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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

Real estate quarterly update - January to March 2021

Read more about our latest real estate update aimed at in house lawyers (and other professionals) practising in the property and real estate sector.

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Legal updates

Faiz and others v Burnley Borough Council [2021] EWCA Civ 55

The demand and acceptance of rent with knowledge of a breach of covenant will waive the right to forfeit if the rent accrued due after the breach but before the landlord had knowledge of the breach.

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Legal updates

‘Everyone’s Invited’ - managing reports of child-on-child assault and harassment

The ‘Everyone’s Invited’ movement has over 9,000 testimonies on its website and, whilst it has recently taken the step to anonymise everything on the platform, a number of schools have been named.

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Legal updates

Public matters - March 2021

This month includes updates on extreme weather liability risk, the Debt Respite Scheme, changes to Practice Direction 57AC and Post-Covid child abuse litigation.

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