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Public matters - August 2020

24 August 2020

Welcome to our Public Matters Newsletter.

This month we have:

The Environment Bill - submission of evidence, can we help?

Don’t miss the opportunity to shape the future of this key piece of environmental legislation - if you are thinking of making a submission to the Committee, we can assist you.

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Procurement law reforms

We already know that there are key criticisers of the law, but whether or not we remain bound by the EU law will depend on the terms of the Brexit deal.

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European Commission amends the Temporary Framework and prolongs existing state aid rules due to impact of Covid-19

The latest amendment covering micro and small undertakings is a welcome development.

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Departing from EU case law - our opinion

Our response to the consultation on extending powers to depart from retained EU case law to additional lower courts and tribunals.

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The Planning White Paper – what does it mean?

What are the key changes and will it really lead to increased housing numbers?

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Governance of wholly owned companies - where to start?

When advising on and helping set up trading companies, it is governance that frequently causes a measure of uncertainty - there is no one size fits all solution.

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New Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance comes into force

In this article Senior HR Consultant Gill Martindale outlines the key changes to the 2020 guidance and puts forward five actions that you should take to help keep your pupils safe.

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Staffing matters – the full opening of schools

September is going to be a time for creative thinking and flexibility for school and academy trust leaders and staff.

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Extreme urgency? The judicial spotlight is now trained on Regulation 32(2)(c)

The news that the Good Law Project has brought judicial review proceedings against the Department for Health and Social Care in respect of its direct award of a £108m contract for PPE raises a number of issues for contracting authorities.

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Training and events

8Sep

COP 26 - what is it and why is it important? Online

COP 26 is the global United Nations climate change Summit, which will take place in Scotland in November. It comes at a time when climate change, and how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, is at the top of the political agenda.

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9Sep

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 - July 2021

Updates on leisure contracts, SSPs, children's social care, construction, subject access disclosure, Building Safety Bill and Japanese knotweed.

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Legal updates

The Building Safety Bill – what does it mean for you?

Earlier this month the Government published the Building Safety Bill as part of its continuing efforts to respond to the Grenfell disaster and recommendations made following the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety led by Dame Judith Hackitt.

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Legal updates

Japanese knotweed – a diminishing risk?

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (‘RICS’) is in the process of updating its guidance to surveyors on their approach to Japanese knotweed when valuing a property.

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Legal updates

Local authority leisure provision in a time of Covid

It was no surprise that the leisure sector was one of the hardest hit by the pandemic, and that many local authority leisure contracts required significant intervention.

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