectual property and consumer and commercial law changes.

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Legal updates

Public matters - November 2020

This month includes updates on conservation, judicial review, re-organisation, procurement and social value.

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Legal updates

The Government’s proposes consultation on Environmental Impact Assessment

Whether there will be a weakening of the regime or not, it seems clear that the government intends to facilitate and simplify the EIA process.

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Legal updates

Pushing water uphill? Water Quality and the 25 Year Environment Plan

The government has outlined an ambitious target for improving the quality of water, and based on its own progress report and the Environment Agency’s results, it faces an increasingly uphill challenge to meet these goals.

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Peter Ware

Peter Ware

Partner and Head of Government Sector

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