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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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Legal updates

Corporate transparency and register reform – 3 further consultations published

The Government has recently published three further consultations regarding corporate transparency and reform of the Companies House register.

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Brexit resources

The UK Freeport Regime

What should you consider in a Freeport proposal?

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Legal updates

Directors duties in relation to local authority trading companies and special purchase vehicles

Some prudent steps that directors should take to minimise their risk of being personally liable in an insolvency situation.

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Legal updates

School not responsible for pupil attack on teaching assistant: council’s successful appeal a reminder that failure in written risk assessment not fatal - causation is key

Over five years after the event, and following a protracted legal process, Norfolk County Council have successfully appealed a finding of negligence against them.

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