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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

13Dec

Claims Club London office

We are pleased to invite you to join us for our popular Claims Club, which will take place in-person in our London office. With a focus on risk in the public sector, as well as discussion on the topics outlined below we are hoping there will be time for Mr Jonathan Cook to don his sparkly jacket for a short festive quiz! Following the session there will be an opportunity for an informal catch up for those who can stay on.

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The UK's green agenda - the outcomes of COP27 and actions since COP26

Just over a year ago world leaders, policymakers, scientists and environmental activists gathered in Glasgow for COP26. Now many of those same people have also travelled to Egypt to attend this year's summit for what has been billed as “A moment of truth for the international community”.

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Press releases

Browne Jacobson helps launch new innovative council company network with Wiltshire Council and Christ Church Business School

Law firm Browne Jacobson has collaborated with Wiltshire Council and Christ Church Business School on the launch event of The Council Company Best Practice and Innovation Network, a platform which brings together academic experts and senior local authority leaders, allowing them to share best practice in relation to council companies.

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Legal updates

Public Matters - November 2022

Updates include COP27, The end of drop in applications, Settlement agreements, Investment zones and Assaults on school staff.

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Legal updates

Dipping in and out of the Investment Zones

Announced in September but scrapped on 17 November the investment zone proposals were very short lived. The proposal has now morphed into the proposal for a smaller number of clustered zones earmarked for investment.

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Peter Ware

Peter Ware

Partner and Head of Government Sector

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