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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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Training and events

11Nov

In house lawyers: our consumer future In-person

Bringing together experts in niche retail and consumer sectors we'll be looking at what the future holds for consumer facing businesses.

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6Jan

In house lawyers: our trading future In-person

What will rising debt, the end of furlough, Brexit and new global trade tensions mean for business over the next few years?

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Focus on...

Legal updates

Contract termination in Covid-19 times

The ‘new normal’ has brought with it a variety of different challenges and it has had an impact on nearly all facets of our lives, including the termination of contracts during these Covid-19 times.

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Legal updates

Recovering monies from an individual? Don’t forget about the Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims

The PAPDC does not apply to business to business debt only if the debtor is a sole trader. Much more information is required under the PAPDC within a letter of claim and debtors should be given more time to respond along with an opportunity to make payment proposals throughout the pre-action process.

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Legal updates

Mandatory directing off-site

On 17 September 2021, the High Court handed down judgment in the case that covers some important points in relation to directing pupils off-site and is one of the few cases that covers the powers of schools to do so.

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Legal updates

Public Matters - September 2021

Updates include the UK Hydrogen Strategy and IPA assistance with PFI contract expiry.

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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.

Peter Ware

Peter Ware

Partner and Head of Government Sector

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