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Public matters - October 2020

16 October 2020

Welcome to our Public Matters Newsletter.

This month we have:

Reforming local government exit pay

A further consultation has commenced specifically in relation to exit pay reform within local government - what are the proposals and how can you comment?

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The importance of evidence when it comes justifying indirect discrimination

The High Court decision of R (Cornerstone (North East) Adoption and Fostering Service Ltd) v The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills highlights the critical role that evidence plays in the court’s assessment.

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Commission decisions reinforce the position on when measures adopted by publicly owned companies will be classed as state resources for the purposes of the state aid rules

What did the Commission consider and what are the points to note?

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Government response to transparency in supply chains consultation published

The publication follows recent media coverage regarding allegations of exploitation in the garment industry. We look at the proposed changes.

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Corporate transparency and register reform: Government response now published

The proposed reforms see a fundamentally different role for Companies House moving forward. We summarise the themes present, key changes proposed and what happens next.

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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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