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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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In house lawyers: our sustainable future In-person

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Legal updates

In Conversation with... Peter Ware

We talk to Peter Ware, Partner, Head of our Government TMG, who has worked with the Midlands Engine Partnership and other partner organisations over the last eighteen months to research, create and deliver the Ten-Point Plan for Green Growth.

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Legal updates

Stemming the tide of data breach claims: good news for data controllers

The cases summarised give considerable comfort to data controllers seeking to defend themselves against claims that relate to breaches arising as a result of a failure rather than a direct act and/or are based on assertions of damage or distress that are exaggerated, unsubstantiated or bear little relation to the breach itself.

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Legal updates

Amendments to public procurement thresholds

Every two years, the Cabinet Office is obliged to review the threshold figures contained within: (1) the Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations 2011; (2) the Public Contracts Regulations 2015; (3) the Concession Contracts Regulations 2016; and (4) the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016.

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Legal updates

Onerous terms: the devil is in the detail!

This article set out sets out the legal position on the incorporation of both standard and onerous T&Cs into a contract before exploring HHJ Davies’ conclusion that the claimant’s onerous T&Cs had not been successfully incorporated.

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