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Public matters - November 2020

24 November 2020

Welcome to our Public Matters Newsletter.

This month we have:

Conservation newsletter - November 2020

Ben Standing provides an update on the latest in conservation law, including legislation and case law.

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Robust decision-making - how to reduce the scope for an irrationality challenge

Matthew Alderton looks at how public bodies must understand the scope of ‘irrational’ or ‘unreasonable’ challenges so that proactive steps can be taken to reduce the likelihood of successful judicial intervention.

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What does re-organisation mean within a local authority?

Anja Beriro shares some of the matters we’ve been discussing with clients and in our team to help you move decisions on more quickly.

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Does judicial review strike the right balance between enabling citizens to challenge the lawfulness of government action and allowing public bodies to carry on the business of effective government?

Victoria Searle summarises the key points in our response to the Government’s Independent Review of Administrative Law and next steps.

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Procurement Policy Note 07/20: key changes and considerations for contracting authorities

Sam Trevorrow explains when PPN 07/20 will apply and what action contracting authorities need to take when it does.

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Considering social value in the award of central government contracts

Athina Agrafioti considers the current social value requirement under the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 and the new social value measures the government launched in September this year.

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Read our guide to local government re-organisation

This guide provides information and guidance for local authorities considering a move to a unitary form of local government in their area.

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In conversation with John Simons

This month we speak to John Simons, Head of Procurement & Audit at Scape. John shares a bit about himself and his sector insights.

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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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